Another lovely sunny day. We sat outside in the garden and enjoyed the weather. A peaceful Sunday just reading our books!
In the evening we went into Margate. It was still very busy because of the good weather. As we walked down the High Street we saw the owners of our caravan park sitting outside their restaurant Bentley’s. We will have to give it a try some time. We had a chat to them and then went round to the Wig and Pen to meet up with Mal’s son Dominic and his girlfriend Gemma. We had a nice evening catching up, mostly sitting outside the pub. Dom works at the Turner Gallery and said there is a new exhibition on, so we will have to try and make time to go and visit.
Thought for the Day – “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the afternoon we went into Margate. For my 60th birthday Mal bought me an antique diamond cluster ring from Cuttings, a long established jeweller in Margate. In fact it is the only place we buy jewellery. Mal bought my antique engagement ring there and then they made my wedding ring to match it. Anyway, one of the diamonds had fallen out and we are sure the receipt for the ring is in Cyprus and also it is 3 years since we bought it. So, we were prepared to go in and pay to have it replaced, no of course we didn’t find the diamond.
We called in there and maybe because we buy things from there a lot, they said they would replace it no problem and no charge. Yes, they did remember us and when I said I didn’t have the receipt they said no problem at all. The guy in there, probably the owner, then came out with a box which contained about 10 boxes . He opened just one of the boxes which was full of sparkling diamonds and casually said they were worth about £10,000!! So, yes he had a spare one to fit. I don’t know any other jewellers that would be so accommodating. No wonder they have been established for so many years. They make jewellery, alter it and also sell antique as well as new. It is a jewellers well worth a visit if you are ever in Margate. Well done Cuttings!
From there we had a wander around Margate and really are impressed by the new shops that are opening and it is becoming a more “up market” town. Then into the Wig and Pen and had a couple of drinks while watching Wimbledon.
Upstairs in The Wig and Pen, there is a Thai restaurant, Bow’s Kitchen, where we had booked to have dinner. Very good it was too! Tim, the owner was really nice and we decided to have his recommendations…delicious.
From there we walked to the Winter Gardens to see the comedian Al Murray, The Pub Landlord. He was so funny and really is a very clever man and it is obvious he has a terrific memory. He is an Oxford Graduate. Go and see him if he is in your area! An excellent night. He does involve the audience and had a girl named Pepper up on stage. Mal had taught Pepper years ago and said she had always been such a quiet girl in class but she did well on stage.
We then got a taxi back to the caravan.
Thought for the Day – “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius
A sunny day. Mal packed up the start of his work to be sent back and then we went shopping and then returned our car and walked back from the airport. It’s a nice walk. A solar park has just been installed on the way back.
In the afternoon I watched Wimbledon. Rain stopped play eventually, except on centre court.
Thought for the Day – “An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.” ~ William Castle
From Howletts we then drove into Deal for a walk along the sea front. While we have been travelling over the weekend we have seen so many pubs that have closed down. BUT it seems the “Big Boys” are expanding. There is a new Wetherspoons in Deal, just opened, The Sir Norman Wisdom, so we had to go in and try it and decided to stay and have our dinner there.
We arrived home just in time to watch Murray win his match at Wimbledon and Federer to be knocked out!
Thought for the Day – “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France
We were up quite early and so went for a walk across the fields before breakfast, which we asked if we could have at 8am. The breakfast was amazing, of course Mal had the full English, I had scrambled egg and smoked salmon. Home baked bread and preserves too! Jan was an excellent hostess.
Back on the road and next stop Arundel, a lovely place. From there we stopped at Rye, Camber Sands and Dymchurch. The day we spent a lot of the time in the car, it was lovely sunshine! We even stopped at De Bardlei Wharf and then back to our caravan. The short time we have been away, they have altered all the road as we come down to the caravan!
I then spent the rest of the evening sorting photos and catching up with this blog and washing!!
Thought for the Day – “Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” ~ Alfred Painter
So much bacon and sausages still left which we cooked up for breakfast. We all packed as we had to be out of the caravans for 10 am. We loaded the cars up and then went into Torquay. We then decided that we would get the ferry over to Brixham. It’s only £1 each way and Brixham is really nice! We walked all round Brixham and then lunchtime Mal and I thought we had better start heading back, so we left them in Brixham to catch the later ferry. We said very quick goodbyes because we hate leaving them all and knowing we will not see them for a long time.
We then drove to Lyme Regis and had a lovely crab sandwich each in the Penny Black, a lovely little cafe we found.
Our next destination was Chichester, to break the journey and we had booked a lovely B&B, Spire Cottage. Well, it was in Hunston just outside Chichester.
We booked in, had a really lovely garden room, with our own little garden. Jan who runs it was so nice and as soon as we arrived, made us a pot of tea and cakes. Later in the evening we went into Chichester for dinner. Back to the B&B, which is surrounded by countryside for a really good nights sleep.
Thought for the Day – “The thing about family disasters is you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective.” ~ Robert Brault