Following on from yesterdays summer look back post, I’ve got another one for you… (can you tell I’m missing the sunshine)
Again another perk of living by the sea is that every weekend there seems to be something going on on the common/seafront….
On this particular weekend we strolled to the sunday morning car boot sale only to discover it was the annual VW Beach Buggin festival… so after a leisurely stroll around the bargains, we headed over to the huge collection of VW’s and spent a bit of time gushing over the amazing vehicles and browsing the wares on sale…..
Another fab Southsea Sunday… here’s some pics I took!! (you can find out about the Beach Buggin festival and dates for next year here)
As it’s rainy and cold out there and it seems summer is officially over, I’m looking back at some summer fun!!!!
So, let me start with this…. I bloody love Dolly Parton…. There I said it! No shame… I think she’s awesome!!
I also love Southsea where I live, Southsea is fab, especially in the summer, and the bandstand is part of what makes it special. From May – August the bandstand runs every Saturday and Sunday (weather dependent) for free!
It’s really pretty special. Now considering how much sun we had this year I only made it down there once!!! ONCE!! shocking right….?? Having said that, I think it’s ok, as the one day I did make it down it was country music day…. oh and DOLLY PARTON (tribute) was playing!!!!
My geeky country loving self was a tad excited (especially as it was a fluke and we didn’t know till we got there!!)
So here’s some snaps I snapped of the the day!!! what fun!!!
Once a year, every year, Palmeston Road in Southsea changes itself into a huge open air food court! The annual Southsea Food Festival is definitely a date for the diary!
Maxwell, I and out housemate Ed headed down there for a day of over indulgence and many a happy mouthful!
Plenty of Southsea’s independent eateries and drinking holes were represented in addition to farmers markets and other foody stalls!! We came up with a cuning plan to share everything so we could try more, Clever huh!?
From pizzas to paella, Thai to Jamaican, bread, cakes, pies, churros and chocolate…. I could go on forever, there really was something for everyone and as well as leaving with full tummies we left with bags of goodies to fill the fridge with!
I’ll let the photos do the talking and sorry in advance for making you hungry! I’ll also list at the end of some of the independent stalls at the end so you can check them out!
The Gin Emporium | Pie & Vinyl | Staggeringly Good Brewery | Circolo | The Belle Isle | Catch a Fire | Cavendish Kitchen | Bread Addiction | Southsea Coffee Company | Paella Paella | Cheese & Cheers | Lin’s Thai Cafe | Bubble& | Southsea Beach Cafe
Here’s to next year……
In my last post I mentioned we visited Winchester recently with a group of young people we’ve been working with. After leaving the Discovery Centre we headed over to Hampshire Wardrobe…
Hampshire Wardrobe is one of those places that unless you know about it, you don’t, it’s well and truly off the beaten track but my oh my…. what a treasure trove this place is.
Tucked away in a couple of cabins lies a fantastic collection of over 5,000 costumes and accessories. We’re basically describing the worlds biggest dressing up box! Their stock includes adult’s and children’s wear, hats, shoes, wigs, masks and weapons, representing all eras from the stone age to the space age….
The collection is there to hire out to schools and colleges, drama groups, companies and the general public… Yep… you can just walk in there and hire an outfit… or if you were thinking like me, with a flurry of weddings ahead, a hat….
Unfortunately with all the kids running round dressing up as princesses, soldiers, wookies, lady gaga, minnie mouse etc etc I didn’t get a huge chance to indulge my inner fashionista (minus a hot pink wig obviously) but really…. it was like a little slice of heaven…
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Ask many of those who live in Southsea, and generally you’ll find we’re all pretty happy with our choice of home. We’re proud of our seaside setting and all it has to offer, our Strong Island, our Southsea Bronx.
Based on the south coast of the uk, Southsea can offer its residents the charm of being on the beach and a seaside town, but in addition has the cultural and culinary offerings of a bigger city.
Me… I love living here, I love what’s on my doorstep. I love being able to call Southsea my home.
Last Friday night was in my opinion a perfect typical Southsea Friday night…
The evening began with us hopping on our bikes and checking out a private view at the Atelier Gallery on the ever quirky Castle Road. We were invited along as my talented friend Agata was part of an artist collective putting on a show. DEPICTION5 features 5 talented artists from the city showing work which focuses on portraiture and identity.
Obviously I’m biased but Agata’s work really was the cherry on the pie for me. It’s a rare thing to see an artist slaving away on a painting for months then see the work on show. The skill and time that goes into her paintings is really sensational, I feel privileged to be able to witness her on this journey!
The rest of the show was equally impressive, different styles and compositions made this an enjoyable show. The gallery is intimate in size which is nice, well known local artist Pete Codling owns the gallery and his work, and book was also on show (definitely worth a look)
So that was the beginning of our evening… The show is on till the 18 May so if you get a chance to visit I recommend you do.
Once we’d checked out all the art and finished the private view essential of a free glass of vino we headed off for some dinner. Our plans to visit Pie & Vinyl were thwarted being the eve of Record Store Day so we headed to our favourite independently run Italian pizza joint, ‘Circolo’.
Here’s their Facebook page by the way! Make sure you give them a like and keep your eyes peeled for a 241 deal!
This authentic laid back eatery is a firm fave of ours. Relaxed, fun and with the specials scrawled in the walls the place is quite simply a nice place to be. We always grab a window seat if we can and enjoy watching the people go by as we peruse the menu.
Circolo offer a decent sized menu with pasta and salad options but so far we’ve always opted pizza every time! It’s just so very tasty!!! I’m also happy to report my handsome yet fussy vegetarian man hasn’t no problems ordering off the menu and has lots of choice!
So my talented photographer friend Matthew Cleveland has just embarked on a photography project photographing local craftsmen doing their thing…. In his own words “Craftsmen is a project celebrating the skill of those who work with their hands. Creating objects from raw materials which inspire, intrigue and quite simply improve our lives.
To start the project he asked my most favourite craftsman, my man, Mr Maxwell Hyde.
Maxwell is a talented carpenter and shipwright and is currently restoring his 1955 wooden clinker boat called Hesperus…
Here are my 20 favourite pics….