6 September 2011

road to recovery...

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Hello Peeps! Horray, I am still alive...and what better way than to get better, than to go camping I say.
Nao and I had enough of feeling miserable with me moaning and rolling about on the bed like a beached whale, so on hearing the news that there was going to be a few more sunny days to squeeze out of the summer, we drove to Kent for a little break.

first stop was as Botany Bay, near Broadstairs {yes all places in Kent seem to have funny names that are like words}. Not feeling too chipper, I just managed a little swim and a rest on the beach, the sun on my skin made me feel much better. The beach was amazing, surrounded by unusual chalk cliffs. I found some more of these Cuttle-fish eggs? and we had lunch and then back again for cake at Alison's Tea gardens which is in her front garden, next to the beach.

We found a last minute campsite, quite near to Canterbury, which was set in an orchard. Opposite us was a HUGE Winnebago Brave, we spent both nights, asking questions to ourselves about how you would drive such a thing, and how big is inside, and how much does it cost to park it...etc etc....needless to say, its not our cup of tea, but it was rather impressive {and very American!}.

I finally collected these old wind breakers {is that really what they are called??} from my mums shed where they were in storage. I bought them from Angel market a few years ago believe it or not.

we had lots of wine and fruit and Nao made some sandwiches...

Next day we drove to Sandwich {yes, as in the Earl of Sandwich who invented the Sandwich!} which is a beautiful little old town, and nearby Sandwich Bay...

we bought delicious French goodies for lunch from the Deli in the town, and a nice bottle of white wine {remember I am recovering, so I deserve it}

philosophising... 

T'was loviliy. We stopped in the Sandwich town on the way back and had a walk about the river and had a tea etc...

and we did the very same thing in Canterbury...

and then looked forward to returning to our little camp for Nao's delicious bbq of sweetcorn, shitake mushrooms {all covered with a butter and soy sauce mixture} its sooo good.

we finished off our French deli delights too and then feel asleep in front of the fire...aahhhh....

last day, we went to Whitstable. Gosh and Blimey, this is a nice place. We happed across a few junk shops and a small jumble sale where old grannies were selling prize junk finds for like 20p, perfect.

the sea front is lined with these gorgeous little wooden houses, if you peek inside the windows, you can see fresh white beds almost on the beach! I guess these are holiday chalets, blimey.

of course Whistable is famous for its Oysters, which look like snot but apparently taste like heaven. I'll just take their word for it.


even little kids eat them, I cant look!

Nao did have a plate of some rare Whistable species, and he said they were the best he'd ever tasted .

So then we drove back home. Next day we went to Notting Hill to the Cloth Shop to buy some fabric for our camper van interior...but more to come on that later!

I still feel pretty wobbly and a bit dazed & confused, but the break really did me the world of good. Also coming back to London and reading all your lovely comments for my last {rather wingey} post, has made me really appreciate what good friends I have out there, I certainly am a very lucky Laydee.

46 comments:

  1. what a lovely trip. i've stayed in one of those chalet huts in whitstable - they're part of the hotel continental and so lovely. it was pretty much perfect to go to sleep and wake up hearing the sea only a few feet away.

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  2. It's so bizarre reading this, because I just got back from Whitstable (sort of... we were actually staying in Seasalters, which is just a short distance from Whitstable). It's so odd seeing the places I was recently in your photos! We stayed in a small house that was right on the beach. It was wonderful. I love the English seaside. Also, Canterbury has some excellent charity shops. We made a day trip out of it. I really wish I could be there now.

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  3. You make camping a must-do occupation. What a lovely part of the country you were in. x

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  4. i always enjoy reading your posts. although i don`t always comment. your lifestyle is adorable : )

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  5. I agree with demie...your lifestyle is dreamy. I admire your desire to get out and explore. and your camping posts always inspire me. I told my husband for my anniversary all I want to do is go camping! I love to live through your travels and seeing parts of the world I may never get to. I think it's most important to go as many places you possibly can in your life...kudos to do for doing that!
    Sarah

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  6. It looks like a lovely way to spend the weekend. I went to Canterbury on my summer holidays as a child once but don't really remember anything about it. It looks beautiful. And yes - windbreakers - we spent every summer on the beach in Scotland sitting surrounded by windbreakers!

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  7. Such lovely photos of what looks like a brill trip. x

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  8. So glad to hear you're feeling better Artemis! I am still in love with your tent and dream of going camping this spring and summer here in Australia. The little furoshiki lunch bag is so cute too! Enjoy! xx

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  9. Good to see you're back x

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  10. Your posts always make me want to go camping...you have the most lovely set up!

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  11. Hope you are fighting fit soon. Your Kent sojourn looked beaut, take it easy. Belinda x

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  12. Lovely to see some pic of the area I grew up in....esp the pic of the weavers & the ducking stool on the river, my Dad repaired the stool when he was an apprentice boatbuilder in Whitstable...;) happy days...rx

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  13. Have been definitely missing some junk tales of late... glad to see your doing better!

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  14. Ah good to see you up & about again!
    You make camping look so beautiful & romantic! Next year we (2 adults, 2 kids) will try our luck with a caravan, I can only hope to find a nice one! :)
    xoxox

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  15. Glad to see you're feeling better and had a lovely trip. Especially pleased you enjoyed Whitstable, it's where we live and we love it!

