Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A trip to the seaside...

Hello there! Can you believe it's July already? I'm officially on maternity leave and so excited about it! Ciaran and I had tickets for Glastonbury this year but decided to forgo it this time because baby so instead of sharing photos of festival goers covered head to toe in mud on this bright and sunny morning, I'm showing you photos of beautiful Hastings old town!

I think Hastings is my spiritual home, I could seriously imagine us living here one day. The antique shops are second to none and there's an awesome bakery - so that's me pretty much sorted.

Roberts Rummage is the best place for thrifting - this time I picked up some pretty glass bead necklaces, a little ceramic ring holder and a glass candle stick that is the exact match for an odd one I picked up in the New Forest last year so now I have a matching pair!. 

Boulevard Books is a proper old fashioned second hand book shop with shelves running floor to ceiling and lots of little nooks and crannies. In the evenings it turns into a Thai restaurant and we stopped by on the Saturday night to check it out! The food is really beautiful - hot and fresh just as Thai food should be. I had the hot and sour soup to start (made extra hot naturalment) and a king prawn Thai green curry which was wonderfully rich and delicious. Also it's bring your own bottle which is handy (my bottle was a litre of carrot juice!).

We also visited the Shirley Leaf and Petal Co. and I finally checked out the museum downstairs! Here they produce thousands of different varieties of artificial flowers and leaves onsite using gorgeous vintage 1930's velvets and these beautiful fabric cutters that are over a hundred years old (they reminded me of old wooden printing blocks!). They have one for every type of flower under the sun, in every size too! The flowers are mainly commissioned for film, TV and theatre work these days but back in the 1900's women would work them into their dresses and hair do's. It's so lovely to see a business so niche as this thriving - I love how over the last hundred years the customer base has completely changed but the materials and tools have stayed the same! Needless to say, if you're planning on making yourself a DIY flower crown at any point this Summer, this is the place to go - if you're in need of some inspiration check out this tutorial I made a couple of years back!

The sky looks pretty stormy in all of these photos but it was actually a lovely weekend with plenty of gaps of blue sky and sun. We went for sausage rolls at Judges bakery, rode the funicular railway to the top of the East cliff and drank rose lemonade in the sun and had a bonfire in the back garden. One of the absolute highlights though was hearing my good friend Lauren playing the accordion! She's only just started learning but can already bust out a Yan Tiersen that will make the hairs on your arms stand on end! Clever lady. Thank you for having us Lauren, until next time!

P.S if you're hungry for more Hastings check out my post from last years Jack In The Green festival here!

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