Monday, 30 April 2018



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We have to call into an Art Gallery whilst we're in Eastbourne, it's what we do.  Towner Gallery is one of four galleries that have access to the Arts Council National Collection.  It's a modern building with a cafe (selling cheese scones) and shop.  Let's have a look at the current exhibitions.

Andy Holden and Peter Holden: Natural Selection - an ornithological journey from nest building to the damage of egg collecting.  Amongst the exhibits was this enormous bower bird nest made of wicker, fortunately the bird that made it was nowhere to be seen!

Towner has one of the largest collections of Eric Ravilious' artworks and archive material. He was born, grew up and taught in Eastbourne. Many of his paintings are currently on tour at Compton Verney..

Inhabit -  some Patrick Caulfield works new to Towner were on display amongst this exhibition.

Haroon Mirza curates works from the Arts Council Collection.  We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun.

Towner - the building.

Of course the cafe does sell more than just cheese scones.


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018

Beachy Head


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Having left the town behind, we are making progress up a steepish grass slope, right to the very top, look there's the town below, somewhere!

Luckily, it was a warm, calm day but you can tell by the trees, all swooshed over, that sometimes it blows a gale. Quite often I would think.

Beachy Head is the UK's highest chalk sea cliff at 150 m above sea level.  The South Downs Way starts here and heads off for 99 miles to Winchester, too far today!  There's a Visitor Centre and Pub but the main attraction is the nature.  A little further along the coast are the Seven Sisters at Birling Gap, somewhere I will get to eventually, but not this visit.  

You've got to be really careful not to go too near the edge of the cliffs as they are unstable but it's an impressive place which probably has great views in the sunshine.  However, on a cloudy day, the atmosphere was eerie, there seemed to be loads of lighthouses down below as the cliff curves round but there's only one.

Sadly, this beautiful spot is a well known place for suicides.  The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team are based on the top of the cliff near the Visitor Centre and are a small team of 5 staff supported by volunteers that patrol the area on foot and by car to locate people in crisis and respond to emergencies.  Since they were formed in 2004, they have responded to over 5,500 incidents.  Here's a link to their website.


Thursday, 26 April 2018



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In London, we've found ourselves in Bermondsey Street not far from London Bridge station and the Shard.  Judging by the street names, this must have been a particularly noisy and smelly area in it's industrial heyday a couple of hundred years ago, as it was here that tanning hides and leatherwork was done. Along the now underground river,  food was unloaded and stored in warehouses but nowadays, following the redevelopment of its wharves, it's well known for its upmarket cafes and restaurants.

You'll also find the orange and pink Fashion and Textile Museum, currently covered in scaffolding, the White Cube gallery and London Glassblowing.

If you arrive at London Glassblowing at the right time, you can watch them making their incredible items. Have a look here at their website. It's all so colourful.

Bruce Marks - Birds

Yet another area of London that has its own character.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Heading to the Chalk


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We'll be going backwards and forwards between London and Eastbourne for a while, I hope you won't get too dizzy!  London posts will be blue and Eastbourne grey so it's easy to spot where we are!

It's time to meander along the beach to find the cliffs, they are definitely there even if they have slightly merged with the clouds.  The Promenade is wide, great for all types of wheels, at three levels even, but eventually, if you are keen to walk by the white cliffs, you'll be on the pebbles with intermittent ladders. 

These paths join the different levels of walkways.

Along the Prom, you'll find sweet thatched shelters nestled into the hillside.

Great lumps of chalk have cascaded down the cliffs and even more cracks appear heralding another fall at any time, so beware!

The pebbles are full of chalk too, nicely rounded by the sea's motion.

There was even some old masonry converted into a boulder with lovely smooth sides.

The colours got better and better and then up a steep, steep ladder to the top of the cliff and to the road.

We are off to Beachy Head.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018



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London was super boiling for two days this week- 29°C.  All at once the blossom blossomed, tulips opened up and the sky turned spectacularly Australian-blue.  As luck would have it our February-planned trip was the hottest April day since 1949. It could have snowed.

The Embankment Gardens looked unbelievable with its stripy mown grass and vibrant splashes of colour. 

The South Bank, trees beginning to leaf, sizzled.  Sand artists were busy on Ernie's Beach, named after activist John "Ernie" Hearn who worked tirelessly against the encroachment of development along the Thames.

With St Paul's coming ever closer, our walk will take us past The Globe with its convenient café.

Let's pop in.  It's thirsty work, got to keep hydrated. A pear and almond tart seems a good partner to the pear and ginger tea.

Crossing Tower Bridge, there's a great view to the Tower of London and the Gherkin on one side of the river . . .

. . . to London City Hall on the other.

So much to see and do.  So many bridges to cross, each with a slightly different view.  Here's the Festival Hall and the South Bank from one of the Golden Jubilee Bridges next to the railway carrying Hungerford Bridge as we head for the station and home.

What have we been doing, where have we been?  I'm going to keep you guessing. 😊


Monday, 23 April 2018

Around Eastbourne


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Let's have a look around Victorian Eastbourne to get a flavour of the place.

The Parade stretches alongside the shingled beach with the sea gently rippling beside it, it probably doesn't ripple all the time.  With your back to the sea, you can see the huge, elegant hotels, you are spoilt for choice if you are staying overnight.

We stayed a little inland at The Ravilious, named after Eric Ravilious, the Artist who came from Eastbourne. Very nice it was, indeed.

With a mild climate, there are many tropical plants around, parks and stretches of grass leading to the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and beyond along the South Downs.

Eastbourne must get very busy in the Summer months but there are many, many seats all around the town, a place for everyone to sit and enjoy the area.  Like Brighton with it's pale green paintwork, Eastbourne's railings are painted a purply-blue, a brilliant colour contrasting well with the green vegetation, the orange shingle and the sea.

Even the streets inland are wide and spacious with palatial dwellings and independent schools either side, interspersed with more hotels and b&bs. The house below had used some of the local pebbles to great effect on its wall. 

As well as a good shopping centre with all the usual shops and a mall, the smaller independent businesses looked interesting with their bow-fronted shop windows.

Each road had a different character with all sorts of individual designs shown on the houses.

Back by the sea, a couple of unusual beach huts catch the eye.  What do you think of when you see this one?  I immediately thought pig but I was wrong, it's a Spy Glass by JaK, here's a link to some more photos which look wonderful.  Apparently the view from the large window can be rotated by 180 degrees.

Here's another one, What Unearthed? by Stephen Foley and Cutting Edge UK inspired by nearby Beachy Head.

The two beach huts were winners of a competition and there were three others as well but they haven't arrived on the beach yet.

This last photo shows a box of snails, currently on display in the Pavillion.

Eastbourne seems so well looked after, the paintwork was sparkly even in the cloud. I'm definitely going to back when the sun is out, it must look stunning.

Anyway, there are a few more Eastbourne posts to go.