Beside the seaside

I could never be a travel blogger .. my posting skills are appalling. We have been back home for 6 weeks and I still haven’t got you to the UK  … here goes

With only a handful of days of our holiday remaining, we left France via planes, trains and automobiles to get us to our final destination, Broadstairs in Kent.

Hubby’s sister Joe and her family live in Broadstairs a quaint seaside town on the south-east coast. Bill (hubby’s Dad) had driven the arduous journey from Watford (I won’t mention his driving), to spend the last few days with us.

Joe, hubby and Bill – iPhone

A house bursting with people and days planned with shopping events, BBQs, walks on the beach with the dogs, family dinners, and chicky things like ‘facials’, Broadstairs kept us busy .. it always does 🙂

Morellis seaside café

Do you have a wonderful sister-in-law? I can honestly boast that I do. She is about the only person that is happy to go clothes shopping with me, can colour my hair without staining my clothes and can happily cook for a horde of people without getting stressed or flustered – I’m the exact opposite! She is also mother to four boys, John, Elliott, Charlie and Ziggy – which she deserves a medal for.

You will know if you follow Frog Pond Farm, that I loathe taking pics of people.  With this in mind, I did take some shots at a special Saturday afternoon BBQ. There was food to feed a battalion, matched with some lovely wines, good friends and family. What more could you want … some sunshine LOL.

Great friends – Joe and Ross



Ziggy and Simon (Joe’s hubby)


Broadstairs has loads of charm and history. The famous Charles Dickens also enjoyed Broadstairs spending his summer holidays there residing at the Bleak House (and no I didn’t get any pics sorry).

Even on a cloudy day, Broadstairs is a photographer’s delight. And I love clouds.

We had the best holiday .. thanks so much to everyone that made it such a special one!

It’s time to head back to NZ, it’s springtime!

Hello Frog Pond Farm


43 thoughts

  1. You are a wonderful travel blogger. Travel doesn’t have to be blogged in realtime. Fantastic photos. The photos of Bill and Teddy are perfect — they look so much alike. That first photo is a great capture, and all the expressions of the people’s faces are just exceptional. You are a super photographer, Julie.

  2. Hi Julie once again superb photos. You certainly put Broadstairs on the map for folks around the world. Will be going down there this weekend. So M25 here I come! As I said great photos. Well high winds last night but sunny this morning.
    All for now love to you both. Bill xxxx

    • Thanks Julie glad you enjoyed the food which Jo Andrew and I served up to you. Joyce and I were determaind that they should be able to fend for themselves. Which as you know was a success. Jo Elliot Ros and I a few weeks ago had a 90 th birthday celebration for Simons Mum and there were twenty people there. So Joyce our persistence paid off. Continue to enjoy our cooking you also can cook. Lots of love Bill xxx

  3. Your sister-in-law sounds fab, how I wish I could say the same of mine! My favourite pic is the one of Andrew, Joe and their dad – it speaks for itself 🙂 Wonderful pics as usual, the gull, the clouds…I feel very privileged to have met you, Julie, you’re an inspiration. Enjoy your spring…we seem to have fallen straight into autumn without a warning. Off to Switzerland next week. Love xx

  4. Only recently got to know Broadstairs as some good friends of ours who we met in Portugal lived and have family there. Isn’t it just acquant and Victorian, trad seaside town. No wonder Dickens stayed there. Good to see some of the people in your life. I try to avoid but my daughter loved it when they were featured! Am glad you had a great time on our side of the world and caught up with family and friends.

  5. The best travel blog posts are those that take a little while to ferment, to enjoy the return home and to ponder and think about your travel adventures 🙂 At least that is how I explain it to myself! Wonderful post Julie, you’ve got a rich family and set of friends which just adds to the joys of traveling and adventures.

  6. Hi Julie great photos of the family and a good place to wind down after a full and hectic trip, and you still have your own summer to look forward to.

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