Tagged: Camber Sands

Cavorting in Kent x


There’s a touch of magic to a windswept English beach caught in the throes of autumn.


The lack of sunshine made no difference to the kids.


Big or small.


These were taken on Camber Sands on Bella’s ninth birthday.


How time flies.


We were lucky to spend the week with another lovely family which meant rounders was a serious option.

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Not that the weather was all bad.

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Visiting the glorious Walmer Castle..


With it’s doorbell of lust.


And views across the sea.


It has my personal favourite combination of grand but homely.

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(I’ve charged my two with the task of becoming the Warden of the Cinq ports so I can live here in my dotage.  I think it’s a small thing for a mother to ask for..)


We cycled, ate, drank, swam and geocached our days away.  (If you’ve not experienced geocaching it’s an app that using GPS, shows where little pots of treasures are hidden.  Addictive.)


There’s the hunt, the journey..


And the success..this was a plastic fish swapped for some acorn shells. Hmmmmmmm.


What none of us had ever seen before was the amount of mushrooms growing on the beach..

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All different types, like something out of a Tintin book..

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Shame our only knowledge of mushrooms was those with plastic cling wrap..but then we are urbanites, very happy to enjoy the delights of the countryside and re-charge the batteries with good friends, before heading back to the big smoke, building works..and the run down to Christmas.  Help.

Laters, Kate x

Kent, Part 2



This is Warmer Castle, firmly re-named Windy Castle by the kids and you can see why.  They get dragged here every time we’re in the area as it’s one of my favourite places ever.

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There’s the faded elegance inside (it’s also where the Duke of Wellington died).


And the gardens are glorious – typically formal English – but manage to be so natural you’re convinced the plants just wanted to grow this way anyway. And the view..sigh..there’s an uninterrupted vista all the way down to the sea..


We found a large dead frog in the pond..true excitement! I didn’t take a picture..

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It’s also really good for hide and seek..

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Then we hit the hottest day of the year so far…time for a sandy beach..so to Camber Sands we went..


We weren’t the only people with this ingenious idea..


But this is a beach that soaks up people..the view the other side..

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It also has one of the biggest tides I’ve ever seen..


You have to run..

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And run!


But it’s worth it!


Then you have to run back again!

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We found baby flat fish in the shallows..if you prodded them they spun away at great speed like disturbed underwater birds.

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And a dead dog fish with impressive spines.

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But just to show it’s not all happy families…this is Bella at the end of the day giving Charlie the evil eye for daring to enter her newly designed ferry without buying a ticket first..go on guys..just one smile for Mummy! Please?!

Laters, Kate x

Life through a Lens..


I don’t normally post on a Sunday..but unless these go out now, I fear they ever will…Pictures from our half-term week away to the Kent coast including Camber Sands, Deal and Kingsdown…

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Laters, Kate x