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 me...to be known forever after as his....
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!