I jumped on a train to Brighton last week. It was drizzling with light rain and overcast some of the time. I was there for fresh sea air and a wander round my favourite childhood haunts.
The best part of the day was a stop at my favourite shop: Waterstones Bookstore.. this is not a
sponsored post, I just love it there, squashy leather sofas, terrariums full of green plants and seating dotted around amongst the book shelves so you can settle down with a cofffee/cake and look at books before buying - some luxurious books lavishly strewn across coffee tables inviting you to browse, with nobody telling you not to touch! On my table was indeed a huge 'coffee table' book of David Bowie, photograph after photograph of his make up, costume and performance.
After the rain I went off to The Lanes and saw pretty dresses and tea sets (I always ask permission before taking pictures inside shops).
|waving solar powered queen for your dashboard|
The charity shops are mostly down the scruffier, West End but there are bargains to be found; this looked like a quality suede coat in mint condition, possibly unworn.
This display at the Clock Tower was for a forthcoming demo and was a stark reminder that many homeless in the UK die from the harsh conditions they live with. Not all of Brighton is pretty and touristy either, there are grim areas and a huge contrast between the touristy Pier and the run down West End.
Brighton is full of political statements, graffiti and the odd Banksey....
My watercolour of the seaside is optimistic, you won't find shells on Brighton beach, it's all pebble and definitely no chance of an oyster with a pearl.
This workman was breaking open the pebbles, looking for fossils, taking a break from building the i360 which looms as a replacement for the West Pier (burned down many years ago). The burnt out pier still stands in the sea, forlorn and forgotten as a decaying backdrop, recognised and valued as a National heritage yet beyond salvage.
I found a National Trust book of recommended local woodland walks and nature reserves in my own area (west Sussex/Surrey) for £1 and couldn't believe my luck! A flower press (every girl should have one) and some joss sticks.