How gorgeous has the weather been this week?! I love living by the sea whatever the weather, but seaside living comes into its own once the clocks move forward and Spring arrives. Longer days, lighter mornings and evenings and warmer weather mean you can sneak in beach time before and after work, and the weekends feel like you are on holiday. Yes – the decision to leave London for the south coast continues to be a great one.
I am lucky enough to work from home on a Wednesday, and this week I randomly had a lunch meeting in Brighton – as my client, being based in Haywards Heath himself, was much keener to meet in Brighton than trekking into London. This was fine by me, as it gave me a taste for what it would be like to work in Brighton – something I constantly go back and forth on now that I live on the Sussex coast. I do have a good job in London, and flexible working too, but I still lose time to commuting each week – and often think about what it would be like to get that back, and a better work/life balance, by finding a job in Brighton. Anyway, a story for another day!
So back to my lunch meeting in Brighton. I figured this gave the perfect opportunity to try out The Gingerman – the original restaurant from The Gingerman Restaurant Group (they also have The Ginger Pig in Hove which we love). This lovely, cosy restaurant is located on a quiet street west of central Brighton. It’s relaxed inside, yet offers a superb menu – including a very reasonable set lunch menu – and the food is delicious. Sadly, as this was a working lunch, I didn’t have the opportunity to sample the impressive wine list; I also wasn’t able to take any photos during the meal – but I will definitely be taking Seaside Husband back, so that we can try the wine list and enjoy more of the menu.
My lunch meeting was followed by a mentoring session, which I do through The Girls’ Network – a brilliant mentoring charity set up to partner professional women with girls aged 14-18 years. I have been working with my mentee for the past year, and we meet regularly in Hove – this week it was at the relatively recently opened Gail’s Bakery on Church Street – and we made the most of the delicious cakes on offer there.
The amazing thing about working from home on a Wednesday, is that I am able to enjoy the whole evening – as I don’t lose any time to the commute. My husband was also working locally this Wednesday, so given the lighter evenings and warmer weather we headed down to the beach after work. This was our first beach picnic of the year – and it reminded us again why we love living by the sea so much! We opened a cheeky bottle of cremant – one of the last remaining ones from our holiday to France a couple of years back (I see an excuse to go again coming up – to replenish our sparkling wine stock!) – and enjoyed this while watching the sun set. Lovely.
Then we got to the weekend which has been absolutely stunning! Spring has definitely arrived – this weekend was warmer, but there also wasn’t a cloud in sight – blue skies only.
I don’t know why, but I find it much easier to be healthy when the weather improves – do you? I guess the point is who really wants a salad when it’s cold and dark outside… Anyway, we’re off to California in a month so I’d love to be in a bit better shape for then – given how beautiful everyone seems to be there! – so I took advantage of my weather inspired motivation to be healthy and we started the weekend off with breakfast in the garden – homemade breakfast bowls and smoothies 😍
Shoreham-by-Sea, like other coastal towns, comes to life when the sun comes out and it was so great to see all the locals enjoying the Farmer’s Market on the Saturday (this is held once a month on East Street), eating outside of the many cafes and restaurants, and spending the day on the beach. We obviously did much of the same, going for beach walks, having more beach picnics, enjoying a BBQ in our garden and indulging in the first rose wine of the year… I LOVE rose season!
What a lovely week of Seaside Living! I hope you had a great week enjoying the Spring weather too.