Welcome to this week’s newsletter, filled with Sussex delicacies.
What a poignant week. It’s as if the wild weather of early this week, which where I am, culminated in extraordinary storms yesterday, was signally the end of an incredible era and life. Like so many others have said already, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Royalist or not, Queen Elizabeth II was the most incredible woman who touched all our lives, and rarely is a seismic cultural and national change so clearly defined. My thoughts go out to everyone who is touched by our momentous loss.
On a lighter note, in between getting absolutely drenched, I did manage to get out and about exploring earlier this week. But before I get to that, I’m delighted to be able to share news of an event we’re hosting at South Lodge in November (the 19th). It’s called the Bubbles and Botanicals Fair and it will be an opportunity to try and buy outstanding Sussex sparkling wine and craft gin in time for Christmas. I’d love it if you’d come along and you can book your Early Bird tickets here: Bubbles and Botanicals Fair.
In other news, last week I was lucky enough to go to the opening of a new tiara exhibition at Firle Place called Crowning Glory. Firle Place is always worth a visit but with many of the tiaras famous for their TV and film appearances, this exhibition is lots of fun. If you can catch one of the talks by designer Andrew Prince do. He’s fabulous and this exhibition feels all the more special after yesterday’s news.
I also managed to get over to Lancing Ring on the South Downs. Wow, the views are fantastic up there if you’re looking for a good walk and a chance to reflect. From there, I headed to Shoreham to try a restaurant that is getting great reviews, Into the Blue.
Finally, in between thunderstorms, I’ve been out exploring Horsham, our town of the month. I’ve found some great things to do and included as many free things to do as I could find.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend, don’t forget to book your ticket to the Bubbles event and much love to you all as we come together as a nation.