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“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple.”
― Rolf Edberg

We woke up super early to venture down to Portsmouth and take advantage of the sales at the outlet stores there – vouchers in hand (or bag) we drove preparing ourselves for a humungous battle of queues into the car park and every single shop we wanted to go into….fully expecting it to be absolutely packed…

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And it was completely empty. We even had to wait for ten am for things to open! However all was not lost, we had the chance to explore the area and see the Spinnaker Tower, it’s 170 metres tall! After a bit of shopping and exploring, we decided to be brave and head up to the top.

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Yes that’s right! We climbed up to the top via rope!!!!! Okay no we didn’t…but this guy did and he looked pretty cold, and his ropes were swinging around quite precariously! The views were incredible though, and worth the slightly wobbly feeling of climbing that high.

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Portsmouth is quite vast with Old Portsmouth and Southsea to the left and the Isle of Wight stretching away in the distance. The weather was kind to us, between rainstorms we were able to get a fantastically clear view with sunshine that was quite interfering with the cameras!

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The cafe at the top was quite photogenic too, and quiet! I really thought that the whole area would be a lot busier than it was. Nevertheless it was quite refreshing after the Christmas shopping queues and battles from the past few weeks. After taking in the views for quite some time, we decided it was time to abseil back down…

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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
― Helen Keller

I grabbed a brief moment to walk Buddy this afternoon before it got dark (it’s getting dark A LOT earlier now) and took my camera with me to try and get some blustery Autumn shots. I didn’t quite fail, although everything is still rather green.

Not one to keep an eye on countdowns – but it’s eighty one days to go until I’ve officially blogged a photo(s) every day! It’s days like today when everything has been hectic and there’s still so much to do that it’s inspiring and even motivating to see such a small number in comparison to the early days when I was in the three hundreds .

During this season I start to feel more alive. Which is contradictory in a way for Autumn means for many, the complete opposite. With the onset of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – so many struggle with the darkness and the temperature change. I love it though, sorry!

It might be something to do with how it’s acceptable to wear cosy jumpers and scarves – and thick coats and blankets! In the Summer we just don’t get away with these things as much as we should!

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