Showing posts from November, 2012

Herrings and cattern cakes at Hastings Herring Festival - and Skyfall

Well, honestly, this wet weather is getting a bit much.
     It rained solidly yesterday - we went down into town and saw Skyfall at the Hastings Odeon.
Shared the cinema with most of the population of East Sussex, who had clearly had the same idea to cheer up a wet, miserable Saturday.  Our screen was packed tight with mega-huge tubs of popcorn and erupting super-size cups of fizzy pop - and that was without all the damp steamy people. Lots of quite small kids too, who wanted to go to the toilet lots of times - unsuitable film, and all the pop, I guess.
    The film was quite classy, but we didn't actually like it that much compared with the earlier Bond movies - too little action and too much talk, and the plot seemed contrived. No wonder the kids got bored.
     Wind howled alarmingly round the house all night - we both slept badly.
     Today looked sunny at the start of the day, so we went down to the Old Town - I wanted to photograph shops for my Top Ten shops blog post (comin…

Stables Theatre, Hastings - 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'

Had friend from Brum, Jackie, to stay for a couple of days.  Weather evil, unfortunately, with very strong wind. For some crazy reason she fancied swimming in the sea, but luckily it was too rough....Yes, I know I said earlier in the year that I wanted to swim in the sea more often, but completely draw the line at a wet, windy November day. I think I would have a heart attack.....
   We nearly got blown off the top of Beachy Head, then took Jackie to sample the delights of the Eastbourne Waitrose - we needed to stock up on a few totally vital items, (including President Spreadable butter, Bunderberg diet ginger beer and Waitrose dried fruit cereal topper!)  and secure a Heston's whole orange Christmas pudding.  Then had lunch at the Counting House pub - so handy for Waitrose, dears.
    Last night we went down to see 'The Accidental Death of an Anarchist', by Dario Fo, at The Stables Theatre.  It was OK, entertaining, and funny, but not totally great - I thought the guy wh…

Favourite Hastings and St Leonard's views - one year today!

We have been living in Hastings for exactly one year. The place is starting to feel like home, but we will always be newcomers to the locals here...
     The visual appeal of Hastings struck us immediately.  Before we moved here permanently, we rented a little place on the West Hill, right by Emmanuel Church - we would keep spotting the tower from all over town. Philosopher took a series of photographs of it and posted them anonymously through the Vicar's letter-box. We learned that in WW2, the Germans used the church as a landmark when they flew across on their way to bomb London.
     Here is the tower, photographed from Shearbarn - nearly a mile away across the valley.
This collection of views is not exhaustive - it is just what occurs to me now....
The West Hill
It always lifts my spirits to walk across from the Croft Road end and see the view open upahead, and then to sit on the terrace of the cafe. The view in the other direction, to Beachy Head across St. Leonard's, is a…

Autumn colour in Alexandra Park, Hastings

Beautiful sunny day today.  We went down to Alexandra Park.  Coffee at Eat Cafe, sitting outside in the sun - last time this year?  Ever since we moved to Hastings, we have loved the park - the trees, the ponds and lakes, the woodland walks - the variety.  Today, we felt it was probably our last chance to see, and catch, some autumn leaves.  (Is it right that if you catch a leaf falling from a tree you have a day of happiness next year?) We went from the cafe through Shornden Wood along the woodland path we call the Ride, around Shornden Reservoir, and round down into the lower park via Vale Road.
     I was lucky enough to see a kingfisher by one of the ponds at the top of Buckshole Reservoir - it was perching on a dead branch, and flew off with a flash of brilliant turquoise. No time to take a photo, I'm afraid, but I'll let these other pictures speak for themselves.  Some are taken by me on the iphone, others by Philosopher.

De La Warr, Towner Gallery, Beachy Head, Rye Harbour, Bexhill Link Road...its a full life.

Just had friends Alan and Judy down from Brum for the weekend.  Alan is the Alan Wenban-Smith of  Link Road feasibility enquiry fame. He still stoutly maintains there is absolutely no sense in the project, and did yet more stout maintaining after far too long sitting in the traffic on the A21, the main obstacle to the development of Hastings. We agree totally.  Here is the link to his 2011 report for the Hastings Alliance.

On Saturday it was pouring with rain in the morning, so we took the car - more gnashing of teeth as we crawled past Glynde Gap - for coffee in the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. We looked at the Ian Breakwell Exhibition - very strange - and then drove to Eastbourne.  Called into the Towner Gallery and caught virtually the last day of the excellent 'Points of Departure' Exhibition, about the Sussex sea-coast.  Philosopher and I had been to see it some months ago, but it was well worth seeing again.  We like the Towner, it has good exhibitions and an excellen…

The sea, the sea......Pett Level

Glorious sun today.  We went down to Pett Level.  Less than 48 hours ago the sea was as shown in the photographs on my last blog post.  Look at it now.
Little innocent wavelets lapping at the shore, me sitting on a breakwater sunning myself.

Did some good beachcombing, too - lots of interesting bits washed ashore.  That's something I have not mentioned - one thing I want to do is to make arty objects out of driftwood, pebbles etc. Loads of people do that sort of stuff round here but mine will be special.

We popped into Winchelsea on the way for coffee and home-made Battenburg cake at the up-market and civilised Winchelsea Farm Kitchen.  It has a nice little garden for sitting out in the summer, and various cozy rooms inside.  The shop is full of food to die for - I can scarcely drag myself past the counter without developing insane urges for game pie or whatever - I do not give in.  Even so, readers of this blog would be forgiven for thinking that Philosopher and I do nothing but …

Out and about, shopping in St. Leonard's, Arts Forum, sea puts on a show

Well, half-term passed - weather was not great, took granddaughter back to Birmingham on Wednesday.  Returned a day early because we were supposed to be staying in Much Wenlock with friends John and Jan, but John was ill.  We went to see friends Shaun and Jenny in Stratford on Avon, and returned to damp Hastings on Friday.  House was freezing. Philosopher had stomach upset and slight cold, and now I have the same.

On Saturday some sun appeared, so we walked up to St Leonard's.  Had coffee in Smiths - good ginger cake. Shopping is really looking up in that area - several new retro/antiques shops have opened in London Road/Kings Road and Norman Road, and a really nice clothes shop, Who's Wearing What.  Have been in before and liked it, but when I went in today, I felt the women were too busy yakking to their cronies and not desperately interested in any other customers. However, it is worth persisting with, because clothes are lovely.

As so often, had lunch in the Post Office Te…

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