25 Jul 2011

FIRST DAY AT ENGLISH COAST



Helps you to remember what you have done on the weekend of JULY 23. You never know if you need an alibi ! If you participate please put the little logo on the top of your post and leave your link.

On my first day in Eastbourne we were invited by friends of my hosts, which they hadn't seen since about 20 years. So we drove to Worthing about 60 km from Eastbourne. It's also located at the sea and they live in a cute typical English house.





After a very expansive and heartly welcome after all those years I was presented as the friend from Belgium. Motto, my friends are your friends and we had a drink in the garden before we went off to a pub for lunch.



Anne (left) is chatting with her friend and the dog was very happy to have such a lot of visitors, because we were six all together. There was another couple too.

Maureen the friend collects egg cups and has about 3000 some of them of great value and very old. I felt like an orphan with my only 450 pieces containing cat collection.



here are some of them displayed on a shelf even in the bathroom.




Then we walked down the street to Pub




as usual very cosy



quiet a nice choice of food




and very big portions for my "European" eyes. The haddock was delicious and very fresh and the broccoli puree also. I asked for chips, the typical English once which are sliced much bigger than the one we have in Belgium. Useless to say that when we got home, we weren't hungry at all and just had a cup of tea !



We also walked down to the sea, but the weather changed and it got quiet cool.





So we returned home and spend the rest of the afternoon around the open fire place. It was a very nice day in good company.

Sunday morning we made it cool, drank coffee and chatted and then drove to Hastings for some lunch and "sightseeing". I have been there several times before but I always enjoy this beautiful little town.



Doug and Anne looking for Asian food



but then decided to eat where we had always eaten the years before because Doug pretends they have the best Hamburger at the coast. I had a chicken Tikka pita which also was delicious



after some shopping



and walking in the city, we took the car and went to Battle (named after the battle of Hastings)




There were funny scarecrows exposed a little over the town



which has beautiful old houses with a lot of history



and the old castle

Before returning home we stopped at at farm which also sold organic food



Just so romantic with ducks and rapids running around





the shop with fresh vegetables self made jam and cakes



Fruits and flowers



a charity shop with all kind of things



and the cutest pigs ever ! They made noises like Mr. G. when he sleeps.

8 comments:

Mara said...

Wow, you have been busy! And it sounds like the weather was better than the weather we have here.

Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Mar said...

Enjoy your visit!!It sounds like you will need a vacation after your vacation ;)
I am enjoying the cool weather in the mountains before returning to the "canicule chez nous"!

Ann said...

I am glad you went to England and not to Norway.

Jo said...

Hi Gattina, I only saw now you have your link block again. Thanks for the tour. I loved the English pubs in the UK and I don't drink! They are so cosy and I could always get a cup of coffee (unlike South Africa where they'd look at you skew if you ordered THAT in a bar)I loved visiting Hastings and Battle again through your blog. What super friends and wow, what a collection. I feel downcast at my few hundred cat collection (similar to yours) back home in SA. Have a great stay. Jo

c said...

What a cute pig very well decorated! Beautiful tatoos! hi hi! This Hasting castle looks really marvelous! A big salut from France to your dear friends from Eastbourne! I wait now for my sister and her two little grand children! It means we will be very busy this afternoon!

Maribeth said...

What fun! I so love England and miss it. I have not been since Jack's Aunt died.

Loree said...

Gattina, you are always visiting some place or another. I love that. Sounds like an idyllic weekend. I love those pigs, they look fat and cute.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

What a lovely corner of England. It all looks so gentile.

I particularly found a few photos of Hastings (1066 and all that). I only know of such places from history books and it is somehow a surprise to see that it actually exists.