July Montage

In July – I shared with you the rest of my holiday in Criccieth and my son’s new flat.

I showed you a recipe for a different sort of banana bread.

The only crochet I shared was the bunting and coasters I made while I was away. This is mainly because of helping my son cope with all that is involved in moving from one flat to another but I did manage to fit in a bunting tutorial.

I took some photographs of the recent rhino invasion of Southampton and a lot more photographs of our final? visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose.



Final Chapter! or is it?

This Saturday we went back to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to finally see the Mary Rose and do one or two things we had missed before.

(For earlier chapters see: Here,  Here, Here and Here.)

The story could be subtitled “How to make your birthday last almost all year!”

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After getting a slot for the Mary Rose we went to visit ‘Action Stations’

Some people played games


While others discovered all sorts of information: like how an aerofoil works


We could have stayed much longer but soon we had to go and queue to see the Mary Rose.

On the way we saw how they are getting on with reatoration work on HMS Victory.


You can find out more about the Mary Rose – Here

We started with a view of the Main Decks


The lighting was extremely low and I had to set my camera up to it’s highest ISO setting.

There were many of the recovered artefacts displayed. I found the decoration of the cannons especially interesting as you will see.


Can you see the two animal heads towards the far end?

Here are two figures maybe mermaids.


There were also displays of what had been found of different members of the crew like the Master Carpenter, Master Gunner


and Ships Surgeon.


One of the most pignant displays I thought was this one of the skeletonof the ships dog.


They only found three rats – so maybe he was very good at his job!

Can you also see the game board for a game that was a forerunner of Backgammon?

We saw the gun that helped the divers to realise that the wreck was indeed the Mary Rose that they had been searching for.


We then went down to the Lower Decks


And later by a viewing lift to the Upper Decks.


Here is a close up. The wood having been sprayed with water and wax for years is now being dried out.


I didn’t photograph everything that we saw on both the lower and upper decks, and it would get boring if I showed you everything, but here are a few things that caught my interest.

Some pins. The central one shows two dragons!


A cannon showing that it was made for Henry V111 with a tudor rose.


A gold coin showing that this belonged to a welathy crew member.


Chain mail, explaining how it is not made like a chain and so should habe a different name.


and a close up


Another cannon.


A close up of the lion’s heads


and the Tudor Rose.


The ship’s anchor


Musical instruments


And some spoons.


When we had come out and looked round the gift shop it was almost 2.30pm and we were very hungry.

So – at last – we went to the Georgian Tea Rooms!


Had something to eat.



And then what we had really come for –


Tea (or coffee) and cake!

Here you can see a very happy ‘birthday girl’ (as of 2012).


Well only over eleven months to get some.

After this, mother and daughter went boating.


A cheery wave when going through the tunnel.


It was getting late by now but we did get on the last Harbour Tour of the day.

While we waited for the tour, I took this photograph of HMS Warrior with the Spinaker Tower in the background – Old & New


On the tour we saw warships old and new.

This one is this strange shape because it makes it appear smaller on the enemy radar.


I loved the look of this tower.


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And so a year long birthday treat is over. Or is it?

Catherine has said that if she can fit in another trip before the tickets run out in a couple of weeks she will!

April Montage

In April, I continued making squares for the CAL but got a bit behind because of pain in my hand.

I made bookmarks for the people who had commented most on my blog as part of my one year anniversay giveaway and bought lots of lovely coloured crochet cotton for this and future projects.

I also had a go at beaded knitting and made a pair of pretty slippers.

I went back to Portsmouth Dockyard with some of the family and saw HMS Warrior, an exhibition of costumes from the film ‘Les Miserables’ and also went out to Southsea for a ‘Dalek Invasion’.

Then at the end of the month I finished knitting my Buff®. and received a lovely surprise in the post from Patricia at DaniellaJoe’s


Les Miserables and Daleks!

No! not together.

This is a continuation of last Monday’s post.

