To see the sea and discovering a castle

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At the weekend I saw the sea for the first time since last autumn. It was wonderful! I was brought up at the coast and despite this week’s location not being where I am from it was like going ‘home’. This was a trip to Whitstable and Tankerton Beach in Kent, one of my favourite places. I’ve blogged about here before, it probably won’t be the last time now but I hope a little bit of what I like brings a smile to others.

A visit to the beach is like therapy. Boy, I was in dire need of a remedy to the blues, the pandemic has definitely tested me lately. Being at the coast is not just about enjoying fresher air and seeing somewhere different to the norm. The views out to the horizon/the distance without buildings/seeing people playing on the beach or in the sea (too breezy today to sit on the pebbles or play in the water for me!)/people sailing boats and kites/children fishing for crabs from the harbour, lowering buckets into the sea and squealing with delight or horror when they see a crab coming up. Put it all together and it just feels terrific!

Today we also discovered something new. We usually meander the same part of the promenade, admire the beach huts, visit our favourite fish and chip stall and in a non Covid world pop into favourite pretty little shops. This time we did most of the usual lovely things (avoided the shops), but we also wandered into Whitstable Castle gardens for the very first time. A little history is in the following link but basically it was a family holiday home, been owned by several notable families and used in various guises and is now owned by the local council. The castle itself can be used for events, such as weddings and the general public can enjoy the gardens. What a relaxing place for a sit down in the sunshine, the sweet smelling plants around us. Next time we’ll make sure we’ve room for coffee and cake when we get there.

18 thoughts on “To see the sea and discovering a castle

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 19, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Looks like a wonderful trip! I love the beach too – it’s just so relaxing and yet energizing in a way as well. And that castle – what an amazing find! Now you know another nice place to stop when you are there again πŸ™‚

      tinaor responded:
      April 19, 2021 at 9:03 am

      Thank you. An added bonus is a better night’s sleep too from all that seaside air!

    tialys said:
    April 19, 2021 at 9:34 am

    It sounds as if your trip had a restorative effect on you.
    I am determined, next weekend, to get out and about for a change of scenery. First I will need to surgically extract my husband from the garden,

      tinaor responded:
      April 19, 2021 at 9:50 am

      Thank you, yes definitely restorative. Good luck with the husband removal – in our house the offer of finding a pub open is often a carrot I dangle!

    Olivia said:
    April 19, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    What a nice day out good for you and so nice and sunny we’ve had nothing but rain for a week here in the US

      tinaor responded:
      April 19, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Olivia – we’d be happy to share a little sunshine – as long as we can keep some here ! Hope the rain goes away soon!

    ReginaMary said:
    April 19, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    There is something so healing about the sea and the salt air.

    tierneycreates: a fusion of textiles and smiles said:
    April 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Looking at your pictures from your jaunt to the sea was like therapy to me! Glad you got to get some mind resetting! What a lovely castle you wandered upon!

    shazza said:
    April 20, 2021 at 5:37 am

    So nice to visit the sea. It always makes me feel better too. The Castle gardens look lovely. πŸ™‚

      tinaor responded:
      April 23, 2021 at 8:56 am

      Shazza, the gardens are small but perfectly formed!

    knittingjane said:
    April 20, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful pictures I can almost taste the salt in the air 🐬

    handmadeknits said:
    April 20, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I love living at the coast and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 😊

      tinaor responded:
      April 23, 2021 at 8:57 am

      handmadeknits, It’s funny, when I was a child I never appreciated it as much as I do when I visit the coast as an adult. I guess you sometimes take things for granted!

    Karen said:
    May 1, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    It’s so lovely being able to go back to the beach isn’t it? Beautiful photos!

      tinaor responded:
      May 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you. I just loved how you could see out to the horizon when we were there – and imagine life beyond – living in town I need a flash of this from time to time!

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