Posts for March, 2009

Rye is where it's at

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Some pleasing news: Rye has been rated in the top ten destinations for UK holidays by Which? Holiday. The town’s been voted alongside The Cotswolds, North Cornwall and Colansay, Hebrides.

In a moment of glowing pride, three things we love about Rye:

  • the brilliant kitchen shop that sells lovely pots and pans
  • walking the circle around Great St Mary’s and hearing the seagulls
  • the sausages at Ashby & Son Butchers

That dress is mine

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

We’ve just come out the other side of our first fashion sale. No photos of the event once it started – a frenzy, clothes everywhere! No not really, it was rather civilised and we even had Amanda Holden along to open the sale which was good fun. Bargains to be had an better than an afternoon rummaging around in TK Maxx.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

A little something coming up…

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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We’re rather excited about this: serious discounts plus tea and cake = heavenly.

Comic Relief Etc.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Many visitors to Rye tell us that the highlight of their trip has been stumbling into the shop Glass Etc and coming out a few pounds poorer but much happier. Run by raconteur and glass Expert Andy McConnell, who is one of the Experts on the BBCs Antiques Roadshow, Glass Etc. is a treasure trove of a shop. It specialises in glassware – much of it completely affordable –  which sits on the shelves looking beautiful and twinkling, and you can usually guarantee when you go in that:

a. Fleetwood Mac will be playing
b. You will be offered a cup of tea
c. There will always be something anomolous for sale (a few months ago there was a sack of Wet Walnuts from Andy’s house in France)

Inside the treasure-trove of Glass Etc.

Inside the treasure-trove of Glass Etc.

It’s truly a wonderful place that takes life light-heartedly, so it came as no surprise to hear that Andy will be starring in Comic Relief this Friday night. Tune in to BBC2 at 6.30pm tonight (friday) for Priceless Antiques Roadshow, where andy will be traversing Rye with tongue firmly in cheek. Expect much mischief and fun…

Andy McConnell in action on Antiques Roadshow

Scallop Overload

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Oh my. We’ve come out the other end of the Rye Bay Scallop Festival. Epic is all we can say. I think in the space of a few days we ate more scallops than in the last 5 years put together.

Some highlights: we had over 80 people in our ballroom for our annual Scallop Gourmet dinner. We went to town on the decor front and dressed the table with seagrasses, coastal plants and tealights in scallop shells. You can also see from the picture below that the table was rather full of wineglasses – we always have a different wine with each course and there are quite a few courses…always makes for an enjoyable evening.

Going to down on the table pre-feast

Going to down on the table pre-feast

Earlier in the festival the infamous Hairy Bikers arrived in Rye (mode of transport: as you would expect) and went out to catch scallops with one of our local fisherman. Check back the number of scallops they brought back!

The hairy bikers rock up in Rye

The hairy bikers rock up in Rye

Er, that's a lot of scallops

Er, that's a lot of scallops

Festivals such as this one are so important. Yes the Rye Scallop Festival is rather focused in subject-matter, but by shining the light strongly on one local treasure, you’re reminding people that it’s little things that make life enjoyable. Why else is the Isle of Wight’s rip-roaring garlic festival so popular other than giving people the chance to get really, obsessively into a flavour for a weekend? Bring on next year, and in the meantime, what other ingredients deserve their own festivities?