While we were away we went to see the De La Warr Pavilion, an incredibly modern looking '30's building, sitting on the coast in old-fashioned Bexhill as though it had just landed from outer space.
One of the exhibitions in the pavilion was a wonderful small display of Otto Dix etchings, nineteen etchings from his huge fifty print series of 1924, 'Der Krieg', on loan from the British Museum. Hugely powerful work, both the subject matter and the technique. I studied etching at college so this exhibition was a real treat for me. The plates combine etching, dry point and aquatint to fantastic effect. I couldn't photograph the work without some reflection from the glass, but I hope this will give you some idea.
Then it was outside to have a blast of very fresh sea air!
Painting of Rye by a local artist in the bar of 'The George."
Ever since reading "The Master" by Colm Toibin about Henry James in Rye I've wanted to visit Lamb House where he lived from 1898 'til 1914. As soon as we had left our overnight bags at the hotel I went hot-foot round the corner to knock on his door.
See the little white note taped over the entry details? They were closed until the 21st!!
We had driven for four hours to get there and I wasn't even able to peep into the garden.
The reason for the closure was filming, a new BBC production of Mapp and Lucia. The name above the door had been changed from 'Lamb House' to 'Mallards' and a whole new false bow window and plastic railings built to one side by a local carpenter. (Someone had leant against the railings and they'd been put back together with sticky tape!)
A shop window had become the Tilling Emporium displaying period clothing
with information about E.F. Benson, the writer.
Filming was in progress around pretty Church Square
and extras were waiting in the churchyard.
The cameras were in action inside 'The Old Vicarage.' (Our receptionist told us that the owners were delighted because the kitchen had been totally reconstructed and they were going to be able to keep the Aga !)
It seems that Rye has been full of characters both fictional and real
with houses are as varied as the personalities,
from the grandeur of Nash's house to this little place where the door height is 5ft 4 inches!
On our second night we stayed in Mermaid Street.
My, those pebbles take some walking on!
Here's our B&B.
Rather appropriately we were put in 'Benson' room.
And after so much sight-seeing it was good to flop into bed!