Wednesday, 8 April 2009

John and I went away for a weekend in April and had a great time. We set off for Whitstable in Kent and enroute visited Wye Farmer's Market, just as it was closing, but J managed to get some delicious pork and leek sausages which came with us on our trip!

My reason for wanting to go to Whitstable is because the protagonist from Sarah Waters's novel, Tipping the Velvet, was from an oyster selling family and I wanted to see the place for myself. Highly recommend the book and the BBC series.

Oysters are still farmed there and it is a busy fishing port. We walked aroung the docks and had a fresh oyster with a squeeze of lemon each, divine.

It was Grand National Day, so we picked or horses very scientifically over some fish and chips and laid our bets at the betting shop. The TAB to most Aussies, but something else here. We put £10.00 each way on two horses and came in 2nd and 4th, so made a fiver. We watched the race in a local pub with a rowdy crowd that got noisier and noisier, we were happy to get out and collect our winnings.

The rest of the trip was spent in Canterbury and driving along the Kent coast. Canturbury we only saw in the evening and it is a buzzing town, so we plan to go back there and explore more slowly some day.

Just love getting away.