Acorn and I meet Jess at Borough tube. Then we go to the SELVIS office via a corner shop to get some snacks.
At the SELVIS office building there is already a large gaggle of SELVIS members gathered there. After an enjoyable drive down, we arrive at Battle Abbey for our tour. I have a refreshing pot of tea and a buttered scone in the delightful company of Diane, Kim and Robin in the café and a nice young lady called Ashley shows us around the ancient site on this beautiful day. The abbey was built in 1070 on the site of the Battle of Hastings by William the Conqueror because Pope Alexander II had ordered the Normans to do penance for the death and destruction wrought by Norman forces during the fighting.
A visit to the shop and we’re back on the minibus to go to Bexhill. While we’re bowling along, Julia takes our orders for fish and chips and I ask for cod and chips with mushy peas. Odette also asks for a gherkin and, of course, I want one too!
When we get to the café, we all sit outside but I soon discover there’s no shade for poor little Acorn, so we move around the corner into a lovely shady spot and are joined by Odette.
Julia brings our fish and chips to our table and they’re very good. The batter on the fish is light and nice and crisp and the chips are perfect, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Odette and I dip our chips in our mushy peas with abandon and enjoy our food hugely. It’s just the right amount so we’re not too full to want to go walking along the promenade.
Jess, Odette, Julia, Acorn and I set off along the sea front in the beautiful sunshine and it’s time to get on the beach. I’ve really been looking forward to this as I’ve never been with Acorn at the seaside and she loves swimming. We walk down the few steps onto the pebbly beach and down to the water, I let Acorn off her lead and she heads straight for the lapping waves. A bit disappointingly she doesn’t go into the water for a swim but just scampers around the edge. We think she might be put off by the waves which, although not big, are coming thick and fast. Meanwhile all of us have taken our footwear off and walked carefully, as the pebbles are hard on our soft feet, across the beach for a paddle in the briny while Acorn plays in the water. Just before we walk back up, Acorn has a joyous roll on the strip of smaller pebbles with her legs akimbo. And, of course, photographs are taken.
It’s ice cream time now and I have my usual large cone with no Flake or sauce. We go back to the minibus, stopping at a nice clean disabled loo, and set off homewards.
After the sea air and very little sleep last night, I have a lovely snooze, as does Acorn next to me. Geoff drops people off at different points and it’s the end of an excellent day out, thanks entirely to Jess, SELVIS and Geoff’s very good driving.
Written by SELVIS member Rikki
Photo shows the group outside Battle Abbey
Photo shows the group on the beach