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  16. Cecelia6.9.11

    Regarding yours and Nao's Winnebago philosophising....I thought you would like to know that my husband's uncle had his entire HOUSE built so that he can just drive his gigantic Winnebago right inside and live with it right there, alongside the house's kitchen and family room! If you are both ever in Minnesota I'd love to give you a tour. It's hilarious and utterly American!!

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  17. Oh I need to explore the South more! I've never been to any of those places. I'm glad you're feeling a wee bit better, I hope things continue to look up - I can't wait to see the revamped camper van :)

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  18. Hi Artemis! Love your beautiful blog. I've been a reader since just early spring (found Junkaholique looking for wedding inspiration), but too shy to comment.
    I'll be moving to the UK from the States with my husband in a few weeks (we'll actually be much further north - in Edinburgh!), and reading your blog makes me so excited to go exploring in our new home (as if I needed more incentive for such a beautiful place!).
    So glad you are feeling better!

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  19. Good to see you are better!

    ...and you made me crave oyster sooooo badly. Oyster+ beer + an automn sunset = me kind of hapiness (all share with my boyfriend of course!)

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  20. What a beautiful tent and as usual a lovely camp space.

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  21. what a delightful break...your gorgeous tent is the perfect place to recover...

    so pleased the sun shone and you could breathe in the sea air...feel better soon.

    Ingrid x

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  22. Happy you are on the road to recovery Artemis :)
    loved reading of your camping travels and your photographs(as usual)are beautiful.
    Stay well x

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  23. Such a lovely trip - relaxing so you can get better - lovely pictures as usual Ax

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  24. Such a beautiful trip, Kent looks so lovely I really wish we had a car and could potter about like this. Sending get well thoughts! xx

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  25. Glad you're feeling more chipper now! There's some lovely little treasures around the Kent coast and I love Whitstable too, Frank is one of my favourite shops!! Ooh, and I love your boat t-shirt- where's it from??! Let's hope after 'orrible yesterday there's just sunshine! x

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  26. How lovely! I enjoyed reading your account. I used to live in Canterbury, and you made me visit again all those lovely seaside places. Thanks a million, and all the best!

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  27. Glad you're feeling better. I love Whistable but not oysters! I usually leave my husband with a plate of oysters and a beer while I amble round the lovely shops. Works out best for both of us!

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  28. Amazing. All the best for the talented couple. :D

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  29. Pleased you're getting better chuck! Thanks for another lovely camping tale of adventure x

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  30. So glad you made it this far down. Good job you didn't visit 'Dumpton Gap' for the name only. It really is a lovely bay.

    The weather was fabulous - I hope you feel better?

    Have a fabulous day,

    Nina x

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  31. I've said it before and i'll say it again - you actually make me want to go camping!!!

    I love whitstable xx

    Hope your feeling back to your normal self very soon xx

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  32. Glad you are feeling better now Artemis. How do you manage to make camping so stylish? it almost tempts me...almost!
    Ps so glad you enjoyed our little corner of Kent - we live in Whitstable and are very proud of our little town! I've never heard of Botany Bay though, a day trip there is calling, it looked lovely!

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  33. Glad you are feeling better - looks like you had a super old time as always! I've gotta say - I'm not into camping at all - but I LURVE your tent - can I ask where you got it from? It might JUST be the thing to get me and my beau into camping with friends! I have the throw cushions - just not the canvas! ;-)

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  34. sandra7.9.11

    looks like the trip did good on ya, hope you feel better soon! /sandra

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  35. I really do think that apart from feeling icky at the moment, you two have the most perfect life! Very envious of your tent! I'm glad to hear you're on the mend now though! Love Eleanor xxx

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  36. Lovely to see you back and read about your adventures.

    England really is a beautiful place.

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  37. Aww you were in my neck of the woods! I have lovely memories of summers spent in Broadstairs and Whitstable - I'm glad you had a lovely time and that you're getting better!

    Cat xxx
    http://www.takecourageblog.com/

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  38. I have to know where you found your tent, or what type it is... It is just superb. So spacious and roomy, I would LOVE to have one...

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  39. Please everyone, see my Frequently Asked Questions {at the right hand column} for tent questions.

    thanks x

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  40. Stunning photographs...I feel like I've been on a little holiday...

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  41. Anonymous10.9.11

    I'm really glad to see that you feel a little better!! I thought of you often the last couple of days.

    Warm regards,
    Eydis

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  42. Nice to hear you're feeling much better...great places to visit indeed, I'm especially intrigued by Whistable the oyster town! :)

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  43. Thanks for the signpost to your FAQ section. I just wasn't sure what to type in to the search engine (!!) to find a similar tent - I now do ;-)

    Can't afford one at the mo - but maybe a little treat for next year.

    Well done with your camper van cushions - a task I really wouldn't have wanted to have undertaken! But, from what I can see, they look fab - and you really can't beat tweed!

    Best - Houdini

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  44. WOW! WOW!

    Bellissimo blog!

    Cris

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  45. It all looked wonderful. I have always wanted to visit Whitstable and your images confirm just how beautiful I thought it was. I need to go on some Kent adventures!

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  46. What a lovely camping set up! That tent is amazing.

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