Monday, 1 October 2012

By the sea in Hampshire

What a contrast in weather we have had this last week with strong winds, heavy rain and flooding. It was therefore a relief to wake up to sunshine on Saturday.
Beach huts in soft candy colours
We had to take my daughter's bicycle up to her at Portsmouth Uni. This year her accommodation is just two minutes walk from the beach. Isn't she lucky having this almost on her doorstep!


We went for a walk along the front enjoying the sunshine and the sea air, and stopped for a coffee to take in the view and the sunshine.


Only one person was swimming in the sea, but there were many boats out on the water and fishermen fishing from the shore.



The last two photos were taken a few weeks ago, the Spinaker tower is a landmark on the Portsmouth skyline. It was built as part of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour and the residents chose this design over a number of other options.  We haven't been in it yet, but the views are said to be spectacular!



Wishing everyone a good week.

Sarah x

39 comments:

  1. A lovely walk and great to have a bit of good weather.

    Thanks for your ispot recommendation. I hadn't thought of that. I signed up and added my feather photo. I had been wondering if it was a peacock feather and one person on ispot has already said they'd agree with that so I might have to be satisfied with that conclusion. It is the right colour and size for a peacock!

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    1. Hi Louise, Glad you got an answer so quickly.
      Sarah x

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  2. Dear Sarah,
    This post is dear to my heart. Fantastic photos of the yachts. Being a retired sailor.. It warms my heart to see all those yachts out there.. The weather looks fantastic.
    Your daughter is attending uni in a beautiful area. I have never been to Portsmouth..
    I hope that your weather is better this week.
    best wishes
    val x x x x

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  3. Oh my - those beach huts are approximately 3 minutes walk from our house - I only I had known I could have run round the corner with a cake and we could sit on the beach eating it!
    Lovely photos - best wishes
    Jenny

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  4. Sarah the shimmer on the water in the late September sunshine is gorgeous.

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  5. it looks like a lovely area. you captured the sea sparkles well in your photos.
    those beach huts are so cute!
    x

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  6. Love the reflections on the water! Really made me want a paddle! Ada :)

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  7. Hi Sarah just found your blog on my favourite county we have just returned from Dorset where we holidayed look forward to reading some more posts and photos, kind regards,David

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  8. What a dream to have the beach so close by all the time. You made wonderful pictures, from the pastel coloured beachhuts to the water with the sun shining on its surface, the boats and the special landmark the Spinaker Tower is. Thanks so much for sharing all this beauty with us.
    Bye,
    Marian

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  9. I love your photos of the ocean. I don't seem to be able to ever catch the sparkle on the ocean like you did. I also love your little beach shack photo. I have always loved them. We don't have them on California beaches, but I remember seeing them in Norway. I guess they are a European and East Coast US thing.

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  10. What a beautiful place. Love how inviting and sparkling that water is.

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  11. Hi Sarah,

    Your daughter is a lucky girl going to uni in such a lovely place and so near the sea too. I'd love to go up that tower to see the views, as you say they must be amazing.

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    1. Part of the Tower has a glass floor, I'm not sure what that would be like, being so far up!
      Sarah x

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  12. Love the mirror effect on the sea! Haven't been to Portsmouth in years - last visited the Dockyards about 7 years ago and still remember the great fish and chips we had on the seafront!
    June

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  13. What a fantastic place to go to uni! Juliex

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  14. Is that the beach from Lee-on-Solent to Hill Head? It certainly looks very familiar to me as I live a stone's throw away. I haven't been in the Spinnaker Tower yet either but love going to Gun Wharf.

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    1. No it's the beach in Southsea just after the pier walking eastwards. We went to Gun Wharf for shopping as well, not recommended on a Saturday afternoon I have never seen it so crowded!
      Sarah x

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  15. Hi, Sarah! Absolutely beautiful pictures!!! WOW! Looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing them with us :o)
    Please, visit my blog to see your Award )))
    love
    Natasha

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  16. I love those beach huts - all pretty and pastel coloured. What a great Uni location.

    Nina x

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  17. Haven't ever been much enamoured by Portsmouth but you make it look attractive. I'd forgotten the Spinaker. Maybe that would make it worth another visit - give the place another try!

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  18. Beautiful beach and sea photo,s. yes wonderful to live so nearby. We were in Portsmouth last year and visited that harbor with the spinacker tower. Beautiful shops there too.

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  19. They are such lovely pictures. And how wonderful to be at university so close to the sea - heaven!

    Pomona x

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  20. Beautiful sparkling sea and unspoilt beachs what a special place
    Thea x

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  21. Hello Sarah

    What a beautiful place for your daughter to live and for your to visit. I love the images of the water shimmering - it is magical when the sun makes the sea sparkle at that certain time of day.

    The beach huts always say England to me. I love it.

    Helenxx

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  22. Hello Sarah,
    WoW I agree, what a great University situated so close to the lovely beach.
    Am loving those beach huts too!
    Wishing you a lovely week Sarah.
    loVe Maria x

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  23. Rippling sea, dazzling and alluring. How wonderful to find such beauty and sunshine late september.

    Stephaniie

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  24. Lovely photos - you can hear the sea in them and remarkable how you captured the sparkle! I adore Beach Huts there is a special one at Runswick Bay near Whitby - it is a holiday home specially kitted out but I can never work out where the toilet is - I presume it is a bit of a Tardis inside. x

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  25. What a wonderful way to spend a day, along the shore. Have beautiful day.

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  26. I have just come upon your blog and have loved the posts about Devon. We left Devon in 2001 and moved to Dorset, we now live in Berkhamsted. But one of our daughters and her family live in Devon as do other members of our family. my mother lives on Dartmoor so to see your photo of Post Bridge was lovely. We lived very near the Hoe and so also recognise the light house. Thanks for sharing and I will be back!

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  27. Wonderful photographs as ever. I can sit and watch sunshine sparkling on water for hours....

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  28. your photos are amazing! so beautiful.
    lucky you!

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  29. Oh I hope everyone is doing ok with the flooding? I try to avoid the news most of the time as it's too depressing. And I've stopped following Monty Don on twitter which was how I knew about the last floods. I still love him just don't really like twitter! Looks like these were lovely days. And it will be wonderful for your daughter to bike around and duck down to the beach I'm sure.

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  30. lovely beach images... I can smell the sea air from here.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Bec x

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  31. Beautiful sea photos! xo Karen

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  32. Hello Sarah,
    The Yves Piaget has a nice consistent bloom cycle. For me every 3 weeks along with feeding them also. I do need to be careful during the dewy months that I do not overhead water. The leaves do get a little white powder on them. With the hot humid weather they did very well. It's my favorite in my garden. Have a great weekend.

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  33. Stunning photos! I've never lived near the sea before - such a different lifestyle and vibration, if you will. I would think the salty air would be good for the mind, body, and soul :)

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  34. I'm a bit late catching up but the photos are beautiful Sarah. I love the pastel coloured beach huts, we have a few similar up on the North Norfolk coast too, they're so pretty.

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  35. Hi Sara! I just wanted to come to visit you and Daisy, and I see that you enjoy the SEA like I do..and that you love westies too! Anita

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