It was a rare beautiful sunny day here on the south coast of the UK.
My wife and I took advantage of it and had the afternoon off. We only decided late last night…so it was rather spontaneous. We decided to go to Brighton…not far from us.
Brighton is often termed ‘London by the sea’…I suppose for its hustle / bustle and ‘hipness’.
Anything goes in Brighton. You can wear what you want and no-one looks twice. Men in hot-pants, girls wearing next to nothing, other men in dresses and girls walking down the road, hand in hand (and sometimes the men).
It’s a great place to visit and just people watch.
We did a bit of shopping and had afternoon tea (hot tea, finger sandwiches, cream cakes) in a swanky hotel overlooking the sea. We sipped our hot tea, enjoyed the sandwiches and cream cakes and just watched people.
My wife said, “Do you ever see someone and think, I wonder what their story is? I wonder where they are going?”
We saw two different couples getting married and having their photos taken on the seafront. What’s their story? I wonder where they are going next? The Caribbean or Bognor?
A nice afternoon was had.
Then I came home and did a bit of de-cluttering.
I thought, “Shall I sort out some papers? Or some books or CD’s? Or what?”
I decided on jumpers. I’m not really a ‘jumper’ man so I had a good time clearing out my wardrobe.
I’m really enjoying this de-cluttering exercise.
A lovely day…we have friends coming round tonight…just for a few drinks and a chat. I’m looking forward to it.
What shall I de-clutter tomorrow?
P.S. There’s still time for you to enter my free competition: My Clutter: A Gift For You
I wonder if when people were people wathing and wondering what other people did with their lives anyone looked at you and thought “that guy is going hom to throw old jumpers away!
I very much doubt they would think that!
What a nice and relaxing post – I almost felt that I was there with you sipping tea 🙂
Yes, I love watching people and wondering about their stories, their lives and where they are headed.
The afternoon was almost perfect. Sunny, relaxing and cake! What more do you want?
I should have taken a photo of the lovely sandwiches and cakes…before and after.
I only thought about doing so…after the cakes had been scoffed!
A wonderful storyteller, Andrew.
The main point for me was how you and Joy enjoyed each other’s company. Nice to hear that part too.
One difference. If you had been an American, you would have gotten some stories from those people.
I have even been as brash as starting a conversation with a person in the UK seated with me on a long train ride.
You know what? They were happy to chat.
It’s a bit weird but Joy and I do everything together…we like the same things!
Us UK people don’t like talking to strangers. I don’t mind and often start a conversation but I sometimes get some funny looks.
The tea, sandwiches and cakes sounds more tempting though :)and I’m also thinking what it’d be like if we de cluttered everyday? we’d be living a squeaky clean life but clutter is a part of life, it’ll be never out of sight because we always have room for more wants instead of needs.
I think I will get to the stage where decluttering every 3 months would be ideal. Just got to get to that stage first.
I hadn’t realized until reading this post that you’re from the UK! I’ve only been once, but I loved it. What kind of tea do you prefer? I’m an Earl Grey kind of girl, myself.
I did go through a stage of only drinking Earl Grey – it was a few years ago.
Now I’m back on simple English Breakfast.