Day 2. A mother daughter weekend: Cuckmere Haven, picnicking, & more wine

July 14, 2013

After a relaxed breakfast in the garden we decided to head out for the day to Cuckmere Haven in the Seven Sisters Country Park. We made ourselves a picnic and jumped in the car. We enjoyed the drive down through the rolling hills of the Downs with the fresh air cooling us, (and blowing our hair about) as we were fortunate enough to be able to have the roof off. When we got there we fairly briskly walked along the path, not failing to admire the meanders on the way, and towards the beach where we were eager to enjoy our picnic.
Many other people had the same idea and the beach was busy with happy families and tourists enjoying the unfamiliar sun. Hungry at this point, we devoured our picnic whilst doing a little people watching.
Melon and grapes; the perfect combination which never fails to transport me to the feeling of a sunny holiday in France.
And cherries, since they're currently in season!
Having rested for a while longer on the beach we cooled down by paddling in the sea.
We admired the famous White Cliffs; I found myself feeling very lucky for being situated in a very fine part of the country with such places nearby. It's always satisfying when you can travel only a short distance and admire what's on your doorstep without all the cost and stress associated with going away!
Smiles all around it was finally time to head back through the meanders on our way back to the car and then home.

After a cup of tea in the garden we had a leisurely dinner. We enjoyed one of my favourite simple summer salads: Chicken, cucumber, and mango & fruit chutney dressing with almonds

And it was accompanied by the obligatory wine. It was hot so naturally we had to keep drinking to ensure we stayed hydrated...
And that was the end to the first of our girlie weekends, to be followed by just as an enjoyable one the following weekend.

What have you been getting up to in order to enjoy this weather?

Have you got any favourite destinations for day trips that are just on your doorstep?


  1. What a lovely weekend! Oh and the new design looks amazing! x

  2. Love the new design! Are you happy with it? I particularly like the tea cup social media icons ;)

  3. TeaDrinkingBookLover17 July 2013 at 09:34

    It was wonderful, it looks like your time in France was as lovely as always too! Thank you, I'm so happy- I'm just making a few finishing touches this week, and then it should be all finished :) X

  4. TeaDrinkingBookLover17 July 2013 at 09:35

    I absolutely love it Freya! Thank you, quite a proud achievement of mine actually :) I'm sure it shouldn't take as long as it took me to make them though! X

  5. Adore the new blog layout! I'm also very jealous of your trip out to Cuckmere Haven - that part of the world is so beautiful.

  6. TeaDrinkingBookLover22 July 2013 at 21:37

    Thank you so much, I'm pretty happy with it :) It really is, sometimes I just don't appreciate my surroundings quite enough. It's when I realise how many tourist are around that I think, oh actually this must be a wonderful area X

  7. This looks lovely! Such a treat to be having such beach friendly weather! X

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