Initially I wanted to write about Rudyard Kipling the writer, for the letter K. One of my blog friends Hilary from Positive Letters lives in Eastbourne, and I had already met her last year and so we met again and she took me to Bateman's in Burwash.where he had his last home.
It is a very beautiful place.
We walked around the park, had lunch in the tea room near the house and spent the whole day chatting together. We had a great time and it went by so quickly ! When it was time to go home, we were greeted by Anne who told us that Eastbourne's pier was on fire ! Therefore I will write more about R. Kiplings home another time.
I took the above pictures on Monday, and the once below today. It was so sad to see my beloved pier so damaged.
The fire had broken out around 3 pm, but could be mastered around 7 pm. We watched all in direct on the local TV.
Today I went down to see the pier with my own eyes. The road was closed and so was the access to the pier of course. People were talking with the policemen but nobody knew exactly why the fire broke out in this gambling casino.
Fortunately only this building completely burnt out and only the skeleton remains. Now divers probably have to try to find the money of the slot machines and other games, the floor had fallen into the water. I saw some police boats checking under the burnt building.
That's how the place looks like today, where only on Monday I had a glance inside, to watch young people playing on the machines.
Television was there too in the morning to inform about the latest news.
and this is how the seafront looked today. People were laying on the beach and enjoyed the sunshine. I sat there too and read my book, had lunch and and ice cream, before I returned home.
At least I heard that the pier will be repaired for next year !