Ahhhhh, it's been a totally relaxing weekend. Just for once, there were no child-related dramas, no car sickness, no night terrors, no sleepwalking, and no cooking.
We spent the whole weekend in Whitstable where we were looked after beautifully by my friend Sharease. She and I met in the late 90s and have been firm friends ever since.
She and her beau live RIGHT on the seafront. You literally walk out of the front door and you can see the sea. It's magic.
When we arrived on Saturday we indulged in a little afternoon tea in her garden.
|The hostess with the mostess|
The children love visiting Sharease. She doesn't have kids of her own, by choice, but she is a marvel with mine and they love her and enjoy their time at the house.
Once the kids were in bed after playing for hours on the beach, we moved onto cocktails (I've discovered a fondness for cherry brandy) and a wonderful spread which we sat and devoured for what seemed like hours, under the wisteria of her beach cottage. L.U.S.H.
Whitstable is very quirky and quaint and famous for its oysters (gip......retch, no, I couldn't bring myself to).
The beach huts are all different colours, where as where we live, they HAVE to be boring white. It is the law. In Whitstable you can do what the heck you like, it seems.
We passed one beach hut which was kitted out with a 1950s kitchen, gingham bunting, seaside pictures on all the walls and a cosy sofa. How blissful. Couldn't take a pic as all the family were in there, and it felt intrusive.
I went into seven charity shops but didn't find a single thing I liked, shock horror, I am normally very lucky in Whitstable. I also kept an eye out for Noo Noo, the rabbit comforter that we lost there last July but alas, he didn't turn up. I had hoped he might be at the bottom of the toy baskets but alas...
We spotted various birds on our walk into town:
|"You lookin' at me?"|
|Not sure why, but this IS quirky Whitstable after all!|
|Eat your hearts out The Hoff and Pammy|
The shops are gorgeous despite being a little pricey. This shop is one that Sharease and I love:
|A bit contrived but still eye catching and cute|
|I have the "wanties" Nicki! FINALLY!!!!!! Too expensive for my wallet though...|
|It was a feast for the eye and for Pip fans (nice mugs!)|
|Thought these were cool and a bit different from the usual stuff|
| Les Dawson's love child, wearing his "gobbles"|
We are planning a few hours charity shopping and veggie cafe cake eating (where I've tasted the best carrot cake ever) soon.
|Working on her CAL monkey|
Ah, look what I bought for the sitting room, from the West Sussex Horse Rescue Trust cherry tree shop.....isn't it divine?
|Of course I didn't buy it, you nutters. Isn't it vile?!|
And I got this one for 25p. I need wet myself with excitement. No, really.
|Isn't it just brilliant? Check out those aprons.|
And that's me done. There's a bar of Galaxy Crumble Cookie in the fridge which I am desperately trying to ignore, but I am not holding out much hope. I've got to take the Prince to Jo Jingles tomorrow morning and I need something just to feel better about going........(have any of you ever been??? Just WHERE do the women get their energy from?)
It's like watching Mr Tumble on speed.......