Dealing with mould

Mould is always a problem where you have condenstation and when you have every excuse to keep the windows closed. To get rid of it,  you would normally use to use a mixture of two tablespoons of borax with 1/4 cup white vinegar and two cups of hot water, sprayed onto the affected area.

Removing black mould

But Borax has been banned because it it supposed to be a potentially hazardous substance.

Which leaves us with distilled white vinegar to get rid of that pesky mould in the bathroom.

Removing black mould

  • Use a spray bottle to saturate the moldy area with white vinegar
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Scrub with a brush
  • Spray again, let sit for an additional 30 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Treating black mould in a bathroom

 

You can also make a cleaning paste by stirring together 1/2 cup baking soda and several teaspoons of water. Spread the paste over the moldy grout, let sit for 10 minutes, then scrub the mold away with a brush. Rinse with water.

Bleach also works but vinegar is much more effective for removing mold from porous materials. This is because bleach only kills mold spores on the surface of affected materials. Vinegar will penetrate porous materials and kill the mold at the roots.

For mould stains on clothes and fabrics try a product called Elbow Grease which can be bought in Poundland normally in the motoring section. Alternatively there is Cillit Bang black mould remover or Milton spray on Amazon. Dettol Antibacterial spray is also worth trying.

The best way to get rid of mould on fabric is to brush it with a stiff brush while its dry and vacuum with a fabric attachment. Then clean with a suitable wet cleaner.

 

Authentic Indian Curry

I not really that familiar with Indian restaurants but I believe that Darbar is one of the better choices that one is going to find on this part of the the South Coast.

Darbar authentic Indian restaurant Emsworth

I am a lot more comfortable with Thai food.  Indian curries are not as robust and are a lot less spicy. Despite this I have thoroughly enjoyed the couple of meals I have had at Darbar in Emsworth. Together with its sister restaurant Thyme & Chilli I have no doubt that they rank among the best Indian restaurants in and around West Sussex and Hampshire.

Authentic Indian restaurants South Coast Hampshire West Sussex

I was introduced to it after I stopped at Thyme & Chillies on the way to West Wittering in Chichester Harbour. Run by the same owners, I was assured by a particularly friendly and enthusiastic waitron, that they only prepare authentic Indian cuisine and I have no reason to doubt his word.

Authentic Indian rice pudding South Coast

But it was the Indian rice pudding I found on the menu at Darbar that I go back for. Its something I used to order many years ago in a small Indian restaurant in Corlett Drive in Johannesburg. Not quite what I recall. But it still brought back fond memories.

Local pubs

 

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The Sussex Brewery
www.sussexbrewery.co.uk
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01243 371533
36 Main Road, Emsworth

Travellers Joy
travellersjoyemsworth.co.uk
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01243 374966
325 Main Road, Emsworth

The Lord Raglan
lord-raglan-emsworth.co.uk
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01243 971099
35 Queen Street, Emsworth

Ship Inn
shipinnemsworth.co.uk
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01243 377151
24 High Street, Emsworth

The Crown Inn
theemsworthcrown.co.uk
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01243 372806
8 High Street, Emsworth

The Coal Exchange
thecoalexchange.co.uk
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01243 375866
21 South Street, Emsworth

JJs & Johnnys Tap Room
jjsemsworth.co.uk
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jjsemsworth@gmail.com
01243 370907
25 South Street, Emsworth

The Blue Bell Inn
www.bluebellinnemsworth.co.uk
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01243 373 394
29 South Street, Emsworth

The Kings Arms
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gavinreid@kingsarmsemsworth.com
01243 374941
19 Havant Road, Emsworth

Local Walks

One is spoilt for walking trails around Emsworth and Chichester Harbour. The Emsworth to Langstone  walk is about five miles on shoreline paths and inland past the Warblington Church. There are plenty of benches and places to stop giving one the time to stop and admire the view.

There is also the Mill Pond Walk in the village as well as a trail around Thorney Island which I completed after a few false starts and wrong turns.

Thorney Island - Emsworth walking trails Chichester Harbour

One skirts around Island through two MOD control gates. Passing a church and sailing club. There is also a bird watching hide overlooking a hidden sandy beach.

