|At Osbourne House|
Before I left Sydney, they had invited me to stay overnight, so me being not so shy these days took up the invitation. And I'm so glad I did. They are perfect hosts, and made me feel quite at home, and generously showed me around.
|Royal wheelbarrows, each with the child's initial|
Prince Albert encouraged the children to explore and bring back curiosities or strange looking or shaped items. The Swiss Cottage is full of items from all over the world.
Later Princess Bea, the youngest daughter who looked after Queen Victoria in her old age lived at Carisbrooke Castle and started a museum there. Apparently she used to fossick all over the island for articles for the museum - she must have picked up the habit in childhood.
We spent some considerable time at Osbourne House and saw many splendid rooms. I was most interested in the rooms used during World War 1 as a convalescent hospital. I was told my grandfather was convalescing there in 1918, but he wasn't an officer, so maybe that story was wrong! I shall have to check.
|Northwood House built in 1839|
After coming home with a satisfied dog, we sat over a cup of coffee and John filled me in on the history of The Moxon Society. Very interesting and useful if I am to become more involved at the end of the year.
Then to bed and to catch up with the Sydney Morning Herald on iPad.
The following morning, after a leisurely breakfast we attempted to Skype John (my John Moxon) but not terribly successfully. We were doing it on their computer since my laptop wasn't on line. The call kept dropping out. But nevertheless, Skype is wonderful for keeping in touch. We are missing each other dreadfully. Think I'll invest in a magic carpet so I can whisk him over here without going anywhere near Qantas or Heathrow Airport.
|Replica of bed he slept in - the very room|
The lovely Ange met me at the ferry and so to "home" in Totton, near Southampton.
So to bed, and tomorrow will be full of Union Jacks and a very British menu. I'm no monarchist, but I do appreciate a woman who has done her duty very well for over 60 years - and even before she was Queen she stayed in London throughout the Blitz and drove an ambulance. Jolly good show!