Watson Family Photos
Helen & Alan's Wedding 1st November 2019 - Helen & Alan's Wedding

Congratulations to both of you and thank you for the invite
The candy floss was amazing!
Twyford Waterworks 6th October 2019 - Twyford Waterworks Museum

Back again for their final open day of 2019, even more to see with vintage cars and traction engines in addition to the working steam engine and diesel engines that used to power the water pumps etc.
Definitely worth a visit...check out their webpage for 2020 dates once they've announced them....here
Happy Birthday Mum 29th September 2019 - Happy Birthday Mum

Eve and Sam meet us at Mum's for dinner, presents and cake!
Brixham 13th September 2019 - Brixham

Visiting the lovely fishing harbour with the replica Golden Hind
Greenway 12th September 2019 - Agatha Christie's Greenway

Ferry across the River Dart to Kingswear then steam train to Churston and finally a bus trip to Agatha Christie's holiday home on the River Dart
This time we concentrated on walking the gardens and grounds to see the Boat House and Battery as well as many other features throughout the grounds, including a go at croquet!
South Devon Railway 11th September 2019 - South Devon Railway

Dodging the showers whilst visiting the lovely South Devon Railway
Twyford Waterworks 1st September 2019 - Twyford Waterworks Museum

What a wonderful place! Steeped in industrial history and working examples of steam and diesel engines for pumping the water up from the wells and a water softening plant
The guided tour was fascinating and really explained how everything worked
Well worth a visit, check out their website for the next Open Day here
Lymington 25th August 2019 - Day Trip to Lymington

By train to Lymington then a walk around the coast to the west and a late lunch followed by a walk up the Lymington River
The Vyne 28th July 2019 - The Vyne

This lovely house with beautiful gardens and a lake is just outside Basingstoke
Railtour 27th July 2019 - Railtour

'The Return of Thunder Vac' from Derby to Carlisle and return thanks to Jason at Hanson and Hall Rail Services Solutions and also to Kevin and his team at the Branch Line Society for a fantastic day
Brighton 21st July 2019 - Brighton

Day trip by train to this bustling seaside place
Lou meets Herbie and tries to bring a pirate home!
Watch out for the seagulls....too late! Someone lost their fish and chip lunch!
Steam Trains 14th July 2019 - Steam Trains

Firstly to Midsomer Norton for the small but very interesting Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust and a ride on their 1 mile line
Then to Cranmore for a ride on the East Somerset Railway
Axbridge 13th July 2019 - Axbridge

Lots of very old buildings in this small, quiet town
Lion Rock 13th July 2019 - Cheddar Gorge

Back for a proper look at this stunning natural feature...including Lion Rock which really does look like a lion!
We started with a cheddar cheese ploughmans in the pub!
Strawberry Line 13th July 2019 - The Strawberry Line

A walk along the old Cheddar Valley line between Winscombe and Sandford where there is a heritage centre with a steam loco, some wagons and a coach, all available to sit and eat and drink from the little tea shop on site
There's also a museum in the beautifully restored station building
This is run by volunteers who were very friendly and helpful so if you're passing, pop in for a cuppa!
Cheddar Gorge 12th July 2019 - Cheddar Gorge

A quick stop on the drive through this spectacular gorge
Alfred's Tower 12th July 2019 - Alfred's Tower

Just around the corner from Stourhead, this strange tower hidden away in the trees wasn't open but you could still walk around it
Stourhead 12th July 2019 - Stourhead

What a beautiful place!
So much to see and do and lots of space to walk through fields and woods and around the lake
Many small buildings spread around the grounds including a lakeside grotto
Uppark 6th July 2019 - Uppark

Re-opened in 1995 after a devastating fire in 1989 this is a wonderful place with lots of history and details of the painstaking restoration work that was undertaken to rebuild the house
The tunnels are an interesting feature as well as the stunning views of the surrounding countryside
Spa Valley Railway 23rd June 2019 - Spa Valley Railway

A day on this lovely line, not running to Eridge today due to Network Rail engineering works but still an enjoyable day
Walking 22nd June 2019 - Out Walking

A day out walking in the woods around Pembury then Afternoon Tea back at the hotel
Bluebell Railway 21st June 2019 - Bluebell Railway

A ride on the beautiful Bluebell Railway to East Grinstead, opened since our last visit, then off to our hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Red Arrows 8th June 2019 - D-Day 75 Celebrations, Southsea

The tail end of a week celebrating those who we owe so much to
A great display of military vehicles and period acts on the stage
The stars of the show, as always, were the Red Arrows
Makes you feel proud to be British!
Blenheim Palace 2nd June 2019 - Blenheim Palace

A charity Triathlon was in progress so it was pretty busy but the main parts of the Palace and gardens were accessible
In between the showers we explored this beautiful place including an interactive history of the Palace and its occupants, the birth of Sir Winston Churchill and the lovely lake and gardens
River Thames 1st June 2019 - River Thames Walk

A walk along the beautiful Thames on a gorgeous sunny day from Dorchester on Thames to Clifton Hampden then back across country stopping at the Earth Trust's Neptune Wood along the way
Waiting 12th May 2019 - Swanage Railway

The final day of the gala and a last few photos
Model Village 11th May 2019 - Corfe Castle Model Village

