Tuesday, 24 April 2012


We often head for Kent of a weekend to visit my Mum. There are quite a few places in the Garden of England that we really like, but none more so than Rochester. It really does have everything I love about a town. A terrific high street with truly adorable speciality shops. Lots of history with the Castle, Guildhall, Cathedral, Corn Exchange, Eastgate House and Restoration House. I really like how all the buildings in the high street are unique. The Cathedral is wonderful and very peaceful. The Cloisters and the Crypt were my favourite places and it was very accessible for my Mum who is in a wheelchair.

They have some fab jewellers, one of which sells the most gorgeous Kit Heath Beachcomber range which I might *just* be receiving, humbly, for my upcoming birthday. Denis Green feels like an old school Jewellers with proper service. They fixed my Mum's old watch and put on a new strap pronto and they took lots of time helping us when we were looking at their Kit Heath range.

Looky! Beach hut goodness! Such yummy colours and beautiful designs. Kit Heath is a wonder. I just love that the beads are called Pebbles and each has a beachy themed name such a Pool, Drift, Beach Ball and Kiss Me Quick!

So many of the shops are beautiful, the window displays are stunning like this one at Kiss Kiss Heart.

They have some really great charity shops too - if you are ever in Rochester you need to visit the Demelza Boutique. It's a specialist vintage shop all in the good name of raising money for Demelza Houses which are Children's hospices to support children who are not expected to reach adulthood. Their window displays are also beautiful and we bought a wonderful cardigan for my Husband. He also tried on an old school RAF uniform but unfortunately it was too short in the arm. My he did look handsome in it though.

Last but not least, they have one of the nicest fabric shops ever, Hometown. LOVE! Every time we've been, there has been a different quilt in display.

The shop is so beautiful inside with so many yummy fabrics, trimmings, buttons, books and supplies. I generally spend an age in there and thank goodness they have a loyalty card. I wasn't brave enough to take some photos of the inside, plus it was super busy, but courtesy of Flickr, take a look inside;

Hometown Quilting, Rochester by azmiat
Hometown Quilting, Rochester, a photo by azmiat on Flickr.

Hometown Quilting, Rochester by azmiat
Hometown Quilting, Rochester, a photo by azmiat on Flickr.

P.s. if you visit you just must choose a cake from Lorenzo's! There Lemon Meringue Pie is divine!

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