Saturday, 22 March 2014

Chichester

The main train station in our City is at the start of 6 weekends of engineering works. This means that some destinations which are normally a change of train and longer journey time away can now be reached more easily and from our local station 10 minutes walk away.
G wanted to go to Chichester as he had never been. I used to go there Christmas shopping with my mum and sisters. We would alternate one year going to Salisbury with Chichester the next but it's probably been 10 years since my last visit.
Just look at the blue sky above the Chichester Cross.



The cross cuts across the four main roads in the city centre and decided to turn left into East Street where we saw this clock. Anyone for a paste sandwich? Shippams was founded in Chichester, never knew that.
As we headed further and further down this route we noticed there were lots of people walking in the opposite direction and the reason why became clear when we spied a car boot sale being held in a car park. Of course we nipped in for a nose round, my buys feature at the end of the post.




After a little light browsing we stopped off at M&S to buy some sandwiches and made our way to the Cathedral. This was our view as we ate lunch.




You can't keep a 9 year old sat down for too long on a sunny day and once lunch was eaten S was up and playing with the skip ball she had bought in the Poundshop. You can't see it very clearly in the photo but she has her tongue poking out to help with the concentration!


We walked along the Cloisters admiring the workmanship and the beauty of the wood



We saw this very modern looking gargoyle which I have since found out is modelled on a recent Dean of Chichester.




Another wonderful shot of the blue sky from the opposite to where we sat



and this was the view to my right



and to my left.





Outside the west front is a statue of Richard of Chichester.



From here we walked down to Priory Park where S spent some time in the children's playground. The park is set in a really lovely spot and a small cafe was under construction. Maybe we'll return in the school hols for a visit.

I spied a Susie Watson shop on our way back to the station and lingered by the window long enough to take this photo and say I would like one of everything should anyone need to know!



Here are 2 of my 3 buys from the car boot. The other is a set of measuring cups for my sister which were proving really difficult to photo so I gave up. This top is for her. I think she'll probably wear it with a long sleeve top underneath. I would have liked it for me for sadly it is too small. This was 50p and will form part of her birthday present in October. 


This top is for me. Stripes are my second love next to polka dots and I like the pink and grey combo. I paid a pound for this one. Happy days.



9 comments:

Kezzie said...

Sounds a fun day!! I've been to Chichester only once, to watch a concert went I went to a music summer school. The pink and grey combo is great! X

BadPenny said...

amazing blue sky ! I remember those little Shippams pots - packed lunches !
Chichester looks glorious - must re visit x

Diane said...

And now I want a paste sandwich - on cheap white sliced bread with a thick spreding of butter!! I think I have been driven through Chichester once, but never stopped. It looks great. Is S getting very tall? She looks lovely, and the costume in your previous post was pure genius!! xxx

Jo said...

What a lovely day out. It's nice to go somewhere a bit different to places you usually go. I remember those skip balls from my childhood, S looks to be concentrating very hard on it.

Angel Jem said...

I have only been to Chichester once, but I remember liking it and all the shopping! And the ball game looks like good fun!

Jay said...

What a beautiful place to visit - somewhere else I should put on my ever growing list! And yum, paste sandwiches!

Louise said...

What a lovely day it was. I've never been to Chichester but it looks like a nice place to visit.

his_girl_friday said...

Love that gargoyle!

Gillian said...

You certainly had gorgeous weather for a day out! I love Chichester, I grew up not far away and spent many a happy time there. The cross is where everyone meets. "Meet you at the cross" was said many, many times in my youth, before heading to the pub. I used to work in the bookshop overlooking the Cathedral and would take my lunch into the grounds in the summer. Now, when I visit, we always go to Priory park, it's so pretty. Thank you for this little piece of home, I enjoyed your tour of Chichester very much. xx