A walk along the promenade in St Leonards On Sea and then onto the beach towards Bexhill On Sea. The Royal Victoria Hotel is looking smart from a lick of paint. We drop down onto the beach to remind ourselves of Hastings’ … Continue reading
Where did the expression Fat Tuesday come from? When did it start? I don’t remember as a child knowing Shrove Tuesday as anything but Shrove Tuesday.
Well thank goodness for Wikipedia! “Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess“ You would have thought seeing as I spend so much time in France I would have made the connection…..
Maybe I did know it by another name, Pancake day. We ate our pancakes with sugar and lemon, simple and perfect. Still my favourite way to eat them.
Whatever you or I chose to call it, tonight it’s party time in Hastings, and I’ll confess that I’m going to the ball - Hastings Fat Tuesday 2012
Mountain air and views are splendid, but returning home means the seaside and access to great fresh fish. Hastings and Rye have small fishing fleets and I do my best to support them. I can buy fish from the Net … Continue reading
Returning home, means returning to a seaside town, to the familiar. To small streets with houses huddled together, busy roads and familiar shops. Standing staring out at the seemingly endless stretch of water with the cold wind biting at you, making your eyes … Continue reading
My Friday journey from the south-east coast to the Alps starts with a morning train ride This is what I saw out of the train window.I saw a twinkling early morning sea. The tide is out. Beach huts are huddled together. … Continue reading
Today I extended my French vocabulary. I learnt a new word. Trochin Not the most obvious, or possibly most useful for everyday chat. A week after my snowfall saw me visiting the centre medical and 4 x-rays later we learn our new … Continue reading
St Leonards on Sea is a winner! As a resident, it’s not every day you get to say that. A small backstreet Indian restaurant The Taj Mahal serves fabulous, and authentic Indian food. They opened over a year ago, and as soon as we … Continue reading
A year ago today we were due to catch a train to Gatwick airport, all of 50 miles away. We were booked into a hotel so we could catch an early flight to South India. Nothing was going anywhere. I mean … Continue reading