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BOY OR GIRL?

It’s finally time. After much anticipation, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to the hospital to give birth to royal baby number three with her husband Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages…

via Kate Middleton Has Been Admitted to Hospital to Deliver Royal Baby No. 3 — TIME

So, the baby is on its way, personally I hope it will be a boy and that him and George have a close bond as I think that has helped William and Harry through their lives.

I do feel a bit sorry for anyone else attending that hospital or visiting as the area will be rammed with paparazzi. I wish her a quick birth so she can get home and relax.

CBEEBIES – SARAH & DUCK

SARAH & DUCK. Photo Credit Pamela Raith (2)

Have you got little ones that watch this program?

I will be running a competition tomorrow for you to win tickets to Sarah & Duck’s big top birthday at The Leas Cliff Hall on the 30th April

 

LONELY OR ENJOYING YOUR OWN COMPANY?

There have been some adverts and awareness raised about people living on their own and being lonely, to the extent that they go to the shops just to say hello to the cashier, I feel very sad for these people but how do we know who they are?  It got me thinking about loneliness and how are we supposed to know that someone is lonely? I wondered if people thought I was lonely as I can go over a week without seeing anyone sometimes even longer if I don’t feel well. Not everyone who lives alone what ever age is lonely though as I never am but I like my own company and I find it so refreshing to be my own boss and decide everything for myself, whether it’s what I do or watch or where I go. I think for some reason it is thought that you are lonely if you live alone, where has this assumption come from as I am sure not all the old people who live alone are lonely, I know my Nan never was, it was a shock at first being on her own after being married for so many years but after that I never heard her complain. I guess people should let friends and family know if they are feeling lonely as then they can do something about it.

It has been so very cold here and my heating is not the best so the warmest place to sit and write or read is in bed, the electric blanket can go on as soon as I feel cold.

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It has also meant that I have completed some jobs that have been outstanding for ages, first of all I have been looking at new blog layouts but I have not decided on which one yet and as I have now also up-dated my web-site I am thinking I could leave my blog as I do like the design that I have tweaked a bit. I am liking the new web site layout and I am looking into doing a newsletter every couple of months which will have some giveaways and prizes, the first one being an autographed book from a best-selling author. So keep a watch out for that.

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I had a look at the stats and my blog is read in over 137 countries now, I was amazed and very happy. You can read it here.

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If you think a post is good could I ask that you share it on your social media please. I am looking to increase my readers from all platforms so if you can help that would be really kind.

I put a lot of the book reviews on the website and they stay there as well as on all the other platforms so if you’re wondering what a book is like then take a look and see if I have reviewed it. I also keep account of all I have read each year on Goodreads, I like that site and think it’s very easy and helpful as I can never remember what I have read or when.

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Think we have more snow coming the end of the week, all the older grandchildren had a day off today as their schools were shut but Jodie and Alfie and Mia had to go in as they can walk to their school and all the teachers can get there. George was pleased as it was his 17th birthday, it makes you feel so old when you can remember them being born but it does not seem that long ago.

Have a good week everyone and be careful in the snow.

THE VAULTS, SANDGATE

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Last Saturday was Freddie’s 4th birthday party, it was nice that Sam was home to celebrate with everyone as he works away a lot of the time.  I am not sure who had most fun, Freddie on the bouncy castle or the twins running about everywhere, also getting a cuddle from us all. Considering all that was there was the bouncy castle, a large connect four game and some wooden blocks for making towers it kept all of the children happy for two hours.

 

It’s so sweet the way Freddie follows Alfie and wants him to play, they are both so great with the twins.

After the party we made our way over the road to The Vaults, this is a new bar and restaurant that has been open a couple of months.  A super selection of gin and tonic’s, also wine. The area is divided up into small areas that make it all very cosy and intimate, I would say this is an ideal location for a valentine’s meal if you are still deciding where to go.

We had some hors d’oeuvre for the children, Freddie loved the whitebait and I am not sure if it was the little pot of mayonnaise or the chips that Lily liked a lot. A super time was had by everyone and another birthday over.

FEBRUARY 2018

DRY JANUARY

I have to say I found this very easy mainly because I didn’t go out socialising, in fact I only left the flat about four times as this vertigo keeps making me fall over. I did have one fail though with a glass of Prosecco but that was just because I was round my son’s house exchanging christmas presents at the beginning of the month. So I figure that should come under December though LOL.

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How about this for all of us on a diet, I have not tasted them but if you have then let us know what you think.

My plans for the month include reading these books:

Doing review posts for a lovely bottle of wine I received.

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I am also having some hypnotherapy today as he wants some exposure in our area, so that should be interesting.

I will also be doing some writing and more promoting of my blog.  I do have the lunch to celebrate Jackies 70th which I am sure will be a fun afternoon.

What have you got planned for february?

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Apart from the cold and rain January has not been too bad for me, my health had its ups and downs but I have kept busy with my reading and writing even if I have been in bed.

I think my three main highs would be:

  1. My blog has been going for 5 years, with more readers every day from all the social media platforms it goes on.
  2. Reading 5 books and half way through the 6th one, a really good variety and well on track towards my yearly total.
  3. Receiving some glorious flowers, delicious chocolates and the cutest teddy from Prestige Flowers, any girl would love them.

 

New books, I have seen some books that sound really good this month so I hope I get round to reading them, so they have gone on my list.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Are Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

The funniest thing would be ending up with a huge bag of ginger when I only wanted one bit.

Shopping, I was very good as only bought make-up and I used my points in Boots, so all good on that score and kept to my budget.

We also celebrated Freddie’s 4th birthday, why can’t my grandchildren stop getting older lol.

I am looking forward to February, my aim is to increase the traffic to my blog, so please, all share my posts and comment as it is lovely to hear what you have to say.

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.