But, moving on, I thought I'd write a little about my holiday in Portsmouth a few weeks ago!
I think it has so much to offer, especially for anybody with an interest in naval history, and particularly for Nelson Nutters like me! :)
Me, my dad, his wife, Lizza, and my little sister, Skye, went for about a week and my auntie Sally also joined a couple of days later. We all stayed in a Travel Lodge, and, let me tell you, I just love Travel Lodges *sarcasm*.
But, to be fair, it wasn't all that bad, although the room was VERY warm. And I wasn't sleeping on a mattress on the floor for once- I had been upgraded to the sofa- huzzah!
During the holiday we always have a couple of visits to the Isle of Wight to visit the beach and the Donkey Sanctuary, the Chessell Pottery Barns- they have the biggest scones in the world!- and watch the fireworks display at the Needles, which they do on Thursdays through-out the summer.
We also usually have a trip somewhere else, often Brighton, but this year we instead planned to go to London on the Train... which didn't happen. Unfortunately, we didn't realise how expensive that would be, and in the end we decided to leave it for another day. Had we gone, one of the things we would have done would have been to see the Nelson effigy in Westminster Abbey. Alas, at almost a hundred pounds for the train journey alone, that joy has been denied me. :'(
Afterwards, we went to Southsea Castle, a Tudor built fortifcation from which Henry VIII himself watched the Mary Rose go down in 1545. But we only had twenty minutes to spend in there as we arrived a little later than planned! But it was still a very interesting walk round. And at least we can now say that we've done it- finally!
It's always a good visit, and, once you've bought your ticket at the Dockyard, you can go aboard as many times as you want for a year!
So this year, we couldn't go on the Victory, but I was more than happy just to sit and look at her! She is a truely magnificent ship, and she never, ever, fails to impress me!
She is currently going under a massive restoration and half her masts and rigging are gone, as well as her figurehead, and as you can see work is being done to her hull- which I think gives us quite an interesting view of the structure of the ship. This has been, and will be going on, for quite a few months and I think she'll look fantastic when she's finally finished!
Here's my little sister wearing Tudor-style armour inside the museum!
Within the museum is the Nelson Gallery, which I could quite happily live in, for it has quite a few impressive relics, as well as memorablia! There is also, as you can see, a Nelson effigy, which I think is pretty good apart from the hair. I'm quite sure Nelson wasn't blonde!
We said for the last few years that we would make an effort to go up again, and we never did. This year, once again, we failed in our mission to go up the Spinnaker Tower.
A highlight of the holiday for me was meeting, for the second time, Alex and Finni, who played the official Nelson and Emma during the Trafalgar celebrations a few years ago. They are such friendly people, and they certainly know their stuff! They also gave us cake. Yummy.
Big thanks to them! :D
The night we left was one to remember, simply because of the really thick fog that came in out of nowhere! We could only see a ghostly glow of the Spinnaker Tower from where we were parked, which was about five minutes away from Gunwharf Quays! And there were fog horns going off constantly. It was quite eerie, but very cool, although I'm not sure how thrilled I'd be if I lived there!
Back in home, I really do feel like I'm in the wrong place. I'd love to live in Pompey one day, although it's a quite a long way from where I live in Worcestershire!
Maybe if I do well enough with my A-Levels, and then get a good degree, I could work in the NMRN... :D
Below is a video of the holiday in Portsmouth with images taken mostly by me using my mom's very cool camera! Thanks mom! :)