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Days out – Broadstairs Folk Week

Just had a lovely break from work… well not to much as I have a design sample that I am trying to complete.  but it was great to go somewhere else to do it.

I took about an hour and a half to get to Broadstairs, I have to say that the Dartford crossing is great now, no barriers at all, and there were no delays wither there or back!

Hubby drove so I could crochet in the car (its funny, I can’t read in the car without getting travel sick, but crochet is ok!)

When we arrived it was overcast – and stayed that way all day, so not very warm, we parked up and headed for a cup of coffee, walking down there are quite a few shops that have changed or gone out of business, but many are still the same, it also seemed a bit quieter  than usual, but we put that down to the weather.

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After coffee we headed down to the beach, and hubby went for a swim while I crocheted…then I had the chance to go and have a look around the craft fair, I was looking for an unusual present for a friend, but found lots of things to inspire, colours, and ideas for design projects (none of which I can start yet!)

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our little space on the beach – crochet in the corner!

Lunch was fish and chips on the beach, and later we went back up to the craft tent, to finalise the purchase, but also to have a good cup of coffee and buy some fudge, below is a gallery of the things that I really loved.

I hope you enjoy the piccys, you may see some hairpin crochet in my future designs… or very big flowers!  Folk week is on until Friday – follow this linky for details, its well worth the visit.  you can see other things in my post last year!

Surprise Day Out – Number Two

2014-08-13 11.53.59 We love going to Broadstairs, DH used to go a lot as a child and when DS was younger we would camp at Manston, and drive into Broadstairs most days. It is a very traditional type of ‘English Seaside’, the bay is lovely, and when the tide is out there is the ‘swimming pool’ which is really an enormous rock pool!

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What is also nice is there is a wide range of ages, Folk music is not just something for the Oldies, there are a lot of younger artists around! 2014-08-13 12.37.05Towards the far end of the promenade, is the Craft tent and the Bandstand. There is a constant stream of artists playing and singing, and entertaining the children here, and the Craft tent area has an eclectic mix of stands and artists. 2014-08-13 12.31.13
I did do my two essentials, but instead of paddling I swam! (sorry no evidence of this, I couldn’t take a picture!) I also sunbathed for a little, it was great to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin – even if only for a short while (I have a tendency to burn badly so avoid the sun most of the time!) I took a little walk to the edge of the harbour, there were some other stands down here, and you would never guess, a man selling strawberries and cream with a sweet little box and knitted strawberries! 2014-08-13 15.31.07
I also saw these lovely bright windmills…I was soooo close to bringing one home with me, I just love love love the colours, and the fact they are in spectrum order!  but I settled for a photo this time… 2014-08-13 15.26.48
I’m just packing now, so I’ll be off, I’m going to visit my really good friend, Tina, who is the ‘Stevie’ to my ‘Miranda’ !  She left this year to go to Suffolk, and we are visiting, this weekend, and we are going to another Folk festival too!