We had a coffee in
the existing cafe before heading down towards the beach through the rather wet
footpaths, past Shanklin railway station. The sun came out periodically
making the walk along the beach very pleasant. Sadly the Island is
becoming more and more crowded as houses are being built in all available
spaces. Old buildings are being pulled down and flats put in their
place. The freshly painted beach huts awaiting their summer visitors
looked fun. We were however, very pleased to find our favourite cafe on
the beach was still there unchanged and we had lunch before the trek back to the
Two very weary people arrived back at
the airfield and having checked the plane took off towards Portsmouth.
Then along the coast to Littlehampton. I am always interested in this part
of the coast as my parents lived there prior to the deaths. Up past
Arundel castle and over to the sadly empty Dunsfold airfield and onto Cranleigh
where we past over a friend's house and were pleased to see them waving at us
from their garden. It is so sad to see those splendid Dunsfold runways
unavailable to the likes of us. Onto Guildford where we were again pleased
to see some friends over from Australia waving enthusiastically at us.
Seeing the Cathedral rising above Guildford is always a splendid site.
Back along the Hogsback, past Lasham where some gliders were enjoying the last
thermals of the day and back home to a lovely sunset.