We had a couple of minutes to wait for the chain ferry to chug across the water
Look at the lovely ornate carved seats and back rests
Once we had bought our red jet tickets, we sat in the harbour at Cowes as we had a half an hour to wait, so we had a coffee and cake and enjoyed the sunshine. The flags flying around the harbour were letting us know that Cowes week was about to start that coming weekend. Can you see the Red Funnel car ferry sailing past the entrance to the harbour on its way to East Cowes to let all the cars and passengers off?
We wandered up through the town on our way to the Stadium
We went up to the stadium during the afternoon (kick off wasn't until 8.05 pm)
H had a new season football shirt and he wanted the name "Long" (Shane Long) his favourite player of all time and "Long's number 7" on the back of his shirt - so we had to get it printed!!!
Southampton Vs Vitesse - a Dutch team
This is a statue of Edric Thornton "Ted" Bates MBE which is situated at the front of St Mary's Stadium - Ted was a former Southampton F.C. player, manager, director and president which earned him the sobriquet Mr Southampton - Ted played for Southampton from 1937-1953 and then became their manager in 1955-1973 - LEGEND!!
New season 2015/16 kit
Get your match day programme - here!
Railings outside the ground - I have never noticed SFC in them before!!
Southampton football club moved from The Dell to a brand new purpose built stadium,
St Mary's in 2001
My son bought a "brick in the wall" at St Mary's when it was built, showing the first game he ever attended (because that is what boys do) Southampton vs Watford in 1986 (he was only 10) and
Saints won 3 - 1
We met up with Sean and my other grandson O and off we went to find our seats and eagerly await the start of the match
The sprinklers are on for one last watering of the pitch before kick off
The players lined up awaiting the start of the game and a lot more spectators were in their seats
We were very close to the visiting supporters and in the 29 years that we have been attending football matches it was without a doubt the noisiest game we have ever been to. The fans on both sides were trying to out-sing each other and urge their teams on. Both sets of fans applauded each other for their singing throughout the game and afterwards. The atmosphere was very friendly and also electric. Southampton won the game 3 - 0 and the return leg was played in Holland on Thursday this week. Southampton had another win with 2 goals scored to nil and therefore they go through to the next round of the Europa Cup and will be playing FC Midtjylland a Danish team - so again we say COYR (Come on you reds)!!
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On Friday as the lavender was looking and smelling so lovely I decided to make some shortbread - yes - lavender shortbread
The little flowers have to be picked out once they have been washed under the running water tap
When you have your dish of lavender all picked off you need your other ingredients
170g plain flour
55g caster sugar
3g lavender (or more if you have the patience to pick more off)
Rub the flour and butter together and then add the lavender
Then add the sugar and knead until the mixture binds together
Roll out to about 1/2" thick
Cut them and place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake at 160 for 15 minutes
Sprinkle a little caster sugar on the tops and cool on a wire tray
When cooled pop them on a plate and dress with a sprig of lavender
Eat and enjoy!!
I also made this tray of loveliness this week see here - boost bars loaded full of scrummy ingredients
Thanks for popping by
Xx Joy Xx
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PS With the lavender stalks you have left, tie a pretty ribbon around them and hang up until they dry and enjoy the heady aroma and the prettiness of the drying flowers!
A few scanner pockets for visitors to our parkrun to take to their home parkruns
These beauties got finished this week too - see here - Tracy my friend sent me down the yarn because I loved hers so much. She finished hers this week which made me get on with mine (My second sock was started on the 15th July) oooohh and they match. Tracy in Yorkshire - me on the Isle of Wight and we have the same socks!!!
AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh - this weeks work in progress!!!!!!
That is all I am prepared to say at the moment