15 October 2012

south coast getaway

D and I managed a little getaway this past weekend, We escaped to the South Coast. We'd set our sights on visiting Charleston House and decided to base ourselves in Eastbourne. We drove down on Saturday and on arrival in Eastbourne headed straight for the Towner gallery, it had been recommended by a friend and a good recommendation it was. A modern art gallery small enough to look round in an afternoon, with an interesting photographic exhibition of folklore here in Britain as well as an exhibition exploring the Sussex landscape featuring some great works by, one of my favourite artists, Eric Ravilious, as well as a few Jon Piper's, some lovely woodcuts by Eric Slater and a breathtaking shot by Wolfgang Tillmans among others. We soaked up some sun on the terrace of the cafe refueling ourselves with coffee. We strolled briefly along the beach, said hello to Parkinson (remember Mr Blogg's Bridge?) and feasted on cakes in a cosy little cafe. We drove up to Beachy Head to take in the stunning panorama as the sun set. We checked into a nice little guesthouse and ate out in an Italian restaurant. All in all a pretty relaxing day and start to our little getaway.