Many years ago when my husband was in the navy we had pre dinner drinks on this ship before a summer ball. You can now get married on here too as it is licensed for marriage ceremonies. What a wonderful venue. You can just see the building where I once worked in the background. My office window overlooked HMS Victory. It was a bonus that it had a good view as it was the most boring job!
Beside the shops is the Spinnaker tower, 170 metres tall. I haven't been to the top as I just hate heights!The first shop we visited was Jack Wills and my friend was surprised to see this jacket, which her daughter designed, on display. (She now designs for Boden).
After a very nice lunch we got down to some serious buying. My friend is a beautician and always 'encourages' me to buy makeup and face creams when we go shopping together. I usually end up buying them in the hope that they will make me look as good as she does!
The lady who lives opposite me is a potter and has her own kiln. On Monday I am going to Highcliffe Castle with her where she is exhibiting some of her work. When we moved her she gave me this very unusual vase in the shape of a female torso which she had made and I love it. I think it looks great displaying these grape hyacinths but equally good just on its own.