It's very important when you visit a different town to eat as many cakes as you can as a means of testing whether a return visit should be envisaged. I have to report that each establishment tested provided us with expertly made, delicious cakes.
|This baked lemon cheesecake from Judges Bakery and Tearoom was absolutely scrumptious, so light and airy.|
|The Jerwood Gallery had a John Piper exhibition and a large collection of Bratby's artwork but this pear and blackcurrant tart stole the show, so crispy and crunchy, yum.|
|Well it was Easter and I succumbed to an enormous slice of chocolate cake with mini eggs and tons of buttercream which wasn't at all sweet, honest, just chocolatey. I've only shown you half of the cake! I found this at Eat @ Alexandra Park|
What a fabulous park this turned out to be. It's Grade II listed and was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales - later to be King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. It's very long and thin with all sorts of different sections with a little stream joining it all together. The famous horticulturist Robert Marnock set up the park with just £250 in 1877. There are even three reservoirs at one end, so there is a lot of wildlife to be seen, including kingfishers but not seen by me. Boo. There's plenty of room for children to scoot about and even have a ride on the miniature railway.
|A sparkly diver encrusted sculpture in one of the lakes.|
|What a nice view those pretty houses have|
|Can you see the bandstand?|
|Magnolia blossoming beautifully in the sheltered park.|
It's a lovely spot, ideal for a stroll.
This is the last of my Hastings postings, I hope they have given you a little taster of the town. There are so many walks which branch off from the Country Park along the cliffs and down into the wooded glens where streams trickle along through the trees to the sea. Sadly, due to some over development by a caravan site, there had been a landslip at Ecclesbourne Glen and the footpath had been closed off. If we'd had a bit more time we might have pressed on to Fairlight Glen which is supposed to be beautiful leading to the beach which is used by naturists.