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King Canute at Rye Harbour

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Or is it Cnut these days, or even Knut?  Who knows.... No, sillies I said CNUT.
     We went for a breezy walk to Rye Harbour, and found a leather armchair washed up on the beach.  Hence Philosopher as Canute picture below....

We were reflecting on the history we were taught at school.  He did History up to O Level, I did both O and A, but for both of us the things that stick most in our mind are images of 'Romantic' history we must have encountered when very young.  The picture of King Canute in his robes on his throne, while his courtiers fawned in the background.  Boadicia in her chariot with knives on the wheels, King Alfred and the Cakes, Hereward  the Wake hiding in the reeds (why?), Harold at Hastings, 'Angles not Angels' (What was that about?  Picture of slaves in a market place?), the Black Prince, Richard the Lionheart with his long blond hair, listening from his dungeon while Blondin plays the lute outside, Princes in the Tower.... butts of malmsey, surfeits…

Getting Stade Colour photography competition wrong?

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Sunday was a truly glorious day. Saturday had been soaking wet, but we drew the curtains back yesterday to one of those newly washed seaside mornings where the sea sparkles, the sky is brilliant blue with little fluffy clouds, the air is fresh, and everything is crystal clear.

We went for our first longish walk since injuring my foot - it is now 90% better, thank goodness - have grown fatter with inactivity over the last few weeks.  One of our favourite routes  - up the steep path to the West Hill from the Old London Road just past the convent.  These days it is slightly longer because we have to walk down Ashburnham Road, but the view of the Old Town and the sea from there is fabulous - it looks like Italy.  Along Collier Road, over the West Hill green, stopping for a coffee at the cafe. I know I have said this before, but the view from that cafe must be one of the best in the south of England.

Yesterday we didn't carry on our usual route down the other side of the hill and throu…

Battleaxe and Philosopher get tangoed Skoda Yeti style

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At the moment, the Battleaxe household supports two cars - my faithful Citroen Berlingo, and his Fiesta.  We thought we would need two, as originally I was going to go back to Birmingham frequently to do my duties as a housing association board member.  That ended abruptly - (full horror story available but not on here) - and we soon realised that one car stood idle most of the time, and we needed to downsize.

So we drew up a shortlist, and started our search with a Skoda Yeti - chunky, not too big, good load carrying capacity etc.  They only had one in stock in Eastbourne - and it was orange....  to cut long car nerdy story short (how bland cars are these days) - we are buying it.  The salesman said that no-one wanted it because of its colour, they prefer sliver etc.

How strange - well, to me, anyway, - people are.  When I go to the hairdressers it is usually a struggle to make the stylist understand that I want my hair Bright - they want me to have nice subtle lady-like tints and st…

Now it gets Hot...Hastings Battleaxe Mermaid takes to sea

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The last few days have been incredibly hot...hot...hot.  So much so that the Philosopher and myself had to take to the sea this morning - it was Ancient Mariner calm... a few painted fishing boats on the painted sea.

I stuck it longer than him - have more blubber - and churned up and down busily and healthily for a bit.  I intend to go swimming quite often.  I want to be one of those old ladies you see on the TV news swimming on Christmas morning, in a reinforced, probably floral but maybe navy, swimming costume with a bosom like a shelf, and a white rubber swimming hat with lots of flowers on.  When I said this to the Philosopher, he said something along the lines of that being typical - I always had the look worked out, but actually doing the thing was a different matter....maybe he is right....

It was so hot in the house we had to let new cat Digby go outside, just to let a bit of air in.  He was good for a bit and stayed in view but then legged it into the next door garden.  He c…

Battleaxe finds evidence of Other Worlds in Battle...

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In earlier blogs, I have commented on the eclectic collection of clothes shops in Battle, with particular reference to Tweedy Walker, Mad Cat Lady, Alternative Therapist and Pagan Priestess.  However, today I found something else again - Dynasty Revival with Added Bling and Extra Gold.  I won't give the name of the shop because it is unfair, but we came across it while going to the pet shop for additions to Digby's already extensive toy range - he is getting bored with being shut indoors already.
     The RSPCA said we had to keep him shut in for 3 weeks, but as he doesn't like to wander more than 2 yards from his food plate, I think we will open the door, bag of cat treats in hand, before that. It is very hot - and smelly - in here with doors and windows shut....we were due to have friends with delicate sensibilities to stay this weekend but they have postponed - just as well for them, one whiff of the litter tray and they would have legged it to the nearest boutique hote…

Bluebell Ridge cat Digby joins Battleaxe household

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OK, so Battleaxe always said she wanted a dog when we moved to Hastings.  I have been putting finding a dog off and off.  I couldn't decide what sort to get.  The Philosopher wanted a little Westie, and I wanted something like a Cockerpoo. The time never felt right - we were either going somewhere, or someone was coming, or something else was happening - or whatever.  Finally, it became clear that at the moment, a dog just does not suit our lifestyle - we go out for days to London, we go away for weekends, and we don't as yet have the support network here to care for a dog.

The other day I was looking at the local RSPCA website, as usual, for dogs, when my eye was caught by a great big tabby cat - Digby. He looked confident and cheerful, and a potential dog-like companion cat.  I can't be doing with cats that are savage bundles of claws, or neurotics hiding under the furniture, and I didn't want one that gave me supercilious dirty looks all the time, like Frankie in Bi…

Olympic birthday for Hastings Battleaxe - with Usain

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It was Battleaxe's birthday this week - she is ageless, so there is no point even speculating about how old she might be.

Have been sitting square-eyeballed in front of the Olympics on telly for unsuitable amounts of time - at least I have the excuse of resting my bad foot (see last blog).  In common with the rest of the nation, I have become avid GB medal-counter, but have also watched really obscure things..... Have enjoyed the coverage, but I don't like the painfully drawn-out interviews with the winners and losers - a few words and one comment, gasp, grunt or sob, fine, but I don't really want to know the details of how they feel.... why is so hard just to leave us to guess the obvious - happy if they win and gutted if they lose. 

Some of the stuff is downright incomprehensible - who understands the rules of the cycling Omnium, for example - but it all drifts past the eyes in a parade of rock-hard thighs, washboard stomachs, rippling biceps....

One present I received …

Summer break in Hastings finishes in Conquest Hospital...

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Phew - we have just returned from Birmingham having returned Grand-daughter.  Had a good few days with her here in Hastings.  We went to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick at the Odeon - wow, kids morning special - two of us plus child for £5.00!  The film was really funny - I think the Philosopher and I laughed more than anyone in the cinema - GD enjoyed it too fortunately.

Had an excellent day at Camber Sands - hazy sunny.  I attempted to go for a swim but foolishly chose time when tide was at its furthest out - walked and walked to the sea and then walked and walked and walked until was nearly in France, and it was still scarcely knee deep, so gave up in the end.  I am determined to swim in the sea more this year, but on rare occasions  it has been sunny and tide is in right place we have been busy....

We made our usual visit to the sea-front amusement park - I think GD enjoys their grotty predicatability - a lurch round on the dilapidated old ghost train, a climb round the wobbly …

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