Monday, 23 September 2013

A short break 'with a difference.'

We thought it would be nice to have a little breakaway, somewhere not too far and by the sea with lots going on, somewhere we could take the dog with us.
We went to Ramsgate in Kent, last week.. it was raining when we got there.. it rained the next day but in spite of that,  we drove off to visit here, the harbour. We sat under the awning of a coffee shop, and I also had up my umbrella! But it was good coffee and we enjoyed looking at the quay and sitting there 'people watching.'

It wasn't warm,  but not deterred we had a walk into the town, bought some fish and chips and took them back to the cottage where we were staying. It rained all afternoon.. it did stop for a short time about 7 o'clock so we went for a walk and found the coast. But it was all cliffs so we couldn't let the dog off the lead in case she went after a seagull and charged over the cliffs. It rained Sunday too, but we found a pub outside Ramsgate which served an excellent Sunday dinner and joy of joys allowed dogs.
In fact that Sunday lunch time there were three dogs in that pub and people coming in had no idea. They were all,  like ours tucked behind one of our chairs chair and quietly lying down.

We did visit Canterbury and used the Park and Ride, Nell had problems getting on the bus, we had to hoist her on!  She is very good in towns and often people stop to pet her, she is pretty dog. We loved it there and had a very pleasant day there.

Although we had a break, Ramsgate was not for us. The town was heavily littered and quite a few shops boarded up, quite disappointing. The contrast between where we live and there was too great, our town is very clean, no litter and no boarded up shops, in fact it is thriving. Ramsgate was not what we expected, very different to where we live and we were so glad to get home. It's one saving grace in our eyes, was that it had a Waitrose where we shopped for water, as the tap water was so heavily chlorinated, tea tasted like disinfectant. And because we were often sheltering in from the rain I did a lot of knitting!

Ah well..... there is always another time when we can have a break taking the dog with us! I think it will be back to Norfolk or even just our lovely Southend on Sea, where we have been today and were too hot!


Julie said...

What a shame your little break turned out to be a disappointment.

I've just come back from a week in Hunstanton and having fun looking around the Norfolk coast, it is nice there, have been many times.

cucki said...

Sending you hugs x

Shirlee said...

I'm sorry your breakaway wasn't as you hoped it would be, but I'm sure it was still nice to get away from home for a while, & like you said, another opportunity will always present itself : )

Vickie said...

Well, it was still an adventure. I am quite sure Nell enjoyed herself! ;)

butterfly said...

Just hoping you had a good rest.
Sorry about the weather, You should have come to Devon we are having some lovely weather, hugs.

Leslie: said...

Sometimes a short break makes one appreciate home even more. The photo of the harbour is beautiful, but boarded up shops would not be. How did you like Canterbury? I was there for a half a day years ago and loved the cathedral - I still have the tea mug I bought as a souvenir and use it frequently when I want to use china rather than ceramic or pottery style mugs. Say Hi to Hubby and give Nell a pat from me!
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Kate said...

Put it down to experience - they all make up our tapestry of life. Lovely that places would accommodate your dog.