Spring in the back gardens of Hastings
I’ve been blogging for most of this century. My original website DX International started in 2001 and had a radio blog as part of it. It then became a blog in 2007. A few years later, 2011, I started Mancunian Wave, (see also a nice Google image snapshot of it here ) and in recent months I started Chrissy by the Coast.
I need to take a break from blogging. I am travelling around the country more than ever, still writing a lot (my two radio columns appear in RadioUser every month and any other radio thoughts I have are in BDXC Communication). I also need to dedicate more of my time to political activism, plus developing a social life in the south-east to match that I have in the north-west. I’ve also got other long term, surprisingly exciting, decisions to make.
So I’m taking a rest (from blogging). It may be weeks or may be longer. Please follow me on Instagram @ChrissyCurlz, where I post a photo most days which sums up my mood, things I have been inspired by or need to protest about… And on Twitter.
Are beach huts unique to the UK? There is something cosy and rather British about these brightly painted glorified garden sheds- the simple pleasure of being able to make a cup of tea on a grey day or to take shelter from the bracing wind. That stoic attitude of remaining by the sea even in the horizontal rain, when sanity suggests you should seek refuge elsewhere and indoors along the coast.
People pay a lot for the privilege of privacy, somewhere to be sociable with family friends and neighbours, to change and dress after a swim, to store deckchairs, buckets and spades and other essential seaside paraphernalia. It can cost £1000+ a year to rent one. The lilac-coloured beach hut in the photo above, which I wandered past in St Leonards-On-Sea on Sunday, is up for sale. yours for £18,000 (which is the same in Euros these days).
Some rather aimless thoughts for Our World Tuesday.
This set of steps at the end of my road and by the beach says “One Hastings” even though it’s actually in St Leonard’s but as the message is cool, I’m not going to say anything… One for Monday Mural.
And we’re back. With a Weekend Reflection of the old weather station on the sea front at Hastings & St Leonards. It’s been a busy 10 days, travelling back to see friends and family in Manchester and Sheffield, three days in London for work, politics and socialising. I hope to get to the beach this gloriously sunny weekend but first a morning of writing up my report of the Radiodays Europe conference. No peace for the wicked!
This month’s theme day is “wet” and it doesn’t come much wetter than the English Channel rolling in on wet sand…
I really enjoyed the Glass lit exhibition of stained glass and sculpture by Paul Sedgewick. It’s at St Mary in the Castle on Pelham Crescent, Hastings and ends on 31 March.
Yes, St Leonard’s-On-Sea has a Banksy piece of street art (beach art?) on the beach!
A lot of creative students from local schools yarn bombed Hastings Pier this weekend. Some created pieces of art to hang on the pier structures while others wrapped yarn around posts and pillars. Creative! Good too, to see family workshops being run for the local community to take part in their own yarn bombings.
A fun day so far, saw off my first ever Airbnb guests (a nice French couple), went to Eastbourne to walk to Beachy Head. Sunny but very windy so only walked for about an hour. Afternoon exploring the front at St Leonards (when I took the photo for Weekend Reflections) and the yarn bombing weekend on Hastings Pier- more on that tomorrow.
I’m back sur la mer once again and spotted these lovely terraced houses in Hastings on my errands yesterday. The grey sky offset the pastel paint rather well. Taking part in Skywatch Friday.