Friday, August 29, 2008
This week SW and I visited a place called Pendon, near Abingdon. There is a fabulous miniature railway and village setup in the village. We spent a couple of hours chatting and looking at the display. The scale is 4mm in 1 foot - so to say its tiny an understatement.
An Army Air Museum was also on the unwritten agenda. Very interesting. Amongst the various military paraphernalia was a little display that a gentleman called H.E Hervey had done between WW1 and WW2 while living in Australia. The pictures are of seeds, dried ferns and grasses. This would be similar to doing stump work with nature I guess.
Then we headed off the Lymington and got way laid to the Isle of Wight!! Yes!!! Me on ANOTHER ferry - who would of thought??? Still haven't changed my mind about cruising though.
On the way to Lymington we had to pass through the New Forrest and Beaulieu Estate and came across a mother and her baby....sooooo cute! Was almost able to pat the baby donkey, but chose not to so as not to spook it. The horses and donkeys roam free in this area and there are plenty of them (horses that is - we only saw these two donkeys) and they have right of way around the place.
Have found a new calling, job-wise....Wing Walking :) After going to the Bournemouth Airshow and watching the spectacular flying and displays, we were entertained by the girls doing Wing Walking on the biplanes....only thing is that they might need a Hercules for me to do it as I have taking a liking for Tunnocks Tea Cakes.....yummmmmm....might end up the size of a bus by the time we finish our holiday here!!! Saw the last flying Spitfire from WW2 with a Lancaster bomber in a Battle of Britain Flypast, also some helicopters doing a display and a jet zooming around. SW spotted one of the funniest things we have seen while here on holiday. In the photo below you will see a little boat with a red flag on it...the other boats with people on board were watching the Airshow and this little fellow was going boat to boat selling ice-creams!!! We were in stitches!!!
This picture is the view we have from our new house :)) And the second is of the back of our new abode! No honestly!!! We have been staying with some fabulous friends and have been here for several days, that we feel like part of the furniture now.
Sadly tomorrow we must leave Karen and Keith and move on to the next port of call...Hastings.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Our next stop was Culzean (said Cullaine) Castle. Fabulous day spent viewing the finery and gardens there. Might buy it if I can find a spare couple million dollars when I get home. The thistle was just one of many beautiful flowers in the Walled Garden. Saw my first Robin for the season too, but he flew off before I had time to take his pic.
We then set off to stay with our friends Flo and Ernie in Stranraer. Super Dave made Flo a miniature house - here is the picture of the year. She couldn't believe her eyes as you can see.
Not much stitching is getting done, only a bit of cross stitch now and then. Have decided that I quite like the old Gin and Tonic now (friends over here introduced me to them) so less stitching might get done!! LOL
Nearly dinner time so best sign off for now - don't hold your breath for the next installment, cos I don't know when it will be....
Friday, August 8, 2008
Anyway onto the trip.... What a long journey it is to the other side of the world!! Other than having our seats changed, my food being eaten by someone else (you would think if you hadn't ordered special food and it arrived with a sticker on, you would know it wasn't for you??? Apparently not!!!) and our security luggage tags missing off the suitcases, it was a fairly uneventful trip! 5 hours in Melbourne Airport is rather boring tho, Super Dave and I decided a nibble of food at Nandos would go down ok, hmmm...wont be eating there again in a hurry.
Watched a couple of good movies between Melbourne and Dubai - 'The Bucket List' - cried almost all the way thru that one, then watched 'The Other Boleyn Girl', both excellent entertainment. Did a bit of cross stitch on board, even had one of the hosties interested!!! Me in Dubai Airport, our plane (don't you love the view? tis 6.30am and the smog is thick) Super Dave in Dubai Airport. We felt like we had been in airports for a full week by this time. Coming in for landing over the North East of England. Finally got to our destination of Newcastle and was greeted by our family, it was great to see them again. Haven't done too much since being here - got a bit of a dicky neck and head, but it is slowly getting better. Probably not having sleep for 48 hours would make one dicky headed!!!
This little budgie is a newish addition to the family we are staying with. His name is Springer and is hilarious. He is well versed - 'cuppa tea and cheese?', 'ya bugga', 'sing a song', 'are ya coming' are amongst some of the things he says. Keeping us well amused!!