Monday, 31 May 2010
On Friday Mr Roses and I had an away day. We felt like two children playing hooky, two adults taking a "Sickie". Eldest Rose was sitting an exam and the youngest Rose was at school so the two of us oldies decided to have a much needed few hours together away from the daily routine.
We took the train to St Leonards (I love this train journey, across the beautiful Sussex countryside and then chugging alongside the sea) and walked along the seafront to Hastings. It was just what I needed, the calm and quiet, the breeze from the sea,
the chance to look out and to look up.
The chance to notice beautiful buildings I had never noticed before.
The chance to be just a tad self indulgent and wander through the streets of the old town, admiring again the lovely old houses, dipping in and out of the antique shops.
There seems to be always a quiet street here, wandering past the beautiful old houses and cottages,
just a stone's throw from the bustling seafront.
We went to the baker's and bought our picnic lunch. We sat on the beach in the fishing quarter with the sea in front of us, the fishermen's boats to one side and the old fish smokehouses behind us and devoured our sandwiches and cakes and glugged our bottles of lemonade. If it weren't for the very cold breeze, I think I'd still be sitting there....
We strolled a little more and stopped at the sweetshop to buy some little white bags of goodies - milk bottles, toasted teacakes and giant strawberries to share with the girls when we got home (although I have to admit the toasted teacakes didn't last the journey home).
So all in all it was a very quiet day, doing nothing that out of the ordinary. But a very special day, a day away from the normal routine, a day spent just a few miles further along the coast line but felt light years away from my normal Friday routine. Thanks M, I needed it. x