Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Wonderful Family Week.

Last weekend saw our eldest daughter Vicki and “Ernie pups” come down to see us.  Sadly, her partner Ian had to work.


The weather here, as almost always, was terrific and facilitated in some much loved walks (especially adored by Ernie!).


We can invariably rely on our beaches giving us total freedom ……..


……. and Ernie understood, of course, that it was all his beach!


Walking further round with the sun still shining it was time for a father and daughter pic in front of the Lifeboat station.  Needless to say it was wonderful to see Vicki and Ernie even though it was a very short visit.


On Monday evening we enjoyed our first visit to the newly refurbished (£22 million) Chichester Festival Theatre to see a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband”. 

The 1962 Grade II listed building was covered with decades of piecemeal additions which have all now been swept away to reveal the original hexagonal structure again.  Both inside and out now look fantastic.


This famous provincial theatre, with its stage virtually “in the round” is rarely short of a crowd to fill its auditorium.  


The performance was excellent with the very talented cast being lead by Patricia Routledge and Edward Fox (centre front).

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had our youngest daughter Frances and fiance Kel, with “Hixie” the dog down for a visit.


The weather was not as good as the weekend but the beaches were just as crowded!  However, Hixie (who’s no spring chicken) very much enjoyed running about in all the space.  This is Frances, Kel, Doug and Hixie all rather wishing James would get on with it!


The weather may have been on the chilly side but the air was so clear we could zoom in and picture the obelisk and old Coastguard cottages on top of Bembridge cliffs.

Well, it’s time again to pack some suitcases …………

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