Our Beach Pod

We’re in complete denial we have to give something back we borrowed over the winter. Thinking about not having this space anymore makes us really sad.

Living in a garden-less flat over the winter months sucks. It’s too cold to sit outside in a park or on the beach for any length of time and there’s only so many times you can frequent a local cafe without having to take out a loan for tea and cake. I always get a bit self-conscious hanging around a cafe for too long, especially as most around here are quite tiny and rely on a frequent turnaround.

In December I had a brilliant brain wave to get in touch with Bournemouth Council to see how much it was to hire one of the beach pods at the Boscombe Overstrand. Initially, we fancied it just over the Christmas period, but as they’d all been snapped up for then we ended up signing up for one from the end of December through to the end of March. The price was very reasonable.. the whole term being the same as the price of the Pod for one week in the Summer months.

Admittedly, it has been a very cold winter. But, with a little electric heater down there, a blanket and a kettle and microwave to make hot treats it’s been cosier than our home. And, on the days when it has been sunny it’s like sitting in a little greenhouse. We’ve even been able to brave it out on the sun-trap of a balcony for brunch on the beach.

Deco’d up by Hemingway Design the Pods come with most of the essentials like a table, director’s chairs, windbreak, deckchairs, cutlery, crockery, a microwave and a kettle. And best of all, being just a few minutes walk from our home it’s been completely do-able to pop down there, heat up leftovers from the night before’s tea and have a bit of time out.

We’ve had parties in there, had Thai takeaway delivered (that blew their mind!) sat with a broadband dongle and worked, had lunches, cake, read, listened to the radio and watched the world go by. I’ve even used it as a space to sit, concentrate and teach myself crochet and knitting – one of my goals for 2013 (can you spot the little Octopus I made? His name is Sebastien Le Poulpe).

Everyone that’s visited us in our little Pod has assumed it was really pricey. Especially as when they were first opened the advertised prices were astronomical! But, at £50 a week out of season we reckon it’s a bargain, especially if you can luck out on a bit of sun.

So, if you’re looking to do something a bit different on a week off and are looking for a staycation idea we really recommend looking into hiring. Just make sure you leave a pod free for us for next winter!

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