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KARA’S TATTOO

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Last week I went for lunch with Kara but before that she wanted to get another tattoo, I am not a fan of them but I don’t mind a little one hidden just for yourself with a meaning to it. Kara was going to get it on her arm but I managed to convince her that it should be a bit hidden as you never know what you might be doing in twenty years and if you had a job where you could not show your tattoo you would be in long sleeves all summer. So eventually she decided on her shoulder, score one to Nan!

I had never seen a tattoo being done so was very interested, I found it hard to understand why you would put yourself through unnecessary pain, Kara said it was because I was old and didn’t understand, lol.  I do like the amount of hygiene these tattoo and piercing places have to go by now at least it is relatively safe but I guess some do get infected, not sure it would be from this place though as everything was covered in cling film and replaced constantly.

I was surprised how quick it is all done but amazed at how much they all cost, how do people afford to have so many?

As Kara works in a coffee shop she had a hot chocolate put in her heartbeat so it did look pretty with a bit of colour.  She asked me if I wanted one but I declined, maybe one day I might buck up the courage to have a tiny one done just for myself.  The lady who did Karas said she did her Mum one the other day for her 60th birthday, I thought that was cute.  So here is the end result, even with marshmallows in the hot chocolate and some steam!  Kara was pleased so I guess that’s all that matters, the only problem is she now wants another one, I am trying to dissuade her with not much luck at the moment.

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READING THIS BOOK NOW AND LUNCH

I always find it hard to turn off from writing by reading a book so I will have a slow month of book reviews while I am writing for NaNoWriMo.  I checked my total of books read this year and I am on 50 so that’s only 10 away from my target so I should easily do that or maybe overtake 60.  I tend to just put the TV on with a film until I fall asleep, then the timer turns the television off.   I only did about 500 words today as I met Kara for lunch but I am hoping to make up the words over the next few days as I will be chained to the laptop.

LUBENS PIZZA

Lovely hummus and fresh bread to start with and then we shared a pizza as they are very big and it was delicious.  It consisted of chicken, pancetta, roast peppers, red onion, rocket, parmesan and garlic oil, probably one of the best pizza’s I have had.

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I was surprised how busy it was in there so I am pleased it is still going well for them.

We had to have dessert, I went for the new york cheesecake and Kara had the brownie.  It was so nice to just sit and chat as we haven’t done that for ages as she is always working so we decided that once a month we would make the effort and go for lunch.

 

LADIES THAT LUNCH AT BELLA PIZZA, FOLKESTONE

It was that time of the month again and it seemed a very long time for me since I met up with all my friends as we do not meet during September and August I was not well.  We celebrated Carols birthday and she got some lovely presents, the restaurant even put a candle in her dessert.  The lasagna was extremely nice, well everything was and it is all home cooked so you could really taste the difference.  They even make their own bread rolls which were warm and delicious.

We decided where we are going for our Christmas lunch for December, the weeks are going quickly now and it will be here before we know it.  Not that I have done anything towards the celebrations this year yet.

I did very well today and took photos of everything, the desserts were very nice and large portions, the Tiramisu was one of the best I have tasted and you could tell it was homemade by an excellent chef.

 

Another lovely lunch with super friends, was good to catch up with them all, well apart from Liz as she was absent today as not very well.

 

 

QUARTERHOUSE EVENTS, FOLKESTONE

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What a lot of things happening in Folkestone this Autumn.

The Triennial is well under way and attracting lots of visitors, there are some amazing art objects scattered about, if you can find them all but there is a booklet to help you. Many more events are being put on around the town over the next few weeks.

Then in November we have the Book Festival, I have already booked my tickets for the events I want to attend.  If you have not booked yet then do not leave it too long as they are selling particularly fast this year.  Really looking forward to seeing Julie Wassmer again and asking about her new book that she has just finished.

I love some of these shows coming up at The Quarter House.

Many things to do round Folkestone and with the weather being nice at the moment it makes a pleasant stroll round looking at the wonderful art that is making an appearance in our town  I have also heard that our Banksy will soon be on show, no details where yet but obviously it will be inside a building so no one can de-face it, although why anybody would want to I have no idea.

