I wrote this post having not visited Gibby’s myself, and a reader kindly took the time to email me her feedback after going for a cream tea there. Here are her comments:
Very unkempt, grass up around your ankles, around the house needs a good sweep to get rid of dirt and snails, cups need a good bleach… Certainly wouldn’t go there for a proper meal. Animals don’t look too happy either stuck in poky little cages. Microwaved scones as well! Poor, poor, poor!!!
In the name of transparency I am keeping the post up, but with the reader’s comment. This is the last time I write a post about somewhere I’ve not personally visited!
Well, despite that, we also took a longer route home for some weird reason. I think the sun got to us.
Actually I’ll admit it: we were arguing about whether we could fit in a pint of prawns at the Tiger Inn as we went up the steep hill you ascend when you turn left out of Seven Sisters Cycle Co. I thought we could, but by the time we got to the top I had conceded, and we were heading home. Via Polegate.
I cannot believe I am saying this, but I feel like I’ve run out of things to blog about.
No, no, no, before I start to really believe that, I need to get something up on here quick. Today marks the one week mark until school starts again. I am so sad – as one of my friends said a couple of days ago (who I know subscribes so might read this – I hope you don’t mind me quoting you!), “I just really like hanging out with my kids.” I already miss by bigger boy.
A ‘back to school’-themed project that Mini-eco’s Kate Lilley conceived for designmom.com Image copyright Kate Lilley, via minieco.co.uk
As promised, the second in the LALASB series is about kids/craft. And it’s appropriate too, because of the aforementioned week ’til school, and the fact that the weather seems to have had a lobotomy (as have some catalogue retailers who sent me a pamphlet this week – that’s this week in AUGUST – saying ‘it’s never too early to start getting prepared for Christmas’. Yes, yes it is). It might be good to have some indoor activities up one’s sleeve, wouldntcha say?
Anyone who knows me knows I am OBSESSED (no exaggeration) with my kids’ feet. I will happily take donations of clothes and toys and books, but I won’t put the boys in second hand shoes. This is a hangover from my own childhood, when my youngest sister wore ill-fitting shoes for slightly too long and now has to go to physio every week because her feet are such a mess. An operation involving breaking and resetting both feet and six weeks minimum in a wheelchair is in her future. I know, really.
What I have to share with you today, I am almost tempted to just do with pictures. Because I am so in love with my new discovery in Goodwood, West Sussex, I almost feel that words can’t do it justice. But this is me, Ms. Little Lewes, and if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know by now that I can’t not give you just a few details. I’ll try to keep it short though. Try…
Well we are back. On the floor with jet lag, but back nonetheless. Three weeks is a long time, you feel like you’ve been away for three years, and it feels like there’s so much time ahead of you no matter how many days have already passed. Then all of a sudden you’re in the final week and after 18 days of blue skies and blazing sunshine, it’s drizzling. And you find yourself actually ready (would you believe) to go home.
No, I don’t mean to sound so glib, I’ll give you a bit more than that: there won’t be anything new appearing on Little Lewes for the next three weeks. This afternoon myself and my little family are gliding off – or rather leaving on a jet plane! We are flying away to a place nine hours west of here for what is already a treasured adventure, we have talked so much about it.
A great day happened to us by total accident a couple of weeks ago and quite by accident it ended up being the moment my boys reviewed Project Jelly’s bright, practical jelly shoes.
I had contacted the shoes’ creator Natalie Collier about taking two pairs on holiday – one donated, one paid for. A couple of years ago she conceived the idea of creating traditional jelly shoes with JuJu Footwear such as we wore in the ’70s and ’80s, but in limited edition colours. She did this to raise money for Mencap (25% of sales go to the charity, which is close to Natalie’s heart for the help they have given her sister-in-law, Helen.)
So this week school breaks up and we’re officially IN the summer. YAY!
To celebrate, here’s a little round-up of the 10 unmissable things I suggest you do in and near Lewes this summer.
All pictures click through to the relevant post. Please bear in mind that some facts may be out of date and are only correct at the time of posting. Best use the URLs in the relevant posts to double-check opening times and prices, if they apply.
1) Spend the day at Normans Bay – or at least definitely until the tide retreats and the enormous beach is revealed!
Tove Jansson and her Moomins Image via tove100.com
This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the author and illustrator of the eccentric, magical and beloved Moomintroll books. Both in her native Finland and around the world, there are events, exhibitions and reprints and new editions of her beloved books.
Hambro + Miller’s handmade knitwear at Fleurie on Fisher Street
Our little town is well known for its independent spirit – and also for its independent shops. I personally make a real effort to buy from the High Street, or from Lewes folk, when it comes to presents. Of course it’s a supportive and green way to buy, but it’s also because the stuff available in Lewes is so good. Christmas, when our shops twinkle invitingly, is a particular pleasure.
Well, I am feeling quite dumb. It is VERY late in the day for this post, which should have reminded you probably a few days ago that Patina’s Moving On Parade takes place tomorrow. But I’m doing it now anyhow…