Monday, 4 October 2010

English Wine

Some of you may know that there are many vineyards in around Sussex and Kent which are flourishing, winning awards and getting world wide recognition. The other weekend we went to the English Wine Centre near Cuckmere and tried out a few local wines and bought a selection of six wines to savour.  This is some of the selection.

Support your local vineyard - it's fun.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Perfect Ports of Call

St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex

For an arty seaside alternative to Margate, try St Leonards-on-Sea. From the hip seafront Zanzibar International boutique hotel you can explore the galleries at the base of Marine Court, the art deco ocean-liner-styled apartment block, and the boutiques along Norman Road, before lunch at St Clements restaurant (01424 200355, The annual Coastal Currents arts festival ( runs from 28 August to the end of September: don't miss "Internal States", a caravan installation by Julia Riddiough and Kati Saqui (14-16 September, Railway Station Forecourt, and 25 September) outside the De La Warr Pavilion, in nearby Bexhill-on-Sea, which was a hit at this year's Whitstable Biennale.

For full article in the Guardian

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Plastic bags

I drive my husband slightly insane when I go for walks along the beach, collecting plastic bags and those horrible things you get which hold beer cans together.  I can't bear the thought of them blowing into the sea and the seagulls and other wild life getting entangled.
I am a real believer in reusable bags and came across this website below. As it happens I already have one of their wonderful bags and highly recommend them, they are fun, light, reusable and so much more elegant than plastic.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Moonrakers - my favourite

We went to Moonrakers for lunch today as a treat and had the most delicious meal.  I had venison carpaccio and truffles followed by John Dory with bacon and lentil salsa and a red pepper puree whilst Steve had new season asparagus with hollandaise and pink grapefruit with quails eggs and red veined sorrel followed by blade of beef with nettle risotto. So divine. The desserts too were truly excellent. Jerusalem artichoke and white chocolate cheese cake with a cashew nut ice cream - subtle and fragrant - but topped by Steve's lemon curd parfait, yoghurt sorbet and pine nut crumble which made your mouth zing. Got to be my favourite restaurant at the moment.

Then, to add and even further note of ecstasy, the petit four were orange and dark chocolate truffle, white fudge with lemon zest and blackberry jelly dusted with sherbet. I am drooling still.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sussex Bubbly - Perfect!

Did you know that Sussex has a multi-award winning sparkling wine maker?

Situated only one-and-a-half miles north of Ditchling Beacon is the multi-award winning sparkling wine maker RidgeView Estate. Founded by Christine and Michael Roberts in 1994 after selling their successful IT business.

“Starting the new business meant going to college at Plumpton, the only course in England that studies viticulture and oenology, and getting a thorough grounding in how to grow vines and to make good wine,” explains Mike.

In 1994 the Estate planted 20,000 vines on 16 acres.  Nowadays the whole estate runs to 30 acres (12 hectares) and has partnership vineyards across the South East of England totalling 170 acres who work together with RidgeView to produce the finest quality fruit.

Read more in Sussex Life

Monday, 15 March 2010

Saving Hastings Pier

The battle continues to try and save Hastings pier, which has been closed since 2006, and is currently owned by Panamanian firm Ravenclaw Investments Ltd.  This off-shore company has refused to carry out the costly repair work needed to reopen the Victorian attraction.

The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust believes it can make a successful go of things, but in order to attract funding and grants it needs the local authority to invoke a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) - effectively forcing Ravenclaw to sell up.

Ownership would then be immediately transferred to the trust.

The Hastings Observer recently quoted Councillor Richard Stevens as saying: "Our own marketing manager said the pier was 'one storm' away from collapse.

"Time is not on our side and we can't afford the luxury of delay."

Join the fight to save the pier.  Support the Trust.  Join the Facebook page.  Look after our Hastings heritage.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

We are hoping to have the St Leonards & Hastings Guide book finished by June.  Here's a taster.

Friday, 22 January 2010


I was shocked to find out they are planning to redevelop the relatively unused Magdalene Convent in Magdalen Road and build a new build block of flats.

These proposals go against the Council's own HASINGS LOCAL PLAN 2004 and the site is also part of the Magdalen Road Conservation Area.

Please help to stop this happening.

Not only is it a beautiful building, which should be preserved, but the green space around it provides a haven and fresh air in this otherwise quite built up area.

I, personally, have no problems with a sympathetic refurbishment of the site which keeps the building intact and doesn't over develop the site.  Neither do I have problems generally with new builds like the environmentally sympathetic  town houses nearing completion opposite the Convent on Margaret Road.  BUT it seems to me we don't have a shortage of empty properties and neither do we need to lose the character of beautiful St Leonards by losing places of architectural interest and beauty.

Concerned citizens can attend the meet for local residents at