Rain, rain go away

Well, what a horrible Tuesday eh? Who else has been blown, blustered, rained on and generally inconvenienced by the weather today? Halfway through my walk to work I was presented with a mid-calf high puddle of water flooding the whole street and I had to just wade through it! Spent the first twenty minutes of this morning drying my tights and boots in the Dyson Air Blade hand dryers at work.

This weekend was better, however – even managed to get out for a walk in Thorncombe Woods on Saturday, which was lovely.  We took Jake, my other half’s springer spaniel, and his niece, Daisy, who loved sploshing in the lake in her welly boots.  Walks are so much more fun when you have dogs/children – sometimes anyway.  Wish I had more of a reason to get out tramping around in the leaves more often.  Would like to take Pancake hamster out on a walk on a little lead (yes, you can actually get them – click here for the evidence) but she isn’t a great explorer –  even when she escapes she always comes back!



Yesterday we went to Gunwharf Quays, an outlet village on the Quayside in Portsmouth.  Despite our best efforts Christmas shopping for others we managed to come away only with gifts for ourselves – Tom with some t-shirts and a cafetiere (yes, we are old now) and me with a bag and some Bobbi Brown foundation.

We also lunched in Slug and Lettuce, who do a Half Price Mondays offer that meant our gargantuan platter of food (below) was only 5.50 rather than 11 quid – bit of a bargain! 

After Gunwharf we popped to Ikea to buy some cupboard doors for Tom’s project to refurbish his Volkswagen Camper Van.  We also took time to admire the view of the Independence of The Seas that was docked that evening.  At 1,112 feet long, she is the largest cruise ship ever built.  Crikey!