Sunday, 10 October 2010

Botany Bay

The Kent Coast Line is hugely diverse and incredibly beautiful especially on glorious Autumn days. Each year there is an opportunity for one last paddle in the sea in October. It is definitely good for the spirit. Botany Bay is our favourite unspoilt sandy beach. From the end of the summer to Easter, there is nothing there other than dog walkers, kite flyers, the odd canoeists and us.

The combination of the clear blue sky, pure white chalk stacks and frothing surf with the gentle warmth of the sand is one of nature's masterpieces.

More often than not the sea is very calm but on the odd occasion there is a really windy day which creates crashing waves and they are so much fun. Josie and Charlie couldn't resist and ran straight into the sea.

Even Mark and I went in the sea. It was so much fun and we all got soaked. The sea wasn't really that cold either and the sun was so low in the sky that it made amazingly long shadows across the beach.

I got a chance to do a bit of knitting with one of the fabulous turquoise silk yarn that I bought yesterday at the knitting and stitching show. I could have stayed on the beach for ever, caught in that wonderful sunny October afternoon.

And if the beach wasn't wonderful enough, there is also a garden centre right by Botany Bay called Botany Plants. It has loads of ramshackle greenhouses that I can wonder through in peace because there is also a trampoline in the grounds and the children want to go on that, not look at plants. There are some rabbits, a gorgeous cocker spaniel called Teal and you can pick your own apples and quinces off their trees. I got some onion sets, autumn planting broad beans and paper white narcissus bulbs. Josie and Charlie discovered a log swing in a tree and we had a wonderful family afternoon by the sea.


  1. What a great day ! Ive never been to botany bay and really want to go now ! Really got caught in the moment reading this Susie xxxxxx


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