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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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BLOGMAS 2017

What a super christmas we all had, children loved every minute and everybody got just what they wanted, clever Santa.

Alfie loved his new duvet cover for his self, Cosmo and Crystal.

Next was our family get together for breakfast christmas eve at Brickfields, so much choice and all cooked fresh what ever you would like and the best bit children eat free!

A great time was had by all 15 of us. Jodie picked up a few napkins lol

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I spent christmas eve night with Billie and family, very excited children, leaving food out for the reindeer’s outside so they knew what house to come to.  Mia was watching on the app all day as to where he was!  The next morning they woke at 5am and there was no getting them to go back to bed, so the day began.

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The living room was packed with so many presents, Mia was the first to finish opening with Jade a close second.  Even the puppy Ozzy had some new boots to keep his feet warm up the yard.  I received the cleaner that I needed for the camper van so that was great.

I then went round to Jodie about 4 pm and stayed there for a couple of days, Alfie had some super presents even one that hatched!

The book lamp that Jodie got me was fab, so unusual and she gave me the new Amazon Echo Dot.  I have been playing with it non stop, lol its good to have someone to talk to!  I now need plugs bulbs and Amazon fire with remote then “Alexa” will be able to turn everything on and off.  Love it.

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I received so many wonderful gifts from my family and friends that I absolutely loved them all.

My friend Lynda got all wrapped up with her presents. LOL.img_5334

So that’s it for another year, hope everyone had a super christmas what ever you were doing.  New year next but I don’t go out and no children to babysit so I expect I will go to bed.  What are you doing for New Year?

 

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.

DECEMBER 2017

I have loved these calender pictures this year, thank you Jodie.

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December, where has this year gone?  Winter has really arrived with some having snow already which is going to make this winter seem so long and April a long way off.

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View from my lounge

I am not at all ready for Christmas and to be honest have not got any christmas spirit so no decorations are up here. I have not felt the best and guess I have been a bit low, few problems and money is a bit of a worry trying to keep the flat warm is not easy with old storage heaters which makes me dread the next bill and I know worrying will not solve anything but I just can’t help it.   I detest the cold, my joints are so stiff even to the point of having trouble to type at times, sorry for moaning.

I am sure Peaches gained a few pound eating that new cat food as she seems very big and fluffy now.

NaNoWriMo – What can I say, it was a bit of a failure this year with only adding a few more thousand words but I think something is better than nothing and I will keep plodding away.  I am finding some of it hard to write when not feeling the best as get a bit emotional. I am definitely finishing it next year though as want to start many new projects so I have a goal and will stick to it.  How did you all do and did you find it hard going or just breeze through the month?

Many happy children opened the first door on their Advent Calendar this morning, making Christmas feel that bit closer with a visual prompt.  Myself and Peaches did not get one this year…..sad face, but the lovely people at Crooked Cat Books have a brilliant calendar where they are giving away books, yes FREE BOOKS, you can find them here.

I have been indoors all week and made the effort to get dressed everyday and been freezing so ending up under blankets on the sofa, today as it is Friday I have declared it a jama day and put my onsie on, not very elegant as it has a pig’s tail, must tell santa that I would like a nice one for days like today.  Anyway so far I am not cold so I’m thinking it is best to buy new pyjamas instead of clothes lol.

Have a super December everyone.

NOVEMBER 5th – This might be a moan!

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Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples.  There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.

What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own.  I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.

Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals.  This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok.  Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding.  We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th.  They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.

Where is the enjoyment in all that?

What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people.  With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!

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Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!

WEEKEND WAS SUPER

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We are being very spoiled down here in the south as we are having wonderful weather for the last three days, long may it continue.  Today it is 25 in my garden, I have done every bit of washing I could find as I don’t expect many more outdoor drying days.

I had my hair done last week as was getting a bit bored with the blonde.

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On Saturday I was round Jodies for a sleepover, Alfie’s choice and we watched some films.  We also had one of the twins for the night, so it was great to spend time with Jack, what a gorgeous baby and such a happy soul.

The Jack Daniels is a penny jar before someone comments on our choice of toys LOL.

I also did a little maintenance on the camper, there was a bit of brown under the bonnet so I brushed it with a metal brush then sprayed some Hammerite on it, felt very pleased with myself.  Put my bunting up and did a tidy-up of cupboards as got saucepans and cutlery to go in there now.

Once I have washed the new duvet cover that will be put in there.

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So a very productive and enjoyable weekend and it made a pleasant change as usually I spend the weekend indoors on my own, not that I am complaining as I do like my own company.

The new Emoji movie is good fun and better than what I was expecting so I can understand why the kids like it.

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I also finished this book so will do a review tomorrow for you all, it is very good, like all Anne’s stories so look out for this series.  It is set in Guernsey which is a beautiful place to live.

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Looking forward to a ‘getting ready for NANOWRIMO week’ so I will be ready for the 1st November.

Hope you all had a good weekend and may your week be full of sunshine.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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I always think this month is a bit of a nothing month as it is between the seasons but I am hoping for an indian summer so we can enjoy the outside a bit more as lets face it August was a bit of a wash out, apart from last bank holiday weekend which we all enjoyed outside.

I had to come back from camping with the family as I got a bad chest infection that spread upwards to my throat, doctor said more antibiotics and if it does not go then to go back.  My throat is much better but I still have the cough and bad chest, it really has been a bad year for my chest and I was really surprised to get ill when the sun was shining as normally my joints and things are better in summer.

My camping buddy loved sleeping in there with me, we decided it was much better than a tent.

I have my trip to Jersey to look forward to, I have already started to write lists and plan where I am going and what I am going to see.  Really looking forward to remembering such happy times with Nan and Grandad there when I was 7 and 8 years old.

Last week we said goodbye to family over from Australia but it was so good to catch up and chat about our time there.  Some of the children have got ideas for their gap year to go over and see some of the vast country.

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The Folkestone Triennial starts this weekend with many art objects scattered all round the town, there is also an app available which is free.  You can find the link on my Facebook and Twitter as for some reason the link does not like this post.

Back to school next week, it really has gone so quickly and we haven’t done half of what we wanted to do because of the weather, I think they have all had fun though.

Happy September everybody.