Christmas trees being put to good use in Camber Sands

Camber Sands & Rye restaurants are well known for sourcing their produce locally.  Be it Romney marsh lamb or scallops caught by the fishing fleet in Rye harbour.  In Copenhagen Rene Redzepi;  the ‘willy wonka’ of food science will cook up your old Christmas tree for £150.00 a head.  after my morning pilgramage to the beach I thought the Gallivant bistro had got in on the act and decided to add Romney Marsh Christmas tree to it’s menu.

Fortunately after I decided to be nosey and enquire where all the trees had come from it transpires they have been donated by the good people of Rother to help sustain the dunes at Camber Sands.

Running off into the sunset at Camber Sands

I appreciate my posts are a little top heavy with pictures of Camber Sands beach but when you have it on your doorstep it’s foolish not to take advantage.  Prior to moving down to the coast my only experience was sitting in the throngs of traffic on a hot day with the kids crying out ‘are we there yet’  Whilst I do love nothing more than feeling the heat of the sun I’m beginning to like the beach more when there’s a chill in the air (and less people on it).

Today seemed to be one of the last days before the kids go back to school so it was again full of people making the one hour journey down from London during the day.Due to us now being ‘locals’ we managed to capture 20 minutes to ourselves at the end of the day.  My Daughter Ellie is still managing to to have fun despite the thought of school tomorrow.  Thankfully she’s granted me the permission to print her images, although she’ll be consulting her agent about any future royalties!

 

a bit cold for me but the kite surfers enjoyed the wind

After a evening meal for New Years Eve at the Gallivant hotel in Camber we managed to get out early, or what the family thought was early to enjoy a refreshing walk along Camber sands beach.  It appeared that we weren’t the only people as the beach was the busiest I’ve seen it for a while in the winter.

Last night’s meal in Gallivants was lovely with a small disco afterwards that allowed my friend and I to hit the dance floor.  my husband, bless him even gave it a go but love him as I do I didn’t marry him for his rhythm.  When he decides to dance I always feel obliged to carry out a risk assessment and notify anyone within a five metre radius that they are risking personal injury.  All this was topped of nicely by some fireworks at midnight.  We then got the added benefit of being able to see the pontins display which went off shortly after.  I’m so grateful we have the Gallivant restaurant in the village as taxis back from the nearest town of Rye need to be booked days in advance – still, that’s one of the charms of living in a villiage I suppose.

Here’s to a brilliant 2012

A gift from the queen or a lost swan?

A quiet Christmas for all the family.  We had a lovely Christmas day lunch in the local gallivant bistro followed by a walk on the beach to blow the cobwebs away and burn a few calories off.  When we returned we noticed the queen had been kind enough to donate a lone Swan to the Whitesands development.  He’s still there four days later and I think a few of the neighbours have taken him under their wing so to speak so I don’t think he’ll be going far while the food keeps flowing.

Sunset at Camber Sands in Christmas

Sunset on a cold Camber Sands day

One of the best things about living by the sea is the amazing sunsets we get at all times of the year.  This one was taken on the 28th of December and is perhaps the best I’ve seen this winter.  I managed to quickly drag the family away from Bedknobs & Broomsticks just in time to see the sun going down.

Hastings Old town

I was lucky enough to have some friends pop down from London today.  Partly to visit me but also to do a bit of Christmas Shopping.  Unfortunately rather than being able to take them around Rye they insisted on meeting in Hastings.  Now, I’ve never been into Hastings before as I’ve had bad reports.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, well, with the old town at least.  It reminds me of ambling down the side streets of Paris with the number of antique and bric & brac stores selling their wares.

The bar at pier 9

We stopped off for a bite to eat in pier nine which is a fantastic little restaurant underneath a hotel on the seafront.  Unfortunately the new part of hastings is very much what you’d expect from a deprived area with a very run down main high street although it does manage to tick all the boxes in terms of high street stores that enabled us to finish off the christmas present list.

Having seen some of the large houses on the seafront I’m half tempted to relocate the family from Camber so we can get our teeth into a restoration project.  Thankfully for the husband I only came back with shopping bags rather than the deeds to a Edwardian terrace.

Only a few people dare brave the beach this Sunday - All mine!

Just as the title describes there was a beautiful rainbow behind the wind turbines when I walked into rye today for a meal at the Union Arms.  Unfortunately my camera phone is didn’t manage to pick it up so a camera it is for Christmas please Santa!  Those that have been to Camber before will know it’s quite a flat landscape up to Rye as it was all under water.  Rye was built as a port and defence to stop the French attacking.  Little did they know that in 500 years the streets would be double parked with French, German and Dutch cars thanks to P&O ferries.

Anyway I digress,  I’m a massive fan of the wind turbines and feel that add a bit of character to an otherwise flat landscape.  If you catch them in the morning on the road from Camber to Rye you’ll often see the clouds breaking above them with the sun reflecting beautifully.

Our meal was very nice and quite cheap for the town of Rye.  Whilst the area has some excellent restaurants they can be quite pricey.  However, the Union arms offer a sunday lunch for £7.50 which I think is very reasonable indeed.

This was followed by a walk on the beach so as you’ll see I’ve posted some obligitory beach/dog shots

Camber Sands in December

At least I think they’re getting higher or I’m getting unfitter.  I managed to pack the Husband and the kids off to the rugby today so I had the whole morning to myself .  I like to get to the beach at least once a week in the winter but the kids aren’t always so eager when the weather is brisk.  I seized the opportunity, strapped the dog in his harness and off we went.  Unfortunately I must have the only dog in Camber that doesn’t like going to the beach so it was a case of me tempting him all the way with treats.

Touch rugby on the beach

As you’ll see it was a nice and cool December’s day with wind and kite surfers out in force.  It was also nice to see a bunch of kids playing touch rugby which is slightly less random than a few weeks ago when everyone seemed to be doing dance moves on the beach.  it transpired that there was an event at the local pontins which explained all the Patrick Swayze moves.

Kite Surfers enjoying the wind

At the ripe old age of 36 and after 15 years living and working in the city of London. Myself, one son, two girls, dog and not forgetting the Husband all uprooted and moved to the beach, Camber in East Sussex to be exact. Whilst this move had been the culmination of many family weekends in the area it was brought about in part by the financial crisis in the city and finding myself ‘surplus to requirements’

Home Sweet home in Camber Sands

Whilst I still dip my toe in the financial markets I am now very much a stay at home Mother.  I’m not quite sure how I’ll untilise this blog at the moment but it will probably be full of things I do in Camber and the surrounding area.  Be it taking the kids to the beach,  dining out with the husband or my constant annoyance at having to travel for over 30 minutes to get to the nearest supermarket – Jempsons (local supermarket in Peasmarsh) whist very quaint doesn’t count!
Anyway here’s to a a few years of sun, sand and blogging 🙂