A visit with Sian Nolan, Portsmouth, UK
I was delighted when I was asked by Martina if I would like to be a part of the travelling bracelet project. As well as feeling very honoured to be chosen as a host I hadn't told anyone that my Dad had been suffering from bowel cancer, it therefore seemed quite appropriate that I should receive it at this time.
The bracelet arrived in a HUGE box on 26th January, with a yummy bar of orange chocolate (Martina knows it's a favourite of mine, thanks friend). The bracelet is beautifully beaded and of course, I tried it on straight away. I was also very intrigued to read where it had been and who had hosted it before me.
The first place I took 'Isti' was to my local Weight Watcher meeting, I have been going for years and I help out as a 'weigher'. I am hoping that some of 'Isti's' positive energy will rub off on us all and help with our weight losses. Here you can see Lynn (our WW Leader) and 'Isti' is on the wrist of my beading pal (whose husband is also suffering from the same condition as my Dad, in fact, they were in hospital together).
We (hubby and I) then had to wait for some nice weather before we could show 'Isti' around my home town of Portsmouth, it's a waterfront city and home to the Royal Navy. The city has been a key player in many historical events, including Admiral Nelson's battle at Trafalgar, sailing of the first fleet to Australia, and the D-Day Landings. It was also the birth place of Charles Dickens. Oh! ... and the opening scene of the new Les Miserables blockbuster was filmed in the Dockyard, with HMS Victory used as the backdrop.
Here you can see 'Isti' with HMS Victory (1765) and then nestling on Lord Admiral Nelson's epaulet.
The next photo shows 'Isti' with HMS Warrior (1860) in the background, this was the first iron clad war ship. Then with Henry VIII, whose Tudor wooden war ship (The Mary Rose 1511) was discovered and then raised from the bed of the English Channel in 1982. Stop me, I'm beginning to sound like an historian!
We then went to a more modern part of the city; Gunwharf Quays, which is full of shops and restaurants. Here you can see 'Isti' with the Spinnaker Tower which has a glass viewing platform 100 metres up. As I'm not a fan of heights I decided to stay at the bottom and enjoy a tasty lunch in one of the restaurants!
As my week with 'Isti' was drawing to a close I couldn't NOT take it to a bead fair I just happened to be visiting. So here you can see it adorning the wrists of my beading friends Lynn Firth (Stitchncraft Beads) and Heather Kingsley-Heath (Heatherworks).
So, as I pack up the bracelet ready to send to my on-line beading buddy in Mexico, I'm thinking what a wonderful idea this is, thank you so much Sig for starting this project, such fun to be part of it