Harvey and I were treated to a weekend in Hastings with Keven, Viv and Ian. When they originally booked their visit from Australia I had hoped to be living in Hastings by now so Hastings was on the itinerary. When they realised I wasn’t, they rented a great house through AirBnB on Priory Road with a bedroom for us to stay in too.
There was a lovely courtyard garden with several places to sit in it – all good inspiration for my future home.The house was apparently the first Victorian house built in Hastings. It was filled with interesting pieces of art and was very comfortable.
And they had lots of vinyl to play which I really enjoyed.The best thing about the house was the light and views.
On Saturday we met my sister Abi and her family at the cafe in Alexandra Park. We walked there from the AirBnB house via the house I am buying so we could show Keven our new home (hopefully). It was a lovely walk with more great views.After lunch we went to Bexhill-On-Sea and enjoyed a long walk along the sea front in warm sunshine; it was like a summers day.We finished our visit to Bexhill at sunset with a beer in Rocksalt before heading back to Hastings for a Chinese for supper. It was an amusing meal, in part due to the well meaning but comical waitress who explained to us that the 3 hours (yes, she did say 3) between 11pm and 1 am were the most important to be asleep so our blood could be changed and we wouldn’t wake up with yellow eyes!
I walked nearly 19,000 steps which I was very pleased with.Today (Sunday) we spent some time in the morning relaxing in the house. Viv made me a fruit bowl and Keven cooked up some veggies and toast and a cup of green tea for breakfast. It was so lovely to have food prepared for me; a real treat. Lucy joined us for the day and we went to Seed on George Street for lunch.These tempura aubergines were delicious. They were very accommodating in Seed and provided me with a lovely vegan meal, including salad which was not on the menu. Thank you Ian for buying lunch for us all.I have been up the East Hill lift many times but never the West Hill lift and today I made it. This lift takes you through a tunnel which is an interesting experience.The view at the top was spectacular and was very close to Keven’s house. There is a cafe here with stunning views and I will come back to enjoy a cuppa and this view over the Old Town.Keven, Lucy, Harvey and I then spent the afternoon enjoying a leisurely stroll around the Old Town.The variety of charming buildings makes this place such a pleasure to walk around.If you visit Hastings, you should include Hendy’s. It is more like a museum than a shop!
All too soon it was time to say good-bye to our very dear and special friend. I think it is our turn to travel down under to visit Keven next time.
We both really enjoyed our visit to Hastings and saw parts of the town we have never seen before. The company was the best bit but the comfortable house, great weather and interesting towns all helped. That was a weekend i could repeat again.