Hastings Battleaxe is spreading some cheer…

Cheer? Moi? Do Battleaxes even do cheer? Well, it is necessary. The weather is beyond evil and the national and international news gets worse every day.  So, here are some uplifting photos of autumn in Alexandra Park and a sunny morning at Pett Level.

Sunshine and showers at Pett Level
Autumn colour in Alexandra Park

We enjoyed a rare sunny morning at Pett Level, even able to sit out at the Winchelsea Beach Cafe (recommended before – but only for fine days!). The light was constantly changing as the clouds swept in to cover the sun.  We are lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby.

We are also lucky to have Alexandra Park. We have enjoyed walking there since we first came to Hastings in 2009, and still find new paths to explore.  It was a bit of a damp drippy morning, and as you can see from the photos, not all the trees had turned yet. There has been much puff in the media about how this was going to be a record year for autumn colour, but I think not. Many of the trees are late turning, and the massive amounts of rain and strong wind we are having just whip the leaves straight off the trees and into squidgy messes on the ground. Still, it was lovely. It is so worthwhile to get out and have a walk…

By the time Battleaxe writes another post, the US election will have happened. I assume we will know the result? Currently, it is yet another big unknown to add to the list of horrible unknowns we have to deal with on a daily basis.  Will the result be clear? Will Biden win? Will Trump concede? Will there be a peaceful transfer of power? What if Trump wins again? We can only hope… and hope… and hope… that things get a little better. The removal of Trump would be a start, and a positive sign to all of us that maybe the days of populism are ending.

And, Pett Level and the Park will still be there…


  1. Valerie Poore
    October 31, 2020 / 8:36 pm

    Beautiful photos, Stephanie. I love the one of the beach and cliffs. That’s particularly gorgeous.

  2. Keith Chadwick
    November 5, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    Your post worked! Very uplifting photos – thank you! Beautiful scenes and looking forward to the day we can visit some of those places too. Always good to connect to nature – watching birds on the feeders in our tiny front garden and Autumn watch are my favourite pastimes at the moment.

    • November 26, 2020 / 9:00 am

      Sorry for the delay in replying… don’t feel nearly as uplifted now! Take care, both of you.

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