Tag Archives: The places I go

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

4 May

Here is a glimpse of our sunny weekend away in the old seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex. We spent most of our time checking out the antique shops and even catching some rays on the beautiful beach. Happy days indeed.



Jack In The Green May Day Parade

3 May

Just home from a lovely long weekend by the sea in Hastings. I’ve got lots of photos to post but I wanted to share with you the May Day celebrations from yesterday  most of all. Jack In The Green is a traditional way to celebrate the start of spring in this part of the world and from where I was standing with my camera an excellent excuse to paint your face bright green, cover yourself in flowers and dance and sing your way all about town.

An elaborate figure made from garlands and foliage known as Jack In The Green is paraded along the streets by his attendants known as Bogies to banish winter and welcome the new season. We took Henry along and had a good vantage point from where we could see all the costumes, hear the wonderful drumming and oh, did I mention the giants? These are just a few of the best…

The man of the moment, Jack O’ The Green with a crown upon his head.
It looked like the whole town was in on the act, either as a musician or a performer. There were several drumming societies, bagpipes and more than a few piano accordionists.And of course there had to be a bit of a nautical theme with a giant saucy green mermaid.

An exhausted and green nosed Henry had to be carried home asleep after all the excitement!

A Big Ferris Wheel On The South Bank

28 Mar

My husband Andy and I had an evening and a day out on our own last week, alone, without Henry who stayed home with my Mum! It was the first time I have stayed a night away from the little man as I kept feeling the need to point out during the very lovely dinner we had at Richoux in Mayfair and I surprised myself at what a big deal it felt like (I was away for a grand total of 23.5 hours)!

It was a much needed break from reality though and so wonderful to spend some time hanging out with my best friend on our mini adventure. We slept late (8.15am!), had a long leisurely breakfast in the hotel, read books and just caught up. We decided to forgo an real culture vulture activities and all the pressure to be clever that goes along with them and instead went for a ride on the London Eye and took in some these magnificent views from a new angle. We wandered along the South Bank, nosed in bookshops and when I asked Andy what he most wanted to do that we couldn’t normally do with Henry in tow he said ‘The thing we never achieve at home since having baby is having time to eat a whole meal, eat slowly and take as long as we want.’ So we had an enormous lunch in a great restaurant overlooking the Thames before catching the train back to Sussex.
It was perfect.

A lovely day in Lewes

22 Mar

Here are the latest photos I shot with my new upgraded camera and reconditioned lens, hooray! A friend and I went for a day out in Lewes in East Sussex. We had a really yummy lunch at Bill’s and had a good nose around the many antique and charity shops of this beautiful old market town.

Lewes is one of the best places in the whole wide world to poke about antique shops!

Admiring the Spring daffodils, as lovely as they are I don’t think I want to pay £2 for a bunch of flowers that are currently growing on every patch of green in the country. There must be about 150 quids worth in the back garden right now!

Ah, the equinox when it is neither Winter nor Spring and we can have sunny flowers and root veggies at the same time… Continue reading

Brighton in the early hours…

5 Mar

It isn’t often you get the chance to see the normally busy bustling streets of Brighton this empty but I was up early the other morning and so Henry and I went on an expedition to my home town and took made good use of the camera in my phone.

I put together this contact sheet to show you around a bit and if the weather stays nice (fingers crossed) we’ll go back soon and continue on our tour of the seaside. It really is one of the most lovely cities in the world!

Hope you are having a good weekend.

A little man does a little yard work…

26 Feb

Henry and me have been working in the garden making the most of the lovely warn sunshine that broke through the grey clouds this afternoon! Here are some photos I snapped used the fabulous Hipstamatic App on the iphone whilst my camera is in the shop.

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On High in Santa Cruz. Part II

20 Feb

Furnishing this apartment was such a lot of fun. The square footage of the living room alone was just over 1,000 sq ft and with such an open plan arrangement it was possible to create a really interesting and easygoing living space.

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On High in Santa Cruz. Part I

11 Feb

We signed a one year tenancy agreement on the upper floor of this beautiful big house in March 2009 the day before we found out I was pregnant. I had dreamt of living on the California coast since we arrived in America so when this place became available in beautiful Santa Cruz we just went for it and moved in as soon as we could.

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