Watson Family Photos
11th April 2022 - Biddulph Grange Garden

Beautiful gardens just outside Stoke on Trent
Italian, Himalayan, Chinese and Egyptian themed gardens and lots more, including lots of interesting structures and caves
Check it out here
10th April 2022 - Churnet Valley

A ride on the Churnet Valley Railway with lovely coffee and cake at the Boat Inn in Cheddleton, just down the road from the station
8th April 2022 - Wightwick Manor

This lovely Manor house just outside Wolverhampton
Beautiful dark wood panelling inside and lovely gardens
Check it out here
2nd April 2022 - Petersfield Heath

A walk on the heath, past the cricket ground and around the lake where there's been lots of work to clear vegetation and improve the wildlife habitats....really opens up the views of the lake now
19th March 2022 - Mid Hants Railway

Tea and crochet on a train!
16th February 2022 - Southend

A quick stop-off for a coffee on a sad day as we're on the way to Uncle Roger's funeral
5th February 2022 - Pagham Lagoon

Back to the lagoon (the easy way!) to feed the birds with Amy and then to the excellent Pagham Beach Cafe for coffee and hot chocolate to warm up
31st January 2022 - Seaford to Newhaven

A beautifully sunny day but bitterly cold! Having caught the train to Seaford, we walked along to Newhaven, past the Tide Mills and across the river, back along the beach through Tide Mills and followed the dodgy looking tramway tracks that have clearly not been used for a long time...
29th January 2022 - Chichester Canal

We walked almost the whole length of the canal starting at the Marina car park, passing the site of the old bridge where the Selsey Tramway crossed the canal and the sharp right turn to go up into Chichester. Not all of it is navigable but the bit that is is still used for leisure traffic
24th January 2022 - Lee-on-the-Solent

Another weekend, another walk along a beach!
We can thoroughly recommend the bacon rolls from 'The Shack'!
17th January 2022 - Portsmouth

A lovely mild day for a walk along the Seafront and around Old Portsmouth
15th January 2022 - Pagham

Further along from Bognor, another beach and the lagoon... we learnt not to trust the signs as the public footpath took us through a dodgy and very wet and muddy path but we got to the end to find out that if we'd carried on along the gravel road between the houses we would have come to the bridge without getting wet and muddy!!
15th January 2022 - Bognor Regis

A walk through the gardens and along the beach on a mild day
31st December 2021 - Southsea

A brisk walk in the cold on a dull day...taking in the Seafront, South Parade Pier and Southsea Castle
25th December 2021 - Christmas Day

The Gang's (almost) all here.... Presents, food and the Christmas train!
19th December 2021 - Lou Presents

Back home and Amy joins us to open Lou's presents
18th December 2021 - Swanage Railway 'Steam and Lights'

Lou's final Birthday Treat, a ride on the 'Steam and Lights' train with all the lit up displays along the line to see as we went
We stayed to watch the second train of the evening depart looking very colourful indeed
18th December 2021 - Lulworth Cove

Windy and cold but the views were still stunning
18th December 2021 - West Bay

A couple of railway carriages at the old West Bay station, now a restaurant
Lovely bacon baguettes in a local cafe
The iconic cliffs, made famous in the TV series 'Broadchurch'
17th December 2021 - Lyme Regis

Back for a Cream Tea then a walk around, including visiting the museum full of local history - especially the fossils and those who've come looking for them over the years
A lovely sunset over the harbour and a walk through the colourful lighted gardens
17th December 2021 - Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

First we drop off Big Ted at the Teddy Bear Hospital then off to Lou's Birthday Treat to go and see all the donkeys including her sponsored donkey, Zena. She was there at the bottom of one of the fields....somewhere!
16th December 2021 - Lyme Regis

A walk along the front to the harbour and then out along the Cobb, followed by a glass or three of wine in the Cobb Inn
16th December 2021 - Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

A small but interesting museum about these brave people who stood up for better conditions and were punished severely for it
12th December 2021 - New Bedroom

Painting done, the fittings go back up
10th December 2021 - New Bedroom

The pink goes on the walls
4th December 2021 - Happy Birthday Amy

Lots of presents, a meal and a cake with candles
28th November 2021 - New Bedroom

The painting begins
15th November 2021 - Sheffield Park Parkland

A stroll through the wide open spaces, with plenty of sculptures along the way as well as a pill box and a rope suspension bridge
15th November 2021 - Sheffield Park Gardens

Beautiful Autumn colours and lots of reflections, several bridges, a waterfall and a bit of tree hugging!
14th November 2021 - Bodiam Castle

A visit to this wonderful castle.... looks complete from the outside but is almost a total ruin on the inside... well worth a visit
13th November 2021 - Chocolate Afternoon Tea

A chocolate themed Afternoon Tea on the Bluebell Railway.... Delicious!
16th October 2021 - Bognor Regis

A change of scene for a walk along the seafront
A very pleasant walk and a nice coffee shop
3rd October 2021 - Happy Birthday Granny

Happy Birthday Mum/Granny...lovely dinner with cake
25th September 2021 - Didcot Railway Centre

A ride on the GWR Railcar and hauled by 'TROJAN' and 'PHANTOM'
21st September 2021 - New Bedroom

Plastering finished, now the hard work begins...
20th September 2021 - New Bedroom

After many delays due to COVID etc, finally the plastering begins
19th September 2021 - National Racehorse Week

