Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Been away for a day or two to an auction sale. On Monday we drove down to Sussex. Above photo shows us driving on the bridge over the Thames at Dartford on the M25.
South Downs above, M23.
The High Street in Lewes. Little medieval building being held up by a modern building on the right, and a late Georgian building on the left. Viewed the sale on Monday afternoon. Returned to the saleroom on Tuesday to bid at the sale.
During the lunch break I had a wander along the High Street and up to the castle, mainly built in the early 1300s, with earlier (and later) bits around it. Didn't go into the castle, but pottered around the lanes through the castle.
The Green shown below is exactly that - a bowling green, which it has been since 1640. Before that it was the Castle tilting yard.
Another shot of the Castle, then back to the Sale Room (Arms and Armour sale) where I was successful with nine of my bids. Three guns and seven swords, and if you think that adds up to more than nine lots, the answer is that there were two swords in one lot (see, I can add up - sometimes). Paid and left the goodies at the Saleroom, as being safer than leaving them in the car or our room. Called back at the saleroom just after nine this morning and picked up the goodies - not literally - the two most senior porters (bless 'em) wrapped all the stuff up, then carried it to the car for us. Drove home 'the pretty way' via Tunbridge Wells.
Having shown several shots of medieval architecture, above is one of twentieth century architecture, which I think is very graceful, well this bit is anyway. It's a bridge over the M25, travelling anti clockwise towards the Dartford Tunnel. Got home just after mid day. As always it's good to be home, and we'd both enjoyed our trip.