My blog is mostly about wildlife, particularly birds, walking, days out, all growing things and anything else that comes to mind.
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

An impromptu visit for bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum

Spur of the moment decision... needed to get some exercise to headed off to Winkworth Arboretum - it's all on a steep hill... so exercise I got!!

Birdsong was amazing: but the highlight was watching 3 terns (Common I think) calling all the time and swooping to fish in the lake.  Also 2 Little Grebes having quite a ding dong at one point.

Lovely sunshine but air was cool.  But wonderful given April is normally very showery!!




























Reflected trees













Sunday, 13 April 2014

A day out in Hastings...

My daughter asked 'fancy a typical day out at the seaside'?  So I joined her and my grandson for a day in Hastings... none of us having been there before.

We parked the car west of the town and walked in.

The pier is being restored... a major storm damaged it in 1990 when it then became closed to the public for while  and the it was victim of a fire in October 2010 when much of the structure was damaged







 We walked along the sea front..








and stopped for a game of crazy golf!!  Despite getting a hole in one, my daughter was still the victor!!


hmmm waffles with syrup and cream anyone?








These a 'smokeries' where fish is smoked... one building leant noticeably to one side








A leaning smokery











Waiting to go up in the funicular railway...




Walking along the top was wonderful :D



















and back down at sea level, we had a wander through the Old Town


















Hastings is a strange town... some old and unusual buildings but sandwiched inbetween some monstrosities!!  Seems as though planning went by the board!!  Shame really...  And as a town, is seemed rather sad and uncared for.  So many buildings with peeling paint work and at the beginning of the holiday season as well.  Very strange.

A great day out though... so .. thanks Sharon and Josh :D
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