I love going back home to Hastings, my home town by the seaside. It's easy to take the place you've grown up for granted but when you come back and look at it as an outsider there are so many things to love. I've been away for 2 years and every time I come back I'm surprised by how much has changed - there is a lot of regeneration going on in the town and it's definitely improved dramatically over the last few years.
I took a stroll round the Old Town with my parents a couple of weekends back. My dad does have hoarder tendencies so junk shops and antique stores are always a winner. My mum thought it would be amusing to take a picture of me in front of a sign that featured my name - hence the photo at the top of this post. It's in front of a pub called the Jenny Lind.
The little shops are like treasure troves with wonders awaiting discovery. A shop that's recently been reopened holds a secret in the back part of the building. What used to be stabling for horses has been given a roof but the rest of it remains pretty much as it was which is quite a sight to see. If it wasn't for all the spider webs I'd want to go exploring.
I just thought I'd take this opportunity to remind you as well that I write a weekly post over on Yell.com's interiors blog, so if you want more articles just head on over there. Here are my posts from the last few weeks in case something tickles your fancy:
- Ways to dress a window
- Are designer interior ranges worth the money?
- Samantha Cameron's Downing Street style
- Is eco-modular living the future of housing?
- Naturally chic Ian Mankin fabrics and wallcoverings
- The nation's favourite colours for homes revealed
- 5 ways to brighten up your garden this summer