Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Monday 17 August 2009

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On Saturday, we went to the bike shop and brought my leather trousers, and jacket.
I have already purchased a new helmet.
So now I am a biker, or more to the point a bikes chick, babe or whatever I should be called.
To view Kev's bike visit this recent blog.

Kev is really pleased, I just decided to give it a go a couple of weekends ago, and I love it.
So here we are in our gear, I never thought I would be in leather trousers,
I love my jacket with a pink trim, a bit girly but lovely.
We decided to go to the New Forest on Sunday,
not a great journey in the car, but no problem on the bike.
It was a sunny day, and the roads were very busy, but it felt great as we passed all the queuing cars. We were able to drive all around the forest.
It was wonderful to feel so close to everything,
We saw loads of ponies with their young,
cattle and donkeys along side the road
I wanted to show different photo's, not just the forest and the ponies.
We went to Lymington, and watched the ferry leaving for the Isle of Wight
Walked into town, past the shops to the church at the top of the hill.

Back at the harbour full of boats, all my recent blogs have shown boats,
but the Solent where we live is a busy place for crafts of all sizes.

Kev took a shine to this one.

We are hoping our moving date will be the weekend 12th September
We have asked everyone to confirm this is good.
It just needs our solicitor's to get every thing in place
Fingers crossed.

Friday 14 August 2009

The Creek

We decided to walk along the creek, it's very near to our house, so no car required.

The tide was low, so it does not look it's best, but filled with little craft waiting for the tide to float them. The walk lasted for 45 minutes, it runs along side the water.
Past The Castle in the Air, a nice typical english pub and business that has built themselves working along the water.
On the far bank is the local golf club, with the greens looking so tidy and smart.

Past the red brick houses, all made with the beautiful Fareham red brick, a reminder of days gone by, the buildings still stand, but the brick works long gone.
Each vessel with it's mask so tall, stretching up towards the sky.

What a great name for a boat, this one is out of the water.
Past the boat yards onto the green,
with blackberry bushes laden with fruit alongside the edge of the path.
walking their dog, a gentle nod as we pass them.

We are very lucky to live in this area, with the countryside and the coastline.
Next time if the tide is in I will take some more photo's and show you the difference.

Still no moving date,
I would like to do more packing, things are moving slowly, papers are being exchanged and signed.

Wednesday 12 August 2009

Thought for the day

I saw this and thought I would be good to share,

myself I prefer coffee

Thursday 6 August 2009


One last look at our weekend
I want to take you into the walled gardens of the Dunraven Estate
We walked along the estate and came to a door,
which just had to be opened

And to our amazement we found gardens
with a fantastic view

There are three sections to this walled garden
In the far corner is the original Ice Tower

Each area different, with fruit and flowers
as well as a formal lawn

The walls stood tall and straight
I could imagine elegant ladies taking the air on a sunny day

With what I call a folly at the bottom
Overgrown with Jasmine, smelling Divine

We have booked a couple of day in January to revisit
No flowers at that time of the year
But I am looking forward to
The weather and the tides crashing against the rocks
A totally different view of the area.

We have a car boot sale to go to this weekend, that's the problem when you downsize,
The bungalow, has the most wonderful master bedroom,
but as a result we have little attic space.
It is fun to find things we have not seen for years
lots of old photo's of the family.
We are having fun deciding what should go,
I'm for getting rid of it, it I've not touched it in over 6 months.
Soon I will have to do my craft room, that's a different matter,
my young neice, Natasha is promised loads of thing.

Saturday 1 August 2009


Last weekend on our way home from Wales to Hampshire, we called in to Clevedon

While we lived in Somerset, this was a local resort, just below Bristol. We visited here often, bringing the girls when they were younger. The pier had been wrecked and there were major fundraising to rebuild it.

So after 10 years away, imagine our delight to find the pier rebuilt and looking so very good.

Having never walked on this pier, the view form the top is fantastic, very simply done with wood planks, it looks as if it has always been like this. We walked down the length passing fishermen, wrapped up from the rain, we were grinning all the way.

At the bottom, just shelters, and a tea room, what more would you need.
Snuggled out of the weather we had steaming coffee and shared a muffin.

We were stunned at our luck as the Balmoral, sailed into view, they were sailing down the Bristol channel. I have sailed on the Balmoral in the 70's, we went to Lundy Island again in the Bristol channel.

The ship tied up at the bottom of the pier, so we were able to have a closer look.

This weekend is another wet one, we have been shopping this morning, I have brought new trousers and jeans, in size 12 which is a size smaller than my normal size, I can not remember the last time I was able to fit into a size 12, so I am feeling very good at this moment.

Later Kev and I are going to see the new Harry Potter film.
Tomorrow Kev is playing Golf so I am having a pamper morning.
And to add to a perfect weekend, Kev has just booked us another weekend trip to Porthcawl in January next year


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