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OUR YEAR THAT WAS 2017

So many books this year with many standing out as brilliant, I wonder if I can up my total for next year to 70?  I just squeezed in with 60 this year, I really don’t know how people read 200 in a year.

We went to Liverpool to see all the famous places, had a super time.  Was my first experience of airbnb which was great.  I loved the place and would like to go back as there really is so much to see and do there.

Our first spell of hot weather came early in the year and we made the most of it and got the gardens looking fab and enjoyed time on The Harbour Arm.

Easter began with a super lunch with the ladies, I tried to not eat too many eggs and really enjoyed the flowers.

Alfie turned 9 and Jodie got a hot tub, very enjoyable and the cocktail.

Billie, Paul, Jade, Mia and Zac enjoyed a long weekend away at Camber Sands and really enjoyed themselves.

A new garden centre for Folkestone that does great cream teas.  Brilliant day swimming at the outdoor pools, the weather was great.

A fantastic trip to Benidorm with Corinne, we watched ‘Benidorm” being filmed, made some friends from The Sun bar and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Two new dessert places opened in Folkestone and doing extremely well.

I took Alfie to the sci-fi show and we had a great time.

My birthday was such fun, had a brilliant lunch with my friends and some great presents.

I have missed all the sheep from Romney Marsh so took a pic when I went over to the dentist.  Alfie had a great time at the cinema, we watched Despicable Me 3.

Lynda’s 70th went on for about two weeks but what fun she had, the lunches and parties were fantastic then she went off for about three holidays.

Folkestone in the sunshine, I love the town I live in and it just gets better and better.

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Ladies that lunch is the best time of each month for me.

Buying the camper was the highlight of the summer and then going to Deal camping with the family was such fun.

Freddie and the twins came to visit for the day, Freddie now knows what is in every drawer and cupboard in the camper lol.

Sometimes you get a picture and when ever you see it, it makes you remember that day and laugh, this is one of those pictures, Beckie could not get her banana open like we (normal) do so she bit into it, I think she was going back to tribal ways! LOL.

My trip to Jersey to re-kindle my memories from childhood but I just did not realise that everything would be different 50 years on.  The places I visited were lovely especially the gardens and the pearl place.  I stayed in a great airbnb with super hosts, I must remember to try the black butter as still not done that yet.  The beaches were the best as they stretched for miles and the sand was golden.  Was a nice trip, with lots of reading and writing achieved.

I stayed at Jodie’s and we looked after Jack for the night, such a smiley boy and so cute.

We had family over from Australia who the girls loved catching up with, we had some nice cream teas and reminiscing.

Billie and Jade both got new horses this year, Jade did a super job of staying on her horse as she was going over the jump.

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

OVER MY SHOULDER BY PATRICIA DIXON

What a fantastic story and was so pleased with what Patricia said on her wall on Facebook.

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A delicious lunch for the ladies at The Grand and a bargain price so we will be visiting there again next year.

Billie and family had to say goodbye to Pepper who is now the shiniest star in the sky. Was so sad for everyone as he was such a loving little dog.

PURE pet food gave me a pack to try out with Peaches and then to blog about it, well she loved it and it really filled her up, you can purchase it from here.

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

What a brilliant two weeks of everything book related, was great to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and meet other writers.  There was a vast program this year so something for everyone including children.  The workshops were enjoyable and I came away with some new books to read.

Our christmas lunch and another year of monthly lunches over, it is great to have such good friends who support and care about each other.  We have some ‘special’ birthdays next year so lots to look forward to.

Then the snow came very early and caused disruption but all the children loved it even though it didn’t last long.

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View from my lounge

As we say goodbye to 2017 it’s been fun, sad, happy, hard and many other emotions but let’s go into 2018 with open minds and hearts and hope it is the best it can be.

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BIRTHDAY’S, ICE-CREAM AND FAMILY

Zac turned 4 on Saturday so they picked me up and we went to Missy Moo’s for dessert, lovely place and a good choice apart from the cookie dough that I had, it was so small….ok if you was on a diet.

Alfie came to stay with me for the weekend, we had a great chilled time, he beat me at Elf snap.  His Elf’s had to come with him and they got up to mischief every night.  They found my christmas stickers and stuck them all over themselves then the next night they had a feast on the chocolate spread! Cosmo and Crystal.

Mia had her guinea pig out when we went back for cake, the new pup is settling in and very good now.

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Alfie just loved this quilt cover so it will be delivered this week.  Yes I know I spoil them, Mia has a leopard hat/scarf coming as well.  I found a brilliant light for Zac as he is tractor mad and the light shines as a tractor, very pleased with myself for finding that.

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It does not seem possible that next weekend will be christmas, the children are having parties at school before they break up on Wednesday.  I have Jodie’s birthday tomorrow then it’s christmas full steam ahead.

