A glorious day! I received more direct sun today than the last few months combined.

It’s less than half hour bus trip north from Canterbury to the coastal community of Whitstable, and Tankerton (a suburb of Whitstable) is just to the east along the sea front. If you have no idea where any of these places are (like me about 3 years ago), just think roughly towards the general direction of France.

Pebble beaches have their advantages I guess….and the wooden breaks do provide a good wind shelter.

Beach huts are the thing over here. Expensive I’m led to believe!


  1. MrPuu2u said,

    May 24, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

    So what does one of these beach huts provide? Are they just wind shelters as well?

  2. Matt said,

    May 25, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    They are used for different things – an area for food preparation, shelter, a gathering spot. I think they are mainly privately owned, and some available for rent with facilities such as gas cookers. They don’t normally have anything like showers/toilets, so if one was thinking of staying overnight they’d have to use nearby public facilities (or the ocean!). I read that their origins are from Victorian times where they were used for modesty purposes when changing into bathing costumes. In my mind (perhaps this is only because I can’t afford to own one) they seem a bit limiting; there was plenty of open space where you could gather as a group and have a party, not withstanding the wind. It’s a windy area…the £100 million Kentish wind farm is clearly visible only 10km off shore

  3. Aunty said,

    June 19, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    They have these huts down at Brighton, Melbourne. Those ones are really brightly painted and used to store surf boards etc. I’ve been told they can cost around $300K. Ridiculous.
    The Summer houses on the beaches here in Finland aren’t much bigger and they house whole families for the summer. I think they have a separate building for the kitchen though.

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