To me, It seems barely credible that I have now been doing this for 100 days. Back at No. 90 I expressed some doubt as to whether I should celebrate there, or here. Let’s do neither, but just put a marker in time. The next one will at 122. I can do that, as it is a leap year, Let’s just say that I’m really chuffed to be here.
We went for a walk this morning, down to the waterfront. We took a slightly indirect route down Mumby Road, rather than the town centre, which we wanted to avoid. On the way down, we paused to take a look at the tunnel through the remains of the ramparts. Queen Victoria used to travel along that little bit of rail track, heading towards Clarence Yard, for the boat over to the Isle of Wight, ending up at Osborne House. I knew the track was there, but had been sceptical about the tunnel. As we walked along the road though, I realised that it wasn’’t just undergrowth that obscured the view through the fence, there was a very steep bank, which could only have been part of the ramparts were built in the 17th & 18th century.
We headed on down to the waterfront, taking a stroll out to the end of the Haslar Marina Pier Wall. When we got there we were rewarded with seeing one of the Bunkering ships, the Whitonia. She was heading out with the plimsoll line well up, so she had been busily refuelling the likes of the ferries. Presumably heading back up to Southampton to re-load.
Afterwards, we went back to the promenade, where we found a sheltered seat, as it was just a little bit breezy. We sat and ate our sandwiches and fruit, and just watched people for a bit. Most people seemed quite cheerful and said hello as they went past.
It was very nice to get out for a bit.