26 July 2011

south coast weekend trip

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I recommend you go and get a cuppa, 'cause this is another longen'!.
We decided we'd had enough of this crappy weather, and determined to have a summer outing regardless if it was not above 25 degrees. I have been dreaming of jumping into the sea, and couldn't believe I had got to the end of July without being in the brine! So we packed up some bits and bobs, jumped into the car for a day trip, then thought 'have we forgotten anything? um TENT?...just in case?! then back to the flat and quickly grabbed all camping equipments within 5 mins. I had been reading up on a few hidden beaches around the East Sussex region, so we headed in the direction of Hastings to find one of them {also stopping at Hastings to spend lots of money in the junk shops, oop}.

following the directions in the book..."stop at the radar, across the road, past the farm, turn right then left past the stream...etc..etc..."

and we arrived at a not exactly exotic looking beach.

it turned out to be a Naturists beach {that means nudies to me and you}. Gosh and blimey I didn't know where to look. In fact those nudies were so brown they were camouflaged against the rocks so quite easy to step on one. MOST embarrassing.

anyhow, after such a mahoosive trip, we decided to sit down and eat our tasty morsels.

Nao fell asleep after a couple glasses of wine, and I watched the hilarious naked man flying a kite that near lifted him off the ground.

...and went for a paddle. It wasn't a very swim inducing beach unfortunately. However I loved the peace and quite and the prehistoric feel. Its very like some of the beaches on the Isle of Wight actually, because of the clay landslides, ...Compton, Luccombe, Whale Chine...that kind of beach if you know them.

the tide came up so we headed off to find a campsite somewhere.

it was such a trek up the hill, but so beautiful with deep gorges with streams and ferns and such like.
{yes that is my bikini you can see, not my pants thank you!}

We managed to find a little campsite that is actually someones large back garden. It was near to Rye, and had only a toilet and some rabbits. Oh, and also some bats.

But we were the only ones there, which was great! We bought our new stove with us, we found it at the antiques market last week. Its made of iron, and can burn anything.

we had a wee barbecue...

and the sun began to set and the bunnies came out! I love'em, the way their ears stick up when they hear something is hilarious. And their white bums!

after the barbecue we found some branches and got a proper fire going. It gave out so much heat and was kind of hypnotic too.

Our best ever purchase I reckon! It is a little heavy to carry long distance, but fine for us. We can just leave it in the car for when-ever. {very easy to clean too and there is a little draw in the bottom to empty the ashes}.

Next morning, after a cuppa and some brioche, we headed off to a beach we've been to before...

...Camber! Although this is the other end of it which is called something else. It doesn't have the sand dunes, but is much less busy.

a HUGE sandy expanse is really amazing. We had a picnic straight away and fell asleep.

but, I did go for a very lovely swim, I feel sooooo much better now.
{i bought that hat from a junk shop in Hastings, its from Haiti!}

Then we had to go home, BUT, decided to go to Rye on the way to see the junk shops ; )

I love this place, the buildings are amazing, and also the Pimms.

...and of course the junk shops!
So, we crammed in a lot for just one nights stay...I hope the weather improves a bit, as we want to go further next time, maybe Wales?

54 comments:

Serendipitychild said...

I would recommend the Gower if you are going to Wales, my parents live there and it's beautiful

The Pea Pod said...

ooh, you don't want to be going around stepping on nudies! Have you noticed how nudies always feel the need to do something energetic like badminton or as in your case kite flying...odd that...

Diane said...

What a fab camping trip - really perfect. Love your tent. xxxx

Nina said...

Such a pretty, sweety and romantic weekend, this remind me that I want one weekend with my baby, just the two of us. Your life looks so idyllic, and cool, and relaxed, that`s why I love this blog and follow it since I saw your wedding and another blog and discover this wonderful place where I can dream.

Nattie said...

Just lovely, I grew up on the Sussex shore, it is very pretty indeed.
We have not long come back from North Wales and loved it........very remote but beautiful!
Nattie x

Ruth said...

This looks absolutely magical. You two always have such a good time!

slowdownapproaching30 said...

