Netley Abbey

All good things come to an end and today was the day we all packed up and left our temporary home on the Isle of Wight.  It has been a great week and, on balance, the weather was pretty reasonable enabling us to get out and about during the days.  The grandchildren got on well and had fun, occasionally vying with each other for 'whinger of the day'!  or 'how can I annoy my parents even more?'

The ferries were running well and we all got back to our respective homes safely.  Once off the ferry in Southampton, I diverted to visit Netley Abbey having failed to get inside it a week ago - today it was open!  It is a very interesting place, being the best surviving example of a Cistercian monastery in the UK- some of its preservation is due to the fact that it was sold as a private dwelling after King Henry VIII had wreaked his havoc on our catholic monastic system way back in the mid 16th century.

Netley Abbey was beautiful and it was easy to imagine its original splendour, despite several children noisily playing hide and seek amongst the ruins!

Back to normal for a little while now.

Just found out about the April Poetry here goes....

April Fool
Who is the fool?
You who flit into my space, gaze around and then rush on?

Or me, whose presence is in the past,
Patiently watching, content in one place
Passing the days until eternity.

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