Wonderful West Sussex

On a short visit to West Sussex my first stop was Russells Garden Centre in Birdham. Russells has a gorgeous selection of coastal gifts and furniture as well as all their gardening supplies and plants, well worth a visit. There is also a delightful restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea open on a daily basis.
Shown below is a very small snippet of what they have on display. With a nautical theme running throughout there are lots of distressed furniture pieces, home accessories and lots of charming little gifts many would be delighted to receive.

                                                                      Comfy yet elegant

Stylish furniture and home accessories


After partaking a delicious salad in the restaurant at  Russells I visited Itchenor and then the lovely beach at West Wittering, what a treat, cute beach huts, and a beautiful sandy beach. 

Don't you just love beach huts!! 

West Wittering Beach 

One googley-eyed seagull!

I can feel a painting coming on - watch this space.

The end of a lovely day.

Day 2 - Whitstable & Tankerton

Day 2 was spent exploring Whitstable which was in the midst of the oyster festival. I have a confession to make, I don't think I've had oysters and not sure I ever will but you never know.

Erm....maybe next time !

Results of 'next time' not!


Apparently a fabulous place to eat, heartily recommended by the locals.

Some really quaint little shops, galleries & cafes.

Lovely gallery and inspiring work of artist Bruce Williams.

Harbour Gallery

Very cute.

This cute little place was up for sale - I guess Ed must have found his mermaid!!

Harbour view

I have an urge recently to live by the sea, this kind of home would do nicely. I have always loved American style wooden clad homes so this on the coast is a nice mix with a large studio attached where I can make lots of creative mess and have open studio days! 
One day, I can see it happening!

 Love the pastel coloured beach huts dotted along the coast.
Also came across a what looked like a wonderful wedding venue 'The Artist's Beach House'. Looked great but as there was a wedding celebration going on 
felt it wasn't the done thing to start taking pictures of the scene,  tempted as I was.

I finished my day off at Tankerton where there were yet more beach huts.