My Weekend: Donna Carter

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Donna Carter, 55, is an artist and volunteer at the Southsea Greenhouse. She lives in Southsea with her wife, two teenage children and an array of animals she has rescued from cruelty including two dogs, a cat, a lizard and three rats.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I went to Gran Canaria about seven years ago. It was the first holiday I ever took alone as a mum with my children. I had a bit of money then and I wanted to treat myself and them. It was a real adventure.

What was the last film you saw?

Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner. It was really beautiful. It was about this guy who bought a farm and he heard this voice that said ‘ if you build it, they will come’, which is a beautiful story for life. They were going to foreclose on his house but he just kept on following his dream of building a baseball field.

What’s your favourite show on television?

I’m a little bit obsessed with Gogglebox, just because it’s so trashy. When me and my wife sit at home on our own we think ‘gosh, we’re hysterical, we should be on telly,’ and when we watch these other people they’re talking about the same stuff we are. I also vicariously get to see what’s happening on programmes I would never ever watch.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I like to go walking down the beach, or I go to the gym with my wife, or the Southsea Greenhouse. I tinker and I make art with most of my free time.

Where do you eat out?

I like to find little corner places that are a bit hidden away. There’s one next door to the Southsea Beach Hut called the Indian Cottage. If you’re peckish, he sells the best korai. On a hot day it’s lovely.

What’s your signature dish when you’re cooking?

At the moment I’m the chickpea queen. I make a chickpea Thai curry with vegetables. I also love making chutney from the tomatoes that are grown at the greenhouse.

Where’s good for a day trip further afield?

The New Forest (pictured). I love getting into the middle of nature, cutting off all of the hustle and bustle, putting your feet on the ground. I like the feeling 
of knowing where we 
come from and being connected.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a stained-glass artist, I do mosaicing, I play with felts. I write a bit, sometimes a bit of poetry, and I love being out in the garden.

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