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davidsa
10th October 2009, 05:12 PM
Last Thursday (8th Oct) Ellie and I had lunch at the Royal Oak pub at Fritham in the New Forest and went for a short walk – with our cameras.

Ellie had a good look at my E620 and I tried some of her lenses. We took some photos (what a surprise!). I think Ellie will be posting some of hers. I have only a couple that may be acceptable because I still don’t always remember to check the settings before pressing the button.

We will be repeating the exercise (and the pub lunch) before very long and will let you all know when; several members here don’t live that far away and may like to join us.

New Forest locals will know the “Royal Oak” as a pleasant little pub in an attractive setting offering excellent food and beer (no connection - I am just an occasional customer).


David

Ian
10th October 2009, 05:30 PM
I think that's a 'mini-meet' :)

There is a village in the New Forest called 'Burley' must visit one day!

Ian

Ellie
10th October 2009, 09:40 PM
I think that's a 'mini-meet' :)
Yes it was. :)

We met at the pub here (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.926312&lon=-1.670849&z=15.6&r=0&src=msl), brilliant little place with a huge beer garden. Good lunch too.

It'd be a good place to have a bigger meet because it's right next to open Forest, as well as not being too far from the motorway.

I was using my new 35mm macro lens to see what it could do. There are some pictures in my gallery, almost all of them are "as is", having just been resized and then sharpened.
I still don’t always remember to check the settings before pressing the button
Something I don't do often enough :o

Here's a taster of the area. We didn't walk very far because we'd spent too long messing around with each others cameras and lenses, and hadn't really left enough time for both a walk and something to eat.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PA081018a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/18380)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PA081001a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/18379)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PA080989a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/18376)

As we were leaving we saw some people putting harness onto a pony, then driving off into the Forest.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PA081036a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/18387)

This was taken with the 14-42mm lens
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PA081050_crop2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/18388)

dbutch
10th October 2009, 10:18 PM
Like that last one Ellie

I really need to spend more time down in the forest

Dave

baldyb
10th October 2009, 10:25 PM
I too have many memories of many happy holidays spent in the Forest......

Nice pics.

Kevin

davidsa
20th October 2009, 09:22 PM
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago Ellie and I are planning a “meet” at Fritham in the New Forest.

I have the impression most people prefer a weekend so we suggest:

Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 November

This is not far ahead but after half term/Halloween/Bonfire night when many people will have commitments. Hopefully many of the deciduous trees will have “turned” but not all the leaves will have fallen.

If you would like to come please indicate which of those days you suits you best. If you prefer another (week)day around that time please say so - we will go with the majority.

Fritham is near the Western end of the M27 and thus readily accessible from Southampton, Portsmouth,Winchester and Basingstoke as well as from Dorset. Also Salisbury via Fordingbridge. Ellie posted some information here several days ago; when we have a firm date I will provide full details.

Currently the Royal Oak pub serves food between 12.00 midday (I think) and 2:30 pm but I will check this nearer the time as it may change after the clocks have gone forward.

David

smartwombat
20th October 2009, 09:35 PM
Reachable from Oxford too.
I'll see if SWMBO might want to come, or let me come :)

Ellie
20th October 2009, 11:13 PM
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago Ellie and I are planning a “meet” at Fritham in the New Forest.

I have the impression most people prefer a weekend so we suggest:

Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 November

This is not far ahead but after half term/Halloween/Bonfire night when many people will have commitments. Hopefully many of the deciduous trees will have “turned” but not all the leaves will have fallen.

If you would like to come please indicate which of those days you suits you best. If you prefer another (week)day around that time please say so - we will go with the majority.

Fritham is near the Western end of the M27 and thus readily accessible from Southampton, Portsmouth,Winchester and Basingstoke as well as from Dorset. Also Salisbury via Fordingbridge. Ellie posted some information here several days ago; when we have a firm date I will provide full details.

Currently the Royal Oak pub serves food between 12.00 midday (I think) and 2:30 pm but I will check this nearer the time as it may change after the clocks have gone forward.

David

*yes

We had a look again last week and tried out a walk, which was good. There's plenty to see, and we even spotted some deer (couple of not very good pictures in my gallery)

CaptainD
26th October 2009, 08:03 PM
Dear Ellie & David,

I will try my best to come if you both are still keen. Saturday 14th would be ideal as I am busy on the Sunday. Should only be an hour from home, sounds like a fun day out.

Cheers

Chris *chr

davidsa
26th October 2009, 10:28 PM
Thanks Chris - look forward to meeting you.

Anyone else? Which day to most people prefer?


David

Ellie
30th October 2009, 11:24 PM
14th would be best for me too.

Anybody else going to come along?

OlyPaul
31st October 2009, 08:42 AM
The New Forest is a great place for photography sadly a little to far for me to travel just for a day. *ohwell

But I have been down there for a weeks holiday in the last few years and always in early June in time for the foaling season when there are alway some nice photographic opportunities, just watch out for the over protective stallions.:)

This was taken about 2 miles outside of burley with the E-1.

