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ELETO CHOCOLATE CAFE, FOLKESTONE

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What more could you require than a specialist chocolate cafe?  Well come to Folkestone as we have just that, newly opened this week and the talk of the town already. This was one place I could not wait to visit so when Billie suggested we go there for my birthday treat, I was a tad excited.

Upon entering you are struck by the vastness, chairs and tables with space round them and even some comfy sofas to relax on and enjoy your coffee.  Then when seated you are given the menu, wow, what a menu it takes a while to read it all and decide which chocolate dish to succumb to.  There are also some light bites that make it a perfect place for a quick-lunch while at work or shopping.

Every type of tea, coffee or chocolate you could wish for plus the usual cold drinks and then more, it even has a liqueur licence so a cheeky glass of Prosecco is an indulgence that goes so well with chocolate covered strawberries!

The crepe is light, ice-cream delicious in fact everything is wonderful as it is covered in chocolate.  Best deal I found was a coffee and croissant before eleven for £2.80 yes they have chocolate croissant, I’m having dreams about chocolate it really is the most amazing cafe I have been to, ever.

Opening early and closing late, also catering events this place has ticked all the boxes for a 5 * review.

 

JUNE 2017

This picture reminds me of myself and eldest daughter Jodie sitting in her hot tub with a delicious cocktail.

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The sun is shining, it is half term here so I think the beach will be busy today, you can find me in my garden reading this little gem.  Two murders and I have not got a clue who committed them yet but I am trying to pick up the clues.  I love Guy’s books, I best get a move on as this is published tomorrow, get reading Karen.

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Half way through the year already, I think this is my favourite month as it is summer, we have long evenings, the gardens are beginning to get some colour and of course the best thing is it’s my birthday month.   The warm weather has been a long time coming this year so I am hoping it stays a while.  My body is far less painful in the warmer weather so I can sit to write, paint or read without being full of painkillers.  I am 3 books off my running total for this year so I need to do a bit more reading, it takes longer to do all the reviews now as I like to write something a bit different on all the various sites and social media.

What is your favourite month and why?

 

PONTINS HOLIDAY PARK

CAMBER SANDS, KENT UK

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For the benefit of all my readers not in the UK, I will explain that in one of our daily newspapers (Sun) you can collect coupons and go to these type of parks in Britain and Europe for a charge of £9.50 each person, minimum of 4 people.  You stay in chalets, caravans or lodges that are all self-contained with everything you would need.

So myself and Billie’s family and Kara all went here for a long weekend, as you can see there is plenty for the children to do as well as clubs and activities so they love it here.

We picked a great weekend as the weather was super, think the children liked the swimming pool best but a close second were the push bikes that 4 people can fit on.

Billie learnt all about the different dinosaurs lol, Jade relaxed and I really liked this shrub with the pink flowers but not sure what it was called.  Every evening you have bingo, children’s club and entertainment, they were pleased to see Scooby Doo.

The entertainment on the Saturday night was one of the best I have ever seen and kept us all laughing so a great night was had by everyone.  Paul and Billie loved their mini holiday and asked me to look out for some more deals so they can have another holiday.

 

AWARENESS WEEK 8TH – 14TH MAY 2017

MENTAL HEALTH    MIND AWARENESS WEEK

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We hear so much now about mental health stats and how more money is needed to fight this rising problem, which is affecting people from any class at any age.  I still think that to get rid of the stigma then the name has to change, MIND AWARENESS is the way forward I think, what do you think?

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They say that one in four will experience some sort of symptom and as this umbrella covers such a huge amount you can see why the number is high.  In an ideal world each person should be assessed by a professional and not just given medication by a GP, I feel tablets are given out to easily and counselling too soon or too late as that can have a detrimental affect on the person at the wrong time making them worse.  I have experienced this so know this to be true.

Do we use the word depression to easily?  Children getting depressed because of their SATS tests at primary school or are they just a little bit worried/scared about doing a test as I am sure we all were if doing a test in class at that age.  Are we just telling them far too much about testing, should it not go on their performance during the year and how they have progressed?

Money is the root of the problem there is just not enough for the NHS to keep up to all new and changing standards, it is obvious that much more money is needed as there are thousands more people now, we are living longer with far less deaths at any age.

I definitely thing that you should prove that you are a resident here with a NI number to receive care or you have to pay for it.

I do not know the answers but it is a growing problem like so many things in the UK.

Stay healthy and happy everybody.

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FAIR AT THE GRAND, FOLKESTONE

Dodging the showers I picked Jodie up and we went up to The Grand for the craft and vintage fair.  There were over 60 stalls selling a wide variety of crafts, some people are so clever, I did tell Jodie I had put a glue gun on my birthday list!  I like having a try at doing things and looking round at all the ideas you realise that they are very simple to make, well they look it, lol and such clever ideas that I would never think of myself.

Jodie found these bags, which you can roll up and put in your handbag for unexpected shopping, the covers come off so you can wash them.  So many different designs, this is the one I picked and Jodie had a cream one.

I think they are very similar to the ones we had in the 70’s.

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They are called Dorky Bags from http://dorkybags.co.uk    or you can email them at dorkybags@gmail.com

It was then time for a coffee before we headed home, it was the first time I had been out so I did not feel that good and to be honest it was good to get back home in my jamas relaxing again.  Happy Monday everyone.

MAY 2017

MAY DAY

Today is a typical bank holiday, cloudy and drizzly, I guess we should be used to it but no we still like to moan, lol.

I am going to pop to The Grand for this craft fair, it is also Nostalgia Day so music and lots going on, I need to get out and escape for a while as it feels like I have been indoors for weeks.  I love this old building I always feel it is such a happy place.

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MAY 1st  10.00 to 4.00

Carano Arts, Crafts & Vintage Fair
What ever you are doing this extra day off work and school, have a good day and make it all about you!

JUST TWEAKED A FEW BITS ON MY BLOG

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I have sorted all the widgets at the side of my blog so they all work now and made it easier to navigate round.

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Click on blog and you are there, also you can follow me by clicking on the follow button and putting in your email address and then you will never miss a post!

I am connected to Netgalley as some of the authors and publishers put books on there to be reviewed so have up-dated my profile.  I have tried to link everything together as otherwise I would forever be adding posts to different social media sites.  I love the pink globe for Karen’s World and glad I went with my own idea and did it myself, not that it is hard to do.

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I am about to start the May Day Murder, I love these books as like reading about Whitstable which is not far from me, in fact my friend Lynda lives there so often pop over.

Tomorrow is May Day so a holiday for the children and some people who do not have to work, I think it would be good if everywhere shut on some holiday days as there is no break at all.  Some of our 24 hour supermarkets are changing back to normal hours and I think that is good.

Well my antibiotics have finished today but my chest is still not clear but will see how it goes during the week, I can put up with that but it is the getting out of breath just doing a normal chore that I really dislike.

I am hoping to get back into my writing this week and I really need to get out with my camera for some new photos.

Have a good week and lets hope for sunshine in the UK.