Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Mr E and I had a little outing to Brighton at the weekend. We fancied some fresh sea air and a stroll around the shops, so ignoring the grey skies we bundled ourselves into the car and set off.

Now a day out in Brighton is always enjoyable; it’s the nearest place to us with a real buzz about it and apart from the draw of the seaside it has a varied and interesting shopping centre with several distinct and quite different areas to explore. After a quick promenade along the front, the damp breeze pushed us off into the Lanes at the bottom end of town, where we paused for a quick coffee. Then we went northwards, through the town centre and on to North Laine, where independent retailers dominate. While we were there we popped in to Utility, one of my favourite little shops, for a shuffle around their homewares (it’s quite small inside!). Then it was time for a pit stop.

For lunch we had burgers at an upmarket chain; not very healthy, but just what we needed to fortify us against the cold grey weather. And while they might not be an independent cafe, they had at least made an effort with the decor. Among other things, the menu on the wall was on old fashioned black pegboard, which looked very stylish indeed:

We headed home as the light was fading and just in time to see some mini murmurations from the starlings at the pier. Lovely.


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