We always follow the same route. First, we cruise the antique shops down by the quay. The big place on the corner, Quay Antiques, generally has nothing but tat, but today we found: a very kitsch 60s round chrome wine bottle holder, just right for a raffia chianti bottle, a nice 70s Hornsea tiger mug and an old terracotta garden statue of a fox - his ear is broken but he has personality and was only £15.00. There are a number of antique shops down there of varying expensiveness and interest - the vintage kitchenalia shop is good, but it has got too expensive.
Had coffee in little gallery/coffee shop - I don't know what it is called. Every time we go in the woman is carefully spreading jam on a homemade sponge cake. Every time I say 'Is that going to be just jam, or will it have cream on as well?' She says she is going to put cream on, so I say I won't have any. However, today, ground-breakingly, we had a slice to share, and I actually scraped the cream off. Very good it was too.
Then we wander up to the High Street, looking at a couple of antique shops before hitting the proper shopping strip. I used to like a particular mad pagan cat lady clothes shop, but it has gone off....
Visited one favourite, the Herald and Heart hat shop, and bought myself a new sun hat. They do great brightly coloured, big floppy raffia hats that you can roll up and pack for holidays.. We are off to Turkey in September so will need yet another one.
I love David Purdie's photographs - we had a look in his gallery in the High Street today. Compared with
|Pig by David Purdie|
|Great Dixter by Louis Turpin|
We always used to go to Haydens, but last time we went there we ended up with a table next to a Yummy Mummy with her clearly estranged partner and a small child who was so badly behaved we literally felt ill with rage and could not eat our food.
Pub-wise, if we want such a thing in Rye we always go to the Ypres Castle. It has a good garden for the summer.
|New to You|
Onwards along Cinque Ports Street, looking in at New to You retro homewares shop. It has a great collection of kitschy stuff, but oddly we rarely find anything we want. Today was no exception.
However, in one of the other antique shops further I found a spaghetti cat for my collection. She is so very very repulsively bad she is good....Was so pleased by this I scarcely noticed that it had started to pour with rain.
|New spaghetti cat|
On the theme of Mrs T for a moment, it is funny how it has brought old-style left/right ranting out again - in the coffee shop in Rye there was a Daily Mail with a truly ridiculous two-page spread article about how 'Trots' are infiltrating all our establishment institutions. I haven't heard the word 'Trot' for years.....
|David Purdie - wood|