Category Archives: East Sussex

An afternoon tea 

If you want a quiet and tranquil afternoon filled with tea and delicious cake then you must go and visit Jo and the lovely staff at this delightful tea rooms in East Sussex!! I have only just visited for afternoon tea and it was so beautiful I had to blog about it straight away!! The Tic Toc is situated in a small village and is a combination of a gift shop, a hairdressers and a tea rooms out the back with an amazing view across the cliffs. I have been filled with countless cups of tea and lots of delicious sandwiches and cakes, which are all made by the wonderful team who welcome you with big smiles. To spend some quality with my cousin, nanny and mummy in a gorgeous setting is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon off work! 

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One Year Celebration!!

I can’t believe my Guide Unit has been open for a year! This year has gone so fast and my unit has grown in size and almost tripled. I wouldn’t have been able to keep it going without the ongoing support from my mum, my best friend (Hannah) and the other leaders at the Brownie and Rainbow Unit.
To celebrate my unit being open for a year I decided it would be a nice idea to take the girls out on a day trip so, we hoped on a train and went to Brighton for the day. The weather was beautiful for a spring day so the girls didn’t mind walking between different destinations as much. Our first stop was the SeaLife Centre on the seafront where we saw so many different sea creatures and the girls got to play in the interactive rock pool. I had as much fun as they did looking at all of the fish! 

We then had to stop off for our picnic lunch so we went down on the pebbles of Brighton Beach where we ate our lunch and talked about how much we enjoyed the Aquarium. Our next stop was of course the Pier where I allowed the girls time to play in the arcades and go on the waltzers at the end of the Pier (fortunately we had no throw ups of lunch and the girls really enjoyed the air hockey tournaments that we held). Whilst on the pier Hannah and I found an awesome game where you had to knock down the clowns to win tickets. I won myself enough tickets for a snazzy palace pier mug which I surprisingly love!

After an hour or so on the Pier it was time to make our way to Pizza Hut for our celebratory meal out. We had prebooked the table otherwise the poor restaurant wouldn’t have been able to cope with having 17 people turn up who all wanted to sit together! The girls had the Big Heroes menu option whilst the adults were allowed an adult meal which was delicious and everybody found something that they liked to eat. I of course finished off my meal with salted caramel cookie dough and ice cream. It was such a lovely trip to Brighton and the weather made it all the more worthwhile as it was warm and sunny for the whole day!! I want to take this opportunity to give a big shoutout to the lovely staff at Queens Road Brighton Pizza Hut who were so accommodating and treated our girls with respect thank you so much for allowing us to have a super fun time!! 

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Lunch in a Country Pub 

We are so blessed to have so many beautiful country pubs in Sussex and although I have been to quite a few I haven’t even really got started! There is something really relaxing about going out for lunch at a country pub on a summers day when you can sit in a beer garden with the people you love and eat the most delicious and traditional pub grub. My favourite country pub in Sussex is the Royal Oak at Pett. It is such a lovely village pub with a cricket green opposite and is perfect for a lunch time sandwich with your family or friends. I don’t know if it is just me but when it comes to the summer I prefer to be out in the fresh air enjoying the weather rather than being sat inside a restaurant in the evening. I recently went to a country pub called the Ash Tree Inn for lunch with two of my very good friends and it really cheered me up because as we were waiting for our food to arrive, the local hunt rode past and actually stopped for drinks at the pub. The food at the pub was delicious although I did have a cheese overload with Camembert starter and macaroni cheese main ( thank you Shannon for ordering me a starter). My new saying lately is ‘Do What You Love’, when it comes to tackling anxiety and depression frequently and trying to please everybody but yourself, you don’t do anything that makes you happy and that you enjoy doing. One of my favourite things to do is spend time with my family and friends. Another of my favourite things is to go out to country pubs for lunch so I just combine the two. There are so many lovely country pubs around the whole of the country and although I am only blessed with the ones in Sussex most of the time, why don’t you go out and find a country pub for lunch. I can guarantee you won’t be 100% disappointed with your decision. Below is a list of some of my favourite country pubs around East Sussex. 

The Queens Head – Icklesham

The Royal Oak – Pett

The Cricketers Arms – Alfriston

The Ash Tree Inn – Ashburnham

The Six Bells Inn – Chiddingly

The Barley Mow Selmeston

The Swann Inn – Dallington

The Lamb Inn – Hooe 

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A day in Brighton 

Hello everyone, 

Today I spent the day in Brighton with one of my oldest and closest friends in the world. Although she did turn into my bag lady for a lot of the day out! 

We started the day by heading to Primark so that I could buy some clothes, followed by Marks and Spencer. 

We then headed to WHSmith and into Churchill Square where I was very well behaved and did not buy anything in the amazing Tiger store (if you are ever looking for homeware go here!). 

After hitting up the Square we headed to Jamie’s Italian for a lush lunch of Pesto Pasta for Hannah and a Chicken Club for me. We also had the most amazing brownies I have ever tasted for dessert!!! This was washed down with a non-alcoholic refresher cocktail. 

After going to Jamie’s we wandered through the lanes where we found the coolest card shop called scribbler where I may have spent a wee bit too much money. We also went to Lush and ChocyWocyDooDah where I bought some really cool things. 

Before leaving Brighton we made a quick stop off at Bagelman where I bought a sesame chicken bacon avocado bagel with mayo. Which was incredible!! 

We then went to Eastbourne for Hannah to go to work and we went onto the Pier to take some snaps and eat my bagel which was so big. 

