Broadstairs (part 2) – Jazz, Art, Cafes, Skeletons, Quirky Pubs and Ab Fab Ladies!

Well, in the first Broadstairs blog, I didn’t really say what happened at Broadstairs and as it was such a weird and wonderful day, here goes…  We found a parking spot (which is amazing luck) and walked to the seafront.  There was a fete with an amateur art exhibition near the bandstand which was a jolly affair selling the usual stuff plus a small jazz band playing on the bandstand.  The art exhibition was an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional art and inspiring to look at as we soak up the community spirit of Broadstairs.

Strolling along the promenade was uplifting as you look across the glorious views. I headed towards town to the cafe “The Old Curiosity Shop” which is fascinating because it has a well in it! If you look down the well you will see, not water, but human skeletons at the bottom! Enjoyed a cuppa and tea cake and carried on exploring the small but bustling town. It’s an enticing place with lots of independent cafes, restaurants, pubs and gift shops.  Broadstairs may be on the small side but full of character and interest.

At lunch time, I ventured into The Chapel Bar to enjoy a pint and check out the craft beers.  The Chapel Bar was an old book shop but has been adapted into a pub.  Really quirky because the shelves are still filled with books on everything from philosophy to literature.  Quite fascinating.  The owners were opening the doors as we arrived and my hubby and I entered the premises eager for a small libation but they weren’t really ready and took about 15 minutes to pour our beers!  A person could die of thirst in that place although the beer was delicious so I suppose it was worth the wait.

During the afternoon, we went back to the car, grabbed some beach stuff and sat on the superb beach.  It was lovely and had such a warm, family atmosphere even though the weather was cloudy.  After an afternoon of people watching, reading and snoozing we ventured into the Dickens’ pub for dinner.  This is a great place,  commands wonderful views of Viking Bay and is very busy.  Luckily, a large party left as we arrived and I managed to seize a table for two.    Then it happened.  They saw, they entered and conquered.  A group of ladies arrived en masse.  The noise was unbelievable and I couldn’t help noticing how most of them were tall and fabulous.  I quickly realised they all had six inch heels on!  Yes, I kid you not.  Never seen such glamour.  Hair done, makeup done, fab dresses on and boy they partied on.  Squashed next to me, screaming with laughter (not me), I managed to enjoy a scrumptious roast dinner but I was glad to depart.  They looked absolutely fabulous though and that is great to observe.

After rediscovering the nostalgic grandeur and quirkiness of Broadstairs, I decided that I must frequent it more often so I can explore the surrounding area.  Possibly a few days away next August for the annual folk festival…

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Minimalism – Progress at last…


Although I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I have now realised that I’m quite pleased, at last, with how my home is looking.

This has taken many months. Books, clothes and unwanted furniture have now been despatched to charity shops, decorating has been done and the place is beginning to look how I want it. Here are some of my tips that i’ve collected during my journey.
Take your time
Clear one section of a room at a time
Do something new
Take a trip to a new place and explore (mini, mini holiday)
Write about experiences – start a blog or journal

I’ve not managed whole tech free days.  I blame the blogging haha!  But I’m working on that.  Minimalism does change the mindset.  No more worrying about what people think or wasting time on arrogance or ignorance.  It isn’t worth the energy.

This encourages positive thinking and a healthier outlook. The parkruns and village jogs have been started and enjoyed or should that be endured! Now to sort the healthy eating (see previous blog).

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Bye until next time…

Books I’ve enjoyed during Spring 16

Recently, I’ve enjoyed a couple of books after reading several mediocre ones.  This has encouraged me to spend more time reading and I decided to blog about them…

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

This is a gripping psychological thriller and I was hooked immediately.  This was handy because I was enduring a cramped, long haul flight and it kept me occupied.

It’s about a couple, Daniel and Laura, who are on a back packing trip around Europe.  When they fall asleep their passports and money are stolen.  They are then put in an unbelievably difficult situation when thrown off the train in the middle of a Romanian forest area and the action develops from there.

This creepy, unusual tale keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and atrocities in Romania that continue to haunt them when they return home.  Quite a unique, frightening tale and I can recommend the book.  In fact, I shall now read more of Edwards’ books.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

This is a very unusual book and quite different from anything else I’ve read.  It is about the life of two young lads and their lives as children but it also weaves a present day tale.  It is all about connections and the nuances of personality and what is reality and what is imagined.  It embodies the feeling of how people can influence each other by innocuous stories and actions.  Again, I enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything else I have read.

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Thanks,

Andyx

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Minimal minimalism…

There seems to be interest in this subject so I’ve decided to continue, periodically, to write about my experiences.

Recently, I asked a male family member what his plans were for 2016 and he looked blank. This is fair enough as we don’t plan ahead but it did surprise me.  After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal and we need to crack on and try to make the best of it.  Don’t we?  One of my aims for this year, is to eradicate life’s clutter.  At the moment, I feel a fraud talking about minimalism as I sit in a room surrounded by books and stuff all over the floor!  Aaahh but come the weekend we are planning an exciting trip to the Oxfam charity shop.  They know we are coming…

My key reasons for embracing the minimalism ideology are:

  • Growth
  • Contribution
  • Experiences
  • Clarity
  • Contentment
  • Writing (finally)

This evening, I managed to fill another sack full of clothes.  However, I did grab back some blouses and a dress.  But, wow, my wardrobe looks quite reasonable now.  Aaah the time saved as I can see all my clothes.  Everything, is colour co-ordinated and organised.  Ha!  Lets see how long that lasts.  Also, the bedroom feels more chilled now the telly has gone to the British Heart Foundation.  Hopefully, it will do somebody some good.  Also, the e-reader is getting used because I don’t want to keep buying books too often.  Not sure if I will be able to stick to that one?

The trouble is it is a slow process and at the moment parts of the home still look quite messy but the cleaning is easier and everything does feel a lot clearer.  Should have done this years ago.

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