Eastbourne !

2-3 July 2011 – cracking weekend with rail interest, a pier, a sight, gulls – surprisingly sandwiched around a committee meeting.

Rail – in a parallel life I may have been a rail enthusiast where the focus was in tracks traversed, rather than locos spotted. Not only had I never been to Eastbourne, but there is added interest in it being a terminus, so ranking alongside greats such as Thurso & Kyle of Lochalsh (well, almost). The return journey – on a Sunday – took me through Rye (first proper UK break, not visited since 1993), on a high-speed run into Saint Pancras International, and a walk across to adjacent Kings Cross. Interesting because I remain in awe at the sheer organisational genius that sees the – very gradual – transformation of this railway hub, while continuing to operate 7 days a week. There is plenty to complain about on the railways, but here is a beacon of success !

Pier – hard to beat an English pier on a gorgeous day.

Pleasing connection – Eastbourne Pier featured in an exhibition of aerial photographs – seen in Bath – in March – when taking part in an end-to-end reading of the bible.

The sight – was Beachy Head – which I had heard of – but couldn’t place. A stone’s throw away – and fabulous on a gorgeous day.

Gulls – a juvenile turned up on the doorstep and asked to be let in.

Will have to write about the committee another time.


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