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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things handmade. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as CosyKitty on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Solent View

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


  1. lovely to have a blast of the sea, whatever the weather! X

  2. Well happy birthday, it certainly did begin-gorgeous seaside apartment, I too would have been thrilled, sunshine was already on order for you, happy days indeed.

  3. It's so beautiful!!!
    I wish you sound health - gain your vital energy from the life itself!
    Have good spirits and eternal youth of your heart!
    Happy birthday!

  4. Belated happy birthday and thank you for sharing such lovely photos of your break. You were very lucky to have such good weather in September!

  5. So lovely to have you back in blog land Sharron!
    Your holiday looks iddylic, and happy bilated birthday!! Helen x

  6. Happy birthday to you! Your pictures are beautiful, it looks like a perfect holiday. I would love to visit the British coastline some day. I have seen so many wonderful posts about it in blogland. HAve a happy weekend, Viola

  7. Belated Happy birthday, Sharron.
    The sunsets loòk stunning!

  8. My mum lives in Hampshire so I get to visit regularly, so glad you enjoyed your time there and had an enjoyable birthday x

  9. Such a beautiful place to visit.

  10. So glad that you had such a wonderful time, it looks beautiful. Your sunset pictures are just stunning! xx

  11. Happy belated birthday Sharron! You were certainly lucky with the weather last week. Beautiful scenery x

  12. Stunning photos, I have just picked up your thread again on Bloglovin' some of my faves had dropped off the list somehow. Jo x

  13. Wow what lovely photos of the sunsets! It looked like a beautiful place to stay. Glad you had a lovely time, J9 x

  14. Beautiful photographs Sharron...the scenery is stunning (and Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you too...how lovely that we celebrate on the same day!)...
    Susan x

  15. Hi There,
    What a great wee break you had and Happy Birthday. Life does start at ...? Enjoy.

  16. Wow looks gorgeous! Better weather than this week that's for sure!
    Found you whilst blog hopping, though I think I have visited before. Must add you to my list on my blog, and it would be lovely to see you over there at emeraldcottage.blogspot.co.uk

  17. Un lugar precioso igual que el blog y todos los trabajos de crochet que realizas yo amo el crochet asi que me quedo de seguidora .
    Besos Rosa .

  18. Gorgeous photos, absolutely stunning! <3
    Ingrid xx

  19. Belissimo lugar, maravilhoso para se passar um tempo. Parabéns.
    Adorei seu blog cheio de belas inspirações.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

  20. What a perfect way to spend your birthday. Happy belated birthday to you Sharron! Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures.

  21. Ha ha how lovely you spent the weekend in my home town! Glad you liked it, we have a glorious seafront and those fish and chips are yummy! x


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