Saturday, 15 March 2014

Windy Whitstable – N.Kent Mar 2014

We went over to the coast this week, and missed the better weather – getting the cold easterly along the coast. Jackets and fleeces were in order, a pair of gloves even came out. My brother and partner came down and we wandered along the harbour and beach front – at least the cold wind meant it wasn't crowded.

The harbour
Cockle dredges with the suction sledge stowed on the stern
Brixham trawlers
Whitstable old harbour town is renowned for the fishermen sheds and seafood stalls.
A few were open selling fresh fish and the widest range of shellfish – including the famous oysters.
Fishermen sheds

Old sheds – turned into holiday lets
Old sheds!

There was plenty of evidence of the oyster trade on Whitstable beach. There were piles of oysters shells, ready to be returned to the spawning beds in the due course.
Boxes of shell
 We sheltered from the wind in a beach-front pub, housed in an historic Oyster Company Warehouse. Seafood was the obvious choice and it was delicious.
Dressed crab! Delicious!


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