Suddenly, and finally, it is spring, and an overnight stay in Whitstable was the perfect place to welcome it - even though those stiff sea breezes were still a little chilly. First a visit to Margot Selby's new studio space - where you can't help but be wowed by her fabulous sense of colour and pattern!
Then it was off to dinner at The Sportsman in Seasalter for what I can categorically report was one of the most delicious meals I have eaten in a long time. Poached oysters with pickled cucumber and caviar topping, no less! All served up in a delightfully unpretentious and relaxed fashion over scrubbed tabletops, while outside the setting sun nestled in a spectacular purple haze.
After a restful night at Whitstables' very own boutique b&b, the Front Rooms - where the all-white decor stills the eye and soothes the nerves -
and Conor the Wire Fox Terrier is a suitably stylish household member
Saturday morning dawned bright and blue.
and a stroll around the bustling harbour town soon turned into a search for pattern and borders - my camera records the results: