I spend a lot of time thinking Hampshire thoughts, compiling snippets of geography and history. There's a lot of Hampshire that I've never seen. I'm working on vignettes of a spread of towns and villages. Here's an example of how things are going.
First, three from the south east: Bishop's Waltham, with the ruins of the bishop's palace; Wickham, with the Chesapeake Mill supposedly built with timber from the defeated American ship the Chesapeake; and Hambledon, up in the downs, with its cricketing history.
The second set is the three hursts of the New Forest. There are more settlements of note but these three fit together well. Lyndhurst is the forest's capital. Ashurst, the eastern gateway to the forest, is quite small, being combined with Colbury for administrative purposes. Brockenhurst has the grandest hotels.
It's a big county. Wish me luck with the rest of it!