A Wintry Trip Down South, Walkford, Dorset - 1st February 2019

Nosher's down in Walkford for the funeral of an old family friend. As the car is away having a water pump fixed, this means getting the train, which turns out to be probably a Good Thing as it starts snowing heavily from Southampton. This also turns the whole thing into something of a major nostalgia trip, as it's probably not been since around 1991 that the once-regular Diss to New Milton journey has even been done by train - back in the era of the cranky old Class 438 EMUs, and not the shiny but soul-less 444s that run on the southern network now. Whilst there, there's a chance to hang out with Sean and Hamish, where we spend some time aimlessly driving around the New Forest - again, just like old times - before a spot of late-lunch at the Cat and Fiddle on the A35 near Hinton Admiral. Later we meet up with Phil and Tania at the Globe in Highcliffe, even though this time Nosher's not even staying at the next-door Premier Inn. On the way back, there are plenty of engineering works, and so the train takes a slow route all the way out via Fareham, plus there's also the joy of bus replacement from Newbury Park up to Ingatestone. Before all of that, Eye Library closes down as it moves across town.

next album: A Night at the Fox Inn, Garboldisham, Norfolk - 9th February 2019
previous album: The G-Unit's Birthday, Suffolk - 20th January 2019

The classic 1960s/70s stylings of the old Eye Library

There's still a bit of stuff waiting to be cleared out

The plot is up for sale. It's a good size for a single house, so of course two are planned

The snow comes down on the footbridge at New Milton station

New Milton station - not changed much since the 1980s, apart from new benches

Mother and Mike's old pad - The Willows - in Bransgore

The road out of Bransgore

People mess around in the snow

Hamish and Sean head into the Cat and Fiddle

Sean pokes around with his cutlery

Hamish is driving us around in the Green Machine

The Cat and Fiddle - well-known landmark on the A35 near Christchurch

Jane cooks a casserole as Hamish potters about

Hamish makes some sort of fancy coffee

Chatting in the kitchen

Hamish in the Globe at Highcliffe

When Nosher goes to the bog, the boys mess around with the camera

Hamish does the 'it's this big' thing

Tania, Phil and Hamish

Nosher's Class 444 train pulls in to New Milton

New Forest ponies in the snow

Some graffiti near Fareham

A snowy field, somewhere in Hampshire

The very thin core of new tower blocks near Guildford

A statue of The Seated Man, by Sean Henry, at Woking station

More track-side graffiti

A massively-tagged graffiti building

Clapham Junction

More colourful graffiti tags, including possibly the same Deam that's active at Liverpool Street

The iconic Battersea Power station is a forest of cranes

The train arrives at Waterloo

The family business in the form of buffers

The concourse of Waterloo Station

Down on the underground at Bank station

More passengers head over to the rail-replacement buses

The concrete brutalism of Newbury Park tube station

There are a lot of posters advertising drug paraphernalia around this part of Essex

Derelict building

More derelict track-side buildings near Chelmsford

The mud flats of Brantham, near Manningtree

This derelict factory building has scaffolding up, so maybe it's being rebuilt rather than demolished

Derelict buildings in the wasteland

Flooded wasteland

Pipes end in the middle of nowhere

Down at Ipswich, there's some street-art by the river

A truly-ancient guard's van, near some Freightliner buildings in Ipswich

Isobel and the boys are coming back from Norwich at the same time Nosher gets in

The whole of Diss railway station in a convex mirror

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The classic 1960s/70s stylings of the old Eye Library