Sunday, 27 January 2019

Worthing 23rd January 2019

The weather had been fairly mild and settled so we decided on a trip to Worthing. our nearest seaside resort.   Although the forecast had been for a fine day it was, in fact, mostly overcast, and quite chilly.

As usual, we drove to Horsham and left our car in the Park and Ride car park and picked up the bus to Worthing.  The journey to Horsham is about 30 minutes and the bus ride about 45 minutes.  As we each have a bus pass, its an extremely reasonable day out for us, and saves us searching for, and paying for, expensive car parking in Worthing.

The pier

Another view of the pier - from the beach


I imagine this was used for tying up a boat.  It is by the Life Guard station.

A colourful mural in a beach shelter

Thursday, 24 January 2019

COYI - or a visit to a West Ham football match

All the chaps in my immediate family support West Ham United Football Club, so it has rubbed off on me a little bit, and I 'sort of' support them as well.  Just after New Year my younger son rang to invite Brian to a football match as his wife was not well.  Brian also was unwell so I was asked if  I would like to go.   Of course, I said yes!    The outing was more exciting for me because it was the first time I had ever attended a proper football match - I have been several times to watch our grandson play - but it was a Home match and West Ham's home ground is now The London Stadium, originally built for the 2012 London Olympics.   Double Yes!!

Kick off was 12.30 so it was an early start for me.  Drove over to Son's house, and Lisa took us to the station where we boarded a train to London.  Then on to the Jubilee Line for the train to Stratford, the nearest station to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where the London Stadium is situated.    We had a quick bite to eat at a McDonald's then walked to the stadium.  The crowds were beginning to gather and it was all very exciting.  We quickly found our seats and waited for the game to start.    My son stopped me just as we got to the top of the stairs before finding our seats for an awe-inspiring view of the stadium. It is all very impressive.

The Olympic swimming pool with the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the background

My first view of the stadium

The ArcelorMittal Orbit - Sculpture and Observation tower.  

Harry leads the way

To prove I was there!

Over the water - not sure what this is called, but it goes around the Park.

This little dog was collecting for the Bobby Moore Charity against Bowel Cancer

Another view of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.  The tubes you see running around is a slide.
Abseiling also takes place here.

Just before our first goal

It was such an exciting day, made most enjoyable in the company of my younger son and his son.  A day I will never forget. 

We played against Birmingham, who were in fine voice singing and chanting all the way through the game.   To no avail as West Ham won 2-0.

We left promptly before the teams played extra time to avoid the crowds all leaving at the same time.  There was a lot of police in evidence, and we were marshalled back to the station very efficiently by the stewards. We went through a small crowd of what was obviously "rent-a-mob" so it was reassuring that there were so many policemen and marshalls about. 

OH - COYI?  It is internet speak for "Come on you Irons" - West Ham's logo being two crossed hammers referring back to their origins as Thames Ironworks team.

Friday, 18 January 2019

New Year visit to Bournemouth

Brian's birthday falls on 1st January and in recent years we have gone down to Bournemouth for a few days, travelling down on his birthday.  We find most people who have gone away to celebrate New Year are leaving for home on the1st, so we have never had a problem getting a room.

We had decided that this year we would go over to Poole Harbour.  We have always enjoyed Poole and always visit the well-known Poole Pottery.   However, we were very disappointed to find they are no longer in Poole.  A Google search told me they are now owned by Denbies.  This firm was unable to negotiate with the owners of the Poole Pottery site, so Poole Pottery is now in Stoke on Trent.  It is such a shame as Poole Pottery has been in Poole since it was founded in 1873.

I am sure we will still visit Poole, as we like the quayside, but it won't be the same.

Very expensive boats are made here

Looking along the quayside

Brownsea Island

Statue on the quayside of Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Scout Movement.
He is looking out to Brownsea Island where he held his first scout camp.
Scout camps are still held on the Island

We walked into Boscome from our hotel and had a walk along the pier.  It was very cold and very blustery.   The following two pictures were the only ones I took looking either side of the pier.

Just a pile of old rope on the quayside at Poole

Thursday, 10 January 2019

A Wedding

Just before Christmas, my eldest son got married to Jen.  It was a most wonderful day.   Jen looked beautiful, Matthew was, of course, very handsome, and the bridesmaids looked stunning.

The wedding and reception were held at a wedding and conference centre in what, I imagine, was once a Manor House as it was next to an old church.

I didn't take a great many photo's - too busy being 'mother of the groom'.