As some readers will know we recently bought a flat in Old Portsmouth. We’re not rushing anything so each visit involves a little work getting the place how we want it and some time just relaxing and getting to know the area.
Up until now the front room is totally unfurnished and Karen makes do with a stool and a couple of canvas garden chairs. We have beds and, as of yesterday’s delivery from Ikea, bedside cabinets, a gate leg table and a sideboard. However we only made the former yesterday and so the rest of the furniture is still flat packed in its boxes.
We don’t have a TV or the Internet yet and so the day’s are very different to the ones spent in Beckenham. For example, yesterday we were up early and so had bacon rolls and tea for breakfast and then took a little wander to the Point and Bath Square to take in the sea air and watch and ships and fishermen before making the bedside cabinets up.
The day before was hot and so we decided to get to know the area a bit more so we walked to the local shopping centre at Palmerstone Road and then on to the Guildhall, then another shopping centre and then back.
Today we worked out that we’d walked and wheeled four and a half miles on the first day. I can’t remember when I last did that. The fact that Portsmouth is so flat is wonderful for a wheelchair user and the fact we are getting to know this place together makes the whole experience stimulating and exciting. Life is good just now….