Rye, East Sussex

DSC_0804The past few days we have been staying in East Sussex. We wanted a base to explore Kent and be able to stay in a Oast House. We stayed at the Playden Oast Inn Just outside the town of Rye.

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The cathedral Gates to the Cathedral

The first stop on the way to Rye was the cathedral City of Canterbury. Time was limited so it was a short stroll around the old town and a lunch in a small courtyard drinking Moroccan mint tea and eating fresh baguette.

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Canterbury St

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Crooked House

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Moroccan Tea

Next day wasn’t brilliant so we set off for the Dover coast. There wasn’t any improvment in to weather but we managed to find the coast at St Margarets on Cliff. At the bottom of the cliff we were able to view the white chalk cliffs. Returning to the clifftop we found a tea shop and have our first cream tea of this trip. Known as a Devonshire Tea in Australia and always the start of a disscussion as to wether the cream or the jam should be spread on the scone first.

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Next day started with a beautiful morning so we headed into Rye, an ancient town. The town has a castle an a wall around the town.

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Along the narrow streets we could see a bigger building which was the town hall but just to the back it a tower was visible.

Church of St. Mary’s at the end of a narrow street hidden by other buildings. Looking down to the town from the church.

Inside the Church

Just inside the main door I noticed a pendulum swinging to and fro, quick thinking me put 2 and 2 together and realised it was the pendulum for the clock in the tower. In the bottom photo you can see the bell pull as well.

The church also had a Western Australian connection as the plague shows.

Old Pub

Later we drove to Hastings but the weather closed in again so our visit was cut short.

White Cliffs of Dover

Rather miserable day today, nearly got to 30 yesterday but today only 15 and sort of raining. Managed to find a coffee in Folkestone and later a cream tea at St Margaret’s on Cliff. Got a glimpse of the White Cliffs of Dover at St. Margaret’s

South of DoverLooking towards DoverCliffs at St. MargaretAn almost decent coffee

Weather will be finer tomorrow

MotoGP

We made it to a MotoGP after many years of watching on TV. It was the British GP and a great event to be able to attend.

It was an early start to get to Silverstone, up at 7, breakfast then about 16 mile drive. We were at the track by 8:30 enjoying a reasonable coffee. The first race was at 12:40 so plenty of time to find our seats in the Village grandstand. Around 10:00 they started the warmup laps. I managed to get some photos of the bikes while they ran their circuits.

When the racing started the stands had filled up and it wasn’t possible to take photos so I just enjoyed the racing.

The racing was exciting as they have been recently. Leaving the track was a lot longer then arriving. We made it to the car and sat in it for 40 minutes before we could move an inch. Finally we were able to move and took us 20 minutes to drive about a mile back to a main road. Even the main road was busy but we made it to the M1 but it to was busy so we took a side road to find a pub for dinner but as is mostly the case dinner is not served Sundays as the generally serve roast lunch. It was back to the hotel and dinner there.

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