We had planned another trip to Portsmouth Dockyard to see HMS Warrior some weeks before but then we learned that there would be an exhibition of the costumes for the film of ‘Les Miserables’ and also a Dalek Exhibition in Portsmouth that weekend.

My daughter is a great fan of ‘Les Miserables’ having, I think, been to the show at least twice. She thinks the show is better but nonetheless enjoyed the film. (Even my son wanted to go and see the film because part of it was filmed in Portsmouth Docks!)

We discovered that the exhibition was on in the Dockyard itself and included in our tickets 🙂 so after lunch we headed along there. The lighting was rather low but nonetheless I mananged to get a few usable pictures.


I was most attracted to the female costumes.



This was my favourite.

They also had a more general scene setting display ( with sound!)


After this we decided to move on to the Dalek Exhibition. This was being held at Southsea in the Royal Marines museum so we had to catch a bus and then walk along the front.


If you live in Aylesbury it’s a really exciting thing to see the sea


and so you have to walk along the beach.


I wondered if I had chosen the wrong shoes for the day.


But Lousia was happy. She found an interesting stone.


Eventually we got to the museum, bought tickets and went to see what there was.


It wasn’t as impressive as the Dr Who Exhibition (‘Twenty Years of a Time Lord’) we had been to in 1983 at Longleat where there had been BBC scenary, including the console of the Tardis and various monster costumes. I remember seeing some of the actors who had played Dr Who there as well: at least Tom Baker and Peter Davidson and maybe John Pertwee.

Here are a few of the photos I took at the time.

This will enlarge for a closer look

However Lousia had a great time following a treasure hunt type activity round the museum and seeing various model Daleks and other monsters plus Dr Who look-a-likes.


She even posed for a picture with a cyberman.


As I said last Monday, by the time we had waited for a bus back to the Dockyard we were too late for tea but there will be another visit and maybe then we might find time.

HMS Warrior at last!


At last the day came to go back to Portsmouth Dockyard to see HMS Warrior. (If you are new you can see the previous posts here – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/a-birthday-outing/ and https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/submarines-and-supper-but-no-cake/ )

This time I had suggested that rather than drive down from Aylesbury, if everyone stayed at mine (in Southampton) we could set off earlier and so have more time.

We had a very busy day and did other things that will be the subject of a further post.

This meant that we still didn’t get to have tea at ‘The Georgian Tearooms’ but the new ‘Mary Rose’ museum is opening soon, so this will not be our last visit since our tickets are good till next August. 🙂 How to stretch a birthday treat so it lasts a whole year!


Here is a plan of the ship that you can click on to view if you are interested.

If you click you can read the details

and here is the beautiful ‘warrior’ figurehead.


Draught marks on the hull.


The main mast complete with signal flags spelling, if I remember correctly, ‘Discover Warrior 1860’


Towards the stern there was a whole battery of ships wheels


and the stern gun.


The ship had some lovely decoration.


The red ensign was fluttering in the breeze.


Below were the captains quarters.

Sitting end


and dining.


I think this was where the Commander slept. See the gun.


Below you could see what looked as if it must be the officers dining are


There was also a lot of weaponry:

Hand guns,




and swords.


On the deck below I was surprised to find more wheels.


and to see how like the Victory were the arrangements for the crew.

Suspended tables


compare these with those on the Victory.

Louisa by a gun

The sleeping arrangements.


The kitchen.


Further down there were the engines, by now there were lots of people and it was getting even darker so I didn’t take much in the way of pictures.

The engines were moving, great pistons, so typical of Victorian engineering.

We also saw the boilers and the buckets for the coal.

Back on the top deck I took a picture of one of the boats.


Apparently, on long voyages, sheep were penned up on deck and they kept chickens and ducks in the boats.

We waited around while daddy was exploring below


and then we went to find some lunch.

Later I will tell you what we did next……………………..

Submarines and supper but no cake!

