Welcome to this week’s newsletter and thank you for joining me on my latest canter round Sussex!
What a week. I’ve literally travelled the length and the breadth of the county this week or in other words, from Chichester to Hastings and in between.
Along the way, I’ve had some unusual experiences. I accidentally gatecrashed a wedding in Chichester Cathedral, strayed into an art exhibition at an off the beaten track gallery and stopped at Duncton Hill to see if I could hear Hilaire Belloc’s boy that sings (it’s one of his more famous poems). I even met a knight in Battle (the town, not the activity)… and I really don’t make this stuff up!
In Hastings, I bumped into a real-life Jack in the Green who was sampling the local beer long before the sun was anywhere near the yardarm (and there’s nothing wrong with that) and I received a lesson in “fish” from the fishmongers of Hastings harbour. And before I left, of course, I stopped off at Chief Superintendent Foyle’s house of Foyle’s War.
In between that, I was lucky enough to catch up with two extraordinarily talented Sussex legends: Geoff Stonebanks who created the Driftwood Garden in Seaford, and chef Steven Edwards who created etch. (amongst other things). After which, in need of some tranquillity and restoration, I washed up on the shores of Barcombe Mills with The Kayak Coach. Happy days indeed.
All of which continues to confirm my view that we live in an exceptional county that contains rich pickings indeed for those that wish to indulge in life’s guilty pleasures. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for in this newsletter, do hop on over to the website or social media where there is lots more including Garden Day yoga and luscious home scents! So, hoping that there’s something for everyone here, please dig in and enjoy.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend.