What shall we do today? The weather looks reasonable (cloudy, sunny, overcast, bright, windy, calm, warm, a bit chilly, all by turns).
Mottisfont Abbey being rather a long way to go, we went to Brighton instead.
We made our usual pilgrimages to The Utility Shop
(image from their website at http://www.utilitygreatbritain.co.uk/cms/Brighton_Shop_)
where you can find all things utilitarian (bought a dozen hankies for £2.50 and an unbreakable soap-dish. Resisted wantable blue-and-white Swedish china platters decorated with ships and roses and anchors, based on popular tattoo designs in the Navy)
and to Pen to Paper
(image from here http://www.thepalimpsest.co.uk/2012/09/stationery-store-series-pen-to-paper.html)
where you can find many things pen- and ink- and paper- and notebook-ish, especially moleskine (bought a nifty pencilsharpening rubber, or perhaps it is an erasing pencilsharpener, hard to tell really, and Yet Another lickle-ickle tin of coloured cartridges - eclat de saphir this time - for my lickle-ickle Herbin fountain pen.)
En passant we examined all the mysterious products in Yum-Yum Oriental Market, a little further along. Sydney Street. Oh wow. But not this time - I didn't want to lug a load of weird and wonderful ingredients around Brighton.
By now my eyes were full of everything we'd seen, so lunch (Carluccios - pick the tables with chairs, not benches as the springs are going, but the food's still good) and a stroll along the sea-front back to the car.
I was completely done - (had been since Oriental market, if truth be told) but made it back.
A brief stop at "The Hiker's Rest" Saddlecombe, nested into the South Downs below Devil's Dyke, for tea and cake, and home.