Stay warm and have a good week everyone.

THE LADIES THAT LUNCH

THE WHEATSHEAF HUNGRY HORSE AT WHITSTABLE

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It was the lovely Lynda’s birthday lunch on Wednesday so we went over to her neck of the woods, Whitstable, luckily it was a Hungry Horse pub and we had a voucher for 33% of the main meals, what a bargain!  This pub is bigger than usual and also has a huge garden with a play area and many tables.  Service was excellent as usual with the food coming out altogether and hot, staff were so friendly and nice.

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This was the last birthday meal for Lynda but she has got a trip on the Orient Express, a cruise and a couple of days in Oxfordshire to look forward to, I can’t wait till I have a special birthday if this is what you get.

As usual there was so much going on that we all forgot about the pics but I did get the desserts and lets face it they are the best bit.

The portion of chocolate fudge cake was amazing so I had to help Sylvie eat it!  I do not agree with waste lol.  As usual the lunch took about 4 hours but we had a cracking time.

LYNDA’S 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY

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What a fantastic night we had in Whitstable for Lynda’s birthday party, such an amazing group of people who are a joy to be around.  So many laughs and when her daughter Jo pulled out a lot of face masks of a young Lynda and an old Lynda then when she returned from the bar she saw us all, so very funny.  Matt did say he wanted an old Lynda mask so that was a good choice for him as I think we can maybe still class him as a toy boy! LOL.

The cake was a lovely surprise from Andy and Lisa, I just love the shoe and handbag, they know her so well.  Lynda looked amazing as usual and really not bad for a 70-year-old bird!

The food was delicious with many different chinese dishes that we could choose from, the wine was going down well, in some more than others lol. I felt like a child when Lynda then gave out party bags but what a great idea.

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So we have had her 60th and now 70th there so I think it’s best to book the 80th any many more happy birthdays for Lynda, the most caring, funny, warm best friend anyone could ever wish for.  Love you Lynda aka Tiny x

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JULY 2017

Over half way through the year and I can honestly say that I have not accomplished very much at all, which is a bit unusual for me, I think it may be due to the fact that I was ill for much of the beginning of the year, thank goodness all is well now.  I actually feel like writing again so I am going to put the finishing touches to the children’s book and send it back to the publisher, well that is the plan.

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Today is also Canada Day so have a fun happy day all my Canadian followers.

My good friend Lynda is celebrating her 70th birthday today so I would like to say a huge Happy Birthday to her and hopes she has a good two weeks with all the parties and celebrations.  The many faces of Lynda!

 

Have a great weekend everybody. x

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS 2017

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Sheila’s daughter Jen did this painting of my cat Peaches, I really love it so much and what a thoughtful special thing to be given.  Jen’s pictures are amazing and you can see them under Tiny Creations on Facebook, I will do a blog post soon about all her work.

As my friends know I am a garden lover and these flowers are superb, I love pink roses and the grandchildren will like the bunny mouths, I have always called them that so that is my Nan’s fault, lol.  The welcome spade is so unusual and I love it.

This blue pearl in a cage I just adore and I had to poke about in an oyster to get the pearl out, never seen anything like that before and apparently they x-ray the oysters to make sure there is a pearl in there.

I can now have music in my garden with the super pink radio and smell nice with one of my favourite perfumes.

These are a few of the wonderful presents I received, I love every single one of them and will treasure them.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my many amazing friends and my family who make my birthday such a memorable day.  I do think your birthday is a bit special when an adult as it is the only day in the year that is yours and to spend it with people you love makes it even more amazing.

Peaches xx

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BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR KAREN & SHARON AT HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE

THE LADIES WHO LUNCH

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We had a full set this week with the next few photos showing what a laugh we had, my sides ached.  There was even a bit of pole dancing done by Sylvie, I think the boots made her do it….LOL.

It was a shame that we had to say good-bye to Liv the manager of the pub but we will be catching up with her at her new place in a couple of months.

As usual the food was cooked to perfection, the five bottles of wine helped to make it one of the most memorable lunches for us all.  Us nine have known each other for over twenty years, it is so nice to have real friends like this, I feel very honoured to be part of this close group of ladies.

There were only two dessert’s we all picked, the millionaires cheesecake seems to taste better every time, I will say it would be better with two scoops of ice-cream.  The lemon meringue is so light and our two ladies who normally have a few problems with desserts both had this and thoroughly enjoyed it, that’s Jackie and Lynda by the way or the terrible twins! LOL.

Presents were exchanged, pictures in my birthday post.  Four hours of mayhem that Liv joined in with when she could and I hope the flowers are still alive Liv?

Looking forward to our next lunch as it is a very special one as celebrating Lynda’s 70th!