Black Down

With: Marilyn #2
Without: A cloud in the sky!

Another fine Saturday, so another Marilyn. Black Down, in West Sussex, is a strange peak – tree covered and not massively peaky. 290m at the trig, fab views in both directions – including down to the previously mentioned Butser Hill.

No pics (apart from the GPS confirm), think there are two more Marilyns in West Sussex to tick off…


External links:
Black Down, West Sussex – Wikipedia
Black Down, West Sussex – National Trust

Not to be defeated by the weather

With: Peachy realisation.
Without: Any clue when it might stop raining!

A slight break in the weather meant the chance to get out and about with the Waawo-ettes. A shower defeating quick march down to the nearby coastal town to pick up a few bits and bobs and have a look at the sea in fact. We have been pretty lucky so far with no flooding to speak of in the area – although recent high tides have inundated a couple of the local harbours.

It occurred to me while walking back that I’m forever reading complaints about how things to do with the family are too expensive. But we – at the moment at least – seem to have the knack for just spending time in each others’ company, no extravagant spending needed. Often no spending at all needed. Of course, the flip side to enjoying spending so much time together is that work is rapidly approaching, which means a curtailment, a limitation, comes into force. Something to work on for the future.

Up (a bit) at last

With: Height, sun!
Without: Some head cobwebs

Finally the rain stopped, and a beautiful clear day beckoned. What else is there to do when the sun is shining and there’s no work to do? Get high of course! It’s not spectacularly easy to get up very high without travelling a fair way from here, so in lieu of real height, prominence: Butser Hill, the only Marilyn in Hampshire. Gorgeous day, very quiet (when we arrived, although rammed by the time we left!) and just what was needed after days and days of being almost housebound by the rain.