Thanks for your messages yesterday, it was lovely to hear from you.
One of the places we visited in Hastings was the Fishermen's Museum which was crammed full of interesting items and photos as well as a lugger, or sailing fishing boat, which takes up most of the space. The Museum itself is in a church which was unused after the Second World War and the Church is on The Stade, the area where the fishing fleet is launched from. The Stade has been used for fishing for over a thousand years. The boats are pulled up on to the shingle each day and the fish is prepared for sale each morning. You can wander about and buy some if you like. The striking thing on the Stade is the weather boarded fishermen's net shops towering above you where they keep their spare gear.
|A bit washed out due to the sunshine!|
|Inside the church/museum|
|A couple of you have seen these before!|
|A puffin. Stuffed, shame.|
|Weather-beaten beam from the lugger|
|The working beach|
The photos of the fishermen in the Museum were so atmospheric and just brought home to me how hard they had to work to catch the fish. Have a look at this website for more information and to see the men.
Bye for now.