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Q for quaint and quirky


Here’s my post for  Alphabe Thursday for many more Q’s please go to Jenny Matlock

Quaint is pretty much a great word for summing up the countryside surrounding our area. Although we would be classed as suburban and close to London with immediate access to the A2, the main route into the capital, just a 5 minute drive in the opposite direction takes us to the countryside and we find villages like Cobham, Kent where the houses are ‘Once Upon A Time-ish’ and the pubs are… well, quaint.

In fact what better than on a bright Spring sunny afternoon to mosey on down to a local pub and drink a cool beer in the pretty garden? Luckily for us, these local pubs all have outstanding food too which means phoning well before hand to make sure you get a table!

A closer look at Cobham reveals that it is a hamlet of Sole Street, the parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene – my favourite saint ever and the most important woman in JC’s life, the church is also home to brasses reputed to be the finest in England. Charles Dickens, one of Britain’s finest writers used to walk out to the village and set part of The Pickwick Papers there. Another claim to fame is the artist Richard Dadd, the insane artist, used to live here and murdered his father in these parts in 1843.

One last thing that must be mentioned about Cobham is it’s hall, Cobham Hall  A manor house has stood on these grounds since the 12th century but  it has been home to a public girls’ school since 1957. Once the 17th century home of the Earls of Darnley and in fact the 8th Earl of Darnley was the first cricket captain to attempt to recover the Ashes from Australia.

If you are ever on route to dover via the A2, this beautiful quaint, quintessential English village is well worth a stop off, just make sure you book a table atone of the pubs beforehand

I wish I had this shot for yesterday's Gallery post!

Quirky is one of those descriptive words that explain a whole way of being in 6 letters and for me it’s a perfect word for describing your average British woman.

quirk (kwûrk)

n. 1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: “Every man had his own quirks and twists” (Harriet Beecher Stowe).

2. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary: a quirk of fate.3. A sudden sharp turn or twist.4. An equivocation; a quibble.5. Architecture A lengthwise groove on a molding between the convex upper part and the soffit.

The ability to take something out of context and add a little soupson of imagination and create a brand new identity. If there is one thing I adore about being British it’s our love of creativity, our passion of trying something new and more than that – not being afraid to give it a go.
I did a quick Google search which brought up some very interesting and quirky links, for example Quirky Travel, a blog only started up at the beginning of the year but already caught my eye. Then there’s the Quirky Traveller’s Tales offering a different insight to places you may have already been to but worth reading.
Do you have a quirky friend who you never know what to buy for when it’s birthday time? Here’s Quirky Gift
or Quirky Cakes
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10 Comments leave one →
  1. 03/02/2011 12:25 pm

    You know, I really didn’t know that Cobham was so quaint and the pubs for so good. I have learnt something today and next time I am in the area, I know to stop off!

    And I LOVE The word QUIRKY! Who doesn’t!?!?


  2. 03/02/2011 1:18 pm

    I love the quaint and quirky parts of this wonderful post.

  3. 03/02/2011 2:40 pm

    Love the quaint photos. The parish church is beautiful

  4. 03/02/2011 6:29 pm

    Quirky people are my favorite kind…

    And those glasses earn their wearer the title of Quirk Queen!


    PS. Love the quaintness of your area.

  5. 03/02/2011 6:29 pm

    You certainly live in a quaint (and beautiful) place.

    I’d love to share a pint with you at one of those pubs!

  6. 03/02/2011 7:49 pm

    Quaint is a wonderfully descriptive word. Quirky is one of my favorite words, and I WANT THOSE SUNGLASSES!!!

  7. 04/02/2011 2:36 am

    I certainly want to visit here now! I love the quaint area.

  8. 04/02/2011 9:01 am

    Oooh, I want to visit Cobham. I like the idea of walking the street that Dickens did, perhaps my foot over his prints.

  9. 07/02/2011 2:03 am

    This is quite a wonderful quirky and quaint post.

    When I think of the word quaint I always think of when I went to England some years ago. The houses with the thatched roofs were absolutely so charming.

    Thanks for a fun stop for Alphabe-Thursday this week.


  10. 12/02/2011 9:43 am

    That’s a lovely part of the world you live in 🙂

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