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A Weekend in Kent

Early Saturday morning I left for Kent UK with my friends Daan, Joscha, Monique and Ellen for a weekend away. With so much going on in our lives we needed some women bonding, plan making, shop therapy, stuffing on M&S food and good old belly-aching laughter. We got it all in just two really short days.

I drove my friends, in pitch darkness, to Knowlton Court, where we spent Saturday night, to wake up overlooking horse filled fields and a beautiful autumnal countryside.

Knowlton is my favourite place to stay in Kent as it’s in the middle of the county and almost all the surrounding towns are a 25 minute drive away.

On Saturday we hung out in Canterbury and on Sunday we drove to Whitstable.

In The Netherlands we have this term that we call “uitwaaien”, it means “to blow out”. Uitwaaien must be done at sea or at some other windy place. It’s a way of releasing all stress, that the wind and sea will take your worries away and that you’ll return home with an empty head and fresh new ideas. We did some serious uitwaaien in Whitstable as it was cold and windy but with clear blue skies, perfect.

The highlight of the trip for me personally was the magazine section of WHSmith where I bought my very own Mollie Makes Calendar for 2014.

I can highly recommend Whitstable for a day full of crafty shopping, good places to eat and drink, antiquing, beach walking and uitwaaien.

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  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar
    11/11/2013 at 12:29

    Oh it looks like you ladies had so much fun! I was in Barcelona this past weekend and have come back so inspired… and cold! πŸ˜‰

  • Femke Dekker - ter Meulen
    11/11/2013 at 13:38

    Prachtig! Ik zag op Instagram al wat jaloersmakende foto’s voorbij komen van Monique πŸ˜‰ Femke

  • Trinske Driscoll-Antonides
    11/11/2013 at 14:54

    Ha, ik mis Nederland elke dag, maar er zijn ook voordelen als je in Engeland woont zoals ik. Ik ga ook even langs WHSmith voor die leuke kalender! Groetjes, Trinske

  • Debby
    11/11/2013 at 14:55

    Heb net MollyMakes gekocht en dacht al toen ik de kalender zag dat jij de fotos gemaakt had: Prachtig!

  • Alison
    11/11/2013 at 18:03

    So nice to see Whitstable again – I lived there for a while when I was at uni in Canterbury, although it has probably changed quite a bit since then. I could do with some uitwaaien myself at the moment!

  • Rode Dahlia
    11/11/2013 at 19:20

    Wat een heerlijke foto’s. Om jaloers te worden op jullie. Het is je van harte gegund. Je brengt me weer op leuke ideeΓ«n. Groetjes,
    Marijke

  • Britt Meijs
    11/11/2013 at 20:09

    Toffe foto’s. Nu wil ik ook naar Kent, hihi!

    Ik vond het een erg gezellig gesprek afgelopen vrijdag, zomaar in de Bruna. En hier, bij deze, plaats ik eindelijk ‘es een reactie.

    • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
      11/11/2013 at 21:00

      Hi Britt, leuk jou gesproken te hebben!! Was het weekendje Bosrijk/Efteling een hit?

      • Britt Meijs
        14/11/2013 at 16:10

        Ja, het was geweldig! Ik moest dinsdag echt afkicken toen ik weer in de realiteit terecht kwam.

  • Milou
    12/11/2013 at 08:46

    Ziet er heerlijk uit!

  • Polly
    12/11/2013 at 18:07

    I love Kent, it’s where my grandparents live and I have so many memories in the countryside there!

    Whitstable is lovely – so many cutesy shops! x

  • Simply Fabulous Chic
    12/11/2013 at 20:31

    Aaaaah, some new places I have to visit! I’ve never been there, but it looks great for crafty shopping and thrifting antique shops. Just what I love. πŸ™‚ And uitwaaien is exactly what I need at this very moment! Although I live close to the beach (about 15 minutes from Zeebrugge), I prefer other more unknown beaches for some serious uitwaaien… πŸ™‚ Whitstable looks like so much fun! Hope you had a great time there, but looking at your photos I’m sure you had a great weekend with your friends. πŸ˜‰
    Hugs, Inge xxx

  • Claire Robinson
    20/11/2013 at 14:10

    Ooo, I like the look of the word uitwaaien…. though quite why my dear sister – who lives in the Netherlands – has not yet introduced me to it, I don’t know! I shall have to ask her if the word sounds as good as it looks. We could use the phrase quite a lot this week on the Suffolk coast… it’s turned chilly!

    And your calendar… dreamy!

  • Steve
    13/05/2017 at 18:05

    Ah, Whitstable is a lovely town! I haven’t been there for a while, but you have inspired me to go again. I like your term “uitwaaien” and the nautical analogy is really cool. I think we all need to do a bit of uitwaaien-ing from time to time πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.