Aaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re here. In it-never-rains-in-Margate Margate. And its raining. Snowing even. Or, if you want to get technical; its sleeting. Sleet is a form of precipitation between hail and snow. Its lighter than hail but it doesn’t settle like snow.
Also, to fill in some gaps, we are now located in Margate, a seaside town in the county of Kent, England. Here for a period of time to renovate a flat owned by my (new) husband’s brother, whilst living in the flat above. AKA the most exciting adventure of my life!
So we arrived here in Margate a month after returning to Perth after the honeymoon and three months after getting married. Way to test that “first year of marriage is the hardest” theory. As much as there’s something in it for Liam’s older brother, Nick, as the owner of the to-be renovated property, he is still the most generous of creatures, offering this opportunity and adventure to us. I also saw beneath the surface and called them out; they just want us to live in England so we are much, much closer to them. Them being Liam’s brother and sister and their partners and our gorgeous new nieces. Correct!
So here we are in Margate, a once bustling seaside holiday destination for the coolest of Brits. Until it was made easier for them to visit Europe on a last-minute EasyJet deal for their getaways, letting the town fall by the wayside. But alas, here comes our economical knight in shining armour, the hipster. Artists of the sorts have rediscovered Margate not only for it’s dirt cheap property but also for it’s acceptance of the inspirational form of earning a living that London lifestyles cannot be supported by.
And what a gem Margate is to venture through. I have been having a ball photographing old buildings – derelict structures and ones that have been given a new life – and experiencing new ventures – vegan cakes at Cliffs and HotPod yoga at the in-the-process refurb of Dreamland.
So here I am to present to you a few photos (that you may have already seen on my Instagram (@staceyjane87) or Facebook) that I’ve been taking to show you the most amazing activities, art, architecture and history that this amazing place has to offer us in 2017 and beyond!
Figaro car + old stone house.
Harbour Arm, Margate
Love this facade on Northdown Rd, Cliftonville
Treasures @ Scott’s Furniture.
Few light fittings.
Staise, at Cliff’s Coffee
The Bus Cafe. Vegan & GF
Colour inspiration, Albion Hotel, Ramsgate.
So many places to visit, here is just a little list of some of the gems:
- RG Scotts Furniture
- Peoney Vintage
- Margate Interiors (only just opened)
- Simply Danish
- Breuer & Dawson
- HunkyDory 24
- Light Keeper
- The Tap Room
- The Bottle Shop
- The Harbour Arm
- Lighthouse Bar
- The Old Kent Market
- The Little Prince
- GB Pizza
So there you have it for now. Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest into this gorgeous seaside town, and also the surrounding areas!
Next time, we talk renovations and design!