I was now very close to where my mum lives. So, the next thing to do was to find somewhere suitable to park. After some searching, Michael and I settled on what we hoped would be a good spot. All aboard, we headed to Handcross. The spot we picked out was no longer a layby. Again, Michael and I searched the satellite map. There was one possibility, not ideal, but could do. I took the old A23 road to Pease Pottage. I then crossed over the main A23 dual carriageway and turned back down the old road. I had to turn around as the road is now a dead-end. I then pulled up just before a recreation field.
I quickly established that the village had nothing other than a pub, a fishmonger and a florist. But, it is just a half hour walk through Tilgate Forest to my mum’s house. The villagers are friendly and some stopped for a chat. One told me where to find firewood that he had disposed of. Another, Dave, spent a couple of hours chatting away over a brew. I was told that travelling folk have parked in the area before. One lady told me that she used to walk their dogs with one traveller.
It was really nice and peaceful, except for one thing - the main A23 dual carriageway! I was parked alongside it. The constant flow of traffic hardly lets up. There is a large fence and trees between the two roads, and I am, or was, used to the traffic. I had been a lorry driver for many years. However, it did start to grate with me in the end. For most of the time, though, I was visiting my mum.
Shortly after arriving, a local cat came by. Unfortunately, Rowan wouldn’t let the cat pass! I had to intervene. I never saw the cat again. I guess they decided that Rowan was too much to handle.
The other thing of note is that the road is used by learner drivers a lot, particularly at the weekend.
I took a few photos of the flora in the village.
Long Smooth-headed Poppy
And Rowan enjoying the sunshine.