Monday, 26 July 2010
There is so much going on at the Festival of History, all over the huge area ranging from tournaments with Knights, fashion shows with costumes from 55b.c. to the second world war, to music,
The rope makers picked on small strong lads to help demonstrate rope making.
All in all, a very interesting and entertaining day out. We ended the day waiting for the bulk of visitors to depart, having bought ourselves some drinks, we passed our last moments at the Festival of History listening and dancing to the very good Fab Beatles. Jenny and I got up and danced to some of the hits of our younger days! Are we living history? I suppose everyone is.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
This morning, we were all having a chat, and I said how I was enjoying all the baby pictures they were posting, and Matthew asked that I leave some comments.....this is something I had not tried. I went into their site, and saw a blogger icon, and just followed my nose there. I was a little perplexed when nothing came up on their site, so search for another place to put entries and found them. Now I know what happened to the ones which seemed to go into thin air, they have turned up on my blog!
Monday, 19 July 2010
It all started with the embroidery of a bee at our WI craft group to put on a scissor keeper. I never finished the project there, but as the group has now broken up for summer, I am now determined to complete unfinished projects. Once I had finished this one, I went on to make a couple more!
On the reverse of the blue keeper, I did a little bit of sashiko quilting. Its a lovely way of incorporating a small bit of work into a larger, but small project
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
During the day, our trip took us along the south coast via the Severn Sisters with a stop there. It was a really hot day, and there was only a slight breeze coming off the sea.
We made the most of our stop at Eastbourne: people watching from seats on a beach cafe. Children on a day trip were picnicking, and after collecting pale stones wrote the name of their town or school.
After this, we headed on to Hastings, and enjoyed exploring the back streets and had an excellent lunch in a Spanish Restaurant whilst sipping on a jug of cool sangria. It just seemed right on a hot and sunny day.
During the morning of our last day in Brighton, we explored the local museum, and then after a lunch in an 'American Diner', we headed off home, with a few hours stop in Chichester. We certainly explored a new area during these four days.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Trying to get an 'artistic' view of the old burnt out and abandoned peer, with the shore full of cyclists catching the last of the rays, I managed this shot. There were so many sea birds in the air all at the same time, having their last fly before going to roost for the night on the old pier.
We had a walk along the Lanes and then just before retiring for the night, I felt I had to have a ride on the fine chargers and enjoy the old music of the organ. As I wasn't able to persuade Mr S to come and share my mount, he stood on the side and caught me on my steed.
Our first full day was 'at leisure' in Brighton, so we made our way to the Royal Pavilion. After being completely bowled over by the decorations and the furniture and effects in the entrance hall and the long gallery, I could not hold back......I quickly retraced my steps and went to buy the full guide. Every piece is numbered and has good details in the guide catalogue.
Both Mr S and I gasped as we entered the Banqueting Room at the sumptuous decoration, the most splendid being the ceiling and the central chandelier which hangs from the talons of a guilded dragon. With the audio guide and the written guide, and having so much to delight the eye, and fuel our admiration firstly for the craftsmen of the time, and also for the present day restorers, our progress was very 'studied'. The room attendants were very patient, pleasant and informative, and obviously loved their jobs. I think their interaction with the visitors added to the quality of the experience. From time to time, Mr S and I would remark on something that was intriguing, and the other maybe having missed it, we would go back to have another look together. So as not to be 'museumed out' we recharged our batteries in the delightful tea rooms, which also has tables on a first floor veranda overlooking the Pavilion Gardens. Out came the sun glasses and hats, and I insisted on slapping on sun screen on Mr S......and myself of course!
We decided to have a break and lunched out at an excellent Italian Restaurant in the Lanes area, and return to the Pavilion afterwards. We ended the day with a late cuppa on the terrace at the Pavilion, before winding our way back to the Hotel.
Being members of both the National Trust and English Heritage, this sort of place appeals to us, and I think the town which owns the Pavilion has excelled itself in the information and quality of exhibits. Many of the original pieces are on loan from HM The Queen. I would put this as one of the top 100 things to see in one's lifetime.
We did note that the town's Museum and Art Gallery which is housed just across the grounds in a similar Moorish Designed complex was closed on Mondays, and hoped we would have time perhaps on our last day to visit this.....see more about this in another installment.