1. Work life balance
Getting up at a reasonable hour, getting the kids ready, actually eating breakfast, then having the joy to be able to cycle or walk down the hill and over to the Metropole for a swim/sauna at lunch times.
2. Cafes – particularly RedRoaster
3. Pubs – particularly the Hop Poles
My link with the recent past. One of the best boozers in town with the best pub food. Mayfield and I lunched there yesterday and as ever were bowled over by the gourmet quality of a pub lunch, Tunisian lamb shank and a portobello mushroom burger.. top notch.
4. Familiar faces
I love the fact that many strolls around town lead to a chance meeting with an acquaintance old or new. It’s also nice to bump into neighbours, members of extended family and old school friends surprisingly often.
5. The sea
Has a magnetic effect. Not many days when I don’t get sight of it. Having grown up on the coast a short way down the road, it’s taken me sometime to realise how much I actually need to be by the sea. Perhaps we’ll end up living closer to the sea at some point.. like that wonderful that Patricia Hodge as the writer lived in, in The Life and Loves of a She-Devil..
Here’s some of my pics tagged Brighton on Flickr.