We had a friend going to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth later that day. We didn't tell her but myself, H and a couple of friends decided we would go over to Portsmouth and support her.
So after lunch we caught the catamaran from Ryde Pier head to Portsmouth - the Spinnaker Tower is just a short walk from Portsmouth Harbour station which is where we dock
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560ft) landmark tower in Portsmouth and its construction started in 2001 and was completed in 2005 at a cost of £35 million
We found our friend Coral hanging around down at the bottom of the tower waiting for her slot
(look at that smile and no nerves whatsoever)
It was a totally different matter for me (I do not like heights)
I had a wander round looking at the hustle and bustle going on whilst Coral went for her briefing
These beautiful violas growing in tubs outside the pub!!
Coral came out of the little platform at the top of the picture and here she is half way down
she is nearly down with feet back on firm ground!!
All done -"can I do it again?" were her first words - one crazy lovely (still smiling) lady!!
Coral volunteered to do the abseil as she was supporting St Catherine's School in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight as this is a non-maintained residential special school for children and young people aged seven to nineteen years who have speech, language and communication needs. Many students have multiple conditions and a range of abilities are supported.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
Bank holiday Monday took us off on a journey to East Cowes to visit Osborne House. Hubby and I are members of English Heritage and this is our favourite place to visit on the island. "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight
Come for a stroll around with us on this not very warm or sunny Bank Holiday Monday
front view of the main house
rear view of the main house - look at those lions standing guard
lovely ornate well kept flower beds
a variety of statues in the garden
look at the lovely neat edge on the grass as we walked down the path to the beach
Queen Victoria's beach
Queen Victoria's seated alcove at the beach
Queen Victoria's bathing machine (changing room)
I sat in this deck chair to eat my picnic lunch and drink my hot chocolate looking out across the Solent and enjoying the peace and quiet that Osborne House offers.
A family came and sat to eat their picnic lunch near us and I noticed the ladies crocheted bag,
so I asked if she would mind if I took a photo of her bag - isn't it lovely?
We wandered up to the walled garden - but unfortunately the batteries in my camera ran out and I didn't have any spares with me! The next time we have a lovely sunny day we will visit again and I'll make sure I have fresh batteries and some spares with me to share more of Osborne House and its beauty with you.
Thanks for popping by
xx Joy xx