John took me away for the weekend recently to Midhurst in East Sussex. We stayed at a lovely old place, the Spread Eagle Hotel. http://www.hshotels.co.uk/spread/spreadeagle-main.htm Our room had a four poster bed, fireplace, huge bathroom and creaky floor boards. We ate our dinner in the restaurant that night where there are plum puddings hanging from the rafters ageing before Christmas. The food was good but rich, so we took a walk to Cowdry Castle. Flying above the river and under the bridge we crossed were bats. Many people don't like them, but they can only survive where there are a lot of insects and a clean environment. Seeing bats is a good sign of a healthy area
We managed a drive to the sea near Chichester. A pebble beach, cold and windy, but the sea is always nice. We also, on the way home, dropped in to Parham House for their annual garden fair. We came away with a selection of his and hers favourite plants. Bliss. The house itself is elegant and has a wonderful collection of embroidery and paintings.