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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Brighton by day, Hastings by night

Last Saturday, Mike and I went to Brighton to deliver my work to Kellie Miller Arts gallery. The roads were clear luckily. It took us only 90 minutes to get to the city centre of Brighton. But from there our Satnav kept leading us to all roads with no entry! A big problem. As lots of readers live overseas, let me explain. Brighton is a medium sized resort city at the sea. The central area has a maze like foot paths and narrow roads. It is a nightmare to drive in there.  And parking is very expensive for the size of the city. £4 per hour in the city centre during the weekend.

So we were so close to the gallery, about 5 minutes walk, but took longer than 30 minutes to get there by car! Mike was still recovering from the flu, and I was a bit under the weather, so when we got there, we were exhausted.

Kellie Miller Arts have Angels, Hope and Paper Crown.

Angels with wings

Paper Crown didn't have a chance to have proper photos taken! But he looks as regale as ever in the box!  

Paper crown
Kellie Miller Arts is having their first anniversary on Market Street. Kellie herself is ceramic artist. Her gallery has very interesting collection of ceramic arts. While we were there, lots of people popped in.

My work will be there until the end of the year. The gallery is also taking a part in the Christmas Artists Open Houses starting from the 29th and continuing until the 14th December. If you are going to be in Brighton over the coming weeks, do pop in! You won't be disappointed!

Lovely ceramic gallery
If you come to Brighton, you have to have cakes at the Julien Plumart boutique! Despite the difficulties, we were determined to park the car somewhere a bit cheaper. A mistake! We were stuck in congestion. The view from the car wasn't spectacular, neither.

Of course, only our was was congested! 

In the end, we took longer than 30 minutes to park the car ( about 7 minutes on foot!) and finally reached the gourmet destination!

We had delicious lunch; mine, smoke salmon, Mile's, ham. Then we had cakes with Sri Lankan lemon grass tea! Bavarois of pistachio, (would you believe it?) Strawberry coulis and raspberry macaroon for the madame, and a hazel praline cake for the monsieur.

Of course, we bought a couple for the next day!

After this, we headed for Hastings. We knew that it would be too late for Jerwood, but I had heard there is a ceramic gallery. Satnav really doesn't work in Brighton! Now we were lead to a closed road. Somehow we got out, and then in congestion! It was supposed to be about one hour drive, but it took us nearly 90 minutes, by the time we arrived at Hastings, it was dark! The famous cliff was lit up.

Old town looks more attractive in the dark in some ways.

We found a gallery and then headed for coffee and another cake! We were again very tired! On the way back to a parking, we found this a half Totoro and a half owl! 

We drove the land without street lights to go back to Canterbury. We were near Romney marsh and its landscape reminds me of the place Marsh-wiggles live!

We also had to climb up the hill and come down in the dark with a hairpin curve at the bottom. A couple of street lights would be nice!

We were exhausted when we got home and had an early night.

And here is the image for you who wondered what kind of cake we bought! :D Mine had Marsala wine in it! Heavenly! They will never disappoint me! ( yes, you guessed right. Mike always chooses rectangular ones! )


  1. Your angels are adorable ! congratulations for your sales. Happy owners no doubt !

    1. Thank you! I wish they found their new people. but they went to a gallery. : )