On The Beach

Just after Christmas we popped over to Whitstable for a spot of Champagne and shopping with our friend Karen. Situated on the Thames estuary, Whitstable’s beaches are shingly rather than sandy, their tide-rounded bounty stoutly defended by rank after rank of sturdy groynes. As the sun lowered we stumbled towards The Neptune (above far left) for a postprandial pint. With hats wedged on and scarves flying in the wind, we witnessed a magical golden light extending over the shore towards the freezing water of the estuary. The evening was spent warming chilly feet in front of a roaring stove, unpacking the last of the seed catalogues. The perfect way to spend a winter’s day.

The last of the winter sun warms the rusty posts supporting Whitstable's groynes
The last of the day’s sun warms the rusty posts supporting Whitstable’s groynes

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12 thoughts on “On The Beach

      1. Yes… Well there are some nice SANDY spots…. I have seen them a little place around the corner called Broadstairs!!!!! Maybe you know it…..

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  1. Dan you are priceless – popping out for some champagne and shopping, made me laugh on a very black day. Did you have oysters too? There is something very special about the seaside in winter, especially when the sunshines!

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    1. I regret we didn’t have oysters, although we spotted a Christmas tree decorated with oyster shells, which was most appropriate. Champagne before shopping is quite dangerous where I am concerned, as it seems to have an odd opening effect on my wallet and everything suddenly looks very desirable, even Him Indoors!

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      1. One should ALWAYS do bubbles when shopping… It goes, champagne, credit card/cash, carry bag…(and maybe some chocolate and Chanel in the carry bag…) All the most desirable things start with C…

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