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COFFEE IN THE SUN

What a glorious day it was yesterday here in Kent, in fact it was the hottest day of the year so far, please can we have many more days like this.  Corinne came over to have her hair and nails done at Emma’s salon in Folkestone so we had a little trip to the shops then a nice coffee in the sunshine at Djangos cafe & petit bistro.  Asking for a piece of cake, well you must have cake with coffee, I had the chocolate fudge cake and Corinne had the walnut and coffee cake.  How amazing is the size of these cakes and you get cream and ice-cream with them, the ice-cream tasted like cornish so it was delicious, no diet today then.

Think we may be visiting this coffee-house again.

LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE

The once a month lunch date seems to come round quicker every month but I am not complaining as for me and I think some others as well it is the best day of the month.  I really do look forward to it so much and we really do have such a laugh and always have a birthday to celebrate and lots of news to share.

The best bit of news this time was that Sharon is to be a Nan in August, I should say a very excited Nan, so that will need to be celebrated.

Lynda’s daughter Jo joined us today so she now knows who these ladies are that her Mum lunches with every month, was lovely to see her so happy and looking good, must have something to do with the new man in her life.

The puddings seem to get better and better here, in fact everything is good from the service to food and the general ambiance of the place, then you have the great prices, what more do you want.  Roll on next month and yes we are back here again.

LUNCH AT THE PULLMAN, FOLKESTONE

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Half term has to include a lunch date so we decided to try somewhere different, I have read a lot of good reviews about this pub and I have to say they were all right as it is a lovely place for a drink or meal, also having a garden that is very popular in the summer.

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Prices are very reasonable, with a great choice, there is a children’s menu but these two wanted fish and chips, which they both ate all up.  We didn’t try the desserts as too full but maybe next time.

 

NORMAL SERVICE HAS RESUMED


It is so good to feel back to normal after so long and it was nice seeing Mia and Zac for a couple of hours this afternoon, Nanny is back.

This candle smells so lovely, definitely my favourite at the moment.  They are expensive the Baylis and Harding things but really worth it, their diffuser’s are the best.

It is also good to have my web-site and blog all sorted and up to date and seeing my stats go back up with all my readers back, I have missed you all.

It is very cold here at the moment and they keep saying we are getting snow but not had any yet, thank goodness.  I am all warm indoors though and getting sorted to watch the Blacklist tonight, I really love that program.  I have a new sky box and cables so it’s like watching an even newer TV as the picture is so clear and crisp.

Half term here now, not many plans except a day out with Izzy which should be nice as we always have fun.

Have a great weekend everyone x 

LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE, KENT

I have to say that this was one of the best lunches we have had as not only was the company outstanding as always but the service and food was so wonderful and to prove how great it all was we have booked up here for March and April.

Considering it was my first time out it was so good to see all my friends as I have missed them loads.  Lynda was back from gallivanting in Spain then Madera with her daughter, Sharon was missing as she was in London with the hubby.  Carol is off to Australia for March to see her daughter so she will be missed next time but then in April we should have the full 9 of us.  April’s could get messy as it will be Corinne’s birthday lunch and then she is staying at mine, I can see cocktails and all sorts going on.  I can’t wait!

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Very nice wine for £7 on a Wednesday but we just had three bottles this time.

As usual the food was delicious with no complaints from any of us, well that is not including Jackie and her dessert, you can guarantee she will get the dodgy one where ever she goes lol.

There were a few conversations about Corinnes MEAT (sausages) but I am afraid I cannot print them but it did cause rather a lot of laughing.

This month we celebrated Jackies birthday and she got some lovely presents, some I really wanted for myself.  Jackie had the baked Alaska but the meringue was rather runny so she said!  I love the desserts at Hungry Horse and even better was the fact that I had a voucher for free desserts so we all had to have one, I know there are only four pictures but we were too busy getting stuck in lol.

Sheila gave us a few laughs as she finished the bottle of wine, then when the bill was paid we all had a smile on our face as it worked out to £8 each what an absolute bargain.  Looking forward to next month and more laughs.

PHYLLIS McDOWELL

R.I.P Phyllis, a truly lovely person inside and out, loved by so many in Folkestone where she lived and the many places she visited and spent time at.

I first met Phyllis at an open day at her studio where she also lived, very close to myself.  As soon as I saw the front of her house I knew she had taste…..Pink heaven!

I helped her with some social media promotion and did some blogs about her and her teaching.  She was a very talented artist, loved by so many people.  I attended her class and learnt so much from her, she fed my thirst for painting and the arts.

Her favourite painting was the first one below of her daughter Lucy McDowell.

Spending time with many in the community and supporting causes her name would always pop up at the many social events.

She will be missed by so many people, I still cannot really get my head around that I won’t see her again.

It was so nice to see her painting out in the community, capturing so many memories, I particularly liked the one she did out on the Harbour Arm of the group that were playing.  I am not sure how she managed to get the painting completed as so many friends old and new would stop, admire and chat.

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Her paintings were shown far and wide at the many exhibitions to promote her work or even just so many people could admire her unique pictures.

My thoughts and prayers go to the many people she called family and loved with all her heart.  It was a joy to have known and spent time with you  Phyllis, I will remember you always.

All my love Karen xx

 

Here are some of the posts about Phyllis that you can read on my blog.

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/phyllis-mcdowell-artist/

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/painting-class-with-phyllis-mcdowell/

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/harbour-arm-and-phyllis-mcdowell-artist/

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I love this photo of her I took.

LADIES WHO LUNCH-HUNGRY HORSE IN FOLKESTONE

I am sure you all won’t be at all surprised when I tell you that I forgot to take any pics of meals but I did remember the two desserts, which were delicious.

Lynda was missing today as she is still laying about in Spain, lucky lady.  We celebrated Liz’s birthday so a few bottles of wine went down really well.  The food and service were both very good, quick and all cooked to perfection with no complaints from any of us.  In fact all the girls liked it so much we decided to go here again next month.  Brilliant day x