Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Just enjoyed a good bank holiday weekend. My parents travelled up from Devon for a visit before going on to my sisters and I've managed some gardening and a trip to the allotment. Back travelling up to London today but at least only four days this week. 
I took a coach trip to Rye and Hastings a few weeks ago and had a lovely day out. There are some lovely antique and vintage shops there and I even managed to sneak in a couple of charity shops.
On the quayside there was a lovely shop selling a mix of vintage and new kitchenware. I could have stayed in there all day.

Quite a few antique shops dotted about selling vintage and antique items. I particularly liked this wooden trug (below). Great for collecting fruit and veg or for cut flowers.
After browsing the shops and having coffee we wandered up a really pretty cobbled road called Mermaid Street flanked on either side by lovely cottages, flowers and bunting. Reminded me a little of Clovelly in North Devon.
This window display was in honour of Britain's Olympic gold  medallists. I love the scrabble letters.

Lots of bright red geraniums everywhere.
Wisteria still in flower.

Lovely old timbered cottages.  

I fell in love with this house and garden. If money was no object it would make a lovely weekend retreat!

The old clock in the high street. Lovely when the sun caught its gold decoration.
This is a view of 'Landgate' one of only four gates remaining when the town was fortified in 1329.

We only had two hours in Rye so it was a very quick visit. We're hoping to go back for the day (or maybe a long weekend) again soon to have a further explore and walk down to the coast.
Just before jumping back on the coach for Hastings I took a couple of shots of these two front gardens which I thought were lovely with their coastal inspired planting, pebbles and driftwood. I loved this trough planted up with alpines and the beautiful old tiled paths.  


  1. Wonderful pictures Jacqui,
    I used to live in Kent and visited Rye many times it is one of those special places that never changes,
    glad you have a short week this week
    Thea x

  2. Loved looking at the photos. I love looking round those types of shops too and could easily lose a couple of hours browsing.

  3. What a wonderful holiday. Thank you for sharing...smiles...Renee

  4. Hi Jacqui: What a pretty place. I love the leaded glass windows and the gardens. Sounds like you had a good time. I'm glad you only have 4 days this week..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  5. Such a lovely and beautiful holiday!! Thanks for taking us along! xo Heather

  6. Sounds like a great getaway!! Love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!


  7. I'd love any one of those cottages, thanks for sharing such lovely pics, Lucey x

  8. Hi,

    I found your blog through Gold Country Cottage. You have a lovely blog. I love the pictures of the homes and garden areas. I have a special interest in England because of British actor Richard Armitage. He is so handsome. England also just seems to be a truly beautiful country. I want to visit England in the near future. The English countryside especially tugs at my heartstrings.

  9. Beautiful pictures and part of Britain,thank you for sharing!

  10. Questo blog è molto bello!Mi fà viaggiare stando ferma!Sono una nuova follower,Rosetta

  11. Wonderful post! Love those blue and white striped cannisters!

  12. Hi Jacqui: I hadn't heard from you in awhile so am just checking in to see how you are doing and hope things are going well..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  13. Every time I come to visit . . .I have a marvelous time. You pack so many beautiful photos into your posts, by the time I look through them all, I feel refreshed and light-hearted. Thank you for sharing . . . I love your blog!

    Connie :)

  14. Hi Jacqui: Just stopping by to say hi.Happy Weekend..Judy

  15. Thank you for featuring our window display at 22 Mermaid Street! We have a topical quote every week and the locals, (and tourists), love it! Your pictures are great and we're glad you enjoyed your time in beautiful Rye.

  16. I love Rye - we try and go at least once a year.

    All that gorgeous pyrex!

    Nina x