Time to leave the caravan so we packed our things and went for a walk around the lake. In spite of it being a busy park, it is very peaceful around the lake and we chatted to a couple of fishermen. I did think how Torin would have loved the carp fishing there.
We then took a slow drive to Hythe, we do like Hythe, some nice little shops and while I look…..
We had our lunch in ‘Truly Scrumptious’. We love this cafe, good food and lovely staff.
Back home and Mal went to the allotment to water things. My courgettes and tomatoes I have at home have gone mad!
Thought for the Day – “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein
First we went to Hastings Country Park. Obviously Ellie couldn’t have her usual long walk but she liked having a chase around for a while.
We then went in to Hastings and walked along the sea front. We also had a walk around the Fisherman’s Museum and watched a video telling us how they were hardly making a living in Hastings from fishing.
It is Skate season and I love it, so we made the decision to have our lunch in a pub that had skate on the menu, sitting outside in the garden. Mal went in to order only to be told that they “had a limited menu today” and no skate. They were almost opposite the sheds selling fresh fish so we knew it was available. We then spent the next three quarters of an hour asking in restaurants and chip shops to see if any had skate on the menu…NONE! How crazy is that?! A restaurant we had planned to go to, “Undercliffe House” was closed for no apparent reason, even when we retuned there at the end of our trek.
We didn’t have much luck and Ellie couldn’t walk any more, so we drove to a pub in Bexhill instead!! No wonder Hastings fishermen can’t make a living if even the local restaurants aren’t buying their fish! I fail to see any logic in any of this.
Thought for the Day – “Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Along with all the paperwork handed to you when you take over the caravan was an offer for 15% off your next booking ! So first thing we went to reception and booked 3 days away for a few weeks time, at a different park.
Later in the morning we set off for Brede High Wood. So many bluebells, it was beautiful but we followed one of the trails and had to sit down half way as it got a bit much for Ellie. In fact I thought Mal had got us lost but we did manage to find our way out eventually.
We then went for our lunch to the Ash Tree pub. Last time we were here, it was fabulous food. Again I ordered the fish pie as it was so good last time. We waited for over half an hour and then they decided to tell me they didn’t have any left!! If we hadn’t waited so long we could have gone somewhere else. Instead I ordered fish and chips which was nowhere near as good. Disappointing. In the evening we went to the clubhouse. Tonight we had a free glass of wine!
After breakfast we went to Alexandra Park in Hastings. A really lovely day with the sun out. We stopped and had a coffee so that Ellie didn’t get too tired.
We went for lunch at the Conquerors March. It was a real coincidence that we planned our day last week and in the morning I received an email from them offering 30% off. They must have known we were going! Of course we ate outside.
Back to the caravan park in the afternoon, for a relaxing afternoon.
Thought for the Day – “Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” ~ Christina Rossetti
We took Ellie to the vets because of her limp. We saw Cate and she was very thorough examining her. She will have to have X rays but meanwhile she has osteoarthritis and so she will need monthly Librela injections for pain relief, supposedly better than Metacam, we will see.
We then packed up for a few days at Coghurst Hall.
We stopped for lunch at The 3 Oaks pub, it is very close to Coghurst and we usually visit if we are in the area. Their lunches never disappoint.
We booked a Gold Plus caravan and it was really nice. They have upgraded a lot on the site and now have nice outside seating areas by the clubhouse. We unpacked and had a walk around and then in the evening went to the clubhouse for drinks.
Thought for the Day – “Everything I know, I learned from dogs.” ~ Nora Roberts
Down to the allotment early to weed and water. Mal also dug a bed ready for my sunflowers. So much rhubarb at the moment, so we picked some for Louise next door. The broad beans, asparagus and garlic is doing well too.
Mal decided he would cook the Sunday roast, delicious it was too. Home grown asparagus, nothing quite like it !
We watched the Hammers game…Disappointing!
Thought for the Day – “Every day brings new choices.” ~ Martha Beck
Ellie and I walked above the seafront at Broadstairs after dropping Mal off.
I posted more birthday presents, our family seems to be getting much bigger!
So sad that beautiful Arina at Howletts has been put to sleep……
“We are devastated to announce the loss of our beautiful Amur tiger, Arina.
Arina was a once in a lifetime tiger, everyone knew her name and could tell a thousand stories of how and when she’d put a smile on their faces.
Arina was a gentle, sweet-natured cat who up until recently loved nothing more than rolling around in all the perfumes people donated, Chanel being her favourite! You would often find her posing in front of her admirers, chuffing at anyone who’d stop to say hello, chasing kids and vehicles: all of the things she wasn’t supposed to do. As visitors to Howletts may know, Arina was born with a disability. As a result, she had a distinctive gait andreceived specialist care from her dedicated keepers and our incredible vet team. She was incredibly strong and stubborn and refused to let her disability hold her back!
Unfortunately, a lifetime of this caught up with her and at 10 years old – an age nobody thought she would ever reach – the heart-breaking decision was made to prevent any more suffering. We take comfort knowing her final moments were in the arms of those who reared her, surrounded by keepers who loved her with all their hearts.
She will be missed tremendously, and forever remembered as the cat that could!”
She really was such a character and will be sadly missed. We saw her the very first day she was introduced to the public.
We enjoyed watching Greg Wallace in Madeira on the TV, maybe time to go back there, it is a beautiful island.
Thought for the Day – “There are seven days in the week and Someday isn’t one of them.”