Sunday, 19 August 2007

My pawfect holiday

This year for our annual jaunt, Molly, Seamus and I decided to go to Rye Harbour in East Sussex. We were accompanied by 5 humans, including J1 & J2.

This is the lovely cottage that we hired.

It was located about 5 minutes walk from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve which lies within a large triangle of land over about 325 hectares (800 acres). It has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the many unusual plants and animals that live there.

Here's Molly and I at one of the entrances to the Nature Reserve.

We walked here most days, either along the paths or onto the beach. There was plenty to see and do and lots of interesting birds, plants and my personal favourite, RABBITS! Can you read the label on the plant Molly is looking at? It's hemlock! Because of its poisonous properties it used to be considered an evil plant and was associated with witches and the devil. I wonder why she's so interested? Has she got plans for Seamus and myself?

The building in the background is a Martello Tower. 103 of these towers were built between 1805-1812 as part of the defences against a possible French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. They were built of brick, 13 foot thick on the seaward side, stood about 30 foot high and were equipped with a cannon on the roof. Only about 45 of them now remain and most of them are in ruins like this one or have been converted.

On one of our excursions we visited the nearby town of Rye, which is very pretty with its cobbled streets, a medieval church and Tudor and Georgian houses.

We also visited Bexhill-on-Sea, home of the beautiful De La Warr Pavilion. Built in 1935, it was the UK's first public building built in the Modernist style. Its original purpose was to house entertainment and conference halls, functions rooms, a library and a terrace restaurant. After a huge restoration project (completed in 2005) the pavilion is now a national centre for contemporary arts.

Enough with the history lesson, I know what you really want to see is more photos of us enjoying ourselves! Here I am with Seamus on the beautiful beach at Camber Sands. The beach stretches for miles and is divided into dog free and dog friendly areas, but even in the dog friendly areas all dogs must be kept on a lead.

The local beach at Rye Harbour was always very quiet and we could be let off our leads.

We all had such a wonderful holiday. I wonder where we'll go next year?


Faya said...

Oh it is a beautiful country ! Thank you for sharing... Kisses, Faya

Hammer said...

Hi Jackson
Your photos are bootiful. I notice you're on leash most of the time .. I'm the same. I've only been with my mum since 22 November 2006 and I take off, and she worries so much about me. I took off on the beach one day too. It's good you were allowed to run free on the beach, though I understand our hoomans .. we are better to be on a leash than get hurt or get lost. What matters the most is being with our hoomans and seeing all these bootiful sights and smelling all these bootiful smells.
Love from Hammer

Taky said...

Hi Jackson,

Thanks for comming on my blog, i'm very happy to see you on my gestbook.

So now I will take time to read your blog

See you


Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Meowz JXN! I sure wish I could have been there with you. Looks like a very nice holiday.....I like history and your lecture was very informative! Such a beautiful town....and a quiet beach:) England is a stunning and charming country:)
Toodle Pip...Peach

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

wow, those were lovely holiday pics Jackson, Jeannie especially liked the Georgian street with the pretty houses. The beaches look amazing.

Looks like you had good weather as well.

Welcome Back! love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

Balboa & Mommy said...

all those beautiful views the walks must have been intoxicating. what a wonderful holiday.

So glad you are back!

Frenchie Snorts

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Jax,

That looked like a bootiful holiday. I wish I could be playing on the beach wif you.

xxx Asta down under

Amber-Mae said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous country & beautiful sceneries...Bet you had the funnest time with Molly & your hoomans!

By the way, we're going to the beach next week either Monday or Tuesday. I'm getting real excited now!!!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Eddie N Peaches said...

What beautiful sites. Thank you for all the pretty pictures. No problem on the history lesson. Its cool to know stuff about where you are. We probbly will never get to go there.

We're happy that you had such a lovely vacation. The beach especially looks fun.
Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie & Peaches

Jake of Florida said...


What cool places you visited. We are very very envious. Glad you had such a good time.

Did we tell you that we voted for you on the brave dog site??? You're in good company there, but you are our pal, a WFT, and the BRAVEST as far as we're concerned.

Jake and Just Harry

Maggie said...

What a super nice vacation! The beach looks so inviting! I can't wait for Friday so we can go on the ferry!

Love ya lots,

Gus said...

Jackson: You had a lovely holiday, and have stored up lots of memories to last you til next year. Molly and Seamus look like great fun! Welcome back (again)

Putter said...


These are greatest ever photos! It looks like you had the bestest time! I am happiest about this! :)

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Asta said...

Hi Sweet Jackson,
Amazing places..I love the beach, wish I could wun with you there, but Mommy and Seamus look like the best company..I can't imagine Molly plotting evil poisonings..although it's always the sweet quiet ones in my Mommi's mystewy books, hmmmm.
Rye looks like a place we would love to walk awound, and I loved leawning all those facts...I only know England fwom books, but based on that I would cewtainly love it there. We had a quiet day, kind of gwey after all, pawfect for sneep.
so glad you're back!
smoochie kisses your Asta

Loui (and his mum!) said...

Jackson you have had a very busy holiday! My mum really wants to get to see that pavillion and perhaps on one of our trips to Camber she will stop off en route.

Good to see you back!

Loui xx

Lorenza said...

Hi, Jackson
Thanks for sharing with us all those great pictures and info of you vacation!
I am so glad you had fun there!
Have a nice day

Agatha and Archie said...

Dearest Jackson,Boy does this look like fun!! AND you got to go off lead( we NEVER get to do that!)What a beautifull place,and we love the history(like a historical tour!!)PL2 says that hemlock is always in a lot of the mysterys she reads also just like Asta's Mom. They must read the same mysteries!! Glas you had funLove A+A

Joe Stains said...

we always like a little history lesson with our dog blogs, thanks Jackson!

Wiry Axel said...

Did you get to eat any Rye bread in Rye? hee hee.
It looks beautiful in that part of the world..glad you had such a wonderful holiday.


Koobuss said...

WOW!!! Jackson, what a great vacation!! Rabbits and the beach!!! It doesn't get any better than that. Sounds like paradise, except for the hemlock.

Glad you had so much fun.

Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

fee said...

this town rye is very beautiful! are the houses made of rye too? wish i was there with you and seamus!


Stanley said...


Looks like you escaped poison-free and with a ton of bootiful memories from a great vacation! My girl swoons when she sees photos of England. She's only been once, and would have visited you, except you weren't born yet.

Now, rest up from your vacation (it seems all the hoomans have to). Welcome back, buddy!

Goober love,

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wat a beautiful scenery...

n u guys r having such a fun time @ d beach...

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

those are beautiful pictures and you like you had alot of fun.

Boy n Baby

jaffeboy said...

Wow, I bet you had the most pawsome time. Wish we can all be there...

Some nice pictures you have there too!!!

PreciOus said...

Hi Jackson, what a lovely holiday! Is the beach huge? It looks endless in your pics.


Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Dear Jackson, this is just to let you know we have voted for you for the Bravest Pet Award! via Gus' Blog.

love and licks, Marvin

love and light from Jeannie (Marvin's Editor in Chief)

Momo :) said...

Jackson, what a wonderful vacation and bootiful pictures. I love them and I am glad you had a great holiday time. My mom stayed at Eastbound some years ago. She just recalled she visited Rye,Brighton and many other pretty villages. I would love to visit you one day!! :)

Momo xoxo