Last week we were down in Sussex for a fix of fresh sea air - and, of course, the never-ending antiques hunt, at Ardingly and all places East and West this time.
Eastbourne and its Victorian pier (last visited in 1963).
Bexhill-on-Sea and the 1930s De La Warr Pavilion...
... though we prefer something a little more down-market.
Here we are at The Sovereign Light Cafe, immortalised by rock band Keane on their last album, Strangeland. Lovely "seasidey" decor and excellent cod and chips, according to Mr N.
Sea breezes aside, Sussex was in the full flush of Autumn, here at Standen,
and over the border in Kent...
...at Sizzlinghurst, home of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - oops, I've been listening to Sue Limb's hilarious "Gloomsbury" on Radio 4 (though Mr N insists that he coined the name "Sizzlinghurst" first.)
We were at Sissinghurst Castle of course, home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson.
What would she have thought of the rabble sticking their lowbred noses into her writing room in the tower?
Mind you, I don't believe that Vita went this far to keep her hedges trim - she approved of a little wildness and disorder.