My Weekend: Suzy Southerton

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Annette McHugh with daughter Ellie      Picture:  Malcolm Wells (170626-1955)

It’s a family affair at the Aegon Southsea Trophy for the McHughs

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Suzy Southerton is a painter who lives in Hill Head with her husband, Andrew, two children and two dogs. She moved to the area last year from Wiltshire, where she lived two miles away from Stonehenge.

What was the last gig you went to?

It was the Latitude Festival in Suffolk. It was great, the sun shone 24/7 and the bands were fantastic live. My husband and I parked our rears in the comedy tent during the days and enjoyed every moment. I guess I’m a hippy chick at heart.

This year I fully intend going to the Isle of Wight Festival and the Victorious festival. Apparently I’m not cool enough to go to the Reading Festival...ah, the joys of having teenage kids. They’re nothing if not honest.

What was the last book you read?

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I’m halfway through it and it’s fascinating. Anything cerebral will definitely catch my eye. I’ve got another one on the go by Jim Crace called Harvest. Hilary Mantel is also on my to-do list, I haven’t read any of hers yet.

The last film you saw?

The last one in The Hobbit trilogy. It was wonderful. I think escapism is good for us every now and again. I’m trying to talk my husband into going to see Fifty Shades of Grey but he’s reluctant. I wonder why?

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Get a takeaway, lie on the couch curled up or on the floor in front of the fire and watch a film, read a book or chat with family. We quite often sit round the dining

room table and play cards, but we invariably get fleeced by our children.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

A brilliant actress like Judy Dench, or Stephen Fry. Someone I would like to talk to in depth but who also had an impulsive side.

Where do you like to eat out?

We have been to the Osborne View pub just down the road from us a fair few times now as it’s walking distance and dog-friendly. We can have a lovely, long stroll on the beach and then head straight to the pub for some grub and the atmosphere is nice and friendly. We’ve been to the Red Lion in Stubbington as well, but we haven’t sampled many restaurants further afield.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m insanely lucky to be a full-time painter. I love what I do. My bread-and-butter stuff is portraits of animals and people. I’m always working on a number of commissions which keeps me out of mischief. Last year I took part in the very first Fareham Art Trail, where I got the opportunity to meet some of the wealth of local artists who live here.

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