Tara Tuesdays – Part 21

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of…

Another manic week has passed in the Blackwell household with lots going on! Thursday was a particularly good day however as it was hubby’s birthday! He opened his presents and cards first thing and was delighted with the Hornby Locomotive that I had got for him, even I like it and as a Hornby enthusiast newbie, and have to admit it is pretty cool and will look fab with his ever growing collection! We had a very naughty breakfast of fried eggs on fried bread (sometimes you just have to) and then decided on what we were going to do for the afternoon as we had plans to go out in the evening. I had read the “My favourite view” article in my October Country Homes and Interior magazine and Baroness Andrews had described Cuckmere Haven as her favourite place which I hadn’t realised is inside the Seven Sisters Country Park near to Birling Gap and Beachy Head where we had been very recently. So, as it was a lovely sunny day and we had a few hours to kill before we needed to glam up for our evening doo, we decided to go there.

From home it was about a 50 minute drive which isn’t that bad at all. We parked up and decided on the walk we were going to do, there are several and we chose the circular one which took us up to the Beach. It wasn’t too taxing on the old pins and it just felt great to be out enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous views and countryside. As most of the kids have all gone back to school now there was hardly anyone about which is always nice! I would highly recommend you visit here if you are in the area as it is well worth it as I hope you will agree from my pics. The next time we go I think we will go for the whole day and take a picnic, in fact that sounds like a pretty good plan to me!

After about an hour and a half we headed back to the car and both decided we were hungry. I had planted the seed and decided I wanted a cheese ploughman’s, you know the type I mean, a big slab of mature cheddar with loads of thick coarse cut pickle and crusty bread that makes your gums bleed, accompanied by a pint of bitter shandy! Don’t you just hate it though when you get yourself all excited to have something and then can’t because all the pubs you stop at finish serving food at 2.30pm and it is much past that time, grr! Anyway, as time was getting on we decided to head home as we needed to get ready for our evening out. We were both exhausted when we got back, so showered to wake ourselves up a bit!

We had tickets booked to see Adam Ant playing in Fairfield Halls in Croydon as we had seen him for the first time ever back in December playing in Tunbridge Wells and he was absolutely fantastic! The man is a legend! I remember learning ALL of the lyrics to the Prince Charming album on VINYL when I was 9 years old with my neighbour Paula and her sister Michelle in their bedroom! I never realised that a few years later (and some) I would actually get to see him play! We had brilliant SEATS (thank god we both thought) as our feet were killing us after our earlier walk(!) which were 3 rows from the front, so a great view! I had managed to sneak my camera in undetected so was excited about the prospect of getting some great close up shots of the man himself! When he came on stage, everyone surged forward so we had to stand up to see but it didn’t matter although my feet weren’t telling me that at the end of the evening! The set was fantastic, almost 2 hours with an encore, his band are awesome, the double drummers were brilliant as were the guitarists too, he plays guitar as well as sings and all in all it is up there as one of my BEST GIGS EVER! What is even more exciting is that we are going to see him again in November in Bexhill at the De La Warr Pavilion, get in! And here are some pics of the man himself, he has still got it and looks great for 57 years old! Yes, 57, can you believe it!

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