A magnificent model of what the castle looked like before it was demolished and the village too....well worth a look
Corfe Castle 11th May 2019 - Swanage Railway

Riding the trains again but plenty of time for eating and drinking and meeting the local wildlife
Dinner 10th May 2019 - Swanage Railway

A busy afternoon on the trains and a bottle of wine to finish followed by dinner at a lovely Indian restaurant in Swanage
Corfe Castle 10th May 2019 - Corfe Castle

A look around the ruins of this magnificent castle in the morning sunshine
Devon Belle 9th May 2019 - Swanage Railway

Riding the trains and visiting the exhibits on the Preview Day of the Diesel Gala and a nice glass of wine...or two!
Test Way 22nd April 2019 - Walking the Test Way

Our second walk along this scenic route following the old 'Sprat and Winkle Line' from Romsey to Andover, this time between Horsebridge and Stockbridge
Southsea 13th April 2019 - Southsea

Visiting South Parade Pier and Southsea Castle with Sophie and Jack
Happy Birthday Jack 30th March 2019 - Happy Birthday Jack

Visiting Granny with Jack, Eve and Sophie
Flying Scotsman 23rd March 2019 - Flying Scotsman

A ride behind the Flying Scotsman at the Swanage Railway, Lou practices her 'Royal Wave' and visits a much smaller engine, 'BERYL', at Corfe Castle
As you'd expect, there were lots of people everywhere but the Swanage Railway had everything organised like clockwork - well done to all involved
Moulin Rouge 8th March 2019 - Pigalle, Paris

A short walk to Place Vendome then a Metro ride to Pigalle to see the famous Moulin Rouge
The Opera 8th March 2019 - The Opera, Paris

Back to The Opera for a look inside this spectacular building
Opera 7th March 2019 - The Opera, Paris

A short Metro ride to Opera but, alas, too late to go inside today so we went to Galeries Lafayette, an amazing Department Store full of very expensive goods!
Notre Dame 7th March 2019 - The Islands, Paris

A short walk across the Seine to the Jardin des Plantes and along the Seine to the Islands and Notre Dame
Across Pont Neuf (the oldest bridge over the Seine) onto Ile de la Cite and then Isle St-Louis
Promenade Plantee 7th March 2019 - Bastille, Paris

To the Place de la Bastille then along the old railway viaduct now a lovely garden, the Promenade Plantee above and Viaduc des Arts in the arches below where we had coffee
Mona Lisa 6th March 2019 - Louvre Museum, Paris

Lunch first in the restaurant, then off to view literally thousands of paintings, statues and other artifacts
We saw the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace
The pyramid and the inverse pyramid were quite spectacular too
Champs-Élysées 6th March 2019 - Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Coffee on the Champs-Élysées and it didn't cost an arm and a leg!
Walked from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre via a detour to Pont Alexandre III to see the wonderful golden statues, across Place de la Concorde with its gold tipped obelisk and through the Jardin des Tuileries
Arc de Triomphe 6th March 2019 - Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Visiting this iconic monument with memorials to many battles and the tomb of the unknown soldier
The view from the top was good, not as high as the Eiffel Tower, thankfully!
Eiffel Tower 5th March 2019 - Eiffel Tower, Paris

A very long queue to go up the tower but it was well worth it
We went to the second stage which is 115 metres up....more than enough for me thank you!
We saw the sun set over Paris from the tower
I was glad to get my feet back on firm ground!
Paris 5th March 2019 - Sacré-Cœur, Paris

Off to Montmartre via the Paris Metro and Montmartre Funicular to see the magnificent Sacré-Cœur church
The weather improved enough for reasonable views over Paris and of the Eiffel Tower
Paris 5th March 2019 - Arriving in Paris

On time but the rain arrived too!
Time for coffee on the way to our hotel, 5 minutes from Gare du Nord
Eurostar 5th March 2019 - Departing London

07:55 from St Pancras, achieving 300 km/h (186 mph) going through Kent on High Speed 1
Portsmouth 23rd February 2019 - Visiting Portsmouth

A walk along the seafront to Southsea, with much better weather this time!
Amy wanted to see the Hovercraft and we had a coffee
Fort Nelson 9th February 2019 - Fort Nelson

A re-enactment of a war that never happened...
We are a group of civilians taking shelter in the fort from the invading French army. We are escorted into the fort by soldiers after proving we're not French spies! and shown a mortar being fired and volleys of rifle fire from the ramparts....winding up in the Commander's office
An excellent experience, well worth doing if you get the chance!
Southsea 9th February 2019 - Southsea

A brisk walk along Southsea Seafront to Old Portmouth, stopping at the recently re-opened South Parade Pier and enduring the high winds and waves along the way!
12th January 2019 - Visiting Mum

Jack met us there and more presents were opened!
5th January 2019 - The British Motor Museum

I've passed here many times and always said I'd pop in one day!
Lou found a couple of cars she liked but I think Lady Penelope's FAB1 just edged it........mind you Shaun the Sheep's Land Rover was close!
No sign of a Morris Marina 1.8 Special in Tahiti Blue but they did have a Rover P6 like the car I learnt to drive in and my first car a Vauxhall HA Viva along with many others I've owned or driven over the years