Thursday, 31 August 2017


Hello my lovelies! Is it just me or is there more than a whiff of autumn in the air today? We had a mini heatwave over the weekend but it seems to have cooled down again now. I'm not disappointed though as autumn is my favourite season. I feel as if I should be out buying stationery for the new term!
I've had an interesting week. It started with E and me dropping L off at the airport for her 5 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. I was more than a little nervous waving her off but a few people made lovely reassuring comments on my last post, and I have since had a few Skype messages from her and she is having a brilliant time, so I'm feeling a lot better about it.
Thinking that E would be terribly sad to drop L off and then just come home, we decided to have a mother/daughter jaunt to Hastings for a few days. We chose Hastings for several reasons - firstly, being at Gatwick airport, we were half way there already. Secondly, E is studying The Norman Conquest as one of her options next year and had never been, and, finally, because R and I went there pre-children and had a wonderful time.
We chose a small hotel on the seafront and spent 3 gorgeously sunny days (I had packed for cool weather and regretted not taking my shorts!) pottering around Hastings and Battle. Here are a few of our snaps:
The view from our room:
Part of Hastings Old Town. We discovered a vegan cafe here and got chatting to a lovely girl from Australia. She had been solo travelling since February and Cambodia was, apparently, her favourite place - you can never have too much reassurance! 
Crazy golf on the seafront - she thrashed me!
Battle Museum - this was a little gem:
The museum gardens:

The oldest Guy in the country. Battle was once famous for making gunpowder and was the source of the gunpowder used by Guy Fawkes and the others in their attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament:
The Gatehouse:
The battlefield today:

Beekeeping in the Abbey gardens. He was chatting away to the bees as he worked:

We paused halfway round and went to a little tea shop, The Nook, for refreshments:
William insisted on an Abbey being built on the battlefield to atone for the loss of life. The altar was sited on the spot where Harold died. The field was on quite a hill and initially the builders started it further away on flat land. William was furious and insisted that they tear it down and start again on the actual spot.
The Novice's room. Again, the tall ceilings are due to the hill - the room above was the dormitory which ran the length of the building. Consequently, the roof of the rooms below changes height with the slope:
Hasting's pier:

E rescuing jellyfish:
Hasting's Castle:
The funicular railway up to the cliffs:
We had a brilliant few days and would heartily recommend it as a great place for a weekend break. Other happies this week include:
Enjoying my sunflowers:
Penny, practising her perching:
......... and a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum with a my friend, S.
The treetop walkway:

Again, this is a fantastic place to visit. It was so beautiful and would be even better when the leaves start to turn more. It's a great place for children too, with plenty of cafes, 2 circular walks and wide, flat paths for them to ride their bikes/scooters. There's also a Gruffalo Trail and an activity centre.

Anyway, that's all for this week. Enjoy the last week of the summer holidays. I'm just off to attack the laundry pile!

Toodle pip for now. x


  1. So glad that your daughter is enjoying her travels, sounds like you had a fabulous time too. Lots of lovely photos to enjoy. Definitely a turn in the seasons here, quite nice really :). B x

  2. Ooh what a lovely post! L will have a great time and come back brimming with stories and experience. Hastings and Battle are so steeped in history aren't they? I've loved the visits we've had so it was lovely to see your photos. The cricket you photographed is a rosels bush cricket, reasonably rare so a nice spot. What a gorgeous colour Penny is! And the tree top walk looked amazing. Xx

    1. Thanks CT. I'll tell E - she'll be thrilled as she was the one who heard it and tracked it down. Penny is technically a 'Lavender' Pekin, which sounds so much better than grey! xx

  3. I know I always say this, but you have the best days out! Your trip to Hastings sounds lovely. Love the "battlefield" today :)

  4. Beautiful photos, my friend. Hastings seems a great place to visit. I love especially the museum garden, the castle and the battlefield today. Kisses!

  5. Hastings looks beautiful, must add it to my list of places to go to. You always plan such great days out. xx

  6. Delighted to hear that L is having such a good time, regular contact is so reassuring. How lovely that you had a mother and daughter break in Hastings, I love it there. Penny is adorable. That treetop walk looks fantastic!xxx

  7. You've made me want to visit Hastings! That part of Kent has always appealed to me, along with Rye and Dungeoness. I think my Angus would love all that history. I'm very glad to hear that L is enjoying her travels. x

  8. Thanks for telling us about Westonbirt, it's been years since I visited and they didn't have a tree top walkway then. Looks great, we need to visit again x

  9. I often read your blog but seldom comment - sorry! - but just wanted to say that the whole Cambodia and Vietnam thing Will Be Fine. My daughter travelled solo in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Lao for 4 months this year and had a fantastic experience. Her favourite was northern Vietnam. Prepare for amazing photos and try not to worry!

    1. Thank you, Linda. She does seem to be having an amazing time - the latest photos on Skype were of her abseiling down a waterfall! xx

  10. hi there! I do love reading your posts! it looks like you had a lovely time... I especially liked the museum gardens and the look of that scone! have a beautiful week ahead!