Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Holiday over

Loads of clouds again
 Some reading for the next week
 Tuesday in Portsmouth historic dockyard
From HMS Victory, looking towards the Spinnaker Tower
 Lunch at Gunwharf Quays
 Alba and Will making friends
Almost everyday this week, we have had loads of dark clouds, normally it would mean it's going to rain, it's rare to see so many clouds and it stays dry, by late afternoon all the clouds have gone and it's full sunshine.  Everywhere is desperate for rain, the grass in our lovely park has turned to straw, leaves are falling off tree's,  it's very muggy.  Our summer this year is very different.
On Wednesday morning I drove to Gatwick airport for Alba to catch a plane home, she was with us for 6 days, we enjoyed our time together, she is a special young lady. We took her to loads of local places, She loved the Historic boatyard at Portsmouth, and the tour of HMS Victory, we also saw HMS Warrior. Shopping at Gunwharf Quays was fun, we had lunch at Wagamam'a sat looking at all the huge boats. We had a drink in a typical English pub, only soft drinks.  She loves our garden and all the colourful plants, so we visited a garden center, she was interested in everything. Will loved her and they played together, we had Will on another sleep over on Sunday night.
The holiday went far too quick and now we are planning for next year, we are hinting to have Alba for 1 month, we could do so much more. It is good her english is perfect, we often speak over the phone, which always is a test of language skills, but her mum is a good teacher.
Shopping on Tuesday, saw me purchase a lovely pair of trousers, perfect fit, Per Una reduced in the sale, I have been wanting slim fit trousers, so much for not purchasing clothes this year, oh well I am only human, so whilst I've not done as I wanted, I am not spending too much.
Today I am out for a pedicure and lunch with youngest daughter, it's her treat to me, Friday we plan to go to Marwell Zoo it's been years since we visited. There is a weather warning for thunder storms on Friday, we will have to check on the morning, the warning covers the whole of the south east of England, and they could happen anywhere, so it's probable we will stay dry. 


  1. So nice to see your photographs.
    Have a wonderful trip to Marwell Zoo - hope the weather stays dry for you.

    All the best Jan

  2. Sounds like a delightful visit! The whole world must need rain. The wild fires are again here in the NW. Fortunately none near us but I do feel so sad for others.

  3. How lovely that you've kept in touch with your visitor from the 80s and that you now host her family, what a lovely friendship. I've just caught up with your last post, the sewing is fabulous, Alba has made some wonderful gifts for her family and friends. Hope you make it to the zoo, have a lovely day.



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