Thursday, 4 April 2013

Birthday celebrations at Keyhaven

The sun came out for my birthday which was lovely. It may still have been cold but sunlight and blue skies make chilly air temperatures much easier to cope with. Everyone's spirits are higher when the sun shines.

We went to Keyhaven for the afternoon and took the little boat across the water to Henry VIII's impressive (but ugly) fortress of Hurst Castle. It was built to deter would-be French invaders and still looks formidable today.


Teddy isn't sure he's a sea-faring sort of a dog or that life on the ocean waves is for him. He spent most of the 15 minutes we were on the boat glued to L's lap trying to give the impression he does this sort of travel all the time and enjoys the wind blowing his ears and fur around. He particularly felt under pressure to maintain this attitude in the presence of the two other dogs on board, both of whom belonged to the captain: they had a distinct air of casual nonchalance that said "we're old hands at boat riding."



The boat trip across to the castle always adds something to a visit to Keyhaven. Maybe it's because we're an island nation and you're never far from the sea in England.











 
 The mooring point for the boat is next to the old lighthouse which is next to the castle.




We walked back along Hurst Spit with views over the Isle of Wight and The Needles.






 



We had ice-creams on the beach (obligatory in England when by the sea regardless of season or weather) and then headed home for chocolate birthday cake handmade by M (only his second ever attempt at cake and it was very good) and strawberries before dinner at the Chestnut Horse in Easton. A perfect birthday.


 

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  1. It sounds brilliant! Glad you had a good day!

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    1. Thanks. Now officially older and wiser....

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  2. Happy Birthday! Glad you had a great day. These are lovely photographs of the sea - and the sun. It sounds as though Teddy did very well on board, even if he hasn't quite found his sea legs yet.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I think he feels he has to put on a brave face or be left behind!

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  3. That looks a great place to visit on your birthday. I have never heard of Keyhaven although I must have passed it having visits Lymington and Milford on Sea. The sea looks lovely in your pictures and Teddy looks as if he had fun too!
    Sarah x

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    1. It's really tucked away so unless you know it's there you wouldn't stumble across it. Well worth a visit: lovely landscape, great views to Isle of Wight across the sea (M threatens to swim across to it every time we go) and lots of seabirds. The salt marsh is also very pretty and the tiny ferry is brilliant fun. PLUS there is new forest ice cream in a van by the beach- what more could you want?!

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  4. I was going to ask if you had a nice Easter but I can see, by your recent posts and lovely photos that you definitely did. Many belated Happy Birthday wishes! What a lovely way to spend it. It must be lovely to be within easy reach of the sea, I am about as far away from it as you can be in this country which means around a three hour journey to get to the nearest place. Consequently, I don't see it often.

    Some years ago we too had the (quite difficult) task of removing a bird which had come down the bedroom chimney, in our case a Starling. Luckily the bedroom door was shut so it hadn't been able to flap all around the house but the banging and crashing noises emanating from the closed room were rather scary before the culprit was discovered!

    I have been to Avebury in the past but not for a long time. Well done to M for castigating the men climbing on the stones....who could defy a man armed with dog pooh?! ;-)

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    1. Thanks SB, we had a lovely day. Three hours is quite a hike to the sea. You must love it when you get a chance to go.

      I've never had a bird come down a chimney before so it was quite a surprise! Just glad he/ she was ok.

      I thought M was very brave telling the men off, and I definitely think the dog poo helped!!

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  5. What an absolutely gorgeous day! Great pictures....am catching up with your posts....sorry!

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    1. Fab day and perfect weather (where has it gone now?). CT x

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