Summer Lovin’


There have been precious few moments over the last week for composing wise words on gardening matters. I am not about to fob you off with something I’ve rushed, so will instead treat you to a vision of what a hot summer day looks like in this neck of the woods. In nine years of living in Broadstairs I have never witnessed the beach busier than it was yesterday, nor a more cosmopolitan mix of day-trippers. It was the perfect day to be beside the seaside, complete with fun fair, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy, ice creams and thieving seagulls. It would have been churlish of me not to participate, although I refused point-blank to spread my towel between the heaving mass of bodies on Viking Bay (above). Instead we walked along the sea defences to quieter Dumpton Gap (below), and joined other locals on a finger-nail of sand backed by colourful beach huts and towering white cliffs.

Dumpton Gap, August 2015

The weather is set fair for today, so we’ll be taking to the beach again for a gentle walk to Ramsgate, interspersed with blackberry picking and checking up on the agave at The Italianate Glasshouse. I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend and look forward to getting back to some sort of normality next week.