So, a weekend away with my love ...
One in which I also fell in love. With Whitstable.
Our Airbnb was perfect - exactly as described and absolutely ideal.
Right by the harbour.
A little bit quirky, eclectic, perfect.
Oh, and seafood! I love fresh seafood.
Love being by the sea, wandering around the harbour and exploring.
The weather was such an unexpected bonus, but I know I'd love it just as much in the winter too, wrapping up against the sea winds and ending a walk in a cosy pub.
I love being outdoors, connecting with the seasons.
I love being able to walk to get everything we need - and here in just a few streets are supermarkets, farmers' markets, places to eat and drink, interesting individual and independent shops.
We didn't even cook!
I know - me not cooking?!
Nope, we ate out every meal which included a good Saturday night curry and a Sunday brunch of oysters at the harbour.
And within a short drive so much to explore (next time) ... Canterbury, Margate, more of the coast.
We did stumble across Botany Bay - idyllic in this sunshine, to lie on the beach and watch the blue, blue sky, the happy dogs playing around, the little white cliffs.
I wondered yet again, even as we drove away, why I haven't come here before!
I now know because the time for us (me and Whitstable) to meet was right NOW.
I'm already planning the next trip. And the next after that.
One of them is going to be a rendezvous just me and Whitstable - at only an hour and 15 on the train from London right into the town, it's going to be a perfect little writing retreat ...