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BARGAIN SHOPPING

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I have been meaning to get some lip scrub for ages as my granddaughter Izzy had some so I tried it and it makes your lips feel really smooth in the morning. I was looking at a strawberry one from Lush but then I read that Superdrug had an offer of buy three for the price of two on all Barry M make-up. This prompted a visit to the shops straight away.

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This nail varnish I had seen in a magazine and really liked the colour and as it was scented I thought it would take away that really strong nail varnish smell that I really do not like as it gets caught in your throat. This is the answer as it smells lovely, the brush is brilliant as it spreads out over your nail, you do need two coats but I often put two on anyway. You can leave it as a matt finish or put a clear gloss over it which makes it lasts a bit longer I find.

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I have been looking for this colour so was really pleased as it worked out I got this for free. A very happy shopper and I could not wait to get home and try them all out.

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Have you found any bargains since all the sales started in January?

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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.

MY WORLD

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.

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?

 

THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH

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I felt a bit sad writing this, another year over and twelve beautiful lunches with the best friends anyone could ever ask for.  Christmas lunch at BRICKFIELDS in Folkestone, the service was wonderful with our very own waitress, we even had the manager come and ask us if everything was ok at the end.  Then as there was nine of us we got two free bottles of Prosecco, which went down very well, felt a bit sorry for the drivers.

Prawn cocktails were very big, I had the brie and cranberry, then there was the mushrooms, all went down very well.  The main was of course the christmas dinner but many of us had the salmon and I must say it was really lovely.

Dessert was good, I tried the mince-pie cheesecake as never had that before and I liked it, the profiteroles are always a hit especially with Lynda and left on her own she has been known to eat ALL of them!  I will say no more.

As normal we had a lot of laughs and did our secret santa, I am still having trouble getting that right as I put the christmas card in mine so they knew it was me, maybe next year I will get it right!

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Three bottles so we did well and it was very pleasant.  So that’s it for another year, looking forward to the next one and more fun times with THE LADIES THAT LUNCH.

 

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.

BOOK FESTIVAL 2017

IN THERAPY BY SUSIE ORBACH

Susie Orbach was very interesting to listen to, the questions were all answered in-depth.  I got her book so will be reading and reviewing at a later date.  It was a shame there was not more time as these one hour slots are not really long enough to really get into a discussion.  I am hoping the book will pick up on a lot of the questions that were in the write-up about this session.

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THE GENDER GAMES BY JUNO DAWSON

Myself and Sheila went to the event hosted by Lennox again,  she really is one of the best hosts of the festival.

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Lennox & Sheila

 

Juno was a lovely person and so very honest about everything

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and it really made you sit up and realise all the struggles and just plain not knowing what she was from an early age.  I had a quick glance through the book that I will read after Sheila, Juno was an award-winning author before she became Juno who she is now. The many books she has written have all been extremely well received and I am sure she will go on to write many more.

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EDITING WORKSHOP BY ANDY MILLER

My last event was Andy Miller’s and as soon as I walked in the room we both recognised one another from last year, he did change the session a bit but it is all good learning.

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He is very good at getting people to participate and is full of information that we just carry on gleaning out of him. This year he has read 141 books and I thought I was doing good on 54!

That was the end of the book festival for me this year, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and met some new lovely people.  I think this gets better every year and am already looking forward to next years.

In February Julie Wassmer has invited me over to the Faversham festival so that is something to look forward to in the new year.

I  hope you have all enjoyed these events along with me. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

CRIME WRITERS AFTERNOON CHAT

The Folkestone Book Festival came to life yesterday afternoon when three fantastic crime writers popped along for a chat and I must say the setting was absolutely gorgeous.

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Sheila came along to the event with me as I have got her into the crime books and she was pleased to meet them and get her books signed. Catching up with Julie Wassmer again was great, her new book will be out next year and watch this space as I will be on the blog tour with my review going out on publication day. Julie was pleased to buy herself a book from her fellow writers as she can now enjoy reading someone’s else’s crimes instead of writing her own.

It was a great pleasure to meet Lisa Cutts who not only writes crime books but is also a very good police detective in her day job as well, at least there will be no mistakes in any of her procedures she writes about. It really was great talking to her, the first book she wrote called Never Forget won an award which must have been amazing for her, especially when so many new authors are rejected many times before they get into print. Just goes to show how good her books are, I bought Buried Secrets so will be reviewing that as soon as I can fit the reading in. I am always amazed at how truly lovely writers or anyone in the book trade are, never is anything too much trouble for them and will always answer and help you in any way they can. I will look forward to catching up with Lisa in the future.

The very brave male joining the group was William Shaw who was a journalist in his previous life and a very good one I am told, but now he is known as a brilliant crime writer with his latest book The Bird Watcher doing extremely well. Sheila bought one of his books so I will be reading it after her and reviewing it. I was asked who was my favourite author but I really couldn’t say as I read so many brilliant books, I could not pin it down to any one person.

The discussion between them and the audience went really well and was one of the best attended shows especially for an afternoon and I would imagine it would have sold out if it was an evening one and left many disappointed people. Lennox who chaired the chat/discussion did an amazing job steering them to some great informative answers to her questions.

A wonderful afternoon and one I enjoyed very much, it’s always a pleasure for me to meet the writers when I spend so long reading their books. I hope to catch up with them all again in the future.

BOOK FAIRIES AT FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

Let’s hope the person who finds this enjoys the book and passes it along. #bookfairies