Deck Chairs on Margate Beach
Leaving the children’s mini fun fair zone we headed out across the sands, strolling along the beach towards Westbrook Bay. Some people were brave enough to hire deck chairs and sun loungers despite the constant mix of sun and clouds. There was a hut with hundreds of chairs and windbreaks for hire next to the rides. I imagine that on a warm sunny day the sandy beach would be covered with the stripy loungers and sunbathers. Beyond the sunbathers, the tidal pool was immersed in the sea and only visible by the caution signs with gentle waves breaking over the concrete edges. There we left Margate’s sandy beach behind us and walked along the promenade past the old wooden pavilion. Straight ahead we saw a red London double decker bus. What a cool idea to turn it into a café! With an ice cream in hand, bought at the bus cafe we strolled on along the esplanade.
A Game of Crazy Golf
Grand old regency houses were built up on the grassy ledge overlooking the sea. Some had already been renovated others looked run down and in some major need of love and care. Further ahead Jerome noticed a mini golf course, and ever since our trip to Porto, last autumn Jerome had become somewhat obsessed with playing crazy golf. Strokes Adventure golf course appeared to be a fairly new addition to the seafront and we spontaneously decided to play a round of mini-golf. Clubs in hand we started the well-designed 18 hole course with weird rocky landscape and water features. A girl about the age of Jerome, a keen mini golfer, gave us some advice on the more challenging holes. Jerome played a surprisingly competitive game with us and despite leading the first 9 holes was later very disappointed at the end when he lost.
Pretty Beach Huts
With no real aim in mind we walked on, enjoying the warm sun, beach and the calm sea next to us. One feature I have always admired about English