Castles (again), Catching Up and Cooling Down

Wednesday was forecast to be a scorcher so decided to stay close to the sea for the breeze.

We headed over on the ferry to Portsmouth.  Stopped at Gunwharf shopping village for sandals, sunglasses and more antihistamines and suntan lotion.  With Sam all kitted out for summer we then walked along the seafront to Southsea Castle.

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I love this walk.  Gives us fantastic views back to Gosport, takes us past no end of naval heritage and then of course there is the hovercraft to watch.  It wasn’t too hot yet and even rained which was nice.20150702_2 20150702_3 20150702_4 20150702_6 Southsea Castle is an odd one really, not that much to see.  Small, compact and some nice educational activities though.  Cannons to climb on and fabulous views.

20150702_7 20150702_8 20150702_920150702_1420150702_1520150702_18I don’t know why this tickled me so much but it really did.  20150702_12We’d been joined at the castle by another home education family, one we’ve known about 5 years but very, very rarely see now a days.  So it was more a social trip.

With the sun coming out we headed to the nearby splash park.  More paddle than splash, but more shade for parents which I was grateful for.

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We broke the long, hot walk back with ice cream and arcades.

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Reminded myself how much I like this end of Southsea.  I really could do with so many more days in a week, so many people we love to see and places we love to go but struggle to fit it all in.  Talking of places we love – not happy with the painting of the Spinnaker.   Red or blue I don’t care.  You see it for miles around and I love the white against the sky.

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