Blogs from Rye, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye July 11th 2012

Today we had sunshine, showers and a riot - a riot of colour! We journeyed, in a coach full of people "of a certain age" (like us), to Northiam, just off the road to Rye in the county of East Sussex - to the remarkable gardens of the late Christopher Lloyd. If, outside your back door, you enter a jungle, or you have far too many plants stuffed into too small a place, or if you have flowers whose colours clash violently with those next to them, you'd be totally at home here at Great Dixter. It's a quintessentially English garden, gone mad! This was the family home of the highly educated, and some might say highly eccentric, gardener and author Christopher Lloyd. He died, aged 84, in January 2006. One of his beloved dachshunds apparently ... read more
An army of volunteers
The Topiary Garden
Colour everywhere

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye May 28th 2011

We were a little surprised that quite a few shops and tearooms on the High Street were opened in the afternoon on Sunday. We went to the Cobblestone Tearoom and had “cream tea” for lunch. We were served proper leaf tea and homemade scones, jams, clotted cream. After the lunch, we walked down to the Heritage Centre. We looked round the upstairs’ room, which housed dozens of the 1960s game machines. Mark got the old coins from the machine and inserted the coins to play games. We decide to see the 3D miniature show room. The lady at the Heritage Centre told us that it took four years to complete the miniature of Rye Town including the background wallpapers which showed the features of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with Camber Castle. The slide show contained comprehensive ... read more
the 1960s game machine
Lamb House with the garden room
St Mary Church

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye May 28th 2011

Having completed a long walk on Rye Harbour Nature Reserve previous day, we decided to do a short walk around Camber Castle in the morning on 16 May. Like the previous day, we started the trail from Brede Lock. After finishing the trail surrounded by dense bushes, we reached the open land. Sheep and lamb are features of England and Wales and we often see them when we go to countryside. There were countless of them on the grass; they all showed different faces, characters, and appearances, e.g. suckling, eating grass on the bank of the stream and chasing the geese and a flock of seagulls who stopped at their territory by accident. We turned right when the reedbeds appeared in our sight after crossing the pasture land, and walked southwards along the Castle Water. Camber ... read more
Greetings from England
Camber Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye May 28th 2011

As a part of his interests, Mark wanted to explore the nature reserve. Having looked at a map, we found it very big stretching towards Winchelsea and we needed a couple of days to complete the entire course. He also wanted to do a bit of shopping before going back to London. I therefore suggested we would do a long walk on Sunday 15 May and a short walk on Monday 16 May. After having breakfast at Top O’ The Hill Hotel, we walked down to the town. All of the shops were closed on Sunday morning and it was very quiet. After reaching the roundabouts of Strand Quay Road and Wish Street, we turned left and followed on A259 Road. Then, we turned left when seeing the signboard for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. We soon ... read more
shingle beaches with sea kales
island in the lagoons

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye May 28th 2011

High Speed Train Mark found that the High Speed Train has been running between St Pancras and Ramsgate, and it stops at Ashford International. On 13 May, we took the High Speed Train from St Pancras to Ashford International. I took the High Speed Train when travelling to Chilham with my cousin last year. I explained to Mark that the cars of the High Speed Train were manufactured at Hitachi Factory in Japan, and he found it very comfortable and efficient. We transferred to the normal south-eastern service at Ashford International. It took 1 hour and 15 minutes by train from London to Rye. The Top O’ The Hill Hotel I had printed the map for the hotel of The Top O’ The Hill from the internet. As we came out from the Station Approach, we ... read more
Mermaid Street
Top O'The Hill Pub

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye May 2nd 2011

Oh what a lovely town. So peaceful and pretty. It was our bank holiday day break. We went on a short stroll around the town, and then had some fish and chips from Marino's Fish Bar. The town is pretty much composed of very old buildings and churches. They make you feel like you're in some sort of Medieval world, almost as if the time stood still for a while. We also visited a beautiful coffe house The Apothecary, located in a B&B under the exact same name. Oh what a stunning place this was. The inner decor reflects Medieval and generic historical influences. We sat in super comfy chairs, sipping warm fresh lattes from beautiful fancy glasses. According to tour guidebooks, the name Rye has Norman French roots. The term itself (as in "la Rie") ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Rye April 14th 2008

Geo: 50.9525, 0.733949This weekend we decided to take a trip to the ancient city of Rye in East Sussex. On the way to Rye we decided to drive to Dungeness. This Old little fishing village sits on the very tip of a peninsula and has two light houses. There is also a very large nuclear power plant there. The environment there is very different then what we had seen so far. It was almost all stone and looked like what I would think the surface of Mars would be like. Because of the rock terrain there is little plant life in the area. It was a strange little area but worth going to. Continuing on, we came around a bend in the road and their sitting atop a hill overlooking the River Rother and Romney ... read more
Rape Seed
I see light at the end

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