Hello from Hastings and St Leonards, blossoms are beautifying the landscape the temperature is rising slowly and with these changes optimism rises.
St Leonard's is warming up, the sky has been blue, at least for a couple of days, and it is pleasant to walk along by the sea, even if the wind can be chilly sometimes. Even the pier is beginning to look as if it might be finished soon, the minimalist design now splashed with the colour of a couple of fairground rides.
Everything is in preparation for the summer season when the tourists will be upon us. They are already here but well covered up and not too many yet but next weekend will be different. In one weekend, the May bank holiday, the town will be filled with Jack of the Green revellers, bikers and maybe a few refugees from the big tattoo convention being held in Brighton.
So what is the Jack in the Green? Or the Green man. Take a look at this link.
Or this one for a detailed programme of events
To add to the mix, May Day is also the day that thousands of bikers descend on Hastings for the Mayday bike ride rally. So pagans meet bikers. I haven't yet seen this mix and don't know whether it's combustable or friendly so I'll be down in town over the weekend to try and get a flavour in pictures. Link for the bike run as follows.
Plus there is an exhibition of Artisan motorcycles films and art on Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May at the Observer building in Hastings.
http://www.revoltmotorcycles.com The details of the exhibition are here.
Phew, it's going to be a mad weekend down here, if any bikers we know are thinking of coming down then drop an email or text to either me or James.
Plus, just in case Hastings sounds like a mash up then in the slightly more sedate setting of Brighton is the annual Tattoo Convention.
I'm aiming to get to that as well. It may be a bit ambitious but I can give it a go.
Hastings Old Town will not be this quiet on the bank holiday weekend. Revellers and morris dancers, men in green, bikers in leathers and the rest of us residents trying not to get trampled in the rush.
Thanks for reading.