Living on an island has many benefits, but one of the downsides is transport- pretty much everything to do with transport, cost, convenience, service standards, weather!
Once you hit the winter months getting to and from guernsey by boat ( something I only ever do if I have to take the car) is limited to intermittent fast ferries and the slow ferry on which the freight comes. This journey takes 7 hours from the south coast (Portsmouth) IF it is running to schedule and if it stops at guernsey before jersey. In contrast the fast ferry takes 2 and a half hours. A supposedly quick trip turned into an extra night in the UK as I missed the ferry thanks to the police closing part of an arterial route to the port the M27. Anyway bemoaning the creaking infrastructure of England is boring.The silver lining was a chance to take a few photographs in and around Portsmouth docks and quays – even though it was officially 5°C but with the wind chill felt more like -5°C.
Pity I couldn't have waited till may 2013 to get stranded though as the purpose built Mary Rose museum is being opened to the public then. Having visited the Vassar museum in Stockholm a few years ago I hope the British will pull all the stops to make a worthy home for the famous old ship.
The new Mary Rose museum, due to open in may 2013, promises to be a major attraction for visitors to Portsmouth. Developers have rather cleverly attracted many big name retailers to an outlet mall and this is well served by rail. It is a stone's throw from the naval docks housing HMS warrior, HMS victory and the new museum purpose built for the sixteenth century Mary Rose.
I could have photoshopped the sky but that wasn't what it was like. I imagine it would be quite an attractive spot when the sun shines.