 

THE BOTANIC GARDENS, ST CLEMENT, JERSEY


I just love the above picture, what a stunning entrance that would make for any garden and these gardens are beyond magnificent in fact the best I have ever seen.  The Herb Garden situated in the walled medieval area is the largest in the UK.  I attended the free herb garden tour and learnt some great tips also so many herbs that I had not heared of, I  think I might ask for a herb book about what to do with them all for Christmas.  Did you know that mice do not like Mint so plant that around doors especially in the country where you get the field mice coming in for a warm winter.  


This had an amazing smell and I will be using it and trying to grow it.  

Different types of Thyme like orange and lemon, which is well known for healing and supposed to do wonders for a chesty cough, I am liking the thought of mixing the two together in an infusion and trying it out for myself.  I didn’t realise that the Chives I grow are Onion Chives as they have the purple flower the white ones are Garlic Chives but not very strong so a good addition to foods that you just want a very mild flavour.  

INFUSIONS – You will need a pair of tights/stockings or similar and normal porridge oats then break down the Rosemary and put in, then this will be put in the bath for a relaxing soak.

Lemon Verbene, again with the oats, put the infusion in a glass and add prossecco, this tasted like lemon curd and I love that.  


Oregano you can put into oil and use when needed.  Soapwort, you can make soap from and then dry the flowers for arrangements.  Sweet Cicely goes lovely with rhubarb, I can’t wait for next year when I can cut mine and cook it.  Lovage you can put into potatoe salad to get an amazing celery taste but not as strong as the real thing.  Put dried Lavender by your bed to aid sleep.  There is even a Curry plant, this does not smell very strong but goes well in your jar of dried rice before cooking.  

SAGE – You can make a sage gargle which is antibacterial and good for throats.  Mix 2oz of the fresh herb into 1 pint of boiling water then let cool and gargle with this, I will be letting you know if this works.  

I did not realise how many different types of Lavender there are so I have bought some seeds home to try.  The lavender and rose garden is amazing.  

A cute robin wanted to get in on the action.  Our tour guide Jenny had a world of knowledge about all the herbs and really was an outstanding person who managed to answer everything for us.

THE HERB GARDEN CAFE – What a beautiful cafe with out door seating in a wonderful setting.


The prices in this cafe are great in fact the best I have come across during my stay here and being a tourist and you get free wifi!  

I have even bought some Black Butter to try at home also Jersey milk and cream oh and not forgetting the New Potatoes.

The black plants are stunning, I have tried a couple of different ones in my garden but they did not seem to like it but I will be trying again as they look so good. 


I am loving the pink display, I came out with so many ideas for my garden but I am sure they will just stay at ideas for now.  I really liked the daisy looking flowers as you don’t really see Daisy’s growing in lawns anymore.  The two tone tree looked stunning as it all changed colour.

You would need a whole day to see everything here and stop for lunch.  Then a browse round the Gift Shop not forgetting the Rural Life And Country Museum and The Manor House with stables.  The children are catered for with a lovely park also a great game of hide n seek under the weeping willow tree.  


The best bit is if you go at the beginning of your holiday and you wish to go again, you can get a complimentary ticket for free so you can return any time. 

What a good idea to grow your apple trees over the arch, this makes picking them so much easier.  You could do the same with your other trees.  



As you can see there is so much to see and enjoy here, I liked that there were seats everywhere so you could just sit and look at the amazing views in every direction.  

This was the best place for me in Jersey and I loved all of it.  

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.

FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL 2017

DOUBLE EDGE

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Art has been appearing all over Folkestone ready for this years Triennial, which will run from the 2nd September until the 5th November.  I really think this will be the biggest and best we have seen.  I love the vast difference between all the pieces and the creativity of the artists who deliver these is really amazing.

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Keep these dates free and spend some time strolling round Folkestone enjoying the views or if you prefer you can go on organised walks featuring many of the artistic pieces.

You can contact Tony below for all the details.

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Lets hope for an Indian summer so we can all appreciate the many pieces that have taken months of hard work by the many artists.