Out of the car, into the sun

Ewan McGregor  as Renton in Trainspotting - the gender neutral toilets Zella has visited are almost as grubby

ZELLA COMPTON: Men – just aim it in the right direction and we’ll all be happy!

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For the past few weeks, the rest of the UK has probably been jealous of us here on the south coast, as we’ve had the best weather in the country – sunshine and lots of it.

After what felt like the longest winter ever, it feels like summer has finally arrived.

But of course with great power, or great sunshine, comes great responsibility.

So you feel like you have to get out and about and enjoy the great weather while it’s here – especially with two daughters who seem to get cabin fever with too much time indoors.

But on one sunny day last weekend, it seemed the traffic was against us.

A quick check showed long delays on the M27, A3 and the A27 as people were heading for days out in places like West Wittering beach and the New Forest.

So we decided to stay closer to home and with a bag containing sun lotion and snacks, we headed for Milton Common, a beautiful part of Portsmouth that is often underused.

We had a lovely day with no traffic jams, no looking for a parking space and no sitting in a hot car.