Thursday, 30 July 2015

Thursday 30th July - Brighton

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.


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