Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Across The Pond

Hello, Dear Ones and I'm so glad you've come along with us on Mr. Precious' retirement, um, new chapter in his life celebration trip! If you would like to hear about the beginning of our trip just go to my previous post. We had such a wonderful time sailing on the Queen Mary 2 but I must tell you, my tiny feet were itching to walk upon the ground. My itch was satisfied when we disembarked at Southampton, England!

We had looked on the internet to find a place to stay and discovered the Hunters Lodge in Southampton. An olden house with nice clean rooms, although small. We were treated to tea and cookies a couple of times a day.


These last three pictures were taken as I looked out our window ~ snow!

Now we had so many plans to explore while in England. One was to go and visit Stonehenge but to our great disappointment because of the snow, it was closed along with many of the roads and rail tracks. We had reserved a car but we were discouraged from picking it up ~ so we didn't! Boo Hooness~
Well, we were going to get out so we walked to the train station and took a tiny little trip to Winchester. We didn't ride in the first class car, I just took the picture because the colors of the car looked like the old Southwest Airline planes and the name of this line of train cars was Southwest! Cool, huh?

Did I tell you Mr. Precious' sister and her husband traveled with us? We walked a bit around the streets of Winchester with frozen toes and decided to pop into a little cafe and have hamburgers! I couldn't resist a chance for a group snap! Everyone did so well except me! :)

After a couple of days we had a car drive us to London and of course the first thing to do was find some food! :) We walked into this precious old English pub and everyone was just too happy.
Say 'cheese'! :)

We've been to London a few times and wanted to show dear SIL and BIL the sights on frozen footsies! Being from a much warmer climate, I don't have any snow shoes! My toes are still cold!

The first stop on our frozen toes tour was Buckingham Palace. We tried so very hard to get through that gate and visit with the Queen. But no, no Nannette, those guards wouldn't have it! I just wanted to have tea with her and see what brand of tea she drank. :) You know I'm kidding.

Next we popped into a little toy soldier shop! Oh, it was so cute and little soldiers were from every time period of history.
Oh, look! A parade! Mr. Precious just loves parades! Here comes the Queen!! I'm sure that is why the guards wouldn't let us in the gate. She wasn't home! :)

Next on our frozen toes tour was Westminster Abbey. Isn't it so lovely?
This side always reminds me of Notre Dame. The official name is really The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster.
I know, I got a little carried away with my snaps, but it's just such a beautiful place.

It's almost dark now and our frozen toes tour is bringing us up close to Big Ben! Big Ben is really the nickname for the bells inside the clock tower. This clock tower is at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Big Ben is a focus at New Years Eve and chimes thirteen times! Now, don't you feel just so educated? :)


It's dark and cold outside now so we popped into the Burlington Arcade. When I think of an arcade, I think of games and quarters. Well, it was quarters when my son played. Let me tell you, there were no game rooms here. No, no Nannette! This is a very lovely covered shopping area filled with high end shops! My tiny eyes were spying some antique shops. Look at the bottom left hand photo - those are antique fish servers. Aren't they beautiful? Well, they all stayed right there in their tiny glass cases ~ the prices were way out of my budget! :)

Now we arrived at Piccadilly Circus, my toes still frozen! This is a very people crowded spot, bright with the lights, filled with shops and a wonderful place to visit while in London. This was our only day to be in London. We were getting tired, feet were frozen and we had to get up early for our flight back to the states the next morning so off we go!

So as we turned to walk back to our hotel, I saw this huge mannequin and was about to snap a picture when ~ he moved and blew me a kiss! Yes, he did! Now that just finished our frozen toes tour with a bang!

We boarded our plane for home the next morning and here we are ~ home! What a wonderful trip and we've made many great memories. Thank you for coming along with me.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with the perfect little Note Song~

England Swings

England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two
Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben
The rosy red cheeks of the little children

Now, if you huff and puff and you fin'lly save enough
Money up to take your family on a trip across the sea
Take a tip before you take your trip
Let me tell you where to go
Go to England, oh

England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two
Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben
The rosy red cheeks of the little children

Mama's old pajamas and your papa's mustache,
Falling out the window sill, frolic in the grass,
Tryin' to mock the way they talk, fun but all in vain,
Gaping at the dapper men with derby hats and canes.

England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two
Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben
The rosy red cheeks of the little children

England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two
Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben
The rosy red cheeks of the little children

~sung by Roger Miller