I will never ever cease to appreciate how lucky I am to be living where I do. After growing up in landlocked Birmingham I just love the fact that we are so close to the coast in Southampton.
However, although we have done a fair bit of exploring in our ten years here, we have many more places to get to know.
Somewhere very close, and hitherto unfamiliar, to us is Hamble, of Howard's Way fame, and we headed there today for a lovely al fresco pub lunch with the in-laws, a bit of crabbing, a wander around this very pretty village and plenty of sitting and watching the boaty comings and goings on the busy River Hamble.
This beautiful old building has every window bricked up. We asked a very lovely local lady why and she told is it had to be or it would fall down!!
A very obliging tern whizzed past as we sat on the quay.
They were even ready for us with a reserved parking space :)
As if that's not enough loveliness for one weekend, I even got left 'home alone' yesterday to do some sewing!
The result was a whole batch of zippy pouches. The elephant ones are for an order, the pink and blue flowery jobs are for my friend Maggie and her daughter who we will be catching up with later this week in their caravan in Dorset and the final one, with the red gnome braid is to be given away!
It came to my notice a week or two back that I had missed my 200th blog post! I was too busy to sort this immediately so to remedy this I have opted to shamelessly copy Jodie and Lucy and do a retrospective giveaway.
My 200th post was on June 20th and 13 of you lovely peeps left me a comment.
Using this random number generator, I am pleased to say that number 4 is the winner of this pouch and maybe one or two other goodies!
OMG - I'm suddenly deafened with the bloggy shouts of FIX, FIX....ref, it's a FIX!!!
In my defence yer honour, I did the random number thing ONCE and ONCE ONLY...saw who it was and seriously considered doing it again...and then thought 'Hang on a minute - if I do that it won't be random, will it?!'
So, my barmy funny friend Mrs L your bloggy present will be on it's way up north very soon!
Best make sure I wrap it well to keep it warm!!!