We did however enjoy long strolls along Brighton Pier, found relief in the shady and quirky lanes and even ate at Jamie's Italian! That was a bit disappointing though, I always wanted to go to a Jamie Oliver restaurant so I think I may have expected too much, but coleslaw dressed in Greek yogurt? I mean come on, it was revolting! If it ain't broke - don't fix it!
The lanes were even more perfect in the summer than they were in the winter. The stuffy, crammed bookshops, the quirky and unique vintage shops and the crisp and glossy baby clothing shops - yes please, to all! I had to control myself because I would have bankrupted Grant within half an hour, but I had to get Fynnie something from Brighton so I got him a lovely striped romper from The Little White Company. I swear every time Fynn wears it he looks so posh! It's like he's off to brunch at the Hilton and then for a game of cricket with his socialite girlfriend (maybe leave the potty at home).
It is gorgeous! If I lived in the country I think I would be happiest just working on a farm like that! They have their own restaurant which serves breakfast, snacks and lunch. All very true to country style the interior is simple but laden in country charm complete with round wooden tables, wooden chairs and scenic pictures on the walls. And may I add I have not had eggs and bacon quite like that for years! Fynn had some eggs and beans as well, and lapped it up like nobody's business. They also have a gift shop which I am sorry, kicks Dobbies into the ground! If I had to choose one item to buy from there I couldn't make a decision, it would be like Sophie's choice! Beautifully painted ceramic jugs (if you know me you know I am obsessed with jugs), wooden wicker baskets (I am obsessed about those too!), soft blush and creams everywhere, rustic metal milk pails (next on my 'to buy' list!) and an abundance of enticingly stacked cooking books - my dream kitchen library! The other half of the shop serves as a children's toy store with so many goodies! Wooden toys, puzzles, dish and cutlery sets and so much more. Of course I got Fynn his first baby puzzle set of 6 two-piece puzzles shaped like farm animals. I also bought a lovely educational poster about farm animals for his room and a whimsical vintage cow face-mask. But the best part was the farm shop that sold edible goodies! So much fresh and local produce on parade there, I curse the fact that I live so far away! I know I have farm shops near me, and I use a few from time to time, but nothing compares to that farm shop when it comes to variety. We decided to buy a few things that I knew I was going to cook so we didn't waste or throw away anything, so we bought: wild boar sausages, 3 different kinds of tomatoes, rhubard, apples, chestnut mushrooms and 3 vanilla pods. I used the sausages to make a fry-up the next day, then the tomatoes for the salad to go with chicken and mushroom creamy pasta and then apple, rhubarb and vanilla pie (for those of you at the edge of your seats, I did make my own pastry this time woop woop! Recipe coming soon!)
Overall, the trip was a great family bonding experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it and although we did a lot of walking it was relaxing, and upon coming back home I felt rejuvenated which was the whole point of the trip I think.
For now we are just toasting in the sun and taking daily walks in the woods, and I am nearly finished with my first Halloween craft for Fynnie's room (coming soon!)
Have a good weekend everyone and tan safely, remember no one wants to look at orange people, it's just weird. ;)