Sometimes we are lucky enough to enjoy a few days extra sunshine in September, a bit like an extended summer. Last week was glorious nearly every day – and living inland frustrates me. I was born and brought up at the seaside in Hastings in East Sussex, though not lived there for many years. I left and moved to Westcliff on Sea in Essex (for love!), that’s a few years ago. Now I live in Kent, away from any coast. I regularly need a ‘seaside fix’ to keep me sane.
Last week I took a trip to see the sea at Whitstable, one of my favourite seaside places (if you follow my blog you will have seen beach huts and views along with me). A stroll along from Tankerton, a meander through Whitstable town, a little sit down on the stones with my knitting – how perfect to enjoy the peace and the vista! I sipped a cappuccino whilst looking at tethered boats and I admired a mermaid at Harbour Market. http://harbourmarketwhitstable.co.uk/
I even saw a mermaid! This is handknitted and crocheted and is attached to a fabulous wall of caged stones at Harbour Market. I am guessing it was put there but local knitty artists. The wall itself contains some artwork on stones from the local community. It’s really interesting to take a look but difficult (or nigh on impossible) to take a good photo of the stones. It’s a fabulous place to stop off and watch the world go by.
Anyone else enjoying the last few days of an Indian Summer?
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.
There’s been a lot going on, including a little knitting finishing. My camera is playing up – so forgive the wonkiness of these pics (it’s not sewed up wonky, it’s just the way it’s laid out!)
I love this Drops Nepal Blanket in cream, navy and dark teal. It’s a big knee blanket size – started as a gift, but now to be kept for myself (I have gifted an alternative knit so the intended recipient hasn’t missed out!).
I’ve been out and about a bit, another trip to Whitstable – my first of 2018 – rather chilly and blowy but ooh it was lovely to chase the winter cobwebs away one afternoon.
I’ve been meeting with friends, one of my plans for the New Year to do just that.
I have been sewing, two tops, a pair of shorts, pics will follow. For now I’m just packing them in a suitcase for another trip – this time to slightly further shores – looking forward to a 12 hour flight, movies planned, knitting planned. Watch this space!
Yesterday snow fell in some parts of the UK. Many people get quite excited at the first snow of the year, though I know most of us hope it falls when we are safe at home or where we want to be, snug and warm and our loved ones are too. Here near Bromley in Kent we had a smattering. During the morning whilst I sat in a cafe with my crafting friends there was a flurry for about fifteen minutes. At first a few flakes, then the wind blew it sideways and we wondered if someone up the road actually had a snowmaking machine and was teasing us.
The snow got a little heavier but it didn’t come to much. I watched from indoors knowing that if I dared get my camera out and run outside it would stop, plus I was warm and cosy, I had a cappuccino in front of me and my knitting in my hand. It stopped as quickly as it had begun.
A trip to Whitstable in the afternoon was decided on a whim. It’s about an hour’s drive away, and it could have been seen as slightly mad to consider it with the inclement weather. However, it was fun (and very chilly with a breeeeeeeze off the sea) and we found they’d had a little more ‘snow’ than we had.
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.
Sitting knitting in my front room tonight, it’s a little chilly and I am thinking of fun places I have knitted and warm places I have knitted. The two are not always hand in hand.
Amongst my favourites are several beaches and scrolling through my phone I have pictures of some of my favourite beaches, yay! No actual knitty pictures here, just beaches. I took the pictures myself. I must remember to get someone else to take photos of me actually knitting in future! So, a lovely long quiet sandy beach at Cabourg, Normandy, France. Another, with iconic blue and white sunshades – love it here – Trouville, Normandy, France. Lastly, Whitstable, Kent, UK – that’s the coffee and doughnut picture – at the beach but this is not a photo of the beach. I remember that day, a lovely wander along the beach, it was cold, I sat and knitted but not for long as my hands were cold, then I was in need of a hot drink and the doughnut was free! Would love to see if others knit at the beach.
Going to put the heating on now …..