Historic Portsmouth Weekend

Isabel and Jane decided to take me to visit Portsmouth, a city Rosemary had visited a few years ago.  The Spinnaker Tower was a must see landmark to see great views of the City- we did go on the glass floor, not my cup of tea though!

In the evening we went to see Joel Dommett at the New Theatre Royal (which actually very old and is in the process of being renovated).  Joel was very funny, creating lots of laughs at the audience’s expense!  He used to play in a band so you get a bit of music and comedy thrown in too.

You might recognise him from ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, when he was runner up and he seems a genuinely nice guy.

 

On the Sunday we went to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, a fascinating place.  If you get the all attraction ticket you can visit all year – there’s so much to see, you need to go back.  We decided to concentrate on the biggest attractions, HMS Warrier, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads and built by Henry VIII.  It was so heavy it took 100 of the 600 crew to man the wheels (it has two sets of 4 gleaming wheels – see photo, often with 16 men at the helm!) and when they wanted to lift anchor it took hundreds of men 4 to 5 hours – that’s what you call hard work!

After a cruise round the harbour to see the warships, etc (with very corny jokes from the captain!) we went to see the Mary Rose Museum, which gives a real feel of what it must have been like to sail on.

Finally we looked round HMS Victory a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Mind your heads though – some of the decks are so low you need to stoop to get round.  How they managed I don’t know – they must have had permanent back ache and been deaf from the cannons!

 

 

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Easter in Newcastle

Easter weekend this year was spent in the gorgeous Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. As usual we did a lot of walking, a lot of eating and a lot of sightseeing on the trip (no afternoon tea this time though!) .

The walk along the Quayside was lovely and we got some great shots of the most famous bridges along the River Tyne. The Millenium Bridge is a footbridge that tilts when ships or boats need to pass under it. I would have loved to have seen that but it didn’t happen whilst we were there but we did see the kittiwake colony on the Tyne Bridge. Over 700 pairs of black-legged kittiwakes use the bridge and nearby structures as a nesting colonywhich makes it the furthest inland in the world. The birds have even featured on BBC’s Springwatch!

Gateshead Millenium Bridge
Tyne Bridge

A trip to Newcastle wouldn’t be a proper trip without seeing the castle! The ‘New Castle’ (which gave the town its name) was founded in 1080 by the eldest son of William the Conqueror and built using earth and timber. Not a trace of the original Roman fort or this Norman motte and bailey castle remains today having been replaced with the Castle keep, the castle’s main fortified stone tower, built between 1172 and 1177 and the fortified gatehouse, the Black Gate, built between 1247 and 1250.

The views from the top of Castle Keep were great! There were a lot of steps for an old bear like me to get up though!

Random fact – did you know that Hadrian’s wall starts from the banks of the river Tyne in Wallsend? It is a common misconception that Hadrian’s Wall marks the boundary between England and Scotland. In fact Hadrian’s Wall lies entirely within England and has never formed the English-Scottish border!

We also made it to Laing’s Art Gallery, the Discovery Museum and the Great North Museum: Hancock – what a busy and fascinating trip!

 

Of course, we couldn’t resist a spot of grub at The Botanist, there’s a tree in the middle of the bar and we had some lovely food in the restaurant!

 

Thank you Newcastle for a wonderful trip, everyone we met was so friendly, it is definitely a place we would like to come back to. My last photo is of  Grey’s Monument in the centre which is a Grade I listed monument to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey built in 1838. It might well look familiar – the statue was created by Edward Hodges Bailey, who later created Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square!

Till next time.

Rosie x