Look Up

Everyday things can look so dramatic if you ‘look up’ to them…P1120177

Be nice to Mummy

Itchen Bridge, Southampton


Abandoned Moorgreen Hospital steps, Southampton
Top of shop door with Southampton silhouettes


In response to this week’s WordPress photo challenge: LOOK UP


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  3. A great series of ‘Look Ups’, like them all! If I had to choose a favourite it would be the ‘Bridge’, amazing composure.

    Southampton brings back 2 events that I can recall, both involve sailing from. The first was in 1949 to Germany, the second was aboard the last custom made troop ship in December 1961, (the name escapes me at the moment), its destination doesn’t, it was Malta.

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      • The S.S. Oxfordshire, that’s her, I did have a postcard photo, I’ll have a look for it sometime soon, I think your right about the year too; Needles to say, but I can confirm I was in the army. Had many experiences aboard her, 6 that will always stay with me are: Sleeping in a hammock, flying fish, a huge turtle, an uncountable number of dolphins as we were coming into Gibraltar to make a drop off, and just being aboard her. We were allowed off ship for awhile, which accounts for my 6th most memorable memory, meeting the Macaques, real cheeky monkeys.

        The 1949 experience was somewhat of a bad one. It started off in London, I forget which station we were at, but I do remember my parents being asked what colour train we were looking for, not sure if it was blue or green. Anyway as a 5 year old I was so disappointed, for when we did get to the platform I could see no green or blue train at all, just a grubby, what looked like a dark red colour on the carriages, and what really spoilt it for me was the that engine was black. It was some 20+ years later, I was sat with my mum and dad reminiscing when I brought the topic up, and all was explained. Basically, it being not long after the war there were still massive troop movements into Germany, which was controlled by the military movements unit, and it was them who had designated these colours to trains. The porpoise was so as all the troops that were headed for the same destination area travelled together, which made it easier for their transportation to their final destinations, once they got to the Hague in Holland.
        My dad had 3 postings to Germany, West as it was prefaced back then, it was only the 1st 2 that I was with them. but hey your getting my autobiography for free, I’m joking, but really enough of my younger days. In fact I am intrigued by you giving me the name of the ship and the date of her last voyage. Was it a general knowledge fact that you had stored away, or maybe a connection, interested to hear which?

        Blashford Lakes? Cant remember blogging about them, you sure you have the correct name regarding that topic? Best wishes,


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      • It was a quick search. Sotonians are obsessed with ships – like trainspotters. I also go sloop sailing and have sailed into Gibraltar greeted by dolphins many a time. In fact my daughter was born there on a shopping trip – we were living in Spain at the time. I did a search on you blog after your comment – I must have clicked on another suggested site re Blashford Lakes. If your father served in the Army too – you might be interested in this post: https://wordpress.com/post/southamptonoldlady.wordpress.com/2248
        Thanks for visiting.

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  5. The photo of the underside of the Itchen Bridge is great.

    I have also been looking up these last two days. I was in Winchester cathedral yesterday and Boxgrove Priory today and both are very rewarding if you look up. Boxgrove has a painted ceiling and everything about the cathedral is amazing. A friend was taking lots of photos looking up at Boxgrove.

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