At the end of April, our good friend, Ivana, came to Whitstable. She was playing a concert for the Whitstable Music Society at the Methodist Church and decided to spend the night at our house. I wish I had photos from the concert — she was absolutely gorgeous, and played so beautifully. The program included Janacek, Ravel, Beethoven, and Grieg. Tim, Emilie, and I sat together and enjoyed it so much.
After the concert, Ivana walked through the sheeting rain (it was a particularly nasty day, unfortunately) to our little cottage and we enjoyed freshly popped popcorn and champagne. It was a really fun evening.
The next morning, after having a big breakfast of fresh blueberry pancakes (Brad is the pancake master), we got dressed and ventured out for a walk. The weather was iffy, and fairly cool, so we got outfitted in our waterproof duds.
We headed into the harbor to see what we could see.
We ended up at Wee Willy Winkle’s for fish and chips! I had whitebait, which is a popular local dish of tiny fish fried whole. I tried this once before with other guests here, and really liked it, so I tried it again. It was delish (although it grossed out Brad and Ivana)!
Charlie and Flora had scampi.
After our lovely lunch, we emerged to actual sunshine! It was a glorious walk home in what was to be the only really bright part of the day.
We saw Ivana one more time in London before we headed north. What a lovely friend she is. We wish her well in the coming year, and look forward to the possibility of seeing her on our side of the world someday soon…