Being welsh, I think you would have a splendid time there! I too recommend the Gower... Britains first area of outstanding natural beauty! What more do you need?!

demie said...

beautiful! really really beautiful : )

green tea and red nails said...

just discovered your gorgeous blog! what a perfect trip away!

where did you get your tent? it is fabulous!

kel xx

We haven't got the money, so we've got to think said...

I love your tent, and you two seem to be such a sweet couple!! IDA xx

Tamra said...

Lovely weekend! And I too LOVE your tent! Where did you get it?

Jo Waterhouse said...

I was in Rye on Sunday and had a swim at Camber Sands (and a mini milk).
Great minds and all that.

olivia said...

looks so great! what a lovely weekend.. very jealous!

Rose said...

I just love seeing your camping trips. Your beach looks a LOT different than mine (in Florida, USA!)

Film said...

Really Love your blog ^_^
Could you please tell me the location of the lovely town? I'll note to my travel plan. I wish to go there in someday :)

Jan | Poppytalk said...

Simply picturesque - what great styling and shots! And your wedding tent! Stunning!

pru said...

love to hear about your adventures in the countryside. look forward to the next one.

DuckEggBlue said...

another sublime adventure, I love your outings with your tent and burner, perfect reading thank you.

KtShortcake said...

love it! Your posts remind me of the lovely aspects of the UK I miss. That tent is delicious, I think I may have to go tent shopping now! Kt x

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

This looks like such a fun little trip. Your picnic basket is adorable.

Tracey said...

Looks lovely, makes me want to visit Rye and Camber again today, enjoy your next trip too! Lets hope the sun decides to show up!!

Anya adores said...

I love the tranquility of your camping trips Artemis - amazing and the photography is fab.
A x

Tabiboo said...

What beautiful images and you've gone and made me feel all summery now - despite the pants weather!

Still grey here on the Kent coast and not even a little toe has had the nerve to dip itself into the brine this Summer (ha) yet!

Happy holidays,

Nina x

Emily said...

i am so jealous! that sounds amazing. It makes me want to buy a tent just like yours and camp by the sea too. where did you get the tent?

Jessica said...

That tent is magical!

LissyLou said...

I love Eat sussex. We stayed in camber last year. We stayed in a gorgeous house. I wasn't keen on camber town, a bit of a dump. But the beach is gorgeous.
I just loved Rye. The shops, cafes, gorgeous!!!

Your trip looked lovely xx

Karen said...

Ohh I am all excited about going camping this weekend now. Ours is not a beautiful bell tent though - never mind am looking forward to the campfires and toasting marshmallows. Hope the weather allows!

akissfromthepast said...

Wonderful weekend trip =) i love your blog!
hugs,
akissfromthepast.blogspot.com

Victoria said...

I am envious that you make it look so easy - and it looks perfect. Had to giggle about the nudists! There is a beach like that not too far from us - Studland. Always makes me laugh to see them at the ice cream van - where do you put your change! And yes - they are always such a strange colour! x

Pomme-pomme said...

I remember going to Fairlight beach when I was a nipper with my famile and us all being most shocked at the ahem "bits" on show!! Rye is just down the road from me- I allow myslef one visit a week to the junk shops! Hope you found some treaures :)

Lisa said...

Nice tent Artemis and fab beaches:)

Shasta Blair said...

Just found myself a lovely mornin' story - thanks for helping me start my day off grand :)

carissa said...

so pretty, as always. i love your tent.

Grace Maria said...

HEY, Is there a way you could tell me where you got your tent? I have seen you post pictures of it before but I wasnt sure if you'd ever said where you got it? Could you please email me the answer? I never get answers to comments, gracemariabuchanan@gmail.com .

hanmade said...

gorgeous. you make camping look so lovely! great to see snaps of hastings & rye, my ol' neck of woods :0) oh i see you stumbled across the nudy beach hehe! the sun is shining plenty over here perfect for an exploring junk trip ;0)

tales of a jUnkaholic said...

hELLO!, as usual, any questions about our tent, please see the FAQ tab at the top of my blog for answers...thanks! xxxxx

katysclutter said...

