Started moving some of our smaller bits and pieces today like kitchenware and duvets. The bigger pieces are going down by van in a few days time. The sea was choppy and exhilarating. Looking forward to bracing walks along the promenade on mornings like this.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Boats on the beach in front of the net drying towers
Hastings has been involved with the sea for over a thousand years. The shingle beach has always been called the Stade and the word dates from before the 1066 battle of Hastings and means " landing place ". On the Stade is Britain's biggest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats. The boats have to be hauled out of the sea after each trip, which prevents them from being more than about ten metres long. They can only carry small amounts of gear and travel just a few miles and, as a result, the fleet has always fished in an ecologically sound way. It's possible to buy fresh seafood every day from the local fish shops built right on the beach next to the Stade.