Experiencing East Sussex

Newhaven lighthouseNewhaven cliffsGhostly swimmers 2Ghostly swimmers"Dad was joking...""Oh!"
"Let's hold hands""What shark?"Wave jumping"What's funny?"Not too deepSplash silhouettes
Colder together?Family dipBeach findsPlottingGazingSplash!
"Fun though!""Very, very cold!""Very cold!""That's cold!"In and outBirling Gap

Experiencing East Sussex, a set on Flickr.

The Family had a day out visiting Lewes, with the express intention of popping into Harveys Brewery to get Father-in-Law of Mine a beery birthday present! We thought we might as well have a wander around the castle as well, where beautiful 360 degree views of the Sussex countryside were had.

Lunch was at Bill’s Restaurant – which was highly recommended by friends. I was slightly dubious though as we entered the restaurant, as one of the diners outside was complaining about a grasshopper found in her salad, “I don’t mind, I just thought you should know…”, she said to the waitress.

I think I would have minded.

Then, whilst we were waiting for our meal, a customer on a table not far from us was heard complaining by Daughter of Mine.

Possibly they were just having a bad day, as our waitress apologised for slow service (we didn’t think it was that slow) at the end of the meal and gave us our pre-lunch drinks free (this we didn’t mind).

Post-lunch we made our way to Birling Gap, near Eastbourne which is are part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.

After shivering at the top of the newly replaced 49-step staircase down to the beach because of the sea breeze, Daughter of Mine soon declared it was time to venture into the water to join her brother who was already splashing about in the sea. Scarily, the last time the stairs were replaced was less than 20 years ago, in 1996 and since then, the cliffs have eroded by 10 metres.

Of course, I can’t think of a situation that would entice me into the sea in the UK, so I spent a very pleasant couple of hours sunning myself, people watching and taking photos – even trying out some long exposures with a 10 stop filter to try to make Children of Mine disappear (just in the photographs, I stress!).

Our day ended with fish and chips from a back street chippy in Newhaven and very good they were too!

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