But its a long hike.

Took me three to four hours and towards the end, I was definitely counting the steps I had left to finally reach The Deck at the Emsworth Yacht Harbour.

Coffee shops and tea rooms Emsworth

The cake which had something to do with apricot and pistachio, was a treat. This followed by fresh hake.

Its the first time I have have been presented with a minted pea salad which is a lot more interesting than the usual mushy peas that I find bland and unappetising.

A meal I thoroughly enjoyed on the outside deck overlooking the boats moored at the marina.

Emsworth marina and yacht harbour

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Painters & Decorators

 

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Handy House Solutions ◊
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07794 132080

PG Painting
Paul Gray
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07850583594
01243370164

Perfection painting and decorating
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07872 492862

Chroma Painting, Decorating & Property Maintenance Services
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07421329521

Brushmate Solutions
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07581019654

K.L.F Homes Improvements
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Langstone trail

One of the most popular walks in Emsworth is the trail that runs along the foreshore from Emsworth to Langstone.

From the Harbour, walk along the sea wall past the Emsworth Sailing Club, onto a concrete path and the foreshore.

Emsworth Walking Trails

It is an 8km walk along shoreline paths with the option of an inland section passing through an attractive area of woodland, the Nore Barn Woods

Emsworth walks - Emsworth to Langstone

As well as past the Warblington church which dates back to the Saxon era. Some of the original architecture has survived but it was largely rebuilt in the 13th Century . There are two unusual ‘gravewatchers’ huts’ in the churchyard. Also known as the Coffin walk it was the route that people took with coffins for burials before the church in Emsworth was built.

The Coffin trail - Walks in Emsworth

There is no shortage of benches along the route route, offering one the opportunity to stop, relax and enjoy the view. One can see the remains of Warblington Castle which is not open to the public. It was built in the 16th century and was taken in the Civil War and destroyed by the Parliamentarians, leaving only the one tower.

Warblington Castle - Walking trails from Emsworth to Langstone

The path skirts the Mill pond at Langstone with the old mill on the left, past the Royal Oak and onto The Ship.

Emsworth to Langstone trail - The Royal Oak

The Wadeway On the shoreline at the end of Langstones High Street, are the remains of a hardened causeway which originally crossed the channel linking the mainland to Hayling Island at low tide. Written references to the Wadeway date back to 1552 and refer to a toll for crossing the causeway. However, carbon dating dates it to early Medieval times. In 1821 the causeway was severed by ‘New Cut’ which was part of the construction of the Portsmouth to Arundel canal making the Wadeway unusable.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Stoughton Down trail

Working on it……….

Stoughton Down and Kingley Vale is a 7.1 kilometer loop trail located near Stoughton, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

A circular walk in a really picturesque part of the South Downs National Park. The walk begins in Stoughton Down before climbing high into the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve where the climb is rewarded with spectacular views both to the north and south. The walk then descends to the pretty village of Stoughton before returning to the car park.

The walk has one long climb and an equivalent descent. The tracks are all fairly wide and are, in the most, well made with stone with only a few parts under the trees that can get quite muddy. The last mile of the route is along a quiet country road. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate so, if you’re up for the challenge, it would be possible to get a rugged push chair around the route. Approximate time 2 hours.

Not quite undiscovered

Emsworth was originally a busy fishing village, specialising in oysters.

That was until The Dean of Winchester and two others died of food poisoning at a Mayoral Banquet in the early 1900’s. The industry collapsed overnight and it has become a quaint, sleepy coastal harbour served by excellent rail and road links to Portsmouth, Chichester, Brighton and London.

There is a vibrant sailing community with two sailing clubs and a marina. The village has two tidal mill ponds, a picturesque harbour, characterful local pubs, good local primary schooling, and several excellent restaurants. It is served by both a local Coop, Tesco Express, two newsagents, two butchers, a hardware store and a greengrocer selling fresh produce. Emsworth has a thriving community, is well sought-after with half a dozen estate agents offices and a Travel Agency.

The south part of the town is particularly pretty, with a variety of period cottages and houses, and there are some beautiful walks along the harbour side.