Apparently it's pronounced Bozzum. It's an odd thing that in the posh world, there are so many words and names waiting to catch out the hapless pleb who says them wrong. I'm thinking: Althorp, Belvoir, Menzies, Glamis, Gonville and Caius, Ralph, Beauchamp, Urquhart, Cholmondeley, Featherstonehaugh. [Now there's a little competition for Battleaxe readers - leave a comment giving me the correct pronunciation of the names above.]
As seems to be normal just now, the weather was blazing hot. We stopped for lunch in Chichester, and went to the nice cafe in the Cathedral Cloisters, where you can sit outside in the shade. When we first visited, a couple of years ago, we were troubled by crowds of ecclesiastical wasps, but none were out this time.
|Chichester Cathedral Cafe|
|View from the pub terrace|
|Some sort of sailing race|
|Evening low tide|
|Path across the inlet - algae|
|Storm clouds ahead?|
'Buyers in Bosham are mostly London-based venture capitalists and people from the private equity world who are still working, but not as a wage slave any more..... we anticipate that the buyers of xxx house will base themselves in London and use it first as a holiday home with a view to moving there permanently one day.'
Eh? a £3.25 million holiday home? Who are these people?
One strange thing - no herring gulls in Bosham. Small black-headed gulls, but none of the familiar shrieking that accompanies life in Hastings.
On our first night we had firstly, an invasion of flying ants, and secondly, a truly massive thunderstorm - a day earlier than the one in Hastings. Dealt with the ants no problem, with boiling water. Thunderstorm was exciting because the studio had big Velux roof windows. The blinds did not quite cover them, so the almost constant lightning flashed straight down onto our bed.
Next day, we went first to Hayling Island - Philosopher had never been, and he also wanted to buy a Cretan garden pot from a place that sold such things. I had visited Hayling Island as a child, and remembered it as a nowhere place. We found the pot shop easily, and bought a nice one, but the place is now nowhere veering towards dump.
Went to visit Fishbourne Roman Palace. I had been years ago, in the 1970s, when it was just being excavated, and remembered walking around an open site. Now, most of the remains are enclosed in a big building, and although there are some nice mosaics, it didn't seem either that impressive or well-presented.
Next, neither of us had been to Selsey Bill, so went there. Forget it - bungalow-land nowheresville.
Readers of this blog may remember that I am very into fossils (see previous post), and Bracklesham Bay, just along the coast from Selsey, is a very famous fossil site. We went to look. Unfortunately the tide was coming in, but there were loads of fossil bi-valves just littering the beach. Philosopher said they looked like horny old toenails and not like real fossils at all. Bracklesham? Yet another nowhere place.
|Fossil hunting at Bracklesham|
The beach was heaving. Actually it was no better/different to our own Camber Sands, just much better organised. We threw ourselves into the sea, and had to walk out nearly to the Isle of Wight to get the water above our thighs. It was as warm as a bath.
|West Wittering Beach|
Visiting these places makes me really appreciate Hastings - the diversity and interest of the architecture, the varied coast and countryside, the general 'buzz' about the place. For everyone who moans and complains about Hastings - go on, swap it for Bognor! Go and live on Hayling Island, why don't you? Or how about retiring to Selsey?