Sunrise hike to Halnaker Windmill

The path to the windmillSilhouetted CubsLooking south to ChichesterLooking eastGloves back on...Picnic breakfast
What's funny?That's what's funny!"You've got jam on your cheek..."Talk to the hand"Nice cup of tea..."First peek of the sun!
A bit more...Fried egg...SunriseScavenging Cubs
Can our team win?Long shadowsThe grown upsSunburst

This morning Son of Mine and I set off from home for a sunrise hike up to Halnaker Windmill with the local Cubs.

I don’t do mornings, but I do do walking, so I happily volunteered to accompany Son of Mine on this early start, in return for a brunch of bacon & eggs cooked by Husband of Mine later.

Son of Mine was up and dressed at 5.00am when the alarm went off. Me, I needed a mug of strong tea to kick start the morning; also making a flask each to take up the hill to accompany our hastily thrown together picnic breakfast of jam sandwiches, fruit and yogurt.

It was a cloudy start at 05.45am, yet thankfully at 06:51am, the sun started to peek through the clouds, just 10 or so minutes after the official sunrise time of 06:40am.

A picnic breakfast was enjoyed by all – despite discovering that other dedicated parents had managed to get up in time to make warm bacon butties – and then the Cubs had a scavenger hunt with a mini Easter egg goody bag prize to keep them going on the hike back down.

I was pleased to see all four sails back on the windmill. The last time we were there, on 13 February, three of the sails had been taken down, presumably due to storm damage earlier in the year.


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