Friday, 8 August 2014

Crossing the Solent?

Crossing the Solent? No, not in Oakapple. We are home for a few days before returning north on Sunday. We have managed to catch up with the rest of friends and family that we missed last time. First of all our motor homing friends, Pete & Sheila who were away last time, and yesterday the Captains brother who lives on the Isle of Wight in Newport. The ferry was a bit of a trial, what with the school hols. And also being Cowes week. Very crowded but it was a great day. We tried the new Spoons in Newport which is in an old church and is called The Man in the Moon. It is an excellent conversion and well up to the standard of Spoons buildings. One corner has four very ornate carved oak chairs which a framed notice informed us were used in the TV series of the Tudors. As great fans of the series we just had to pose for a picture like Henry and Anne. (Captain had better not be inspired to emulate Henry's shenanigans!)
The return crossing was much more civilised with a lot fewer passengers on board. We could see the hovercraft wizzing back and forth across the Solent. I believe it is the only scheduled hovercraft service anywhere in the world. Got back into Portmouth just after dark and managed to get a pic of the Spinaker tower lit up over Gunwharf quays.
We are now eager to continue our travels in Oakapple next week.

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