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New Year's wishes for Hastings - and 3rd Blogiversary

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL BATTLEAXE READERS!

Hastings Battleaxe is three years old today, and shows no signs of flagging. 
     People ask me why I keep blogging. I guess because it is a writing discipline exercise and I enjoy it. Hopefully, others do too, as traffic continues to increase steadily, month after month. 
Philosopher says these posts are getting too long. Are they? What do you think?










     On this day in 2012 I blogged about New Year Resolutions for me, and some wishes for Hastings, so let's revisit them, and add new ones if necessary. Back then I was still a newcomer, so lets see if increasing familiarity with my new home town has made any difference.
      In 2012 I really wanted to make friends, and I am happy to say this has happened. When I was ill a few weeks ago I was reflecting on this, because they were there for me. The WI has played a big part, but other things too.
      Clearly, new friends can never replace Brummies we have known for 30+ years, but it is heart-…

Hastings Battleaxe celebrates - Christmas cards

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Let's hope everyone has a happy and peaceful Christmas! This post is a bit late.  We have been very busy, up in Birmingham the last few days, seeing family and friends.
    I have just finished sticking our Christmas cards up in the hall. Battleaxe does enjoy getting them, particularly from people we don't often see. It is a link, however tenuous. I am not so keen on writing them - I do around 60.  It is fine when you can just sign the things, but different when you feel the need to put news as well.  I try and tailor the news to the recipient, and it takes ages.
I read that the incidence of traditional posted cards is declining with the growth of social media, e-cards and, of course, high postage costs. This is leading to massive loss of revenue for charities. Why can't the Royal Mail have a reduced rate for Christmas cards?  Am I dreaming it or did there used to be a cheaper rate for cards that were unsealed?
    However, hand-made, hand-crafted cards are becoming incre…

Gray's Emporium Tearoom, St Leonard's, and some pre-Christmas browsing.

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Well, am out and about again, browsing round St Leonard's, the town centre, and the Old Town. Pity I missed both the St Leonard's FrostFair and the Old Town Christmas shopping day.
     It was an absolutely beautiful day on Saturday, and we went for a snoop round St Leonard's. The clouds rolled back to reveal crisp blue sky and a clear, hard winter light. Philosopher and I never tire of looking at the sea - it is never the same twice. Here is the view from the seafront car-park just as the clouds began to clear.
     Our first stop was at Gray's Emporium, a new cafe that has opened in the refurbished art nouveau shop in Kings Road. It is lovely to see this beautiful shop so sympathetically restored. Tea and coffee were both very good, and we even had a timer on our table to time the brew of the tea! Oh, and home-made soft amaretti cakes - delicious. Pleasant staff and good loo. Battleaxe would recommend this place, and I hope it does well. They also do nice looking lun…

Rye Harbour - nature, walks and lovely cakes!

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I've never done a proper post about Rye Harbour. It is one of our favourite places - so open, with amazing views of skies and water. 
     Saturday was a sunny, crisp day - the nicest day since I emerged from the Conquest, so off we went. I felt a real need for emptiness and wide horizons.
     When we first moved to Hastings I very much wanted to visit Rye Harbour, because I loved the pony books set in the village, written by Monica Edwards, who spent her childhood there. The books combined all the curry combs, snaffles, pasterns and throat lashes a girl could wish for with rattling good adventures about smugglers, ghosts, wild times at sea, and even, as the characters grew older - boys.
       Monica Edwards' father was Vicar of Rye Harbour, renamed Westling in the books, and the locations are all very recognisable. The vicarage where she lived is now a B and B, the village stores are still there, but unfortunately there is now no ferry across the river.
       Interestingly…

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