As I have mentioned in previous blogs, one of the pleasures of being a B&B owner is the ability to mange one’s own time. So when the sun comes out, one has to take the opportunity to make the most of it. Whether it’s going for a walk along the beach, getting out on to the South Downs or just having a lunch al fresco, these chances have to be grabbed. As one of my fellow hoteliers said: “Why stay inside and do the accounts when you can enjoy the sunshine. There will always be a rainy day to do that.” Too true!
And we seem to have had more of those days of late. Indeed, having lived in Brighton – which seems to have its very own micro climate as the South Downs hold all the clouds (look out of your plane window when you fly in to Gatwick if you don’t believe me) – for over 10 years, the seasons have very much changed in recent years. So no longer have we had the traditional summer in June, July and August but rather the weather in those periods has been more grey and overcast. Instead, we had a lovely Easter and May when the shorts and T shirts were out and again an “Indian Summer” in September and October. Another benefit of the latter is the wonderful sunsets we get. If you get a chance, do pop down to the Brighton Pier to see it framed at dawn or sunset for a mesmerising sight which is difficult to beat anywhere in the world. And if you have the starlings flying in formation, then even better.
So the Brighton tourist season is lengthening very much due to the changing seasons. And at the same time there is even more to do with the restaurant scene improving almost daily – not long before one of them gets a Michelin star – and plenty going on at our museums. And as we approach the festive time, come and support our local and independent businesses in the Lanes and North Laine to do your shopping.
And if you do come, LimeHouse is open to welcome you…