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Today's day out took us to the village of Selborne in Hampshire.

We went to visit the home of Gilbert White, one of the greats of early biology and author of The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. This beautiful book was one of the first natural histories that relied on precise scientific observation and influenced, among other, Charles Darwin.It's a lovely house, homely and well-proportioned and I wished I was able to photograph the inside, but, as is alas common, that was prohibited.

After a walk around the house and garden, we went over the road to one of the three pubs and had a particularly satisfying cod and chips with banoffee pie to follow. Yummm!

David and I then took the long zig-zag path to Selborne Common at the top the overlooking hill. It was a steep climb but worth it for the view.Note the white dots in the landscape – radar domes!