Hopefully I will be down there this coming June with the E-30 or E-620.:)

http://paulsilk.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p689814412.jpg

davidsa
1st November 2009, 12:18 PM
Great picture of the horses/ponies Paul. Looks three dimensional!

OK then, let's make it Saturday 14th for sure.

That's just a fortnight yesterday. I will re-check opening and food service times with the Royal Oak and post/repost further details over the next few days. Of course much depends on the weather ....

David

Ellie
2nd November 2009, 11:22 PM
:tup Lovely picture Paul. The ponies are beginning to get their thick winter coats now, and are starting to look quite fluffy.

The pub at Fritham is only about ten minutes easy drive from Junction 1 of the M27, the roads are good and aren't likely to be stuffed with traffic in the same way as going south from the motorway.

davidsa
8th November 2009, 09:19 PM
The Royal Oak pub is open from 11.00am until late. They confirm food will be served from 12.00 noon until 3.00pm. There is a large garden so children can be accommodated if the weather allows.

Phone: 023 8081 2606

I will aim to be there before opening time at 11.00. Obviously if it’s pouring with rain we won’t go (and will advise here as early as possible certainly before 10.00 am).

There is quite a lot of information to be found by Googling, for example. “Royal Oak Fritham”. For some pictures see Ellie’s posts above, which include this.

Walking is very easy – most paths are well kept, gravelled even. The area is mostly flat.

Location:

OS Explorer Series sheet OL22 West sheet.
1:50,000 Series sheet 195.

OS Ref: SU 232141 (approx).

Directions:

Postcode: SO43 7HJ (using this, my Tom-Tom announces arrival just out of sight of the pub – keep on for a few more yards and you will see it).

NB: Watch out for ponies when driving in the New Forest – they have right of way. There are also pigs on the loose, including on roads, at this time of year. The lanes approaching Fritham are quite narrow.

From the M3/M27

Leave the M27 at Junction 1 and take the B3079 for Brook. At Brook take the left fork to Fordingbridge on the B3078. Take first left to Fritham and, after a fork that comes in on the right, turn right into Fritham. Follow signs.

NB: The A31 is a dual carriageway so you can’t turn right onto the direct road to Fritham when heading West - hence the above.

It is possible (but not recommended) to take the turnoff signposted “Rufus Stone” (nearly opposite the Little Chef) – very narrow and tangled lanes. (In any case current thinking is that Rufus met his end somewhere else entirely!!).

From the West:-

Take the A31 Eastbound from Ringwood. Turn left signposted Fritham some 5 or 6 miles past the Picket Post filling station. Take 3rd left and follow signs.

From Salisbury:

Tank the A36 towards Southampton and then fork right onto the B3079 turning right past Landford Common and follow signs.

Or the A338 to Downton and left onto the B3080, then the B3078 turning right to Fritham when signposted.

Or go further down the A338 to Fordingbridge and turn left onto the B3078 continuing via Godshill.

Contact:

Please PM me and/or Ellie for our phone numbers if necessary.

I’m looking forward to putting some faces to names!

David

Ellie
10th November 2009, 04:23 PM
Very comprehensive information David *chr

The pub is a good place to aim for because there's public parking just over the road with plenty of spaces - it's used by walkers of all ages.

Children are welcome in the pub even if it's just for a soft drink and, more importantly, the toilets are in a separate block which can be used by anybody, including walkers who are not eating/drinking at the pub (I've just phoned to check)

The area around Fritham is easy access, the paths are wide and well marked, so this isn't a strenuous walk and there's no danger of getting lost.

Some of the route crosses open heath, and the wooded areas of the Forest are looking very pretty at the moment, with lots of beautifully coloured leaves and a fair number of toadstools of all varieties, although I haven't seen a single Fly Agaric this year.

My mobile number is 07941 906 187

The weather forecast for Saturday 14th is good, http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/dayforecast.asp?day=4&zipcode=Southampton They're forecasting sun with some cloud.

I'll be there from about 10:30.

It would be good to know how many people to expect, or not, otherwise we could end up waiting only to find ourselves on our own. Perhaps a Personal Message?

Ellie
10th November 2009, 05:08 PM
I just remembered that last year Photo_Owl mentioned a special gatepost (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showpost.php?p=26212&postcount=5) which is just along the track from where we'll be starting out.

As an additional suggestion as to possible places I would add this one

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.93....1&r=0&src=msl

Whilst at first glance it may just look like another car park by another lake the mark is actually a large gate post.........and if you take bird seed and place it on the post a number of highly trained small birds will come down and feed even if you are set up with a 90-250 on a tripod within 10 feet in the open.........this seems the result of weekly feeding by photogs over a long period.

Pub about 800 yds back is pretty good but has a big Sunday lunch following!

