Spoilt. Yep, I think that kinda sums up the last few weeks for me. Not least because the weather's been so very kind to us here in the UK. Unseasonably mild temperatures have meant an extended Summer for many. I celebrated a big birthday near the end of September too. You know the one where life's supposed to begin?
Way back in January I decided to book a mini break to the Hampshire coast for my birthday weekend. Admittedly I was taking a risk booking a trip to the seaside in September, with no guarantee of good weather, but I had accumulated quite a few Tesco clubcard vouchers, so I exchanged £30 worth for a £100 cottages4you voucher via rewards. It seemed like a good deal to me, so I trawled through lots of accommodation on the website and finally settled on Solent View.
Initially I was seduced by the lovely slide show of pics and the property's description. But ultimately it was the sea view that sold it to me. So decision made, Solent View it was. I have to say we were not disappointed when we arrived last weekend to glorious sunshine and an immaculately presented holiday rental. A real home from home.
The residents of the neighbouring chalets were very welcoming, so it didn't take long for us to settle into our temporary seaside retreat. I immediately felt relaxed, and couldn't wait to explore. We were up with the larks on our first full day and ventured to Portsmouth & Southsea.
As I type, the view out of my window is obscured by driving rain. The wind is blowing quite ferociously and there are menacing grey skies overhead. Such a contrast to what we were blessed with this time last week.
I was happy to just sit and stare out at the vast expanse of water that is the Solent. Just what I needed. Not a moment was wasted. Though with all that sea air we did work up quite an appetite. So we went in search of the obligatory fish & chip supper. We happened upon the aptly named Rock 'n' Sole a short drive down the promenade. It was YUMMY, nuff said.
The rest of the weekend was spent in similar fashion. No firm plans were made, we just went with the flow. Sometimes that's the best way to be. I'm so glad we managed to eke out those last few days of warmth & sunshine. It was just perfect.
I'll leave you with a few more pics of some of the stunning sunsets we witnessed whilst away. They really were breathtaking.......xxxx