The reason for the D-Day remembrance

The reasons for continuing to remember those who gave their lives for freedom never rang so vividly true for me than with this single snapshot taken yesterday near Southsea Common, Portsmouth. An elderly man was photographed looking for his friend’s names on the cenotaph by the seafront by a young journalist.  The hack then shook…

The Garrison Church – a memorial to the fallen

When walking along the seafront, close to Old Portsmouth, I often passed The Garrison Church without really thinking much about it.  Finally, one day, seeing the doors open, I entered the building and became intrigued as to history of the site. Research tells me that it was originally part of “Domus Dei”, a hospital founded in 1212…

Birdworld: where flamingos roam …

I am often reminded by my Godmother (A3Traveller herself) of what I was like as a child – I am sure that I am not the only one who is!  She has two favourite tales to tell.  The first how as a blonde ringlet-ed child, in pink dungarees, I tried to pick up cannon balls…

HMS Warrior

I fleetingly remember the excitement shown by my mother, an ex-writer wren, when HMS Warrior came to town in 1987.  I seem to recall Warrior tea-towels, place settings, mugs and key rings being given to us for birthdays, at Christmas and well, at every opportunity. So truth be told, I never really wanted to hear any…

The best view of The Solent: Portsdown Hill

I would suggest to any Portsmouth visitor that they should first drive up to Portsdown Hill to gain an unbeatable vista over the city and the Solent.  Obviously it’s best when the weather is clement but that view is intriguing for me (and most locals) in any weather system. To orientate you, on the left hand…

The alternative Nelson’s column

When you come from a major naval port like Portsmouth, you can’t help but be aware of the daring exploits of the ‘senior service’ – as my mother (a former Wren) always referred to the Royal Navy – and Lord Horatio Nelson. Though from childhood, I knew of Nelson’s various memorials dotted around the city and…

A Beach Hut is a peculiar thing …

Have you ever wondered why The Beach Hut exists and people spend thousands trying to obtain prime huts in key locations?  Apparently, reports say there are 23,000 of them up and down our coastline.  I keep looking at them, and for me, I just don’t really get it – I don’t understand their allure.  My…

South Parade Pier: A shadow of her former self

I’ve lived in Southsea, Portsmouth for a good part of my early life and find the sad demeanour of South Parade Pier a little hard to take. I worked as a student in the gift shop at the Pier’s entrance when the Pier was at the centre of a thriving tourism industry. My brother can…

A beach resort in winter …

I love living near a beach, particularly in the winter time, where tourists are sparce and you feel like you have the whole area to yourself.  A few images of Southsea Beach, Portsmouth taken recently. Although dogs are welcome the Eastney end of Southsea Beach all year around, they can wander elsewhere off season.  I…

A welcome oasis …

I wish there were more pit-stops available in winter time on Southsea Beach, Portsmouth, Hants, but this one, to the Eastney side of the Pier, is cherished by dog walkers like myself.  With a wooden platform built over the beach,you can take your faithful friend with you to enjoy a welcome hot coffee (and a…