Saturday, 16 June 2012

Hastings Battleaxe has moved!

Sorry, blog readers but we just moved into our new 'forever' house earlier this week.
     The builders were still working half an hour before we arrived - they still have not quite finished, but the house is habitable. The whole business has been absolute chaos but this morning I had breakfast in bed, looking out of the window at the sea for the first time, watching the white horses prancing and plunging down the Channel.
     We have no proper internet as yet.
     By the way, the Hastings Scone Guide won third prize in the Hastings Writers Group competition. I have put the finished piece on Bombastic Battleaxe, my other blog. Battleaxe has physically expanded a little during the scone survey. Top scones were the Cafe des Arts, the Green Cafe in George Street and the Hastings Garden Centre Cafe.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Battleaxe visits Ballgowns Exhibition at V & A

Just had to take a break from those builders.... we went to London for the day.  The crowds and the queues were terrible at the V and A - of course, it was still the Jubilee half-term.  We stood in line for 45 minutes to get the tickets - I got in the most unbelievably terrible bad mood - all panicky and tearful - was just so tired anyway. 
    Then after all that, I didn't like the exhibition.  The dresses were somehow totally sterile and dead, all displayed on headless white wraiths. It was worst on the ground floor, where they were in dimly lit glass cases. At least they could have had a few spotlights to sparkle off the jewelled beading.  You needed more information - and pictures, about who wore the dresses and when, and also some of them put together as outfits on proper mannequins, with gloves, shoes, bags, jewels etc. They would have done better to have been arranged chronologically, also. The overall background theme of the exhibition was white and grey, and pretty minimalist - it needed to be far more blinging, to reflect the atmosphere of a ball.  Upstairs the more modern dresses were easier to relate to - arranged on huge white shiny balls - I think they were supposed to be pearls.  I took a few illicit photographs until I was told off my an attendant.  I think the dress above is by Gareth Pugh.
     Tottered out of the V and A and went across town to meet Anna at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey.  Phew, what a relief - peaceful, quiet, lovely tea room, and a really interesting exhibition about the work of women textile designers like Lucienne Day.  I had never heard of the place until Anna told the Philosopher about it - apparently it was founded by Zandra Rhodes.

Only three days before we move house now..... builders are still up there....

Friday, 1 June 2012

Battle of Hastings Builders....

I feel guilty.... Blogging has not been my highest priority over the past couple of weeks.  I have already mentioned about our new house?  Well, it has been full of builders since we got possession of it in April, and is just about now getting into its new shape.  This week we have had the Magnet men fitting the new kitchen as well as all the others, who are still doing plastering, plumbing, electrics, decorating, floors, windows etc. etc.
     Everything is started, nothing is finished.  We are working hard to remain positive, and indeed, so far, nothing major has gone wrong.  So, at the moment, 'Battle' is a bit excessive - but if that one (you know who you are) spends much more time yapping on his mobile rather than doing his work.... violence is always possible. We have sold this house in Harold Road - it went within three days of going onto the market. We will miss this little place, and our friendly neighbours here, but are looking forward to the light and bright of a modern house, and our lovely sea views. But for me, no more sitting here at my desk  watching Mr Cormorant as he prepares to catch his dinner from the fishing lake, or failing that, peering into the doctors' consulting rooms. We will move up the road on 14 June.
Her Madge visits Harold Road
     Supposedly, our builders are intending to work right through the Jubilee weekend.  It won't be passing us by - if you go up Harold Road, and look at the houses opposite the doctors', you will see her - a life-size cut-out of Her Madge, looking gracious.  We saw one in the window of Judges Postcards on the Bexhill Road, and just had to have one.  It is very funny to see passers-by see her and do a double-take - and it passes the time for the people waiting for the ever-elusive number 20 bus.