We weren’t sure what to do today. We ended up having an adventurous, eventful, and beautiful day.
We began our day by starting a (rather long) walk on the Crab and Winkle Way (a foot/bicycle path connecting Whitstable and Canterbury). Along the way, we realized that we were going to pass by the Church Street Boot Fair, which I had meant to hit this weekend anyway. It was really fun — a true flea market, with all kinds of stuff up for grabs. There were some vendors who clearly frequent these sorts of events, with collectibles, furniture, or cheap packaged goods, but most of the sellers were people who just filled their cars up with stuff they want to get rid of, and lay it out on tables or blankets in front of their parked cars. We scored some Bob the Builder toys (currently the favorite bedtime story character for the kids), a toy ambulance, a toy tractor, a toy monster truck (Charlie’s into them, alas), a couple of bins for toys, some muffin tin liners (I needed some badly), some tupperware-type containers, and the big score: a £2 beach shelter.
After the boot sale, we loaded our booty (get it?) in our trusty yellow tote bag (one of the best purchases I ever made — did I mention that?) and kept walking toward the Blean.
The Blean is an ancient forest which spans a wide area between Canterbury and Whitstable. From the brochure on The Blean:
For a thousand years The Blean has remained one of the largest and most distinctive areas of woodland in the south east, covering some 3000 hectares – over 11 square miles. Not only is most of this classified as “ancient woodland” but over half is recognised as being nationally and even internationally important for wildlife.
And an exceptionally good day was had by all.