Alongside the grey, rainy, cold days of last week were a couple full of sunshine and warmth. Then there were those which combined a bit of everything. I took off to the beach to enjoy what I thought would be a full day of the latter two and got the combination!
Whitstable is always a special place for me. I drove with brilliant rays streaming through the car window. Arriving in nearby Tankerton I intended to walk along the beach past vibrant beach huts into Whitstable town itself. The skies had blackened. Within minutes it was raining too hard to consider walking!
The sun popped back up later so after a mooch in and out of the shops I sat on a groyne, face raised to the sky. I was there quite some time, even as the sun dropped. Bliss!
This was my favourite day last week. As for the crafting – knitting is a little slow but there is progress. Making it from corner to corner I think I am now on the longest part so a row takes nearly ten minutes! This will be a lap blanket one day.
I’ve blogged about Whitstable before as it’s somewhere I love to go. This week’s visit included a pop into a tiny antique shop which really appeals to me with my crafting hat on. Vintage sewing patterns, haberdashery and linens (not the same ones!) – it’s like a walk into my late mother’s sewing room, or seeing my grandmother’s linen collection of hand embroidered table cloths and antimacassars. If you are ever in Whitstable you must visit Anchors Aweigh Vintage at 63 Harbour Street !
Whitstable town has a selection of independent traders, an arty vibe, some great eateries, but it’s also a working fishing harbour. Another time I would have stopped for a plate of something freshly fried. At Weekends during the summer months this harbour area is a hive of activity with stalls selling edible treats and tasteful seaside trinkets.
After my jobs this time, I parked at Tankerton Slopes, just beyond Whitstable. There is a huge expanse of shingle beach and an uninterrupted view out to sea. Midweek it’s very quiet and peaceful. I took out my knitting and worked a few rows before heading home. That was my treat for my trip and it certainly topped up my yearning for being beside the sea more frequently.
A strange week or so. Still hospital visiting, still a sad time within my family. However, when we get a chance we take a break and try and do something good for the soul, which means to me a visit somewhere special or a little crafting time.
Recently there’s been a trip to Whitstable, one of my favorite places to visit. I have mentioned this lovely coastal town on my blog before. It is somewhere I gravitate towards and it’s just over an hour’s drive from where I live. We usually park at Tankerton Slopes and walk along the prom towards Whitstable itself. A stroll admiring the beach huts is wonderful. If it’s breezy then troubles seem to be blown away, if it’s sunny then the warmth eases all the stresses within your bones. Either way I love it there!
There’s always been something special about beach huts for me. Someone has been very clever in a Whitstable pub garden. The Smack Inn reveals the delights of beach huts as a seating area, with a BBQ area and there was a list of gigs coming up too. We snatched a quick beer before we had to head back but it won’t be the last time we visit.
I have added to my beach themed fabric recently too, which I guess is inspired by this visit and I feel a bag coming on. No photo to share – but there will be!
It’s a friend’s birthday very soon too. She has been admiring this fabric in a local shop.
At first we both thought of ‘a swingy 50’s skirt’! But it’s a fairly thick linen/upholstery weight and neither she or I are wearers of those anyway! With a limit on crafting time and knowing she loves stationary … Ta – da – I made a book sleeve and I hope she’ll love it! My fabulous sis in law gave me a Kaffe Fassett fabric book sleeve as a gift a while ago, it makes my notebook feel special, not just a book stuffed in my bag to be dragged out for notes and queries! I am hoping my friend has the same delights when she uses it.
Not much else to show for the last few days. I have a lot in my head (cotton wool my husband says sometimes!) , lots of craft projects amongst it, but life is getting in the way right now. I have knitted a few rows here and there, sewn a little too, messed up a couple of ongoing projects, ripped back and unpicked. There will be more to show off soon.
Signing off for now.