Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tour and lunch onboard the Oriana at Southampton Docks on Easter Sunday

It is nice to do something different occasionally, so when we got the invitation to tour a cruise ship and have lunch onboard seemed a good idea, especially as one date was Easter Sunday!!
We left home just before 8.30am for the trip to Southampton Docks, the roads were very quiet so we did the journey in about an hour.
Parked the car in the short stay car park and entered the terminal. We took a seat for a while. Apparently the ship was a bit late berthing so we had to wait a while. Then we were called to check in, get id and fill in a medical form. We were told we were in group 8, so we waited until we were called and met our guide, Jackie.( couldn't forget her name could I)
Still as much security to get on board as there is when boarding a plane. Had to take coat and shoes off, bag etc.. in a tray and walk through the security scanner.

We toured the ship for about an hour and a half, starting off with the more expensive and luxurious cabins to the cheaper ordinary cabins!! Seeing the theatre, cinema, bars, restaurants, swimming pools etc.....
One of the  Swimming pools
 One of the more pricey cabins!!
 A standard outside cabin
Ocean Grill.

is one of the special grill restaurants where it is one waiter to a table and the price is not inclusive in the booking of the cruise
12.30 tour over and we were taken to lunch in the Peninsular Restaurant.
Bread rolls were given while we choose our starter and main course

We were offered wine, water and fruit juice.

A good selection of seasonal vegetables too.
It was a lovely lunch with a choice of three starters, five main courses and five dessert.
Freshly brewed tea and coffee.
It was a lovely day, excellent food. Not sure I would like to cruise on the ship, too big and impersonal for me.
When we got back in the terminal it was pouring with rain. I wanted to go to NT Mottisfont to see the exhibition in the Art Gallery but the weather was awful, misty and POURING with rain, so we went straight home.
The evening is lovely, sunshine and blue sky. At least the garden got a good watering!!!
Hopefully weather permitting off on an Easter Egg hunt with Harry tomorrow.
Hope your weekend has been fun?

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Christ died for us on the cross
The window behind the altar in St Martin in the Fields,
Trafalgar Square, London

It was on Easter Sunday that Jesus rose from death. Jesus had told his disciples before he was arrested that he would be crucified and on the third day he would rise from the dead. Sunday was the third day from Good Friday (Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day). The second day after Good Friday.
Hot cross buns

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday. I do not like them as I don't like dried fruit!!

is an excellent website to learn all about British special events and celebrations.

Easter Sunday

The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion.

There are Easter Eggs hunts finding eggs hidden by the Easter bunny!! Easter eggs are eaten and so are Simnel cakes.


I love Easter eggs but not Simnel cake as again it has dried fruit in it!!!
Whatever you are doing over the Easter weekend, enjoy and relax.
Tomorrow we are taking Harry on a boat trip in Windsor as Jill is working.
Sunday Phil and I are going on a bigger boat, the cruise ship Oriana for a two hour tour and a three course lunch.
 Monday we are going with Jill and Harry for an Easter egg hunt at National Trust, The Vyne.
A Very Happy Easter to you.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

What Phil and I saw in Winchester today

We went to Winchester today to meet Phil's brother and wife for coffee/ hot chocolate. They live in Sussex but were having a few days break in a Hotel in Hampshire.
Phil and I love Winchester and wouldn't mind moving there when Phil retires in a few years.
You can click on each collage and see it in a larger size!. 
We got there quite early so went for a walk round and took some photographs, enjoy!!

 Inside the Great Hall is the King Arthurs Round Table
Two enormous stainless steel gates, designed by Antony Robinson to commemorate the Royal Wedding Charles and Diana in 1981.( Look closely and you will see the C and D 1981)
Bronze Statue of Queen Victoria
Commissioned bronze in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
(The bronze sculpture is six feet in diameter. The bas-relief portrait projects approximately nine inches from the background and The Queen is shown wearing a necklace and diamond tiara. The surround for the bronze is a representation of the Hampshire Rose which provides an informal frame to Her Majesty’s face)
On leaving the Great Hall we went to the Westgate Museum, we went onto the roof. As you can see the doorway was quite small especially for Phil 6 ft tall!!
great view of Winchester from up there 
 Walking back to the main road we saw this lovely sculpture of Horse and rider by Elizabeth Frink
A walk around the main road, we went passed the Town Hall, the Statue of King Alfred:-

 and the wonderful Alms-house's.
It was a lovely day although dull and wet weather.
Looking forward to visiting there again soon and walking along the Water Meadows.
If you are ever in the area:-

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness ...

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats as you discover the landscape that inspired his sensuous ode "To Autumn"

Winchester's charms have changed little since Keats stayed there in 1819: the medieval buildings are still 'mixed up with trees', the waters of the Itchen still 'most beautifully clear' and mists rise from the river in the early mornings and late afternoons of autumn.
Step out on Keats walk and retrace the path of the poet's daily walk through the cathedral close and the water meadows - the inspiration for his famous poem.

There is so much to see and do, so much History in Winchester!!

I am joining Mary at Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Pop over there and see other collages/ mosaics from Bloggers all over the world!!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Photo Album of our visit to Bosham and Emsworth with Harry on Saturday

We had Harry for a sleepover last Friday night and he was with us all day Saturday. The weather forecast was good so we made our way to West Sussex.
Bosham ( click here to find out more about the area!!)

 On the way home we stopped at Emsworth and we were so lucky to see the Swan and 2 eggs.

We had a lovely day, Harry fell asleep on the way home, probably all the fresh air. He is so good.
Today, Sunday we again have had some lovely weather. I sat in the garden this afternoon enjoying a cup of tea and watching Phil mow the lawn!!!
Since we "Sprung" our clocks forward one hour, we have had a lovely evening when it was lighter for an hour longer.
Hope you have all had a good weekend and you have a good week?
Poor Canadians are not having such good weather like us, hope it soon improves for you. Keep warm and safe.