Monday, 8 April 2013

What to call this blog post

So many song titles come to mind with this post, including *It's a beautiful day*, *Sunday, Sunday*, & *Oh, what a beautiful morning*, that it's hard to know what to call it, so I'll leave it & let whoever reads this choose for themseleves :o)
We woke up yesterday to a most beautiful day. Jack Frost had been playing in the early hours & the garden was all frosticated :o)
 I had to take a photo because I thought it looked beautiful, almost as though the sun had fingers that  were reaching out across the fence & creeping across the garden.
We'd promised ourselves a walk into town & back if it was a nice day, so as it was still rather cold, we wrapped up warm & left home at 8:45am, me on Shank's pony as usual & Shaun on his chariot. Or should that be IN his chariot ?

 We walked all along the west cliff & I took this photo of the harbour from the end of Prospect Terrace, just before turning into Rose Hill. The bridge was up, so I assume something was either coming in or going out of the harbour.
 I've always loved this view - in the background you can see Albion House where Queen Victoria used to stay with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, when she was a Princess; the Royal Pavilion, built in 1903/1904 I believe & opened by Princess Louise - still empty & up for sale; the *Royal Toothpick* - the obelisk, built in 1820 to mark King George IV's visits to the town & the honour he bestowed by making the harbour the only Royal harbour in the country  - so many royals for one small area, eh ? And, of course,  the Maritime Museum - I wonder if it'll be open this year ? Such an interesting little museum, complete with our very own  Meridian line running through it :o) Ramsgate is the only town in the country that's ahead of Greenwich Mean Time by just over 5 minutes :o)
We carried on past the harbour & I sat for 5 minutes watching the waves crash onto the beach. There were people walking their dogs, taking advantage of the last few weeks before the annual dog ban comes into force on the main sands for the summer months. There are, or will be, signs up, telling people that dogs are banned from 1 May till 30 September, but to be honest, there are some people who ignore it.
 There were also a couple of jet skiers, zooming up & down. It looked like a lot of fun, but it's amazing how loud those things are, even when a fair way off the shore.
 At the bend on the west pier, there were a few fishermen, hoping to get lucky. If you click on this photo, it'll enlarge & you might be able to see a sail boat that started to make it's way out of the harbour & into the open water. It was a perfect day for sailing, I think. Shame I get so sea sick, really, or I might have been tempted to hitch a ride :o) Or should that be hitch a sail ?
And lastly - one of the most beautiful sights, in my opinion, you will ever see. The early Spring sun shining on the sea. One of the most relaxing things to do is to close your eyes, feel the warmth of the sun on your face & listen to the waves coming into shore & the seagulls crying overhead.
One of Mother Nature's most successful ideas, I think :o)
And now, it's Monday. Back to the daily grind !! :o)


  1. You definitely live in a beautiful part of the world, glad the Sun is finally coming your way.

    1. I think it's a lovelty place, too, Jen. I'm born & bred here, with salt water running through veins :o) Strange how none of my ancestors were fishermen, though. Most were ag labs & gardeners :o)

  2. Thanks for the photo’s and walk Pat, although we now live in a beautiful part of the world down here on the Dorset/ Hampshire border, there is nothing like seeing the open beaches of my home town, the memories of childhood when they were crowded with holiday makers, the sights and the sounds of the fun-fare in the background. The views of the harbour reminding me of ‘Harry’s Boy’ that I put together back in January.
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks Alan - I really don't think there is anything quite so lovely as the sun bouncing off the sea here.It's a shame we don't attract the holiday makers we used to though. When I was a kid & teenager back in the 70s & early 80s, we still had a fairly good holiday season, but it's definitely died off since then. Such a shame. Ramsgate has a lot to offer & people who get off ferries, or planes at Manston, need to know that the town is more than just a stop off point to Canterbury, London etc :o) We just need something - I don't know what - to help lift us out of the doldrums :o)

  3. Lovely pictures Pat. The meridian line passes through the cemetary in Lewes. Here is an image where they have superimposed a yellow line where it passes through. Wasn't far from where I used to work; about a 5 min walk.

    Again the Meridian Line passes through Sheffield Park station.

    1. I'm pretty certain we saw the meridian line at Sheffield Park station way back in 2004 when we stayed at East Grinstead, just before Shaun had his first pump op :o) It's a lovely station & the little museum was really interesting. I bet it's changed a bit since 2004 :o)

      Thanks for the Lewes link - I'll have a nose at that soon :o)