we are going to have to push this if we are going to make the sixty tearooms by my next birthday; we are going to have to wrap up warm if we move into November for the challenge.
If you have been following my journey to visit sixty tea rooms in my 60th going in to 61st Year, you will have notices that there has been a considerable gap in my progress. Unfortunately, my motorbike has been in a garage for the last 8 weeks have the electrics diagnosed and repaired. I hasten to add that it has not cost me a penny as it was all under warranty. Anyway, its now fixed and we are back on the road.
To celebrate we rode a 70-mile round trip taking in Uppark House and a D’agostino Ice cream on top of Portsdown Hill. (Not sure if the latter counts for this challenge as we were hoping the Silver Bullet Coffee wagon was going to be there, but he is on holiday).
Uppark House is another of the National Trusts treasures out in the wilds of the South Downs, one of the smaller houses, but with plenty of garden, walks and views across the South downs to the coast. The food is typical NT food, but we always try something different.
On my plate today I had a cheese scone with butter, Isle of Wight Blue Cheese and a homemade chilli chutney, all washed down with their nice coffee. My dearest had cake, it was like a Victoria Sponge, but not your traditional, it had Rhubarb Jam instead of Strawberry, and again washed down with coffee.
We only stayed about an hour, so something to eat and a quick walk around, I was more interested in riding my bike today, not having ridden for quite a while.
From Uppark we went back to the A272 and A32 to Wickham, turning left towards Portsdown Hill in a hope that the coffee wagon was on the roundabout. But no, the next best thing ice cream from Mr D’Agostino, with a chocolate flake.
Well that was it for today, we are going to have to push this if we are going to make the sixty tearooms by my next birthday; we are going to have to wrap up warm if we move into November for the challenge.