Yes, to Hastings, Brighton's lesser known neighbour. We parked up and strolled along a good length of the front, finally ending up in the old town, which is rather eclectic to say the least! First stop had to be the old fashioned sweetie shop for some strawberry bon bons. Mr HenHouse was very disappointed when he requested to buy "a quarter" that the lady informed him it was now 100g. He really does not do metric (as you might imagine from someone obsessed with steam trains!)
I just loved this screen as I adore anemones. Shame about the cigarette connotations!
We still had not managed to find the main reason for our trip to Hastings by this point. If you read my post about the Christmas Country Living Fair, you will remember I was rather taken with the goods on a particular stall, their wares being from a shop, yes indeedy, a shop in Hastings. Oh the wonders of the mobile 'phone which meant I could look up the address. So, we finally found High Street, undoubtedly the best bit of Hastings (IMHO).
There were quite a few vintage and homewares shops.
This one was pretty interesting, full of retro clothing and furniture.
We found the infamous Judges' Bakery. I was very hopeful on seeing the pretty window display that they had a tea room but sadly not. Can't help thinking there's a missed opportunity there. Hastings is certainly not land of the tea room, it could do with taking a leaf out of Totnes' book!
But onto the real jewel in the Crown.
Hmm, even the exterior did not disappoint, it's painted duck egg blue! A quick peek in the windows whetted the appetite...
Made in Hastings has featured in Country Living and Coast magazines several times. The shop sells the wares of home crafters based in the local area. I had a good chat with the charming lady manning the shop on Saturday and she told me they have about 100 producers and at Christmas, that number rises to about 150.
Inside the front part of the shop with its lovely vintage haberdashery cabinet serving as the counter, (I want one, pleeease!) lots of lovely items were on display including my personal faves, the artwork of Claire Fletcher, the illustrator. I bought quite a few of her cards at the Christmas CL Fair and she is known for having illustrated Jools Oliver's children's book (oh to have a little girl and therefore an excuse to buy this book!)
Through to the backroom (sorry, my photography skills, or rather lack of them, let me down here!) There is a charming old fireplace and lots more lovely goodies.
So, I very much enjoyed visiting Made in Hastings but was a tad disappointed by Hastings as a whole (perhaps I just didn't find the best bits).
Yesterday, was of course, Mothers' Day and I was presented with some goodies by the Munchkin. Home-made wrapping paper no less which apparently sported a portrait of me! He had bought me the present himself, with his own money (at the Yeovil car boot sale the week before!) It was a little Lilliput Lane cottage. Mr HenHouse tells me that the Munchkin was adamant he had to get it for me because "mummy likes cottages and she likes those flowers round the cottage". Clearly well thought out.
I was also treated to breakfast and lunch cooked by the boys, including a yummy pud.
I had a nice restful day, getting up very early, as usual, which meant I started off making some more crochet hook rolls.
I hope all the mums out there enjoyed their day. Unfortunately it looks as if the sunny weather is behind us as typically, just at school run time, it looks absolutely awful outside! Best stay put for a bit more crafting then? (Once the small person is safely picked up, of course!)