A ring at the doorbell two days ago and a pair of American visitors together with a local lady are standing on the doorstep (??) Apparently the visitors were walking over Brockenhurst Common having just left the train station and they had asked the local lady if she knew where the New Forest Observatory was. Fortunately she did – but it was not an easy route to describe, so she brought them right to the front door 🙂 The visitors had arrived at Brockenhurst purely on the off-chance of finding the Observatory and had only landed at Heathrow at 5:30 a.m. that same morning. So even though there had been no prior warning or communication of any sort, we gave them a tour of the observatory and showed them the control room and framed images – and they left very happy.
On reflection I now think that this couple from Dayton Ohio thought that the New Forest Observatory was some sort of big public Astronomical Observatory suitable for International visitors. To prevent further confusion to any potential visitors – it isn’t. The observatory is in Greg Parker’s garden 🙂