So, for Winchester fans here's a little bit more nostalgia - the first house we brought Ben home to :) It is an end of terrace Victorian house which had been rented by an old lady for over 40 years so it was in an almost original state when we bought it. Bakelite 3 pin sockets, picture rails, dad rails, slate and marble fireplaces downstairs, cast iron ones in the bedrooms. Lovely tiles in the porch and on the pathway. It was a labour of love to renovate it, stripping back all the stair spindles and doors to their original pine, honeyed and reddened over time. It broke my heart to leave this house and move to Camberley. Life all went a bit pear shaped after that.
The Medieval Pentice in the High Street
the Butter Cross
One of our old drinking haunts, the Eclipse Inn dates back to 1540 though not as nice as the Wykeham Arms
the Gate, part of the old wall which I used to walk under every day on my way to work or to town
the bank where I had my first 'proper' job, appropriately enough located on Jewry Street
and a little glimpse of Alresford - such a pretty, tranquil little town, full of pastel coloured houses and lovely little shops
one of my favourite's being Susie Watson Designs. Here's my friend, Gill partaking of an imaginary cup of tea at an exquisitely set kitchen table (almost an ex-friend as she had lost loads of weight and not told me! My friends seem to have a habit of doing this - I wish I had their willpower). In the background lots of lovely, lovely, gorgeous, lovely china
and for any cat lovers out there, here's one of Gill's cats having a drink the yobby way - straight from the tap!
We've been internet-less the past couple of days - thought Will was going to have a stroke but all has been restored today with the help of a new cable for the router and resetting the Airport - phew, we almost had to 'enjoy' each other's conversation and company for a while there!
Later I'll show you how much shopping I managed to squeeze in to my very expensive parking time in Winchester - I amaze myself sometimes (and my bank manager a lot of the time).
Happy Wednesday (over the hump day as we call it in our office).