Hastings Battleaxe hangs out in Eastbourne
Spent the day in Eastbourne yesterday - keeping Philosopher, and our car, company. Went to the Towner Gallery, Beachy Head, Waitrose- such excitements!
|Sunny, but cold, on Eastbourne Beach|
However, they cleaned it as well, for nothing, and gave us a courtesy car - a new Octavia. It was very comfortable, but all so automated that we couldn't see how to work anything and spent the day driving around with the car temperature at 29 degrees, with the blower thing roaring like a jet plane taking off. It was a cold day but really....
There's lots in Eastbourne, but maybe not so much before 9am on a cold November morning. Here's another blog post about the town.
We started off with a short walk on the beach. it was beautiful but freeeezzzing....
Soon gave in and slunk indoors for coffee and a huge sticky bun in Favo'Loso, the retro cafe/ice cream parlour opposite the Winter Gardens.
|Favo'Loso - off the internet|
As soon as the Towner Gallery was open, in we went. There was a much publicised exhibition 'Towards Night' that I wanted to see. It has some good things in - on until 22 January. This is Philosopher's favourite (photo from the internet).
|Gertrude Hermes 'Through the Windscreen' 1923|
|Kenneth Wootton 'Portrait of a Lady' 1934|
Then down to Waitrose to browse and buy over-priced Christmas luxuries. Think Charbonnel et Walker chocolate shoes in a little handbag - plus a few everyday essentials like Dorset raspberry and pumpkin-seed porridge and Burt's Bees almond hand-cream....
All that made me quite fancy an afternoon cuppa in the Grand Hotel, but the car place called to say that our car was ready for collection, so we went home.
Talking of sick bugs, in the evening we went round to friends Jan and Tom. She told me that while we were away on our cruise they had gone to Glyndebourne and she had been seized with nausea ten minutes into the performance. She just managed to get out of the auditorium before throwing up. She said the staff were wonderful but how truly awful for her, and even more awful to speculate about what they do if someone is actually sick during a performance. It must happen.... Would they carry on?
Anyway, we reassured her that Don Giovanni was not that good, so she didn't miss much.
There are lots of nasty bugs around just now. Battleaxe says wash your hands, people.....