Rye Riddles

If you’ve never been to Rye, you’ve missed a treat. It’s a fabulous little place, with beautiful buildings – including Lamb House, where Henry James, E. F. Benson and Rumer Godden lived (but not together, you understand!) . It’s also the settling for the wonderfully bitchy Mapp and Lucia books (and if you haven’t read those, you’ve also missed a treat).

I’ve visited Rye many times, but I’d never noticed this little chap (set on a door round the back of the church). My lily white past (school Head Girl no less) is always with me, so I didn’t lift him up to read the inscription underneath. So if anyone knows more about him, please let me know.

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour is about two hundred years old – it’s about two miles downstream from Rye. It grew up as the sea retreated from the medieval port.

It’s a busy yachting centre, with a fishing fleet and some commercial shipping – the surrounding area is a nature reserve.

The sea is still moving…moving…moving… – like Dungeness, Rye harbour has the feeling of being at the end of the world.

I was rather taken by two locals – this lady enjoying the sun on her balcony…

…and this intent little turnstone.