Saturday morning saw me, G and S hopping on a train and then hopping off again just a couple of stops along the tracks as we were going to Hamble for
the Festival of Food.
We had a walk of a mile or so from the train station to get down to the quay and this took us along the Dani King Cycleway. Dani King was part of the Team GB Cycling team and won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the team pursuit. Because of this the post box situated in Hamble square was painted gold, I completely failed to get a photo of that.
Hamble has a long association with aviation, this is reflected in the naming of some of the roads and details of the housing within those streets.
Further along the road is a small statue dedicated to the Air Transport Auxiliary
with a plaque explaining their vital part in WW2. Unfortunately the black engraving has started to fade which, out of respect, I think should be attended to.
S and G were sat waiting for me down at the quay, would you believe I was waylaid taking photos? Not of the gold post box though, how could I forget to do that?
Once back to being a band of three again we headed over to sample our way around the various food and drink stalls.
We needed to buy something tasty for lunch and after trying fudge, various cheeses, chocolate stout and ham we settled on a steak pie and another filled with egg, bacon and sausage
one of these sun dried tomato loaves (although I would have preferred the cheese and watercress one) and a chunk of nettle and wild garlic cheese.
All were delicious.
This was our view as we sat on the quay enjoying our lunch. All very pleasant sitting in the sun and watching the boats sail past.
S and I spent a little time watching one of the stall holders make apple and blackberry muffins before
we set about answering the clues to a quiz based on the houses, pubs and shops leading from the square down to the quay.