Monday, July 30, 2012

Good luck from Hastings!

I've just come back from an amazing weekend in Hastings with my friends Kate and Lauren. We caught the train down on Friday night (it's only an hour and a half from Charing Cross) and enjoyed a few real ales along the way. Then we hopped in a cab and sped straight to the old town where Lauren lives with the man in her life Simon! We drank champagne, watched old films, ate huevos rancheros, drank ale, bought as many antique kitchen items as I could carry, drank cider, went on the swan boats, soaked up the sun, took the funicular railway to the top of the cliffs, visited some lovely pubs, breathed the sea air deeply and did more walking than I think I've done so far this year.

All too quickly it was Sunday night and time to catch the train home again. I can't wait to share some of the fab vintage bits and pieces I picked up - I think I mentioned a little while ago that I've been refraining from splashing my cash in antique shops in London because everything is so over-priced. I had been saving myself for Hastings and I'm so glad - I've got an enormous carrier bag bursting with bits and pieces to share!.

Hastings Beach.

Swan boats - doesn't he look severe!.

Huevos Rancheros.

Pretty little cottage.

Lauren and Simon's home made Perry!

Oy Oy - I bought a sailor's hat!

Hydrangeas flourishing.

Strawberries and enamelware.
Hastings old town is unbelievably beautiful and quaint - tiny streets with pretty, wonky little houses lead down to the beach and cutting across them are hundreds of alleyways called 'twitterns'. There are some gorgeous little pubs - The Stag is my favourite with a great selection of real ales, a cat and sweet little overgrown beer garden that climbs up the cliff behind. The old town has got a fun, sea side holiday vibe (with a fun fair, plenty of fish and chip shops and of course the swan boats!) but walking around you feel that you're among locals. It was the start of Carnival week when we were there so there was a good buzz about the place.

I would really recommend Hastings old town for a day trip or weekend away (if you're planning on staying the night, you could always stay here - the 'piece of cheese' cottage was built on a small sliver of land for a £5 bet in 1871. Kate has stayed there and said it's lovely!). If you would like to read a little more about it (especially some of the more pagan traditions that the locals still celebrate with enthusiasm) check out Lauren's posts about Hastings in the 1950's, the Jack in the Green.festival and Hastings weather Kiosk.

I think my antiques haul deserves a post of it's own - I'm so excited to put some of my items to use (particularly my newly acquired vintage glass jelly mould) but I think that's a job for next weekend!

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