My birthday treat. We were hesitant to book this when it was first advertised in April as an outdoor anything in England in June can be bikinis or so ‘esters, but we braved it and were duly rewarded.
The venue was fairly spectacularly unbeatable in a pleasantly low key way. The lawn to the side of Osborne house, Queen Victoria’s summer location of choice, was bathed in summer sunshine but still green from the endless rains of winter. Looking back towards to mainland the landscaping framed a view across the Solent towards Portsmouth. Much as I, mostly, like Portsmouth I have to admit she looks her best from this vantage point.
We arrived about an hour before the performance commenced and picnic’d in baking sunshine for an hour. Sadly I don’t have any photos of the company in action but I am certain that it wouldn’t do them justice anyway. Pre performance announcements banned photos and mobile, forcing everyone to just have the opportunity to focus on the performance. It worked, we did!
Non performance related highlights involved hitting someone in the head with our champagne cork, but thankfully causing no injuries, although it did look like it could turn into cork wars for a heated moment. No low lights other than having to carry chairs and picnics from the car park but it allowed us to feel virtuous about eating our picnics to keep up our strengths. Also, having the luggage put us off strolling around the grounds in the later afternoon sun.
Happy Birthday to me!