Rye, home of the great little selection of antiquey junk shops, or vice versa. More expensive in some cases than Hastings, but often cheaper than Greenwich. My favourite shops in the little group that my friend and I like, are one with two floors and lots of different traders-you never know what you will find, and a 'kitchenalia' (I don't like that word) shop that specializes in enamel ware, baskets, cooking equipment and little modern handmade things that are pretty and sweet. It is museum like in the range of things it stocks, and the interest in looking round, and the colours in the shop are lovely pastels, whites and the natural tones of wood, wicker and metal. Also the woman who runs it is very nice-not always the case with antique dealers I have found!
Loads of pictures today as there was so much to look at. We wandered up a bit from our normal haunts and the older part of the town is just beautiful. We discovered that Henry James lived there for a while. We found a pink vicarage and a friendly black cat with a stumpy tail.
Weird thing to decorate but pretty.
The rope was actually quite a bargain, compared to new rope from B and Q.
Incredible wisteria on Mermaid Street.
Pretty Easter wreath still up.
Looking down Mermaid Street. The Mermaid is on the right.
This chapel is on the edge of the church square and is converted into a house.
This is an 18th century water tower.
The pink vicarage. It is more salmon pink than it looks in the photo.
Moss has made the hair and crown of this stone face soft and green. Magic moss.
Sweet house in a courtyard. Not quite as good for the cats but not bad.