We had a much more productive day today despite our early start-the girls were awake and knitting at 4.30am!!! After hubby explained that it was WAY too early to be awake we got up at a more reasonable 6.30 am. We needed to set off early to drop hubby at work before 9, so we made the most of our early start and had a drizzly walk along Bexhill sea front, home to the very modern De La Warr Pavillion. The children were desperate to walk on the beach and set to work collecting stuff-shells, clams, mussels, seaweed and what the children thought was a mermaids purse but has turned out to be possibly a piece of cuttlefish-we're still not sure! Either way the younger two enjoyed their treasure hunting, meanwhile Bailey was very chatty and Piper enjoyed sloshing her wellies through the shingle! Everyone was happy.
A trip to the supermarket to stock up the fridge and a game of Monopoly back at the lodge. I cooked pizza for lunch and then we set off to Hastings Museum. Only a small museum but it had some interesting exhibitions and we spent a rather lovely half an hour reading stories like Handa's Surprise and being served Japanese food! As the sun was out and the rain off somewhere else we had a drive into Rye. We really like it in Rye. We had a lovely walk around looking at all the independent and vintage shops, the children found a playground to burn off some energy and had lots of laughs. Not sure how pleased the rest of the playground felt about listening to my children's very loud screams but there you go! On the way back to the car we bought some postcards for them to send to friends and I found a street that I'd dreamed about a few months ago! It was really bugging me where it was as I couldn't place it but had a feeling it was Rye. Bizarre to have been somewhere several times that hubby never has! Ruben has spent the last two days solidly listening to Roald Dahl stories on an old portable cd player. He has been laughing his head of at "James and the Giant Peach" all day today, although he calls it "George and the Giant Peach" for some reason. Inspiring lots of conversations today about which is our favourite Roald Dahl story: Cordelia said Esio Trot, Piper said Matilda and I always liked Danny the Champion of the World and The Twits.