This was a very special weekend for my sisters and me as we were spending the weekend together and Keven was going to be with us plus we had some other reasons to celebrate. Keven lived with us and was part of our lives when we were growing up but he hasn’t been back to the UK from Australia for 35 years so it was a big occasion.
No food shots the whole weekend! They were not diet worthy and not all healthy either although there were plenty of plant foods consumed too to balance out the alcohol and chocolates. On the plus side we walked a reasonable amount and spent lots of time outside. On Saturday some of us did a good dog walk first thing round to Pegwell Bay and when we returned we had some lunch and then gathered everyone together. We had noticed that ‘The Grange’ was open so we went to see inside.
Augustus Pugin built The Grange for himself and his family. He was one of the most influential architects of the 19th Century and was the designer of the Palace of Westminster, better known as Parliament. He was a huge fan of Gothic design which was evident throughout his house.
It was not a very relaxing or calming space to be in, due to the very lively wallpaper in every room but it was interesting. You can stay here as the house is owned by the Landmark Trust and they do rent it out.
The views from the roof were worth the climb up the stairs.
The promenade heading West is brilliant for kids (and grown ups and dogs) as it is a long and wide car free space to roam around on.
The boating lake wasn’t open so the children amused themselves in the arcade instead while we had tea. We went for an early evening drink in the Queen Charlotte which is a fantastic little pub on Addington Street. They have a good range of beers and a selection of vinyl records which we had a great time playing.
On Sunday we began the day with another dog walk, this time round to the East. We didn’t make it as far as Broadstairs as the tide was up.
So we walked back to Ramsgate where it was just warm enough to sit outside and have a coffee.
We went to the Grayson Perry exhibition at the Turner in Margate and had then intended to eat lunch in The Old Town but it was so wet we headed back to Ramsgate and had lunch at home. Before people started leaving I wanted a picture of my sisters and me with Keven. It took a few goes.
We got there in the end. Welcome back Keven, it was wonderful to have you with us again. Farewell Ramsgate, you hosted us extremely well this weekend.