Welcome to this week’s newsletter with a quick canter around our county.
This week has been all about glorious autumn sunrises. I’ve been up every day at dawn as I’ve headed off all over the county from Midhurst to Hastings, and then on to Lewes, Bexhill, Horsham and Pulborough. And every day this week, I’ve been lucky enough to witness the Sussex landscape emerge from fine layers of mist. As a result, I feel I can already forgive the county for all the rain it’s going to throw at me in the months ahead.
On Saturday, I headed to Bulverhythe Beach for a rare chance to see the wreck of The Amsterdam only visible at certain times of the year. In doing so, I caught nearby Bexhill on Sea looking incredibly exotic against blue skies and sunshine. I also headed back to Parham, the hugely evocative Elizabethan House and Gardens near Pulborough to soak up the serenity of the grounds.
Enthralled by a strong sense of the long distant past, I then headed down to Midhurst for another look at the magnificent Cowdray Ruins. That’s the trouble with exploring, as one thing inevitably leads to another and as Cowdray and Parham have a family connection, it felt like the right thing to do.
All this gallivanting inevitably makes me hungry, and as I’m trying to avoid supermarkets (because they make me angry), I’ve been making an effort to replenish at local farm shops. Simple, sweet pleasures indeed.
That’s it for now. For me, this weekend is going to be all about conkers, of course. Hope you have a good one!