Seed swaps, winter salads, and Andy Warhol

This just about sums up my week so far, and it’s only Thursday!

Hastings Seed swap was a wonderful event; the generosity of fellow gardeners never fails to amaze me.There’s nothing we like more than swapping tales of woe, and the occasional mini triumph. Our inquisitiveness and general banter could have kept us going for hours!. And the seeds? They came in all shapes and sizes, and that included the containers.

Lots of herbs, house plants and strawberry plants – I’m assured the strawberries are prolific and perfect for jam making. Some unusual bits and bobs were swapped up such as Oca, but mostly I contented myself with lots of flower seeds.

My favourite packet was the FANTASTIC FENNEL, or rather….

Up at the allotment, the winter salads I planted in the greenhouse are nearly ready for picking

I spent a wonderful couple of hours tidying and digging in bright November sunshine. What is it about digging that is so satisfying? I’m not talking about double-digging, just a really good weeding session and breaking up the top few inches. But Oh Boy! the results are worth the effort.

So how does Andy Warhol fit into all of this?

A 3 mile walk east along the coast takes us to Bexhill On Sea and an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavillion.

The De La Warr is a remarkable Modernist Grade 1 listed building, in a prime position on the seafront at Bexhill.

The staircase is stunning, and a particular favourite of mine

So a wander around the art works – the Marilyn’s, the soup cans, the Mao’s and the electric chair’s (shudder!), and I’d forgotten about Warhol’s stitched photography, all made for a wonderful afternoon. But I’m left wondering what he would make of blogging?

Mind you, who needs an exhibition by a major artist as an excuse to go and sit on the terraces looking out to sea?


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