Last weekend was a long one, as we had the bank holiday Monday off. Not only did we get three days off instead of two, but the weather was glorious and summerlike. So here’s a look at what we got up to.
I got up and ready reasonably early as I was booked in for my second session with a personal trainer.
I train in a studio not far from my partner’s and it was definitely harder than my first session, but I think I did well.
After working out, me and my partner headed to the shops so I could look at new phones (as my one was playing up). We also bought clothes and accessories for our upcoming trip to Disneyland Paris.
We then headed back to my partner’s, as his brother and other family members were coming round. We sat in the garden and also played a football match.
Sunday we headed back to the shops and I bought a new phone! I got the Samsung Galaxy S9 (in purple of course), which I’m still getting used to.
We spent a while setting it up and then headed to Hainault Forest.
Hainault is a beautiful forest and park area and one of my favourite places to go when the weather’s nice.
We read, drank slushies, sunbathed and went for a walk.
After 7pm we drove to Nando’s for food, where I went for the healthier options.
Before admiring the sunset outside.
The sky was a fiery mix of orange and red, which was beautiful.
We got ready and drove to Margate in Kent. We rarely drive from London to Kent as it takes quite some time and with the bank holiday traffic, it took us three hours to get there.
However, it was worth the wait! The weather was amazing, so our first stop was the beach.
We sat and soaked up the sun, walked the length of the beach and was just happy to be by the sea.
As we rarely go Kent, we decided to make the most of the local attractions.
We explored the old town and it’s vintage shops, before visiting the Turner Contemporary (art gallery).
After the Turner, we walked out of town to the Shell Grotto.
An underground grotto that’s decorated with over four million shells and was discovered by chance in 1835.
Very little is known about the Shell Grotto. It’s not known what it was used for, why it’s decorated with shells or how old it is.
What is known, is that the shells were originally pink and white and that many of the shells were found on local beaches.
After exploring the beautiful and mysterious grotto, we drove to Ramsgate, another seaside town in Kent.
Once in Ramsgate, we headed to Shakey Shakey Fish Bar.
Shakey Shakey has a regular menu, a gluten free and a vegan menu, meaning there’s something for everyone.
We ordered tofish (battered tofu) and chips, regular and battered sausages and curry sauce.
The tofish wasn’t for me, as with the seaweed inside it tasted too fishy. I prefer imitations that don’t taste realistic, however everything else was amazing!
For dessert we shared some battered oreos which were also great.
As well as good food, the husband and wife who own Shakey Shakey were lovely. They gave us an extra oreo as they saw we was sharing and when my partner dropped one of his vegan sausages, they quickly offered to cook us another one.
We also found out that the Shakey Shakey stall that appears at the Vegan Nights event in London, is run by their daughter as she lives in East London. It’s a small world.
After a wonderful day and the perfect weekend, it was time to drive back home.