Some of you may know that after 7 years of being a dedicated Londoner (I even walk like a one, you know that pace? And the look that says ‘no, YOU will move out of the way first, lesser being!’), I am now a born-again Portsmouth dweller. I say born-again in a humorous reference to years of vowing never to live there again. Many summer holidays and one solitary post-university year were quite enough, thank you. However I saw the light (*that light being a the glaring beacon that is a flat on the seafront right by the train to London) AND I refuse to pay 40% more rent this year in Hackney. Who ever said the Olympics would be a good thing for East Londoners needs to be shot. Was it you Boris? I know at least two people who have lost their homes due to rent increases. I also wanted to spend more time with my beloved Grandmothers. God, I love those women too much.
Oh, how things can change.
It turns out that my home town (Pompey born to Pompey parents, bred in Paris darlings) has also provided me with a lot of inspiration. It’s not rocket science: its a fascinating place from a historical point of view and I like old things. This is one side of Old Portsmouth. I took these pictures on my iphone, I hasten to add, to share with you why it inspires me. If I feel at a loose end I simply trot out to the sea front. Its equally therapeutic during a storm or rainy day. On days of particularly dramatic emotion, I have been known to entertain a bored mind (mine) by standing on a windy rampart in a blue velvet Victorian frock coat, looking wistfully out to sea a la *ahem* Fanny Price….(part of Mansfield Park was filmed in Old Portsmouth). I still spend half my time in London – don’t withhold those events invites, have travel card, will travel – but the rest of the time: bliss.
All of these pictures were taken in a 200 yard radius of my flat. Take note friends who have promised to visit! I adjusted the contrast slightly on a few, but as anyone who knows me can attest, I have no photography/photoshop skills what so ever. Nor where they taken on any fancy Hipstamatic app. The light between 2.30 and 4.00 pm today was just magical. One of those days that turns everything into a painting.