Rick and Mary arrive–hooray!

Might have been better if we had been there to greet them as they stepped off the plane – but some idiot didn’t set the alarm properly – and we woke up half an hour before the plane was due to land. So much swearing and a fraught trip around the M25 to Gatwick – luckily by the time they had got through customs etc we were only about 15 minutes late.
We went down to Brighton and went around the museum. Mary and I saw a suit we would love to wear –
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and one I shall not be knitting.
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Fell in love with another man from the past – then went and had  breakfast in a tiny cafe.
Decided against going into the Pavilion because of jet lag – but had a wander around the Lanes, and I also fell in love with sparkly ruby rings. Although at around £2000 I doubt very much I will be getting one!
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Battle and Birthdays

We are stony broke since coming back from holiday, and yesterday luckily received a phone call from our credit card company asking if we had been using it for gambling on line. As this was a method I hadn’t thought of to pay for our debts we were told to cut up our cards and wait for new ones. So all spending has come to a stop, as I don’t believe in paying cash – you don’t get points.
However Jill and I went out for a day yesterday – she had to use up her annual leave before December, and yesterday was the only day off we had together.
We had vouchers to use up for some tourist attractions and for some reason (I think it was the nearest place to Canterbury where she is staying with Velcro-boy) we decided to go to Battle and visit Yesterdays World in Battle.
I got up at 6 and went to the gymn (ta daaaa!!! – I went twice after night duty as well – and have still managed to go back up to 12 stones) then prevaricated around doing the ironing etc before going down to pick Jill up from Velcro’s.
We drove to Battle – it was beautiful – a fantastic day with all the autumn colours on the trees. It would have been a better day for a walk.
We had lunch at the Pilgrims in Battle – lured in by the smell of woodsmoke. Note to self – it is better to be lured into a restaurant by the smell of food.
It was very picturesque – but we got there about 1315 and they had already run out of soup. We had crab linguine, which was a big enough portion for a main course, it was good. The main courses were a bit disappointing. Jill had swordfish which was cold in the middle – we asked for it to be reheated and were given a lecture on how it should be seared and served rare – but he did take it back and it was a lot nicer when it was still pink in the middle but hot! I had risotto which was undercooked and tasted of the house wine which was very acid (I know because I had a glass) Again it was a huge portion, on the menu it was described as if it had chicory as a garnish but it was mixed in, so the risotto curse strikes again – one huge boring dollop.
We had to wait ages for both courses, to the point where the nice young man who was one of the waiters. apologised fulsomely. We were brought two slices of bread and a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar – and told that this was complimentary bread – as if they were presenting us with the crown jewels. Jill loved the dipping in olive oil aspect and said that it was worth eating there just to find that out.

After the extended lunch we went via the gift shop at Battle Abbey (six staff on duty – five of them were having a thoroughly good time and one little outcast was dusting) to Yesterdays world – it was brilliant! It is a real maze, with their exhibits in shop fronts – and even Jill was old enough to say ‘I remember that’ at one point!

They have added a new extension at the back with a ‘Royal room’ with a weird talking portrait of Queen Victoria and clothing and replicas of crowns.
In the garden there is an absolutely brilliant little ‘village’ – a castle with a slide – a shop – a pub with gamesboard – a school with desks – and best of all a church with an organ which plays if you press the keys! Jill had a whale of a time – looked a bit like Alice in Wonderland!


It was a really nice museum, with a shop full of ‘Iwantas’ at the end which we dutifully resisted in buying. (Although I was very tempted by a skull – when you squeezed it big bubbles full of insects and blood came out of the eye sockets! It was great – and only £2.50!)

Battle and Birthdays

We are stony broke since coming back from holiday, and yesterday luckily received a phone call from our credit card company asking if we had been using it for gambling on line. As this was a method I hadn’t thought of to pay for our debts we were told to cut up our cards and wait for new ones. So all spending has come to a stop, as I don’t believe in paying cash – you don’t get points.
However Jill and I went out for a day yesterday – she had to use up her annual leave before December, and yesterday was the only day off we had together.
We had vouchers to use up for some tourist attractions and for some reason (I think it was the nearest place to Canterbury where she is staying with Velcro-boy) we decided to go to Battle and visit Yesterdays World in Battle.
I got up at 6 and went to the gymn (ta daaaa!!! – I went twice after night duty as well – and have still managed to go back up to 12 stones) then prevaricated around doing the ironing etc before going down to pick Jill up from Velcro’s.
We drove to Battle – it was beautiful – a fantastic day with all the autumn colours on the trees. It would have been a better day for a walk.
We had lunch at the Pilgrims in Battle – lured in by the smell of woodsmoke. Note to self – it is better to be lured into a restaurant by the smell of food.
It was very picturesque – but we got there about 1315 and they had already run out of soup. We had crab linguine, which was a big enough portion for a main course, it was good. The main courses were a bit disappointing. Jill had swordfish which was cold in the middle – we asked for it to be reheated and were given a lecture on how it should be seared and served rare – but he did take it back and it was a lot nicer when it was still pink in the middle but hot! I had risotto which was undercooked and tasted of the house wine which was very acid (I know because I had a glass) Again it was a huge portion, on the menu it was described as if it had chicory as a garnish but it was mixed in, so the risotto curse strikes again – one huge boring dollop.
We had to wait ages for both courses, to the point where the nice young man who was one of the waiters. apologised fulsomely. We were brought two slices of bread and a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar – and told that this was complimentary bread – as if they were presenting us with the crown jewels. Jill loved the dipping in olive oil aspect and said that it was worth eating there just to find that out.

After the extended lunch we went via the gift shop at Battle Abbey (six staff on duty – five of them were having a thoroughly good time and one little outcast was dusting) to Yesterdays world – it was brilliant! It is a real maze, with their exhibits in shop fronts – and even Jill was old enough to say ‘I remember that’ at one point!

They have added a new extension at the back with a ‘Royal room’ with a weird talking portrait of Queen Victoria and clothing and replicas of crowns.
In the garden there is an absolutely brilliant little ‘village’ – a castle with a slide – a shop – a pub with gamesboard – a school with desks – and best of all a church with an organ which plays if you press the keys! Jill had a whale of a time – looked a bit like Alice in Wonderland!


It was a really nice museum, with a shop full of ‘Iwantas’ at the end which we dutifully resisted in buying. (Although I was very tempted by a skull – when you squeezed it big bubbles full of insects and blood came out of the eye sockets! It was great – and only £2.50!)