A Weekend Getaway

Decided to go down to the coast and languish on the beach for a weekend getaway. The weekend weather looked promising and the sun was blazing so it will be warm by the coast, won’t it? With chairs, jumper and a scarf, which resembles a blanket, I thought I’d be warm enough. I was correct. Well, sort of. Although blustery, it felt quite cosy watching the waves, reading my new book and relaxing. The warm sunshine on my face was warm and welcome. Not sure I’ve managed to sit on a British beach before, in March? This trip has been quite uplifting because the British winter seems interminable this year and I’m glad of some sea air.

It is invigorating to get out and about rather than succumbing to cabin fever. I have been known to meander to the sea shore, visit art galleries and enjoy the tranquil break by the sea, doing my own thing.

After a couple of hours, I took off and stopped for a cuppa, which tasted of sawdust, then walked to the pier. Why do cafes provide rubbish tea? The place had a negative atmosphere when I walked in. Maybe it was my windswept look that shocked 😳 them. Or maybe the putrid tea.

The brisk walk became suddenly very brisk. Ok, now it felt a bit chilly, so I admired the floral display and pier, then, turned around and went back, speedily, to the warmth of the car. Was I a bit bonkers to visit the coast on a windy, sunny day in March? Well, it felt great. Always feels like a mini holiday when you spend some time away from your normal environment.

Do you do this? If not, perhhaps you should. But pick the cafe stop wisely.

Hastings, tea, orange polenta cake plus photos…

Tall Black Huts - Fishing Area

Tall Black Huts –
Fishing Area

I felt like doing something different and decided on an afternoon visit to Hastings. Blow the cobwebs away, as they say, and it did too. Also, used the afternoon to practice my photography so this post will have lots of pics!

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We parked the car, which was strangely odd, because the car park was almost empty. Usually frequent Hastings in the summer, so not used to parking without hassle. One advantage of visiting on a cold day in February. Having fed the car park machine we wandered around the tall black Net Huts fishing area, which are curious and reminds you of old seafaring days.

The Jenny Lind Inn

The Jenny Lind Inn

Onwards towards the Old Town. We had a quick drink in a pub called The Jenny Lind Inn with its friendly bar and Old Peculiar Lounge. May visit again as a nice chap at the bar told us they have a good selection of music nights.

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Afterwards we had a look around the quaint streets of the Old Town with antique emporiums, shops, pubs and eateries. We really enjoyed the atmosphere even if it was a little chilly. It is fascinating to explore the narrow streets “twitters” and look at all the art and upmarket homeware shops. Fabulous place even on a cold day in winter.

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town

Later we bravely went on a breezy walk along the cold sea front towards the newly restored pier and stopped for a cup of tea and orange polenta cake. Quite delicious. Of course, then had to go onto the pier and take more photos. But only took a few because I didn’t want to take my gloves off for long. Freezing and becoming gloomy.

Hastings

Hastings

Hills behind Hastings

Hills behind Hastings

Great place to go and explore. The Old Town is super to look around as it is picturesque and full of character. Good to take in some sea air too. Quite uplifting.

The Crown Pub

The Crown Pub

A quick walk back to the car after a drink in the recommended pub The Crown. Very trendy pub with lots of surreal art and children’s clothes on the walls.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the photos.

View from Hastings Pier

View from Hastings Pier