Monday, 19 November 2018

Holidays - England

I know it's been weeks and weeks since I have been here but I'm back to tell another "yarn"!
My last post mentioned that I had somewhere special to be.... well.... that was because I was flying off to spend just over 3 weeks in England catching up with Megan (and partner) with a bit of local sight seeing along the way.....a rather spontaneous decision but they are usually the best kind!  
On 3rd September this became my "home" in Tunbridge Wells -  about an hour by train - if it stopped at every station - south of London. 
Outside the block of flats where Megan lives.....and some views of Tunbridge Wells
The shopping centre was a "stone's throw" from the front door and the train station a mere 5 mins walk - very handy location! 
A day to recover from jet lag and we were heading off for a drive south to the "sea" - a place called Camber Sand. Weather was rather inclement and made for a rather gloomy outlook - hard to imagine it being a popular summer holiday destination!

 We also called into the quaint village of Rye about 15 mins away but as it was getting later in the day we only had a quick look around - a week or so later I ventured to Rye again by train and spent a while there so photos still to come..... 
A couple of days later and it was into London by train - a visit to Buckingham Palace, a stroll through Hyde Park followed by high tea at the Ritz......
What a great day in London town!
The weekend and a couple of days away in Whitstable on the north coast of Kent - visiting James's family....Whitestable markets, foreshore and street scenes.....

A day trip to Folkestone with James's parents.....another lovely village though photos don't show just how windy it was here this day! 
 As well as a stroll through town a 15.2 km walk was  also on the agenda! I thought I was going to get blown all the way to France which you could see across the channel from Folkestone!...... Leaving Folkestone behind as we started our walk up to the top of the white cliffs (not the Dover ones), along the top edge and back down to follow the coastline back into Folkestone.....
 The following day (still recovering from my BIG walk) we headed back to Tunbridge Wells and by following the coastline arrived at Broadstairs.... another seaside town mainly known for Bleak House where Charles Dickens spent most of his summer holidays - it was here that he wrote "David Copperfield" and began writing "Bleak House" ....his study is still as it was in his time.....
Bleak House on headland in the distance
That took me to the end of my first week away..... the following week there was history to see, another seaside town to visit and the start of a 3 day road trip with Megan - but - more on that next time! 

Happy Stitching