Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Hampshire Delights Part 1......

Long time I know, and I really should be telling you about our trip to Italy in May, but we had a little getaway to Hampshire a couple of weeks ago so I thought I'd tell you about that first.

It was a coach trip (again) and we travelled down to Basingstoke, Hampshire, where we were based, on the Thursday morning stopping off at Banbury for lunch, arriving at the hotel about 5pm.    It was a long journey so we unpacked and had a short rest before getting freshened up for dinner.

The following morning we set off after breakfast to Runnymede to board a river cruise boat for a two hour trip along the Thames.  The water-meadow at Runnymede is the most likely location at which, in 1215,King John sealed the Magna Carta.   Magna Carta was the first document imposed upon a King Of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights.  Unfortunately we didn't have time to explore Runnymede as our boat was waiting for us.

It was a beautiful day as we sat up top on the boat enjoying looking at the houses along the river.

the wildlife,
other boats

before arriving at Old Windsor Lock.
There were two boats ahead of us waiting to go through the lock so we had to wait a while, then it was our turn to go through. Here's a short video of our trip through the lock.

How would you like to live in this Lockkeeper's Cottage?
We navigated the lock then the drama began!    The engine on our our boat started overheating and the captain had to turn it off, which left us drifting down the Thames!   He quickly got onto his headquarters on his radio and before too long another cruise boat arrived and they lashed the two boats together, we travelled further downstream under the steam of the other boat until it could steer ours to the bank where we could moor.   Waving the rescue boat away we waited a short while for another boat to arrive for us to transfer to, then, because we had already been out for almost two hours and had somewhere else to be, we were taken back to where our coach was parked and were on our way to our next visit.   It was a shame the cruise was cut short because of what happened but we did enjoy the excitement.

Our next visit was to Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where you can step into the story of Hampshire's social, retail and industrial heritage and imagine what life would have been like during the Victorian era and the 1930's as you explore the life-size streets, buildings, shops and vehicles.  Adults and children can dress in Victorian costumes, buy a 2oz ration of sweets in the 1940's sweet shop, enjoy a drink in the working Edwardian pub, climb on board some of the vehicles and see the vast collection of appliances from bygone days.

It doesn't look much from the outside does it?

Inside it's magic!

See the Marcel Wave machine above and how it worked below?
 In this next photo the item I'm holding is a posser, I used to help my grandmother do the laundry in a dolly tub using one of these to mix the laundry.

It was almost time to go home but we just had to visit the reconstructed pier with it's penny slot machines, where we put a £1 in a machine to recieved 10 x 1 old pennies to play the machines.  We had great fun, MWM won a packet of sweets on the crane grab machine, he also had his Xray taken which turned out to be a small picture of a skeleton wearing a hat and smoking a pipe and I had my fortune told by Madam Zasha!
Here's what it said:

The money which comes your way you spend wisely, although some may not think so.  We cannot all have immense wealth and this does not always bring happiness. A kind person like yourself has true friends.  The smiles on the faces of loved ones is ample reward for a few pennies well spent.

How nice is that? 

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Milestones and can really recommend it for a day out if you are in that area.  Unfortunately it was time to head back to the hotel as Milestones closed at 4.45 p.m. but as the hotel was only 15 minutes away we were able to have a much needed rest before dinner.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 and will join me for Part 2 when we take a train ride and visit Winchester.


Ron said...

What a delightful tour of your trip to Hampshire!

I especially enjoyed the photographs of the old shops in the museum and you and MWM posing by the displays! And the one's of the Marcel Wave machine made me smile because when my father was a hairstylist, those were the machines he used to give a perm!

What amazes me about those photographs in the museum is that they look as though you were outside not inside. Almost like what you would see on a movie sound stage.

What a great fortune you received from Madam Zasha :)

Thanks for sharing, m'dear! Thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to seeing Part 2!


Anonymous said...

Great pix! Roll on Winchester.

Akelamalu said...

I had a feeling you would know about the Marcel machine Ron! Yes, you're right, it wasn't like being inside at all at the museum, much more like a movie set. Glad you enjoyed it. xx

Thanks Brac x

MorningAJ said...

Looks like an amazing place. The only bit of Hampshire I've done is Winchester so it's good to see some of the rest of it.

Beach Bum said...

The South Carolina State museum has a similar historical section showing how people lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Such places always make me wonder how people a hundred years from now will view or way of life.

Cloudia said...

wonderful pic of the two of you!

I adore rail and vintage machines too. You are just as the fortune teller says: loved

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Akelamalu said...

I loved Winchester AJ! If you get the chance visit Milestones, there is so much more to see! X

I often think that too Beach, when you see how far technology has come in 100 years what we think us cutting edge now will probably seem positively medieval 100 years from now! Lol

Thankyou Cloudia. There were lots more machines than I have shown, you would love it!

Valerie said...

Love that ironmongers shop and others ... took me right back to the old days when doing the washing was a major task.

Good to see you back, Pearl, although I don't get on line as often now that Joe so poorly.

Flowerpot said...

sp pleased you're having such a brilliant time!

Akelamalu said...

Took me back too Valerie. Sorry to hear Joe is so poorly hon, xx

We are indeed FP. Xx

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i just LOVE that the two of you travel like this. it is so good to see as much of the world as possible and you certainly are doing your share honey! keep it up!

hugs, bee

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Bee. We'd rather run out of money than run out of time! ;)

Daryl said...

i agree with Bee .. its so wonderful to see a couple who are making the most of their retirement .. i am envious ... i wish my husband was someone who enjoyed travel ..

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hello, Akelamalu, It's very nice meeting you. I just came from Ron's to partake in the photo sharing.

Now, this is a travel experience. I'm there, thank you! Isn't it amazing how many photos one ends up taking? I spent a year in Scotland, so you can only imagine.

It must be the pisces in me, that I'm drawn to your photos of the boat excursion. So relaxing and peaceful. Just to take your time to literally breathe in the environ and sights.

Just beautiful. And there's a part 2 coming?

You know, I believe I have been British in one of my past lives.
Love things Victorian, and one of the highlights of my life was my trip to Britain, living in Edinburgh in 1985 for the year.

It was so much fun. Thank you, Akelamalu. Aloha! Petra :))

Akelamalu said...

I feel so lucky that MWM and I both enjoy travelling and more or less the same things ie history etc Daryl. X

Hi Petra, lovely to meet you! I love being on a boat, especially on a river where you can see life on the banks. We once did a Nile criuse it was fascinating! I can understand why you enjoyed your year in Edinburgh, it's a beautiful city, Yes there are a few more parts to this trip. X

Real Live Lesbian said...

Ahhhh…it did look like a movie set! I was thinking how realistic it looked! I'll have the rice pudding!

Akelamalu said...

It was very realistc RLL! My gradmother used to make the best rice pudding ever!

Banker Chick said...

What a wonderful visit to another time.

CrystalChick said...

I'm behind here as usual but have been looking forward to getting caught up. I knew you were out having fun!
Thank goodness rescue came to the overheated boat and you didn't have to drift down the Thames toooo long. Made for an interesting addition to the trip, eh?
The museum looked absolutely delightful! A working pub, too! Nice.
Did you put out the sixpence for rabbit stew and rice pudding?? Haha!
Sweet fortune, so true!