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Another village, another George

‘Tis the season for day trips.

The weather in England is surprisingly lovely surprisingly often, for something so bitched about. It’s incredibly temperate: seldom gets below freezing in Winter, almost never rises above 85° in Summer. The worst it throws at you is a season of gray or rain, but these aren’t endless, no matter how it feels. And rain maketh green.

At the moment, we’re having England at its best and have done for weeks. Sunny and seventies in the daytime, clear and fifties at night. So no matter how hot the sun, it’s always crisp and cool in the shade, with a light breeze. Whur I come from, we called this April, only we don’t get several months of it.

Today we took a long run over to beautiful Alfriston. The hymn “Morning has Broken” was written to honor Alfriston (probably). Love this place. All the shops are ancient, charming and woefully overpriced. The National Trust’s first acquisition is here (the Clergy House, closed today, dangit).

We had lunch in the George (above), first recorded changing hands in Thirteen-something. Then a stroll along the Cuckmere (the river Virginia Woolf drowned herself in). Then a drive back along the coast to…ummm…Tesco’s.

Hey, hey…weasel’s gotta eat.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 3, 2014, 11:24 pm

Didn’t we see that place in Harry Potter? :+)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 3, 2014, 11:30 pm

They have more Medieval and Tudor inns here than you could shake a Nimbus 2000 at.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 4, 2014, 12:36 am

Every time I go across the pond and I visit places like this I keep saying things like “This millstone was being used when the Pilgrims came to America!” and “This Georgian mailbox was in use at the same time as THE King George, of the American revolution/rebellion!” and “This house is older than my entire country!!!”

Yes, I get looks.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 4, 2014, 9:27 am

In the same small town, the Post Office still has fittings from the Victorian era and modestly informs you that a shop has stood on that site since the 1400s.

Even a casual old Brit gets impressed by stuff like that.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 4, 2014, 12:15 pm

Bloody Blacks!


Comment from Deborah
Time: July 4, 2014, 3:21 pm

My family used to live in a little town that wasn’t established or platted until 1902. It’s one of those places that Francisco Vázquez de Coronado passed over and said, “uh … keep going.” He was hunting for Cibola, those Seven Cities of Gold.

When my son lived in the UK, he used to tell his friends that everything (there) was older than his town. They were bemused how a town could be so new, or just spring up in the middle of a prairie (or survive on 16 inches of rain a year).

Comment from Nina
Time: July 4, 2014, 5:30 pm

Here in California, if something is 150 years old, it’s OLD.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 4, 2014, 10:33 pm

Well, I’ve been in a couple of (non-tourist) houses here on the East Coast that date back to the 1760s, which feels a bit odd having lived most of my life in a place where any building older than the 1890s is a museum.

Y’all have streets over there in England that date to before Christ.

Comment from Carl
Time: July 5, 2014, 8:18 am

Our favourite walk near Alfriston is along the cliff tops from Birling Gap towards Beachy Head. It’s exhilarating in any weather.

Also worth visiting is Charleston Farmhouse which was the haunt of the Bloomsbury Group between the wars (Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, the economist John Maynard Keynes, etc.). Best to go on a day when there are likely to be few other visitors around.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 7, 2014, 2:43 pm

Denver, CO, only dates back to a little before the U.S. Civil War. When I lived there, I was amused that, since they seem to have so little history compared to other places, they try to make up for it enthusiastically by having antique stores in every nieghborhood. San Luis, CO, bills itself as the oldest town in Colorado. It dates to 1859!

New Orleans and Albuquerque both date to around 1718; Santa Fe to 1609. As Donald Hamilton once wrote, Santa Fe was a colonial capital with roads and courts when Massachusetts was still a howling wilderness.

None of those compare to England, though! Stoaty, your description of the temperatures you’re experiencing can be boiled down for me into one word: Paradise!!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 7, 2014, 10:46 pm

I know, Wolfus. The weather has been one of the biggest surprises: I just love it. Think of the sweetest cool, sunny Spring day, and that’s what high Summer is like here.

We’re in one of the driest and sunniest corners of the island, too, so we get the rain, but not so much.

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