I'll make sure I've got some bird food with me. :)

davidsa
11th November 2009, 09:02 PM
Isn't anybody going to join us?

Take courage! It's the New Forest, not the Amazon jungle. Maybe there are a few headhunters about but these tend to drive Mercedes.

Ellie promises to drive away any lens-munching grizzly bears or wild boar with her monopod (that WOULD be worth a few pictures!).

OK the weather forecast isn't brilliant at the moment but there are a still a few days to go.

Please drop a line if you are planning to come.

David

dbutch
12th November 2009, 11:11 AM
Had hope to come along but alas the 14th classes with an event I'm shooting

Have a good one

Dave

Ellie
13th November 2009, 09:37 PM
Phew, it's been a rotten day here with a lot of rain and some roads have been quite, errm, damp, but when the sun has peeped through the clouds the leaf colour has been fabulous.

I've checked some local weather forecasts for tomorrow, centred on Lyndhurst, and they say it will be dry from about 09:00 onwards, through to about 21:00 so we should be okay. Although I'm not sure what the weather on main roads will be like.

At the moment we're still planning to be there, arriving at Fritham about 10:30.

Anybody who is planning to join us please note my mobile number -> 07941 906 187

Had hope to come along but alas the 14th classes with an event I'm shooting

Have a good one

Dave
Sorry to hear that you can't make it Dave, maybe next time :)

davidsa
15th November 2009, 10:38 PM
Well, we went, despite the wind and rain, Chris and Cherry-Ann, all the way from Surrey, and Ellie, her son and I.

We settled in front of a log fire in the Royal Oak for liquid refreshment, lunch (the pub was on good form - it really is outstanding) and a long chat. We managed to take a few pictures indoors without being ejected!

By about 2pm the weather had lifted a little so we ventured out for a stroll - just a few hundred yards to Eyeworth Pond. The ducks there expect to be fed and they succumbed to further bribery by Ellie and Cherry-Ann (among others) so we got some pictures.

I attach a few - for the ducks I used my legacy 200mm OM lens, now with an adapter that is man enough to handle it.

I hope we can do this again, next time in better weather. Incidentally the Landlord at the Royal Oak scans the forums for references to his pub and was not surprised to see us!

David


http://e-group.uk.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=40&pictureid=118

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=40&pictureid=121

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=40&pictureid=120

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/picture.php?albumid=40&pictureid=119

Ellie
15th November 2009, 11:57 PM
That legacy lens of yours does very well :tup

Err, yes, the weather forecast was less than accurate, but it didn't matter because we were able to hide from the wind and rain by going into the Royal Oak for what was meant to be a few minutes, which magically extended to a few hours in front of a lovely fire.

I'll upload some pictures tomorrow.

Zuiko
16th November 2009, 12:00 AM
Love the picture of the old kettle. :)

CaptainD
16th November 2009, 08:07 AM
Dear David & Ellie,

Thanks so much for super day, great fun. We especially enjoyed the extended impromptu theory of photography debate!

Lets hope we can do it again sometime soon

Chris *chr

Ellie
17th November 2009, 11:54 PM
Dear David & Ellie,

Thanks so much for super day, great fun. We especially enjoyed the extended impromptu theory of photography debate!

Lets hope we can do it again sometime soon

Chris *chr
Glad you enjoyed it Chris. I most certainly hope we do it again sometime soon, it's a good place to meet. *chr

I took a few pictures and thought I'd turn them into a "This is what we did." But I forgot to take any of the lovely food.

Anyhow, here goes. Apologies if there are too many pictures. They may not be brilliant, but it was that sort of day!

We were lucky that the pub opened at 11:00 otherwise we'd have got very wet. Instead we found ourselves in front of a lovely fire (picture taken by my son) ...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142528a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19262)

... with a drink or two - and a camera or two to discuss, to keep 'on topic'.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142515a2.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19261)


The pub has won awards, not really surprising actually. The food was lovely, the staff extremely welcoming, helpful and friendly.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142530_ShiftN_a.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19263)

The rain poured down, and the wind blew. But it eventually cleared up enough for us to venture outside, but as you can see it was still one of Winnie the Pooh's "Blustery Days"

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142549a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19264)

We strolled off in search of Photo_Owl's gatepost, and found it quite easily about half a mile down the lane. We put some seed out and waited, within a couple of minutes a couple of chaffinches arrived

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142560a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19265) . http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142561a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19266)

and blue tit ...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142564a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19267)

... but they were chased away by the resident robin ...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142570a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19268) . http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142573a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19269)

It really was windy, and threatening to rain again, so we battled against the wind on our way back towards our cars

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142579a3.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19270)

... not before we spotted evidence of the Eyeworth Pond Monster

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142586a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19271)

and the some rather large toadstools

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/841/PB142587a.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19272)

Will we go back?

You bet! *yes

Praise indeed from our son who said it was the best, friendliest, pub he's ever been to, and he enjoyed the company we had on our photo-walk too. :)