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FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL 2017

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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.

 

 

 

FAMILY AFFAIR

I took some family who are over from Australia to The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, Kent for a superb cream tea.  They sat us in the best window seat with glorious views over The Leas’s towards France.  As usual the scones were huge and delicious, the tea always tastes better from a tea-pot, the service is wonderful and the ambiance of this hotel is what makes you want to go back again and again.

I feel like we have a very modern family as it is my children’s father and his wife that are here visiting and staying with my girls.  Myself and Jodie decided on The Grand as I keep telling her how nice it is.  The conversation flowed with lots of laughs, his wife Elaine is a lovely person and gets on with everyone, one of the grandchildren described her as being ‘very funny.’  It is nice to see him connecting with all his grandchildren as some he had never seen before, so a wonderful afternoon was had by all of us.  I feel it is such a shame that some families let the bitterness destroy any happy times together as it is always the children that miss out.

 

 

FOLKESTONE SEAFOOD

When you buy seafood in Folkestone then you know it is fresh as if you get there at the right tide time you can see it all being taken off the boats.  There is nothing better than fresh, whether you cook it plain or in a recipe you can taste the flavours.  I often buy a mixture and make a seafood paella one of my favourite dishes.

Nothing better than a plate of cockles or what ever you prefer sitting looking out to sea. Or looking at our lady of Folkestone with The Harbour Arm in the back ground, I like the end part of the Arm as that is where the Champagne Bar is, well you have to be sociable and taste it….everytime you go there!

This picture I took really came out well and looks very mediterranean with the palms so you would never think it was taken in Folkestone at Sunny Sands!  Giving myself a pat on the back as I really think my photography is coming along.

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FOOD & DRINK AT SUNNY SANDS

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For a small business they really do cater for just about anything, from blow up rings to buckets and spades for the children and the best ice cream to keep them happy.  For the coffee lovers you can sit outside looking out to sea, up the hills or to the harbour, lots of inspiration there for us writers and the coffee is good.

Prices to suit every pocket, lovely friendly staff, what more could you ask for on your day at the beach.  If you fancy a beer they even have that for you, nice and cold.

It really is the best sandy beach that’s safe for children, many of our local play groups take the children there for a day out.  I often go down there and just sit people watching or looking out to sea, on a clear day you can see France and it makes you realise how close it is.

THE SHELL SHOP

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One place that is always popular with the visitors and locals is this shop, I love having a browse round when I go to the beach.  So many unique items in such a small space and not all shells, I always find something that takes my eye especially for my garden.

The variety of mobiles is amazing, I keep having to buy more brackets to hang them on, the collection of shells tinkle in the breeze.  Signs in so many different sizes, shapes and many phrases for everyone, I particularly like the Folkestone sign with the rustic look. There is something for everyone in this shop and really is a must for you to visit.

 

IN SYNC

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How in sync are you with your friends?

Corinne:  I want to go to that place in Dover with the chalets!

Me:  You mean Little Switzerland in Folkestone!

Which is a camp site but also has a gorgeous little cafe where the views to France are spectacular.

I have no idea how I knew what she was talking about but we very often say the same things and finish of each others sentences.

Friends or spooky?