Ambling in Lewes

The thunk of tennis balls on tellys, the smell of fresh strawberries in punnets on farmer’s stalls, the puffs of cottony clouds in the pale blue sky…. summer has finally arrived in England. And one of the best places to be in an English June, when the weather behaves, is Sussex (East or West — I won’t discriminate), with its rolling green hills, sheep-dotted meadows, and equestrians clopping along the sides of the country lanes.

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I headed into the town of Lewes yesterday, with no goal other than to mooch about, poke around flea markets and food markets, have a coffee, and soak up the summery atmosphere. On a sunny Saturday in June, Lewes is the perfect place to do all these things.

Market traders were setting up their produce in the main square when I arrived…

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… and the cherry seller offered me a few of his sweet cherries to taste…

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…the bread still exuded a warm yeasty scent…

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…and those newly-picked English strawberries drew the city folks like bees around honey.

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Flowers were everywhere…

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…and I wished I had a garden to plant (maybe next year).

I mooched and wandered…

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…dipping into the antiques shops…

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…stopping to listen to a street busker…

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…admiring the Victorian architecture…

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…and a cat who would be king…

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…who understood what a lazy summer day was all about.

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