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Celebrating in Whitstable

Celebrated the last day of the Easter holidays at Whitstable in Kent.

Rainy Day at Whitstable, Kent

Rainy Day at Whitstable, Kent

Perfectly wet English weather greeted us as we got off the Southeastern Railway train from London Victoria. Strong gusts from every direction whipped brollies out of hands or into faces, making everyone long for a proper sou’wester.

Colourful beach huts, Rainy Day at Whitstable, KentThese beach huts on the pebble beach surely look forward to the mythical summer sun.

Whitstable Harbour, Rainy Day at Whitstable, KentThe advent of sunny summers not being quite imminent, these sneaky seagulls in the Whitstable Harbour were, meanwhile, spending their days attempting to steal a boat.

Rainy Day at Whitstable, Kent

Oyster shells, Rainy Day at Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable has apparently been famous for its oysters since the Romans ruled the known world. So like true Singaporeans/French, we spent the wet afternoon in the comfort of the Wheelers Oyster Bar (8 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1BQ) sampling the local cuisine. The establishment was over 150 years old and could seat only 16. So reservations would normally have to be made 6-8 weeks in advance. Happily for our growling tummies, there just happened to be several no-shows when we walked in.

Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable, Kent Seafood bar, Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable, Kent
Whitstable, Kent Whitstable, Kent
Whitstable, Kent Blow-torched Mackerel, Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable, Kent
Smoked cod chowder, Whitstable, Kent

Delicious stuff: complimentary homemade bread, Whitstable native wild oysters, Marmite Scallops (caramlised scallops, French onion soup, braised oxtail and horseradish bon bons), Mackerel (blow-torched mackerel, wasabi dressing, beetroot, and mackerel tartare, finished with soused baby carrots and micro coriander), Smoked Cod (smoked cod, leek and potato chowder, with salt cod scotch egg, finished with chorizo oil).

Oxford Street Secondhand Bookshop. Whitstable, Kent Oxford Street Secondhand Bookshop. Whitstable, Kent

Then a cheerful post-prandial browse of the extensive collection at the Oxford Street Secondhand & Antiquarian Bookshop (20a Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1 DD),

Whitstable, Kent Windy Corner Stores & Cafe, Nelson Road, Whitstable
Windy Corner Stores & Cafe, Nelson Road, Whitstable Windy Corner Stores & Cafe, Nelson Road, Whitstable
Windy Corner Stores & Cafe, Nelson Road, Whitstable

before heading to the very windy Windy Corner Stores & Cafe (facebook. 110 Nelson Road, Whitstable) for coffee and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes and then a walk by the seashore.

V.C. Jones of Whitstable, Fish & Chips, Whitstable V.C. Jones of Whitstable, Fish & Chips, Whitstable
V.C. Jones of Whitstable, Fish & Chips, Whitstable V.C. Jones of Whitstable, Fish & Chips, Whitstable

Finally, some cod, chips, and mushy peas from V.C. Jones of Whitstable (25 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AH) for the train ride home.

If only the holidays would last a little longer – still attempting to clear cobwebs in my mind; taking out and examining previously received knowledge and assumptions about biblical interpretation; still many conversations to have about the role of biblical theology in understanding how Scripture applies to us…but the talks and bible studies can’t wait for a proper resolution of my many questions. And anyway, that would only really happen in the new creation, said the Tutor wisely.

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