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Coast & seascapes,  Colour,  England,  Photographing Public Art,  Weekend Coffee Share

Gallery: an English watering place

Charles Dickens, from ‘Our English Watering Place’, describing Broadstairs

Even when the sun was absent we found, despite my last post of monochrome images from our visit, enough colour around the town to brighten even the dullest day.

A good sea – fresh breezes – fine sands – and pleasant walks – with all manner of fishing boats. Light houses, piers, bathing machines and so forth are its only attractions, but it’s one of the fresh and free-est little places in the worlds.

Charles Dickens, also from ‘Our English Watering Place’

Again, little has changed although the bathing machines have been replaced by traditional seaside beach huts, the source of much of this colour. Several of them are brightly decorated and although privately owned or rented, are on show for all to enjoy, so I’m sharing these, and some of the town’s other more colourful sights, for Natalie’s Photographing Public Art challenge.

Beach huts

Elsewhere shop signs, flowers and even some of the people I saw around the town provided colour for my photos. Some of these (and some of the beach huts above) have been edited to increase the colour pop a little, given the lack of sunshine to do that job for me!

More splashes of colour

I last visited Broadstairs in July 2024, when all these photos were taken


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