At last I find time to tell you about our second trip to Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard on Saturday 1st Sepember.
We parked the car in Portsmouth but decided that we would start by visiting the Submarine museum. This meant going over to Gosport. Since the journey was much cheaper and quicker that way, we took the local ferry.

We looked at many of the interactive exhibits then went on a guided tour of HMS Alliance which was commissioned in 1947 and were told how during the cold war our guide and fellow submariners were ‘naughty boys’ and took their submarine places that they shouldn’t have been.

Just some of the controls
Crew accommodation

We had a few demonstrations of what it would have been like to be in the submarine during different procedures

and a little girl helped to re-enact starting the engines.

We then went and saw Holland 1: first commissioned in 1901, the Royal Navy’s first submarine.

and another smaller submarine which had had a crew of only four people. There was talk of stealing her had we been nearer the water but I didn’t get voted as part of the crew!

There was so much more that I did not photograph as I was too busy taking it all in. (And it was rather dark). There were videos about past triumphs of submarine warfare and examples of ‘jolly roger’ flags that showed the successes of different submarine crews in past conflicts.

I don’t think we had realised how much there was to see so by the time we headed back to the ferry terminal the afternoon was well on.

We took the short trip back to Portsmouth.

By now it was clear that we would have to come back another day and that this would be the nearest we would get to HMS Warrior that day.

To my daughter’s great disappointment it was 1650 by the time we arrived back at the Historic Dockyard.

She doesn’t want a ‘cream tea’  apparently but ‘cake’ at The Georgian Tearooms and they shup at 1700.

Yet another reason to come back.

However the day was not over. We had only had a light lunch at the submarine museum and my offer to make everyone supper was refused, so we went down to the centre of Southampton to find a suitable restaurant.

We ended up at a Turkish one, below Bar, in the High Street.

The waiter offered to take a picture so here we all are:-

We had hot and cold tapas to start.

And then various other things for the main course.

It was dark by the time they took me home and collected Louisa’s luggage. I think a little girl must have got to bed very late that evening.

A Birthday Outing

Another post so soon! Yes but I thought I would share our Sunday outing with you.

Sunday was my daughter’s birthday and I was picked up after church and we all went down to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We being myself, my daughter, her husband, their daughter and a friend who is at present lodging with them.

We started at the Mary Rose museum where we took a picture of the lodger: James in the stocks!

And here is the birthday girl with a well known king.

And here is a little (or maybe medium sized) princess.

We weren’t able to see the Mary Rose itself but later we did get to see the place that they’ve built to house it.  I saw a very interesting programme on television about it a little while ago.

We decided to head over to Gun Wharf Quays for lunch, passing HMS Warrior on the way.

When we got there, I photographed the Spinnaker tower though I have been here before.

We found a restaurant my daughter likes called Wagamama, the cuisine looks to Japan apparently.

My daughter and I had something whose name I can’t remember but it looked like this:

and it was really delicious. (James was amused by the way I twirled the noodles round my chopsticks. 🙂 )

And there were a couple of side dishes to share as well

After lunch we all headed back to the Historic dockyard.

and this time we went to see the

I have been before a long time ago so the ship did look strange with topmasts and rigging missing.

We had to bend low to go inside.

I won’t bore you with all the pictures I took inside but this looked rather splendid.

And a little girl asked me to photograph her next to one of the ship’s guns.

The tables are hanging from the ceiling – amazing.

Then it was time to go home. As we walked back the Warrior was still there.

One day had not been long enough to see everything but the tickets will still be valid in a fortnight so we are coming back on Saturday week to see HMS Warrior and the Submarine museum.


On their way back to Aylesbury everyone came back to my house and had cake. They really enjoyed the Battenburg of my last post and of course I gave my daughter the rest to take home. But I do still have some of the off-cuts (well I had to taste it when it came out of the oven to check it was alright!) and the marzipan, which I can have with a cup of tea later today.