Daytrips- The New Forest, Horses and Rollerball.

I don't know much about the New Forest except what I imagined it to be like. In my mind I thought it would look like this.

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Aaah Eric Winter knows it, but it wasn't like this picture, it was better than this picture but I didn't see a giant hare. Dan and I were originally on our way to Calshot Castle but then realised it had closed for winter. Nevermind, we followed the directions and got lost but this was ok as we drove into a world of gorses, horses, pine cones and people going about their dog walking business as if this place was completely normal.

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Actual real life horse but far away. I've been about and seen things but I honestly have never seen such a place as this and that people live there and that there is a special garden and a car museum. It was wonderful.

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Still perplexed we carried on our journey and got lost again and ended up at beach with a hill and a shop and a view to the Isle of Wight and it was lovely. Lovely Lepe it was called. Not actually its real name but it was lovely and it is called Lepe. Nanas and granddads sat in cars with flasks and ate Garibaldi biscuits and cheese sandwiches. I wanted a cheese sandwich and a Garibaldi biscuit but we needed to press on before sun down.

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After making calculations on how we could ever afford to live in all of the places we had so far seen, I mean that green thing on the hill would do, we drove on to find Calshot as we had come this far we might as well. Excitement at seeing Grouse frightened both myself and them and shouting to them 'ARE YOU A PARTRIDGE?' means I am not cut out for such country living if I couldn't identify the fauna. Further reading and they are Grouse.

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Full on horse.

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Just when we thought our day couldn't get any better the beautiful sight of Fawley Power Station filled our eyes. I looked up more things about it and I was astounded to find out that the control building was used in the film Rollerball. Jonathan Jonathan!! It has closed down now so it will probably be all gone the next time I get there. Such precious times. 

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Collections-Beach.

It has been that long since I went to the beach that I had forgotten which beaches all of my collected carrier bags of stuff had come from. These bits are from West Wittering as there is a slipper limpet peeping and it is the only place I have ever seen them.

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I think Portchester because of the pottery and the tiny shells and the green mud stains.

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Silverdale Glass as I remember picking it out and doing an ‘ooh’.

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More Silverdale as I have planted the seeds I picked up with the attached note of 'Silver beach seeds' I still won’t remember what they are. 

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These last bits are from Southport. I love my tiny urchin very much.

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Daytrips- Chichester Cathedral and Gardens.

This was to be my second trip to Chichester as the first time Dan and I visited it was dark and cold and I was sans earmuffs. This time it was Halloween and I hoped there was a £1 shop and maybe Halloween pennies on the floor. We started in Priory Park and there is a bit about it HERE.

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We shared a club biscuit.

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After a trip to Pallant House to see the Bomberg exhibition, we found the pound shop and I bought a six pack of Roysters steak crisps and some Bourneville, found a 1p in Marks and Spencer and then we walked to the Cathedral. 

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Impressive.

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The Bishops Palace Gardens are round the back of the cathedral and are well signposted. From a search it says HERE that,

'The gardens date back to 1147-48 when the cathedral was moved from Selsey to Chichester.'

That is old. If you look HERE there is a map and points of interest to see. I really liked it and it is a nice quiet place to sit, with lots still out flowering and changing colour.

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Outgoings.

Only a few this week as I am still making things ready for the big Christmas stand in the post office queue of nightmares letter sending event. I am pleased to say that I found my five year old Tesco Christmas cards down the back of the cupboard so this is what you will receive. They have cats and glitter on.

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World Museum Tour- Hornsea Pottery Museum.

This was to be a very special moment in our lives. We needed to calm down and take a deep breath as the anticipation of seeing over 2000 items of Hornsea pottery was too emotional.

Hornsea pottery was a staple in the 70's and 80's minds of many people. We had a whole dinner service, biscuit barrels, egg cups, vases and the special stuff which was placed on the welsh dresser for best. 

Straight away you are in a pottery wonderland with so many cabinets and colours and shapes. I carefully ate my secret pocket snacks and tried to take it all in. Look at those spice pots!

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The history of the pottery is really interesting and my older sister remembers adverts being on the TV about it. I have looked and looked and I found these BEAUTIES on the Yorkshire Film Archive website- which is just amazing in itself. Look at the pottery shop and the garden centre! 

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Marion Campbells cats. The V&A website shows her Arctic fox piece and other pieces of Hornsea pottery in their collection. I think my sister has one of these cats on her special shelf and I think it is now time for me to mind it nice.

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I did a gasp when I saw these cruet sets as I remember them so well. One day I will own all of the cruets and they will live on the 'very important cruet shelf' These are all designed by John Clappison. I have since read that he worked for Ravenhead Glass and that is near me, well was as it closed down but I am now going to hunt out any designs of his that St.Helens has on show. 

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A most wonderful painting.

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Smartie egg cups! I am sure that you got them with an Easter egg. I have one of those little clown cups but it is in a top secret cupboard.

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The Potters Ball. I would have liked to have gone to that and talked business and patterns. Behind this ticket is more important though, a What-a-Mess cup!

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We had a quiet moment when we saw this.

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One of the original kilns.

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Wonderful stuff and so is Hornsea Museum. You can visit them by finding out their times HERE.

Find out more about Hornsea pottery HERE and HERE and HERE.

A big thankyou to the museum staff for letting us take photographs.