Tuesday, 5 July 2011

A day out in Portsmouth

Its taken me a bit of a long time to get round to doing this blog but here it is.  My person had to go to Portsmouth last week for some icky tests to try and get a job interview, that was not the makings of a good day out but that was only the morning so there was room for a day out.  I couldn't go along because people might think it was a bit odd to take a large baboon to a job interview and they might think I was doing the tests for her (she might have done better if I had), but Leroy is small enough to hide in a bag so he went along.

After the interview Leroy met up with @Henryandfriends to go out for lunch and #FlatMarley came with us.  Henry has already shown you pictures of Marley eating chips, he wasn't interested in Leroy's dinner as it was all vegetables.  After lunch they went for a trip around the Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth.

Leroy, Henry and Marley had a look at HMS Warrier which was built in 1860.  Well Leroy and Henry looked at the ship #FlatMarley was too busy posing for the camera.

Leroy and Marley decided that firing a cannon would be a good idea.  Leroy likes the idea of being a gunner but I think that is more to do with supporting Arsenal than firing cannon.  Marley was very intersted in the guns.

Marley found himself a new job in the Dockyard, he thought it would be a good place to work because the place where he had chips was so near by it would be very convenient for lunch, breakfast, afternoon tea, supper, you name it!

We did meet some interesting characters in the Dockyard, I think Marley was practicing being a police dog by jumping on this suspicious looking character.

Marley was very interested in this carving that commemorated the Battle of Trafalgar.  They knew once they saw that that they were getting near to HMS Victory.

Finally we found HMS Victory, which was Nelson's flag ship at the Battle of Trafalgar and where he died.  HMS Victory was built in 1759 so it is very old and they are always repairing it.

Imagine how surprised we were to meet Nelson, I thought he had been killed on Victory but look!!

Look at how big he is, we couldn't get all of him and all of us in the picture.  Marley is hiding and you can only see Leroy, Henry and one of Henry's andfriends heads.  Its quite spooky close up to this statue, his right eye is not painted to show that he had lost it. Ugh not a good look!

On the way home Leroy found this really old wooden lifeboat from our island.  It is called Osbourne after Queen Victoria's house on at East Cowes on the island, I think that will interest @DaneRay.  He couldn't resist having his picture taken on it.  The wood work was beautiful and the brass so shiny we really knew how to make things in those days.


  1. What an interesting day! How did your person's tests go?

  2. Too bad you didn't get to go pal. Taht trip looks like it would have been fun for you even if it wasn't fun for mom. You know - maybe she should have taken you with - it would have shown the interviewers she hat crativity anyway. he he - M says she always hated those tests!!!! Hope it went better for your mom that she thought it did.

  3. Wot a fabuluss day out. So sorry I did not get to meet you but i hear that Henry is doin sumfing about correctin that situation!!

  4. Yay that wuz a fun an informayshunalz trip, Iz so happy you all had a fun time...an chips!

  5. Thank you for thinking of me! Yes, that picture and the boat is of interest to me ... very much so. Thank you!!! Now it's of double interest to me because Leroy is on it! =;-) Thank you, again! Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... I just LOVE your blog and all your great photos. I am very honored to know you. (Chase says that he is, too. WOOF!) RAY & CHASE

  6. that dus be brillyunt leeroy. an fank yoo kolo for lettin leeroy yews yor blog. we ad fabewlus day owt toogevva

  7. I always love your blog posts! Such fun. :)

  8. So nice to see your day out. And even Flat Marley was there. Next time you all go on a day out I hope I can be there too.