Saturday, 11 July 2015

Winchester...dustbin lids...speeches... and heaven! ;-)

I hereby declare...with this sword... and dustbin lid....!

This is a bit of a standing joke with me and my other half!

Good old King Alfred! 

You can't miss him when you visit Winchester ;-)

Winchester holds a very special place in my heart, for various reasons.

Firstly, I once lived near this lovely city and spent many happy hours

here, mostly during my student vacations.

Secondly, the walk alongside the River Itchen is delightful; in fact I will

go so far as to say that Hampshire rivers are far superior to Devon Rivers!

Tut tut, how disloyal...!

You shouldn't compare; I know t'is not a fair test!

Oh well, tough...they are! 

Spend an afternoon beside The River Itchen or the River Test 

and you're in heaven...well almost!  Not much beats it, anyway! ;-)

I first saw a Kingfisher on the River Itchen....this was a sight to treasure, forever.

I first saw a cuckoo flying across the same river.

Thirdly, I love the walk behind the cathedral, which

takes in the fab Wells bookshop! It's a step back in time...and

I enjoy doing that; it's a perfect escape! 

Fourthly, the city is steeped in history and I love history!

Fifth, my daughter's graduation was held in Winchester Cathedral....

which meant that I had to be there, obviously...

...which meant a weekend in Winchester! That was in 2003!

Sixth, it was on my tenth wedding anniversary, which just so happened to

be the weekend of my daughter's graduation, when Mr Snippets declared

his undying love for be known forever after as his....

 'Winchester Speech'!

I took a photo...but I didn't record the aforementioned speech!

Here he is, preparing for it!!  (With an audience!) LOL!!! ;-)

Doesn't he look so very young?! 

In fact the speech was so memorable...that I've forgotten it!! 

Well...I mean the exact words ;-)

Moving swiftly on...before I get clobbered.

And so, here we are many years later, in Winchester, and imagine the delight

which spread over my face when I discovered that, as this was

 the first Sunday of the month, a vintage market was being held

in the street!!

I honestly didn't know about this event!

I'm in heaven...once again!

Too many treasures...too little time!

Needless to say, one or too things found their way home

but, dammit, we travelled by train so we had to leave far too much behind!

Soon, the clock showed that it was time to go...except that this is the

 clock showing when we arrived...oh well never mind, you get the gist!


One things for certain! I'll be back!



Nich said...

I, too, saw my first ever kingfisher on the Itchen - Truly a beautiful river, with its "Wind in the Willows" tranquillity...

However (yes there's a but) I have watched many a happy flash of kingfisher blue on the Teign, taken leisurely boats up and down the Exe, and been mesmerised by the deadly, rocky tumble of the Dart. Hampshire rivers speak of peace and stillness, Devon rivers show us drama and danger. Both different, both beautiful.

Looks like a lovely time in Winchester ;-)

galant said...

It's year since we visited Winchester - spent a long time in the Cathedral and then had a walk in the water meadows, such a lovely area.
Margaret P