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Doing the tourist thing

With less than a week before our yacht arrives its time to jam in bit of sightseeing.

Meet Ray Segdwick – legend of the Hamble river having run the Hamble to Warsash ferry for the past 60 years! When he started out his rowing service was full of workers enroute to build boats and planes in Hamble. It was a privilege to be on board the pink ferry where for less than $3 Ray came and picked us and took us across the river to Warsash.

Other amazing visits we packed in this week – Beaulieu, a magnificent motor collection which was a real treat for CJ, followed by a fabulous walk along the river to Bucklers Hard a picturesque 18th century – steeped in boat building history.

Next we headed to the Cotswolds to observe Englands finest “green and pleasant land” – staying at the very charming “Lamb Inn”, in Great Rissington before heading to Bristol to

visit Christopher and Rachel( my son and fiance)– a delight, Bristol and them! The sun came out and what a lovely place to live and visit.

Anyone with a few hours on their hands must go to the SS Great Britain – we loved it. The following day as we boarded the Great Western Railway (GWR) train for the 11min train journey( 55 min by car), to Bath we felt we were experiencing history having learnt all about Brunels genius the previous day. – first passenger steam ship ,the GWR London to Bristol railway and the

Thames tunnel – are only but a few.

Now we are northbound - the M6 bekons....