Although we have visited Portsmouth often, not least as result of ferries from France docking there after holidays abroad, Southsea was until recently, a coastal town unvisited by the maytrees family.
Friends of ours, just before Covid-19 lockdown, purchased an un-modernised flat in the old Southsea army barracks, which the husband who is an architect, spent many months, with assistance from IKEA, Wicks and others, modernising with excellent results. Lynette and David kindly invited us down for a picnic at Southsea beach which we enjoyed along with viewing their delightful flat. The two friends feature elsewhere on this blog, for example at: Postal Museum
Rather surprisingly, in view of the pouring rain in Wimbledon, Southsea was quite sunny that afternoon. One or two iPhone photographs probably illustrate the afternoon better than words:
The barracks parade ground (below right) is untouched and the beach (below left) deserted
- We found a large coffee house overlooking the beach near to the barracks and very much enjoyed coffee, croissants and catching up so near to the shore in the sunshine.