We then headed back home so I could run my good unit where they experimented with different foods from around the world by cooking a Spanish Omlette and Vegetable Stir Fry. They also ate some mango, banana, Apple and strawberries. I was so impressed with my 10, 10 year old girls for cooking a meal nearly independently in their patrols and there were thumbs up all round at the end of the evening!! 

There will be a Fashion and Beauty Haul up tomorrow from my purchases today if you would like to see what I bought. 

I hope you have had a fantabulous Friday!! 

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Jack in the Green/ MayDay Bikes 

Hello everyone, 

Today was the day of the yearly event in Hastings, Jack in The Green, and the May Day Bike event! Every year in Hastings we celebrate Mayday with a precession from the Old Town up to the West Hill, the town is also filled with motorbikes who come from all over the country to a massive meet in Hastings to celebrate MayDay. 

The old town is dressed up with floral decorations and greenery especially in George Street the main area of the Old Town. 

This year I went down to the Old Town with my Nanny and her best friend, we walked along to Rock-A-Nore to watch the precession made up of the Jack, the Morris dancers and the local drummers, set off on their journey up to the West Hill where the Jack is then warned off and Summer can arrive. The Jack is accompanied by bogies who go around giving members of the crowd green noses. The precession was as good as ever this year with gorgeous costumes and mad drumming followed by calm Morris dancers. 

After the precession we made our way along to look at all of the motorbikes which had come down to the Town. On our way we did stop off for a classic bag of chips from The Lifeboat Chip Shop. 

After looking at the wide arrange of bikes and quad bikes there were we went to Mr Beans to warm up with a Hot Chocolate which was one of the best I have ever had in Hastings! 

There were loads of stalls in the Town Centre and it was lovely to see it buzzing with people who had come down for the day to see what our event was all about. One stall that caught my eye had this massive Paella cooking on it and I wish I hadn’t of had chips earlier in the day! 

What have you been up this May Bank Holiday? Leave your comments below. 

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A 5SOS Concert and a day with family 

Hello everyone, 

On Thursday I took my little sister up to London to see her favourite band of all time. 

We boarded the 9:29 Southeastern train from St Leonards Warrior Square and arrived at London Waterloo East at 11:00. We then had to get the Waterloo and city line from Waterloo to Bank and the Docklands Light Railway from Bank to East India where our hotel was for the evening.     

On arriving at the hotel we paid for an early check in so that we could rest up before our dinner booking in the evening. When we got to our room in the hotel we discovered that it hadn’t yet been cleaned and after a conversation with the cleaning manager we were moved rooms and given complementary breakfast for the morning.    

 Whilst resting up I took the opportunity to book our taxis for the evening journeys. We used a company called Carrot Cabs and I will admit that they were the best taxi firm I have ever used. Upon our taxi arriving I received a text to tell me what car we were looking for, the registration number and the name of the driver. For our journey back from the O2 Arena the driver was stuck in traffic but rung me to tell me he was running late which he didn’t have to do. We couldn’t resist a selfie in the Mercedes!   

Our dinner reservation was for a restaurant called Las Iguanas. The food was amazing and I was defeated by how much we ordered! We started with nachos and finished with a chocolate Aztec cake, washed down with a raspberry cooler.    


By the time we had finished dinner the doors for the concert were about to open so we made our way to the entrance to take our seats for the evening. 5 Seconds of Summer were such a good band and the support act Jessarae was also excellent. I would highly recommend to people watching 5SOS in concert as they worked so hard and played a two hour straight set!   

On the Friday morning we went down to breakfast where we took full advantage of it being free! We then made our way back to the train station to get a train back to Hastings.  

Friday afternoon consisted of a lunch out with my lovely cousin. We had a good catch up and ate some lovely food in Italian Way. I went for the chicken and bacon salad which was delicious!   

Yesterday my mum, sister, nan and I took the drive up to Didcot just outside of Oxfordshire to visit my cousins, auntie and uncle. My cousin has just had a lickle baby who is now six weeks old and he is the most beautiful bubba I have ever seen!   

It was so lovely to spend time with so much of my family over the last three days. I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!! 

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A Lovely Easter Weekend

Hello everybody,

I hope those of you that celebrate Easter have had a lovely Easter weekend and not eaten too much chocolate!!

This weekend has been a busy and eventful weekend with family visiting. 

Breakfast of course consisted of a toasted hot cross bun with butter and a cup of tea in my favourite cup of the week.   

Yesterday my family on my dad’s side came down for dinner, which meant that our little cousin was coming down. We held an Easter Egg hunt for him which I joined in with as my little sister hid the eggs around the house and the garden, of course he got to take all of the chocolates home, we then did some Easter baking which consisted of making chocolate treats due to the time limit we had. 

After our baking of course we had to take a trip to the farm so the pups could have a run!! 

For supper we had beef casserole with veg and roast potatoes lovingly cooked by my mother and of course the meal wasn’t complete without a cocktail and nanny’s homemade apple pie for desert. 


It was such a lovely day and I’m so grateful that I still have so much family to spend time with. 

Today has started with seeing how many Easter eggs the bunny bought me, I’m glad to say there were five plus extras. I then had breakfast of the obvious choice (boiled egg and soldiers) in my new egg cup. There was of course an Easter egg for the pups as well.

Today has been a bit more of a lazier day though with a long windy hike up the South Downs with the pups to see the sheep and cows waiting to have their babies on the farm. And then chilling on the sofa with my family watching silly films and the reruns of Sherlock that have been on television with a glass of sparkling rosé. 

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and for those who don’t celebrate it I hope you have had a lovely weekend. 

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