What a relief, life is now back to normal. The seemingly everlasting weekend, the Groundhog Christmas holiday days, are finally done.Why do we all collude with it year after year?
Sunday was a bright day, so off we strode. The sea was calm, the sky was blue,and many others had the same idea.
Even though the Galley Hill section of the Hastings to Bexhill cycle/footpath is tarmac and divided down the middle for walkers and cyclists, there is barely room for two people to walk abreast.Dogs and kids kept spilling across into the path of the cyclists, amid much bell-ringing, shouting and swearing. But I've banged on quite enough in the past about the deficiencies of the cycle/footpath from Hastings to Bexhill, so I'll talk about other things.
Galley Hill is a clayey mud/stone cliff just past Glyne Gap, the tunnel to the retail park and the cafe on the beach. Curiously, the section of cliff on the Hastings side of the tunnel, which is actually twice as high, is called Little Galley Hill.
|Looking back to Hastings from Glyne Gap|
|The beach by Galley Hill - tide too high for fossils|
|The cliff at Galley Hill|
|Cliff and sky|
Incidentally, Gilbert, the 8th Earl, was the father of the notorious Idina Sackville, the prime mover in the scandalous Kenya 'Happy Valley' set of the 1930s. Battleaxe recommends an excellent book about Edina, 'The Bolter', by Edina's great-granddaughter, Frances Osborne. Believe me, the book is sufficiently gripping to distract one from unsettling thoughts about the author's married life with George Osborne.
Gilbert Sackville ran off with a can-can dancer and divorced Edina's mother, Muriel Brassey, in 1901.
|Gilbert Sackville, 'Bexhill and Dunlop' by 'Spy'. Apparently, Idina's one facial flaw was an undershot chin - you can see where she got it from|
|Racing down galley Hill into Bexhill|
|The fastest car in 1902, the Serpollet 'Egg'|
|A Napier car crashed over the cliff in 1907|
|Looking down from the top of Galley Hill|