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The reflections and comments of a resident in Southsea, Portsmouth, England.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Children entertained

I'm really blessed where I live as it's near so many things. So when we had three children to entertain, we took them on a walk along Albert Road where there were many shop windows to peer into. We ended up in the Tenth Hole tea room and a lunch of cakes followed. There were so many cakes to choose from that it took some time to get sorted. The eating was slow and relaxing. Followed by a long walk along the seafront.

First stop was the playground and Canoe Lake. Lots of running to begin with and then the attempts to push each other into the shallow water.

After that we walked along the pebble beach where there were a few walkers with their dogs that entertained the children. People to watch on the promenade and the sea to watch with boats and ferries coming and going.

We found the hills where the children decided to roll down as a form of entertainment. And outside Southsea Castle there was a rectangular pool which the children were peering into for a bit and then they decided to time themselves running around the perimeter of the pool.

After that there were the tanks outside the D-Day Museum that had to be climbed on and then we had to cross the Southsea Commons watching the marquees and barricades being erected for the Great South Run.

Then more walks as we head to Gunwharf Quays for a spot of shopping. Guhwharf Quays is a great place to keep everyone happy. First we had smoothie for a drink from Tesco's and then there is the Thornton's shop to check out. We left the kids with the men at the pub while the women went shopping.

When all was exhausted, we walked home to dinner. An excellent day filled easily and without costing the earth. I love Southsea!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Anticipating half-term

My friend is coming to visit for half-term along with her three children and I'm now raking my brain for things to do that will amuse all of them.

Lots of things really to do in Southsea. The whole place is geared towards children. The seafront will please both children and parents for a nice walk. And if it is raining, there is plenty to see and do at the City Museum and Records Office or the Historic Dockyard.

There is the Spinnaker Tower for children and the Gunwharf Quays shopping complex for the adults and lots of places to choose from to eat.

So, nothing to worry then. Rain or shine, children are welcome!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

I love Sunday cooking

I love Sunday cooking, as you have all the time in the world to read the menu and line up all the ingredients and no matter how many steps it takes to cook, it seems purely relaxing!

This afternoon I thought if I were to spend the rest of my life cooking like this, it wouldn't be a bad thing. I would love it. I would love trying recipes after recipes.

I'm making Beef Borguignonne for dinner tonight. It's a lovely recipe started last night with cutting the meat in chunks and marinating it in the vegetables and wine overnight. The meat came out a lovely shade of purple and gave a heady aroma when fried.

The whole casserole dish is in the oven right now and needs 3 hours of cooking. In the mean time, I can get on with other chores in the kitchen and around the house.

I love Sunday cooking!