Shoreham to Lancing

Continuing our south coastal journey, this time we walked from Shoreham to Lancing.

Shoreham-by-Sea is a coastal town and port in West Sussex, England. The town is bordered to its north by the South Downs, to its west by the Adur Valley and to its south the River Adur and Shoreham Beach on the English Channel.

There is a boardwalk which runs roughly from the end of the port and along Shoreham beach, then a footpath takes you down to Lancing. The beach is a nature reserve and we spotted lots of wildlife on the way, as well some fabulous houses lining the beach.

Lancing has a beautiful College- an independent boarding and day school. It looked magnificent in the distance.

Lancing College

Next stage of our coastal pathway will be Lancing down to Worthing, West Sussex.?

Let’s go fly a kite

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

When you send it flyin’ up there
All at once you’re lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over ‘ouses and trees
With your fist ‘olding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let’s go fly a kite!

Song by David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke, and Londoners (Mary Poppins)

(Kite flown by Laila Dudley).

The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Michele Roberts

The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Michèle Roberts

This was the story of Jesus from A woman’s perspective. It’s also about Mary Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus. It is a book of revelation, that embraces a different aspect of Christianity- women are equal with men and their spirituality is recognised and celebrated.
I have read this over the Easter weekend, which felt quite apt. Putting aside any Christian beliefs, I love the old and new Testaments for the wonderful stories that they are and I always enjoy stories re- worked from the woman’s viewpoint. I really enjoyed this.

The Dig by John Preston.

The Dig

The Dig by John Preston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dig is based on the true story of a hugely consequential 1939 archaeological excavation of ancient mounds, on the property of Edith Pretty, at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. I spent more time checking actual events than reading the book and following various archaeological blogs and Twitter sites. No prizes for guessing where my next road trip will be.

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Waiting for a ‘waning gibbous’ moon.

Waning Gibbous moon (Emily Dudley)

Between full and last quarter moon – late at night or in the early morning – you might catch the moon in its waning gibbous phase. A waning gibbous moon rises later at night than a full moon, somewhere between local sundown and midnight.

In Eastbourne the other night it was very close to midnight by the time she appeared, but worth the wait.

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie.

Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Continuing my current Royal phase… this book is Meghan’s and Harry’s journey, form first date up to 2020.
I am a Royalist. I read this in the light of the recent Oprah interview with Meghan. Although I am not a Meghan fan, there is no denying Harry’s devotion to his wife- above all else. I think we can all get wrapped up in the media moral frenzy of Meghan knew what she was marrying into, so don’t try and change it and certainly don’t complain. But Harry loves his wife and is devoted to his family. He saw what happened to his mother and didn’t want the same for his wife. He wants his wife to be happy so did what he needed to. I’m still not a Meghan fan, but the author made me think from another angle.

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Newhaven Heights.

This weekend’s walk was the stretch of coastline between Peacehaven and Newhaven.

Newhaven is a working port town, as opposed to a seaside town like Eastbourne and Seaford, with a regular ferry passenger service to Dieppe in France. It’s West Beach, French owned, was closed in 2008 because of safety concerns about the crumbling sea-defence walls and harbour steps. but there is an ongoing local campaign and negotiations to reopen the beach.

The coastline was barren and exposed but beautiful. We passed the coastguard watch tower and the old fort, which dates from the Neolithic age, through the Bronze and Iron Age and was then occupied by the Romans. Today there are the remains of various Second World War buildings.

During the Second World War the port, along with a large stretch of the South Coast, was a German bombing target. To protect Newhaven Port, the nearby river Cuckmere acted as a night-time decoy. The valley would be lit up like the port during bombing raids in an attempt to draw bombers off course and minimise the barrage of the town.

It was a fabulous walk, steeped in history and a totally different landscape from the Eastbourne South Downs where we commenced our coastline walk.

Newhaven FC.

Followers of my blog will know that I’m a bit of a football fan. They will also know that I like local football grounds. Lockdown has meant that instead of international travel we’ve been rediscovering our local area over the past year. Today took us over to Newhaven in East Sussex- another stretch of the coastline that I’ll cover in another blog.

Today’s picnic stop was by Newhaven Football Club grounds.

Newhaven FC is one of the oldest clubs in Sussex, and was formed by the Towner family who were brewers in the town during the latter 19th century, plus some of their enthusiastic friends. A meeting took place at the Bridge Hotel in December 1887 when it decided to form the Club and 20 members signed up on the day.

About Newhaven Football Club

Newhaven FC. ‘The Dockers’

They play in the Southern CombinationPremier Division. Unfortunately, as with the majority of local clubs the 2019- 2020 season was abandoned. Hoping for better things for 2021- 2022.

Lentil soup.

From my mum’s recipe book today it is all about cheap, nourishing meals. My mum was the youngest of fourteen children and she was brought up through the Second World war and subsequent rationing. My grandmother had to feed the kids nutritious meals on a very tight budget. so here is my granny/ mum’s recipe for lentil soup. I now cook it for my family in the soup pan passed down and used by three generations of women for over a hundred years. That pan and this recipe is part of my heritage.

Mothering Sunday.

‘Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday.’

Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom (

My dear old mum is eighty eight and gravely ill in hospital. This is the first Mothering Sunday that we have not been together. As a child my dad would walk me to the end of the lane and we would buy a bunch of daffodils from a bucket outside one of the big houses. These would be proudly presented to mum.

One of the things I have inherited from my mum is a love of baking. Saturday morning was always baking day as I was growing up. So to ease the pain of not being able to visit her and sit with her in these Covid times, I thought it would be nice to share recipes from her book- a recipe a day.

Starting with a childhood favourite: Raisin and nut cake. Glaced with pink icing!

Happy Mothering Sunday Mum!

Cuckmere Valley to Birling Gap.

Last Sunday saw us walking another stretch of the South Downs from the Cuckmere Valley to Birling Gap.

Cuckmere Valley is a civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England. As its name suggests, the parish consists of a number of small settlements in the lower reaches of the River Cuckmere.

Birling Gap is an idyllic coastal hamlet nestled between the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. It is famous for its Coastguard Cottages and Cliff Falls.

It was a tough but exhilarating walk across four of the Seven Sisters, helped along with a flask of sweet tea and a Mars Bar in a sheltered spot.