No, not diabolical lesbians, but instead a valley (and surrounding hillside) that’s part of the South Downs in Sussex, not far north of Brighton and Hove. Now maintained by the National Trust. Carolyn, Sam and I had an outing there after a late Sunday breakfast. We hiked around, had a picnic lunch, and I got some kite flying in. I was worried that I was going to have packed my kite for nothing, but already I’ve flown both days this weekend. Our hike today verified that “England has lots of stairs.” And I’ll add some more photos to the Brighton gallery (or the Sam section) with that validation shortly. In the meanwhile, I’ve also updated the banner image from the Golden Gate to Devil’s Dyke.

Anyway, it’s good to be here in Brighton. We’ve got a nice, 2br flat which will be made better when we have a wireless router so I can type this from the dining room instead of from my lap in the living room. Regardless, there are some great views from the flat, and it’s generally quite comfortable. The kitchen is amusingly small, and the cabinets hide such things as the dishwasher, the washing machine and the fridge/freezer leaving precious little room for the dishes. Carolyn also noted the difference between how this flat is furnished and how her place in Cassis was furnished. Here we have a tea kettle, a tea set, and another set of large mugs. There are not, however, any wine glasses.

The office seems to be a great place to work, and it’s a bit of a treat to work from this time zone. The mornings are quiet and good for getting things done, and then at the end of the day, I can have a couple hours of meetings with the folks in San Francisco. The only problem is that its hard to break away from the communication. Meetings that seem to be at a perfectly reasonable time (11 AM) in San Francisco mean they’re from 7:00 to 8:00 PM (or 19:00 – 20:00 as they say here) which is later than I like to work, especially if I want to have dinner with the family! So, ending the day is difficult. I think, though, that I’ll be able to work into a good pattern here. And it makes communicating with East-Coast Lindens easier too.

Alas, I’ve already let Sam nap too late as Carolyn skypes with Mom-mom, so I’ve gotta go. More thoughts as I manage to accumulate them.