Day 2 - Whitstable & Tankerton

Day 2 was spent exploring Whitstable which was in the midst of the oyster festival. I have a confession to make, I don't think I've had oysters and not sure I ever will but you never know.

Erm....maybe next time !



Results of 'next time' not!

  






Apparently a fabulous place to eat, heartily recommended by the locals.





Some really quaint little shops, galleries & cafes.
















Lovely gallery and inspiring work of artist Bruce Williams.




Harbour Gallery





Very cute.




This cute little place was up for sale - I guess Ed must have found his mermaid!!




Harbour view



I have an urge recently to live by the sea, this kind of home would do nicely. I have always loved American style wooden clad homes so this on the coast is a nice mix with a large studio attached where I can make lots of creative mess and have open studio days! 
One day, I can see it happening!




 Love the pastel coloured beach huts dotted along the coast.
Also came across a what looked like a wonderful wedding venue 'The Artist's Beach House'. Looked great but as there was a wedding celebration going on 
felt it wasn't the done thing to start taking pictures of the scene,  tempted as I was.




I finished my day off at Tankerton where there were yet more beach huts.





Looking ahead

Last year was a good year for me in many ways yet I believe the best is yet to come and am really expectant of great things this year. 
I feel excited about the direction my work is going and the way the momentum is picking up. One of the things I love about my job is going out to find inspiration for my paintings, one of my favourite places is Bamburgh, Northumberland although I have yet to do a painting of this beautiful part of the coast. 


On this particular day I have to say it was extremely wild with the sand rising up making interesting patterns. I then travelled to Stanhope then across some very bleak countryside to Blanchland, what a cute village! 



I had to of course inspect the local tea room which was really nice there is also a nice hotel 'The Lord Crewe Arms' which I have yet to try out but looks a treat.







So many quaint cottages round this area just waiting to be painted!