What I didn't realise was that I was just about to get a virus, so whilst I was tired from all the travelling, in less than a day, I was feeling quite ill with a 24 hour (thankfully) virus.
After lunch however, we visited Eling which is an unspoilt village not more than two miles away on the River Test on the edge of the New Forest. The water is very brackish since it is at the end of the Solent (Southampton Water) which is tidal. The water is so clean that its water is used to clean British bank notes.
|Eling church of St Mary the Virgin|
The photo shows a local and his dog who had been talking to the toll collector. The latter was camera shy.
Here are Paul and Ange outside one of the pubs. Like John, Paul can get around so much more easily now that he has a power wheelchair.
So much different from Totton, its near neighbour. The latter used to be an even smaller village than Eling, but has boomed to become quite a big town. It is a commuter suburb of Southampton, even though it is outside the boundaries of the city council and is in the New Forest administrative area.