We are loving Whitstable. This town is the perfect size — large enough to have varied and interesting shops, restaurants, services, and activities, but small enough to feel friendly and relaxed. The high street is fabulous. Whitstable is known in England for having very few chain stores and a very high percentage of independently and locally owned shops and restaurants. This contributes to the great feel of the town. When walking down the high street, there is so much beauty, art, creativity, and flair in the shop windows. And the signs above the shops are often old, with lots of character. We like it.
Today we spent our morning on the beach (after a meander down our lovely high street), and the kids had a picnic lunch while playing in the shells, pebbles, and beachiness. It was fab. Then we meandered our way home, spent lots of time reading books (including a great one we just discovered by Roald Dahl), and had a quiet day.
Supper was British pork shoulder steaks with local apples sautéed in butter, boiled potatoes (hey — they’re cheap, locally grown, and really good!), and salad. We eat well in England.
Here are some photos from our day:
Our beach walk began with the collecting of shells. We got coffee and a snack from a really great coffee shop on our way to the beach, and the nice person behind the counter offered cute paper sacks for the kids to collect shells and rocks. So we did.
And a good day was had by all.
Here are a couple of photos of our very quiet day yesterday. We mostly spent the day at home, trying to relax and avoid stimulation after our big weekend at the Oyster Festival. We cleaned up around the house: