Do you fancy a walk round garden?
It will take a car journey, a park and ride scheme, a ferry and a bit of walking to get there? At the end there might even be a hot drink and a bite to eat?
Interested, then off we go then.
Car to the new Portsmouth Park and Ride. Which seems rather pointless to be honest, when you live in Portsmouth but having whims and fancies as my mum does (and no doubt where I get it from) it is new and we wanted to see what it was like. Surprisingly good, especially if you want to get to The Hard or the Historic Dockyard, where parking is of a premium and rather pricey. As we were heading for The Hard, it was a good option.
It is years since I have been on the Gosport Ferry, and this was part of the excitement of the day out. The ferry gives a link between Gosport and Portsmouth and has been running since 1840. Though the ferry we were on, was slightly more modern! It takes about 5 minutes to cross and they run every 15 minutes. If you went by car, it could take you upwards of 30 minutes if not more if the traffic is bad and you hit it at the wrong time of day.
So off we went. You can see in this photo, Old Portsmouth to the left of the picture and Gosport to the right and two Isle of Wight Catamarans.
A short walk up the high street, took us to the real reason for our epic trip – to visit The Blooming Marvellous Knitted Garden Project.
An intergenerational community knitting/crochet project, made by over 2000 volunteers, culminating in a knitted/crocheted 3D garden which climbed, creeped and blossomed over three floors of Bourenmouth Library and is now on tour around the UK for its second year.
More information can be found on the website here.
My mum, took lots and lots of photos, in fact we spent nearly 40 minutes in there. It was just simply one room and there was so much to see. There are lots of photos on the website, but I am going to share a few of my favourites on here.
It involves lots of knitting and crocheting and as we wandered round, mum recognised lots of the patterns and now wants to spend more of her time knitting and crocheting. It did inspire me as well. Trouble is it is finding the time to fit it all in with all the other interests I have. Enough of the chatting…..
What an enjoyable trip and an enjoyable exhibition, I hope you have enjoyed the photos I have shown you.
So we had to complete our journey away from the knitted garden in reverse. However there was a delay on the ferry coming back….we had to wait for another vessel to pass….. glad we did as this one was much bigger than us….
The ship had not been away for a long period of time, it was a Friday lunchtime and was more than likely coming back in from a weeks exercise. I have lived in Portsmouth all my life and have seen many ships come in, as has my mum. However, there is something magnificent about her (any RN ship coming into the harbour) and I was fascinated when I turned round; everyone on the ferry was watching, many taking photos and filming. Looking out across the harbour, The Round Tower (a synonymous place for waving ships off) was full with people watching, as were the tourists on HMS Warrior who were all watching her go into the dockyard. I would say that they should consider themselves very lucky as HMS Illustrious is the oldest ship in the active fleet and is due to be decommissioned in the very near future. They have said it is going to preserved for the nation as opposed to being sold off or scrapped, I just hope it can find a permanent home in Portsmouth, especially as ship building is on its way out of the area now.
It was a fully packed few hours, which we finished off with a hot chocolate and half a hot cross bun each – we know how to live mum and I!
Now what shall I knit first?