Unhappy Bella

Apparently, Hubbie and Bella are not very happy in London. He complained about Bella’s excessive barking when I phone him from Toulouse to find how they were getting on.

‘She doesn’t stop barking!’

Oh Bay-Bay!

I imagine she is very bored and also confused about my absence. I wish if I were there to entertain her so both Hubbie and Bella would be happy. However, I am in France and doing my best to make mum happy. Oh I don’t know what to do…

BTW, wi-fi at most of the hotels we stayed so far are terrible! The signals are so weak and mum and I are very frustrated!!

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HMS Victory @ Portsmouth

Our annual mum & daughter road trip kicked off from Portsmouth. The ferry we were to board would leave the port city at 8 o’clock Monday morning, so instead of leaving London in the early hours on the same day, we decided to stay overnight near the ferry terminal.

It took about 4 hours for us to drive from London to Portsmouth.

My new holiday bag!

I bought it at Urban Outfitters on Oxford Street because the colour reminded me the blue often used by Matisse:)

One place I always wanted to visit at Portsmouth was Historic Dockyard…

And especially, the world famous HMS Victory was an absolute must. Ever since I watched the film, Master and Commander, I was fascinated by the warship during the Napoleonic War period.

‘Do you think we have enough time to visit HMS Victory and Mary Rose?’ I asked at the ticket office. The staff advised me to opt for the battleship alone as the place was to close in an hour’s time.

Admiral Nelson, a hero of the Battle of Trafalgar…

There were a very few visitors in and around the attraction…

It was because the masts of the warship were modified to the half of their original heights, the vessel looked rather small and less intimidating…

However, we came to face to face with rows of guns as soon as we stepped into the interior…

There was a staff on the gun deck and he explained to us that those formidable weapons were manned by a team of up to 14 men and the highly trained crew could fire them every one and half minute.

There were guns everywhere…

A view from the top of the quarter deck…

There was a brass plate near a quarter deck which indicated the exact spot where Lord Nelson was shot by a French sharp-shooter…

A steep staircase which connected the sunlit upper deck to the more clumped and perpetually dark lower deck…

Life as Nelson’s seaman must have been a very harsh one. Can you imagine how one can survive on a battleship in which every available space was stuffed with guns and explosives?! It sounds already pretty hazardous as it is and once a battle commences, it must be very very hellish…

The broadside of HMS Victory…

You definitely don’t want to be on the receiving end of those guns…

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Grandma’s girl

After finishing packing, my mum, Hubbie, Bella and I went to a local pub, the Eagle, for an early supper and drink.

On their flat-screen TV, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Man U was on and we all watched it while munching on cold meat and bread.

Bella loves her grandma!

Bella was so comfortable in her arms. She nodded off in the end.

Oh Bay-Bay, you will have to be without me and your grandma for next 17 days. Hope you won’t miss us too much…

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Congratulations!

Like everyone else, I was glued to a live broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this morning. Mum and I had a load of packing to do for our impending road trip, therefore, we kept on glancing at the tv screen while stuffing our cases.

Oh my god, she has lost weight! She had always been very trim but now she looked decidedly underweight. I could imagine all the unpleasantness and heartache caused by her evil half sister and her thoughtless father in the run-up to the wedding must have had stressed her out badly. Oh Meghan, please eat tons of your amazing lemon & elderflower cake and plump yourself up again!

Congratulations! Wish you two all the happiness 🙂

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Too late?

May be it is a bit too late to brush up my French? Mum and I are to sail to Caen in two days and I have just restarted my French lesson!!!

Oh well, I truly hope that we won’t encounter any challenging situations during our road trip…

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