We made a trip to inspect a kennels today but it was not really luxurious enough for Lulu. So on the way back I decided to visit Alresford, where I once lived. Let’s do the time warp, now.
We went back in time – nothing seemed to have changed. The tapas bar where we had lunch was new and good but the town is still dominated by The Watercress Line, the steam railway shuttling between Alresford and Alton. As you can see from the departures board it is not the busiest of lines and there was little sign of The Fat Controller.
To my delight my favourite antiquarian bookshop was still going strong – Laurence Oxley. Sadly the eponymous owner passed away 9 years ago but his son soldiers on. I could not resist buying a copy of “The Happy Warrior”, the life story of Sir Winston Churchill as told through Great Britain’s Eagle comic of the 1950s. I am not sure whether Churchill ever met Dan Dare.
I bumped into some old friends.And we almost bought a bell for the new house.But we had to be at the solicitor by 3pm so the sands of time ran out.Shirley was very impressed by the butchers shops selling everything from Hampshire Hog to a dozen Partridge. We had already had a close encounter with some guineafowl, who refused to get out of the road. Such is Country Life.
We came down to earth with a bump as we spent (or I did) an hour or more filling in incomprehensible online forms for our next rental. Nevertheless solicitors have been instructed and the battle has been joined.