05 March 2012

A weekend of weather...

I had two New Forest Photo Experience Days this weekend, and the weather couldn't have been more different.  In Beaulieu on Saturday we were sitting outside enjoying lunch in the sun, and on Sunday in Lyndhurst we'd just ran down a hill to take cover from the torrential rain back at the hotel.

We met on Saturday at the Montagu Arms Hotel, and in the process I think I just may have found the most expensive cup of tea in the New Forest.  At £3.95 for a small cup and a half of tea, even the barkeep seemed too embarrassed to actually say the price as he just handed me the receipt.  Meh didn't even begin to sum up my thoughts on this one.  Charging high worked against the hotel, I was going to take the group back there for lunch, but instead we opted for the much friendly and cheaper Steff's Kitchen at the garden centre at the top of the High Street.

We wondered around the lovely little village of Beaulieu for the morning, before heading down the road to Beaulieu Road Station for the afternoon.  We had to do a bit of creative parking to squeeze 10 cars into the already full up car park - see picture below!

Sunday was a complete arse of a day.  After setting off from the Lyndhurst Park Hotel in only light rain, the heavens soon opened making it all but impossible to continue.  Thankfully everyone kept their sense of humour as re retreated to the warmth and dry of the hotel bar.  Big thanks to the hotel for looking after us so well, and hopefully the days everyone has rebooked will be much nicer.

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