Windy Whitstable...

Whenever we feel too couped up in city life, we jump in the car and head for some fresh sea air in Whitstable, only an hour and a half from where we live in London, it feels like another world.

We have made it a yearly pilgrimage to Whitstable (best known for its Oysters) over the Christmas break as well as during the Summer months. The beach in Winter is eerie and majestic, the waves crashing against the pebbles echo. It was filled with people who like us fancied walking off their Christmas lunches, or children playing with the stones, or those that needed to walk their dogs. Whitstable has a very pretty harbour with a great Fish market (crab and Winkle) where we always stock up our freezer. Today we had their delicious Scampi and chips out on the harbour whilst fighting with the chilly wind in our hair. We normally go to the celebrated Whitstable Oyster Company but today there was sadly no room at the inn, nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed our quick lunch at the Fish market.

After a mess about on the beach we headed to the main high street which is filled with the sort of shops that I could spend a fortune in! One of our favourites is the friendly Harbour Bookshop, an enchanting old fashioned bookshop filled top to toe with discounted books, cards and stationery. I bought some pretty thank you cards, a pop up book for Matilda and the Husband bought Goodbye to Berlin and off we went very happy bunnies. Then we came across an enticing Vintage shop so yes we indulged again, me a beautiful silver Coffee set and the husband an antique camera - a snip at only £5. Whitstable is one of those inspiring picture postcard seaside towns where fortunately there are no arcades or dodgy fish and chip shops. The high street is filled with quirky independent shops, as well as the more usual high street retailers. There are traditional sweet shops, gift shops, delis, fruit and veg shops and some very tempting children's toy and clothes shops. There is something for everyone here in the inspiring Whitstable, each year we promise ourselves we'll rent a little beach hut here for a week over the Summer, perhaps this year we'll do just that.