Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A Weekend in Emsworth

Emsworth is situated on the south coast between Chichester and Portsmouth, there are many fabulous walks around there, particularly the one around Thorney Island, remote and wonderful because of its MOD associations over the last 50 odd years, it's a wonderful place for bird watching and seal spotting.
It is also not far from the wonderful Rumsey Gardens an absolute must for anyone interested in plants, there are 5 acres of plants including the Hampshire Herb Centre which has 1000 herbs. They stock about 15 different varieties of Asters, I bought 4 of them, and the fabulous Salvia Uluginosa which is around 2 metres tall.
They attracted butterflies and bees when we took them home:

 Above the Salvia Uluginosa is the blue flowered plant in the background
The sunset that evening behind the harbour was glorious, a brilliant end to a balmy day, in weather terms.
That evening I was a guest at the Emsworth Horticultural Society's celebratory meal for those who had helped at Emsworth Show, an annual event which brings together most of the inhabitants of Emsworth. The slide show running continuously in the background gave an idea of the produce tents and other activities. I sat on a table with a couple who had moved from Wroughton 3 years ago, I didn't expect them to know where Swindon was from their cosy situation in Emsworth.
The next day we went to Chichester, with its wonderful cross
and cathedral:
There are some charming features away from the main streets like this gatehouse to a nearby park:
The wonderful Sea Salt shop has recently opened in Chichester, the only one outside Devon or Cornwall.Their clothes are wonderfully casual, and mostly made from pure cotton or wool www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk
And below as we were waiting for the bus, we realised it was delayed for a procession to go by.

more on Chichester

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