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We went down to Whitstable for the day. It's a pretty Victorian place with a picturesque High St and a small but fun museum. We also walked for miles along the front and out into the sea on "The Street" - a large shingle bank that allows you to walk several hundred yards out into the sea at low tide. Children, dogs, brownies, cyclists and windsurfers were out in force and later we saw some of the Trouping the Colour flypast (see pics) - a Lancaster, a biplance, possibly a Vulcan, a Spitfire

On arrival we had elevenses at the Horsebridge, a newish arts centre. Later we ate the the Crab and Winkle, an excellent fish restaurant on the harbour. I assume at least, I had lamb with mash, shallots and cabbage. The lamb was sweet, the cabbage buttery and the mash garlicky. Paula had a large crayfish and smoked haddock fishcake and we both had a raspberry mousse for pudding. All round, it was very good and pretty reasonable for the quality of the food. There were plenty of little bits and pieces to go with too, some haddock paté, great bread and some petit fours with the tea and coffee. The only low point was when the obnoxious child at the table across the way threw a strop and just pissed himself.

A bollard

A biplane of some kind, part of the flyby?

A Lancaster Bomber

Bride and Groom take five
We were walking along the front and saw this pair at the top of the slope, taking time out from their big day. Later on, we walked back along the top and saw the rest of the wedding party some 200yds away.

Beach Huts
I took this photo from the Street, looking back at the beach. I like the colours.

For those who are interested in that kind of thing, I'm using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 with 10x optical zoom and Leica lenses. The Avro was taken at 15x zoom, then cropped. All the photos have been reduced by 50% which accounts for some of the graininess.


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Jun. 14th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent! When did you see the planes?

queenortart thought she saw a biplane while I was playing golf, late afternoon.
Jun. 14th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
It was sometime between 3 and 5 although it's hard to say exactly when. I guess Plumstead is not so far from Whistable by plane.

It says US Navy on the biplane but I've no idea what it was. Actually, it might be one of these: a Boeing-Stearman,
Jun. 15th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Apparently there was an air display in Margate this weekend - which is very close to Whitstable.
Jun. 15th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Whitstable has definitely improved! I lived in Whitstable, in a house opposite the market square/car park thing, while I was a student at Uni of Kent at Canterbury.

Very nice pictures BTW!
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