Anthony Gormley, Sea Shells And Bus Painting

Art, the sea and delectable food are one of life’s perfect combinations and for me Margate is a home to all of these.

In August the imposing cast iron sculpture from Anthony Gormley was erected on the chalk in front of the Turner Contemporary and I have been desperate to see it for myself for months.

It is one of one hundred sculptures from his ANOTHER TIME series and was as breathtaking as I imagined.

‘I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture, ANOTHER TIME is necessarily isolated, and is an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time’

As I looked out to sea I thought of the words that Anthony Gormley had used to describe land work whilst listening to Oscar’s opinion on the piece.

What really stood out to me was the compassion he was showing for the man being alone. He looked on asking why he was standing alone and as we left kept looking back and worrying that he was being left alone and lonely.

It really was a sight to behold and something I’m really pleased to have shared with Oscar.

Sadly the Tuner Contemporary didn’t have a lot work on display as they were preparing to showcase the world of Tracey Emin…I think I need a trip back to see this.

We still managed to make use of the gallery though by grabbing a late breakfast and taking in the view form the beautifully light and airy cafe, and have a through the beautiful neon installation to the side of the gallery.

For the middle of October we were lucky enough to have picked a very mild day to visit and spent a good while chasing the waves, jumping over rock pools and collecting shells.

The foodie inside me was out in force and on our last visit we had passed The Bus Cafe along the sea front and I was determined to see what they had to offer on this visit.

Oscar was thrilled to climb onboard and take to the top deck to find a table.

The converted bus is run by a super friendly couple that were extremely friendly and very welcoming of little ones which is always a huge bonus for us.

The menu comprised of a selection of wraps and salads that you can mix and match to your own taste.

Fillings were plentiful and jammed packed with flavour.

Not only did Oscar enjoy the novelty of eating his lunch on a bus, he was also handed a special pen so they he could create his own masterpiece on the side of it.

He was more than about this happy to say the least!

The months of having this little one to myself during the day are passing by way to quickly and I have plans for plenty more days like this before I have to let him move onto his school life journey.

He is way more ready for this than I am!

The Sad Decline In Outdoor Play

Building sandcastles, searching for bugs, climbing trees, making dens – the list could go on and on for fun, free things to do in the great outdoors.  Although according to a survey of 2000 people commissioned by the Eco Attrrations Group sadly a third of them have never splashed in puddles and half of them have never stomped in mud. My younger ones love to don their rainclothes and get wet and dirty.  Don’t get me wrong the older ones are harder to coerce, but once out they forget about the gadgets they have left indoors and use their imaginations to play that so easily get dulled by sitting in front of screens all day long. When the sun is out there is an even greater opportunity to enjoy yourselves.  If you are lucky enough to live by the sea then sandcastle building is a must or making daisy chains in your local park which 66% of families surveyed have never done. Pooh sticks and bug hunting are always are favourite on our list, both of which are completely free. The sad part of this survey is that three quarters of parents would love to spend more time outside but in reality spend only five hours a week outside compared to the eleven hours that they would have spent as children. With our busy lives, trying to create a good work/home life balance.  Taking the time to get outside as a family can often get put to the back of the list, but as someone once said to me.  Will your children remember traipsing round shops and an immaculate home or will they remember the trip to the sea to build sandcastles or climbing trees with their siblings.  I know which memories I would rather create for my children. The statistics in this post were taken from a study commissioned by the Eco Attrations Group.    Binky Linky  

A long weekend In Wonderful Whitstable

Thanks to my fabulous Mum and Dad we spent  Easter weekend in the beautiful seaside town of Whistable. We only discovered this quaint little town last year and we are so happy that we did.  Whistable has so much to offer, you will find something new everytime you visit. We started off our trip with a pit stop at our favourite little coffee shop which is nestled between the abundance of shops where you can pick up anything from beautiful one off clothing, wonderful gifts, fantastic children’s clothes, scrumptious food and so much more.      Ready and refulled we made our way down to the harbour which is famous for it’s seafood, especially their delicious oysters.  This is where we would be spending our weekend in a wonderfully converted fishermans hut right on the seafront.      Once inside we were really taken back by the fabulous way they had been converted and the views from the bedroom were breathtaking.  There was everything you could need for your stay there and we were really looking forward to everything we were going to be getting up to in the weekend ahead.  So we quickly unpacked the car and set off to explore a little more!      Unfortunately we weren’t blessed with great weather for the first day, but that didn’t stop up skimming stones across the water, collecting shells and watching all the splendid boats.        We finished off our first day by grabbing some fish and chips and award winning doughts from the hut right outside where we were staying and cosying up for the night. The huts are run on a bed and breakfast basis so after a good nights sleep we took a short walk to the Hotel Continental where we were able to pick from a vast selection of breakfast items whist taking in another great sea view. We burnt off some calories by taking a long walk out on a great stretch of beach that cuts into the sea. From there we took another short walk to Whistable Castle which had very pretty grounds and a fab playground for the children. For our final evening we went to the Royal Native Oyster Stores which was by far the best fish resturant I have ever visited.  The food was outstanding, the decor was beatiful, the staff were super friendly and catered for all our allergy needs and finally they were extremely child friendly which I was not expecting. The sun joined us for our final day so we made the most of it by having an Easter egg hunt on the beach and soaking up the sun whilst doing a spot of  unsuccessful crabbing!        Sorry to have bombarded you with so many photos but we really did have a fabulous weekend and I wanted to show you that England really does have some fantastic seaside towns that you can get away to and enjoy the simple things in life.