17 September – the big breakfast


After the window man fixed our two blown double glazing units and I’d done some washing and stuff and had lunch we went out to the New Forest for the afternoon. We parked up at Deer Leap and set off for a nice long walk. To start off it was quite windy and we were walking across heathlands into the wind which was a bit annoying.

Then there was a bit of a shower but we made it into the trees before we got too wet. There were a few people about walking dogs but mostly it was just us and the ponies. We crossed the railway bridge and eventually followed the path through the gorse and heather alongside the road to Lyndhurst. We stopped just outside the village by the cemetry and sat by the war memorial for a rest and to check the map to see how far we’d come. It was quite sunny but we could hear thunder and see big black storm clouds coming towards us so we set off to try to outrun them.

The storm followed us all the way back and just after we passed the railway bridge it began to rain again. Luckily we made it back to the car just before the bulk of the storm hit because it really was a downpour. Wed been walking for 2 1/2 hours in all and were starving so we stopped off at a little chef and had a breakfast. It was huge and I only managed to eat half of it. I’ve counted all my calories though and still have over 200 left thanks to the walk so I can have a little snack later if I want.

All in all a very good day and although the big breakfast was probably nor the best choice on the menu I’m still within calories so I think I earned it.

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