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Garden Centres and Nurseries near Hastings - some new ones

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I've done two posts about garden centres before. The first one is now quite old, but remains consistently in the most-visited top ten, and the more recent follow-up, is also very popular.  So, for this post, off Battleaxe goes again, finding yet more new places to visit and enjoy.
    It was my birthday on Tuesday. In the evening I went to the Hastings Lifeboat House followed by a fish and chip supper with the WI. That's another story - sounds a strange thing to do on your birthday  but we had a really good time. So, Philosopher and I had a daytime outing, wisteria hunting (see below).
    We went over to Cripps Corner, between Sedlescombe and Bodiam, to Ed's Nursery and the Staplecross Shrub Centre.
     Ed's Nursery is a very traditional place - lots of interesting-looking plants, and a knowledgable, elderly lady tending them. Plants looked healthy and prices were very reasonable. I bought a yellow crocosmia but didn't take any photos. No website either.
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Hastings Battleaxe - A week in the life.....

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This time last Sunday we were trundling back on the train from London Cannon Street, having fetched grand daughter (GD) from my daughter, (D) her mother.  Today we are just back from Birmingham, after a weekend seeing friends etc.
      I've written about GD before - even though she is now 16, she is not as most girls her age are.... Currently, there are difficulties about finding her a college place for the autumn.  The places at special needs colleges in BIrmingham have all been allocated to young people leaving special needs schools, and GD has been at a mainstream school - but mainstream colleges say they cannot meet her needs.  I've told D to contact Steve McCabe, their local MP, but the poor guy has recently had a brick thrown in his face as he was riding along on his bike. It's tough up in Brum.
      Looking after and entertaining her is stressful - but it is what we do.
      On Monday, after a trip to Waterstones to stock up on reading matter - fortunately she l…

Michelham Priory - a peaceful day out

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This post is not quite chronological - our visit, with friends Bob and Alison, was before our trip to Bristol. Back then (it seems ages ago now...)  the weather was still hot and sunny. Hard to believe....  We had a lovely day in this beautiful, peaceful place.Michelham Priory is just by Hailsham, one of those places where we have passed the signs loads of times but never been.
     It was originally an Augustinian priory - a daughter house of the Augustinian priory in Hastings.  At first, in the thirteenth century, it was quite important - the substantial gatehouse and moat show this. Edward 1 and the Archbishop of Canterbury even came to stay, but over time the priory fell into disrepair and dissolute ways, and was a prime candidate for disposal during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. Initially, it passed to Thomas Cromwell, then to Anne of Cleves, and after several more changes of ownership, to the Sackville family.  By this time, it was overlooked, half-fo…

Bristol - a watery sort of trip

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Down to Bristol again this weekend to stay with Anna and Gareth.  Watery in the sense that for the first time in weeks we might have had to encounter rain, and involving a boat trip and touching the fringes of the big Harbour Festival.

Last time we came we spent time exploring Clifton, Anna and Gareth's new neighbourhood, this time we went further afield.
    First, we went to an exhibition of studio pottery at collector Ken Stradling's Design Study Centre, near the University. The pieces on show came from his collection.  A piece of family history here: Philosopher's first wife, and Anna's mother, was the daughter of the studio potter Marianne de Trey (she died in 2016, aged 102). Marianne's husband, Anna's grandfather, was the potter and painter Sam Haile, who died tragically young, in 1948. Ken Stradling, an old friend of Marianne, has built up a remarkable collection of glass, ceramics and furniture design classics. Through her mother, Anna made contact wit…

Pirates... and two car boots - Classic Cars on Hastings Pier and Elm Tree, Icklesham

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Battleaxe hadn't intended to write about Pirate Day, but of course down we went today, and have got some great pictures. Then, last week, went to two Car Boots at opposite ends of the exclusivity scale. Firstly, the high-end Classic Car Boot Sale on the end of Hastings Pier, and secondly, the much lower-end Elm Tree Boot Sale at Icklesham.
    Last year, for Pirate Day, the WI did a tea-room event at the Jenny Lind - see this post. However, we decided it wasn't busy enough at that end of the old town. This year, Philosopher and I just got dressed up and went down to people watch and greet people we know. As ever, plenty of pirates of all ages, shapes and sizes but we did feel the event still lacks focus - they need a big parade, or a record-breaking attempt - something to pull all the pirates together in one place. They did try to put on something for everyone... even the Hastings Sinfonia playing classical Pirate favourites...
       Here are some Pirate pictures. So many …

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