A visit to a racing stables to see the horses and find out more about horse racing
12th September 2021 - Dunham Massey

A wonderful place full of deer and with lovely formal gardens
Couldn't believe how busy it was on a Monday in Autumn but good to see places like this being supported by the public
11th September 2021 - Blackpool

Fish and chips, a walk on the pier and a ride on a heritage tram
11th September 2021 - Ribble Steam Railway

A visit to the museum and a ride on the train through the docks
10th September 2021 - East Lancashire Railway

A ride on this lovely railway behind 'City of Wells' and a visit to Bury Transport Museum where Lou had a go at driving a bus...thankfully only a static exhibit lol
9th September 2021 - Shugborough Estate

A walk around the grounds of this spectacular place
Tea and cake, then the rain came so we did the inside of the house
Couldn't do the formal gardens due to the rain and we got drenched walking back to the car!
29th August 2021 - Petworth Park

A walk around the park with plenty of deer about and a picnic under the trees
28th August 2021 - Get Together

The first time we've had all the 'kids' together for a while...lots of food and a BBQ
22nd August 2021 - Wilts and Berks Canal

A nice walk along a short section of restored canal from Pewsham Locks
21st August 2021 - Happy Birthday Eve

Celebrating Eve's birthday with presents and cake
14th August 2021 - Isle of Wight

Off to the island for a ride on the steam railway and a visit to the owls and fish & chips at Ryde on the way home
1st August 2021 - Emsworth

A lovely walk around the harbour and shore and a coffee afterwards
23rd July 2021 - Farnham Castle

Nice place with some great views from the walls
23rd July 2021 - Waverley Abbey

Great to explore, starting with the extensive pill box/bunker construction near the car park. The Abbey itself must have been quite some place in its heyday if the ruins are anything to go by
17th July 2021 - Chatham Historic Dockyard

Lou and Kate went off for a 'Call the Midwife' tour so I explored
We all met up for lunch and to explore the rest of the site
Plenty to see and do, including several railway locos (photos on the railway page)
11th July 2021 - Staunton Park

The naming of some of the beds after some of the longest serving members of the Right to Work team - Well Done everyone!
25th June 2021 - RHS Wisley Gardens

Fantastic place with all the plants, trees and a fair few sculptures
Plenty of wide open spaces and forest walks
23rd June 2021 - The Bluebell Railway

Cream Tea on a train
22nd June 2021 - Presents

After a wonderful, busy day, it's back home for cards and presents
22nd June 2021 - Portsmouth Harbour Tour

Included in the price for visiting the Historic Dockyard is a tour of the harbour where you can see various Royal Navy and visiting ships resting between duties...on this occasion, the massive cruise ship, Virgin's 'Scarlet Lady' was also in port
22nd June 2021 - HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Launched in 1860, Britain's first iron-hulled Battleship
22nd June 2021 - Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Built for King Henry VIII, Launched in 1511, sank in the Solent 1545, partially raised 1982

22nd June 2021 - HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Launched in 1765, Lord Nelson's Flag Ship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

22nd June 2021 - HMS M33, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Launched in 1915, this M-29 Class Monitor saw action at Gallipoli
22nd June 2021 - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

What a Birthday treat! Always wanted to come here but never got round to it.... Fantastic place with so much to see.... You could spend all week here!
20th June 2021 - Fathers Day

Fathers Day and Birthday presents as well as cake....lovely
Also, remembering Kermit the hamster who passed away the previous day.... RIP Kermit
12th June 2021 - In the Garden

Strawberries and fizz with steak cooked on the BBQ
Oh...and Toffee's new hole in the fence!
5th June 2021 - BBQ at Eve's

Back to Eve and Sam for a BBQ, once Sam had built it!
5th June 2021 - Avebury

Meeting up for a picnic in this beautiful village with the ancient stone circles
30th May 2021 - Visiting Anna

To Tonbridge to see Anna, Brandon and, of course, Bella
Thanks for the lovely pizza lunch guys
22nd May 2021 - Tea and Cakes

Off to Granny's to meet up and have tea and cakes
21st May 2021 - 10th Wedding Anniversary

A lovely afternoon tea to celebrate
15th May 2021 - Staunton Country Park

This was always a lovely location for a picnic and/or a stroll but they've added so much more now, well worth a visit if you haven't been before or not for a while
10th May 2021 - Petworth House

The house is still closed but we had a lovely walk around the colourful gardens and into the park and to the Upper Lake
Will have to return when the house re-opens and explore more of the park and lakes
9th May 2021 - The Watercress Line

Another well organised train ride, the staff were excellent and we managed tea (and cake) on the train from the kiosk at Ropley
7th May 2021 - Swanage

The train wasn't busy and the staff were very helpful...all in all a very well organised return to a day out on a train
No catering on the train or stations so had fish and chips followed by ice cream on Swanage seafront, taking advantage of the lovely sunshine... although it was a bit breezy at times!
2nd May 2021 - Witley Common

A lovely walk in the wide open space and wide tracks of the common
5th April 2021 - Milton Common

A walk across the common and back along the shore to the wonderful People's Monument
20th March 2021 - Hilsea Lines

A walk in and around the Hilsea Lines area, alongside Port Creek and back along the Lines
Plenty of wildlife to see as well as the defensive structures along the Lines
14th February 2021 - Valentines Day

A lovely Afternoon Tea with my Gorgeous Wife