Hastings Battleaxe basks in the sun
July has gone so quickly.... it has been beautiful weather, and I have missed blogging about all sorts of sunny outings......... High Beeches Gardens near Haywards Heath, King John's Lodge in Etchingham, eating on the Pier, strange Turkish film night at the Electric Palace, a trip out to Romney Marsh, the latest exhibition at the Jerwood....
|Early evening sky - from our house|
It is a bit alarming that as you get a bit older, time goes so quickly. It is like the sand running out of the pointy bit at the bottom of an hour glass. I remember as a child, the summer seemed to be everlasting. Endless, mysteriously always sunny days - not as endless as double maths though, or hockey on a cold afternoon.
When time goes so fast, it is easy to forget things, and I wanted to focus on sunny, happy stuff for this post - the global situation is so awful it is good to remember the positives -and we are so lucky living here, with all this beauty around us.
So, what have I missed?
High Beeches is an interesting place - we went with our friends Bob and Alison, who live in Horsham. It is a wild, natural garden, once the site of an old house, destroyed when a plane crashed into it in WW2. The wild flowers were beautiful, and there were many, many butterflies, and lovely old trees. Clearly, much of it was green, and it would have been better at bluebell, rhododendron time or in autumn, but I found it very restful.. The place also has a fantastic tearoom with a lovely garden area - fresh homemade food at reasonable prices, in pretty surroundings. Battleaxe would recommend!
|Orchid at High Beeches|
|Twisted roots - High Beeches|
|Ducks at King John's Lodge|
|King John's Lodge|
|King John's Lodge|
|Lovely little hut|
|Perfect evening on the Pier|
|Getting towards sunset|
|End of the Pier....|
|Moon rise from the beach|
Let's go to Dungeness and Romney Marsh instead, with our friends Dave and Carol. They wanted to see Dungeness, and then we took them to the lovely little Fairfield Church, which was looking wonderful in the afternoon sun. Standing alone in the middle of nowhere, it is a particularly special place.
|View from the Jerwood terrace - the fishing boats|
|Study of birds and boats....|