Looks like a lovely break. I love junk shop hunting too and know the Rye area you went too, great for a rummage. The old Hastings shops are fab too :)

Gemma Mortlock said...

Looks beautiful! and the perfect place too. I live in kent and hopefully i shall be heading to Rye next weekend as its my birthday, i want to browse in some of those beautiful junk shops for some finds and then i think we plan to head off to Dungeness for fish and chips mmmmm ive just come back from the isle of wight for two weeks too, we stayed in newbridge where we stay every year right by yarmouth...its so beautiful i want to run back and live their, feeling a bit blue now we are home! i dont know how you managed to move away? thanks for brightening my morning hope you have a great day Gem xxx

The Beach Hut Cook said...

Beaches, camping and junk shops; welcome to East Sussex! Looks like you had great fun. www.thebeachhutcook.com

Conny's Cottage said...

wat a great dag.

fantastik


hugs Conny

Ann Marie said...

wishing i could bring one of these tents home with me on the plane. AND hoping i have some time to slip away from my studies here in Oxford to visit Hastings...beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

Hello! I am new to your blog and I must say that I am very much enjoying your beautiful photos! We have much in common such as a love of vintage and worn, nature, castles, camping....etc. My son and I will be visiting England next summer and I have been taking notes as to where to visit. I'd like to know if you can give some direction on places to stay as I am finding it difficult with so many options that are offered on the internet. It would be most appreciated! Thank you kindly.

Warmly,
Jacqueline

Neon Relish said...

Such a beautiful post - after I read it, I felt like I'd been on a little vacation! (Loved the bit about the bunnies, too!)

Carolyn Carter [apali post] said...

What a different camping trip you had from the one I am experiencing right now in very hot and sunny Greece. It's incredibly dry and dusty on site and we are living in our bikini's - just a stones throw from the beach.
Not quite sure how you manage to make camping look like a shoot from a magazine - if you could see me now and the mess that surrounds! (I suppose that goes with not having kids tagging along for the ride. :) )

Beautiful post as ever! thank you! x

Judith said...

So interesting to read of your adventures...and your photographs are amazing..I can visualize a book... 'The fabulous adventures of Artemis and Nao'..:)!

Franziska said...

I am deeply in love with your photographs! With all of them!

Franzi

catherine sprunt said...

Artemis! Look at this!! http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry/competition.aspx

Perhaps a perfect opportunity for your teddies! xo

happyhermit said...

Hi, can you tell me more about the campsite, i am planning to cycle to Rye and it looks like just the sort of place i would like to pitch my tent!

Becky said...

Have done a little camping (in a yurt!) myself this weekend, but your trip, as ever, looks delightful. Very envy inducing!

dragonlane said...

Oh I do love your blog. Those photos!! I have this romantic thing about camping and have tried to convince my spouse and step sons to do it with me but so far they refuse. They don't like bugs.

Also, Rye is gorgeous. I had a very fun weekend there a few years ago. Must put that down as a place to visit again.

Liz said...

So fabulous. It sound like an actual holiday. You know how most of the time a holiday ends up being more stressful and expensive than staying at home? Simple and lovely! I like your style.

And where did you find that tent? That's the kind of tent that makes me think I might like camping after all....

http://kartepaper.blogspot.com/

Virginia Jesus Fassarella said...

Nao and Artemis, although part of the blogosphere two years ago, only today I had the pleasure of knowing them. I say pleasure because it was with great satisfaction that I had access to the site junkaholique. You are wonderful people, saw the care with those who had suffered from the tsunami in Japan In addition to enjoying one of the most beautiful blogs. I'm passionate about vintage and realized the love of you to let all the parts ready for sale and simplicity with which they do it. I was impressed with the way work combining business with pleasure, have fun while looking pieces in flea markets. Congratulations!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sounds so restful!! Thanks for the visual and mental holiday I've had just reading your post!

Junk Evolution said...

Oh how I love looking at your blog! I noticed the Pimm's cup and wondered if you have any good cocktails recipes for that. I have a bottle but haven't found one that I really enjoy. Knowing you two and your good taste I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

Char

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