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NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY

What is there not to like about a good book you can lose yourself in what ever the weather or where ever you are?  That being the best bit as you can take them anywhere, I do prefer a book to a Kindle but a Kindle is good if you have to share a room or you just want to turn the light out as you can just carry on reading until you fall asleep, I very often find it in the bed or on the floor the next morning.  So go treat yourself to a new book as it is book lovers day.

I BELIEVE IN BOOK FAIRIES.        #ibelieveinbookfairies 

I was so pleased to come across this the other day, what a fantastic idea, one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse is being a very good fairy and leaving her books all over the place.  There is nothing better than a freebie and then you can leave it or any other books you have for someone else to find them.  I have included the links if you want to get the stickers, I got a pack which included a bit of everything and it was only about £8

They hide books around the WORLD for people to find, read, and then leave for the next person. The best thing is that YOU can get involved to be a book fairy and share your books, too! Head to the  book fairy goodies page to get started.

You can order The Book Fairies stickers so that you can be a book fairy where you live!

They ship around the world, and are so excited to see book drops happening everywhere.

Here is the link to order your stickers.

You can also get Book Fairy Bundles… as well as book fairy stickers in other languages!

 

book fairy ribbonsThey also now sell The Book Fairies ribbons! This can add an extra touch of magic to your book fairy-ing, so why not order some today?

Here is the link to order ribbons.

 

Book Fairies are around the world, and could be anyone.. They share a love of reading and a desire to share books with others! Currently, there are over 100 countries involved, from New Zealand to the U.A.E., and they have created a community of book lovers.

They leave behind books for people to find.  So it gives books another lease of life passing them on to the next person, and encouraging this behaviour going forward. Like sharing a book with your friends, except sometimes much more fun!

Anyone can be a book fairy. If you have a pile of books you want to share, or simply want to share a book each time you finish reading it, then order some stickers here!

I am going to try to follow my books to see what roads they travel on and where they end up, how exciting, I can’t wait.

 

 

PODCASTS FOR THE BEGINNERS!

This post will apply to the many that have maybe heard about podcasts but know nothing about them, I am in this group and I am thinking most of my friends would have no idea how to listen, what to listen to, the price and where you get them from.  I was reading a blog this morning  From Roses by Rebecca, which you can find here

What a good find as I then clicked on one of the posts about the podcasts that she likes. They sounded really good so I then clicked on one of those and it took me to subscribe but the best bit is that they all do not cost you anything so you subscribe and listen to what ever you want.  While typing this I am listening to Glamour magazine, I am actually feeling very proud of myself.  Why have I never looked into podcasts before, I guess we all think it is a bit scary.  The choice is amazing and covers everything you could think of, so let’s get listening, you can use headphones if you want but as I live alone I just listen through iPad or mac but if you are out then you can listen from your phone. I am full of information today lol.

I read a lot of blogs via Bloglovin as they have every topic you could think of, again very easy to use.

I do keep thinking about audio books but they appear to be a bit expensive as in about £10 a month but I did find this app yesterday which does look interesting and a good deal but the prices are in $ so I have asked for the £ version, will keep you informed.

 

I feel like I have had a very productive few days, being in bed is good for some things!

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?

 

 

THE LADIES THAT LUNCH

THE WHEATSHEAF HUNGRY HORSE AT WHITSTABLE

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It was the lovely Lynda’s birthday lunch on Wednesday so we went over to her neck of the woods, Whitstable, luckily it was a Hungry Horse pub and we had a voucher for 33% of the main meals, what a bargain!  This pub is bigger than usual and also has a huge garden with a play area and many tables.  Service was excellent as usual with the food coming out altogether and hot, staff were so friendly and nice.

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This was the last birthday meal for Lynda but she has got a trip on the Orient Express, a cruise and a couple of days in Oxfordshire to look forward to, I can’t wait till I have a special birthday if this is what you get.

As usual there was so much going on that we all forgot about the pics but I did get the desserts and lets face it they are the best bit.

The portion of chocolate fudge cake was amazing so I had to help Sylvie eat it!  I do not agree with waste lol.  As usual the lunch took about 4 hours but we had a cracking time.

WHITSTABLE, UK

I have always liked the beach huts that many of our seaside towns have on the beach, many now are painted various bright colours.  I would turn one into a “she shed” writing hideaway, oh the many possibilities, I can feel a Pinterest board coming on.  I would of course paint mine pink, I could sit and look out to sea for many hours as I feel the inspiration just flows there, in fact I am getting ideas just from thinking about it.

Stopping at The Seaview Cafe for a coffee where the views are amazing, what a busy little cafe and the food is great with prices very reasonable.  Whitstable is very quant with many small speciality shops which can be very expensive but you would have a one of purchase.  Along by the harbour there are many pop-up shops selling a wide variety of goods, many hand-made.  The paintings by the local artists are amazing with many designs to suit all tastes.

I absolutely love the old fisherman huts that they have converted into wonderful little places for people to stay when visiting, again you look out onto the sea and many have balconies or they are almost on the beach.  They blend in with the many cottages scattered along the front that look like little dolls houses as so old and small.  The cottage gardens are exquisite and I will put a couple of ideas into my own garden that I have seen.  Whitstable has many varied bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from so you are a bit spoilt for choice.  The oyster bars appear to be everywhere round by the harbour but I am sure they would all be good as they are caught locally.  I can feel a night in a hut coming on with a good meal and a couple of cocktails followed by a glass of wine on your balcony gazing out to sea.

Whitstable is well worth a visit as there really is something for everyone, I am already looking forward to going back again.

 

LYNDA’S 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY

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What a fantastic night we had in Whitstable for Lynda’s birthday party, such an amazing group of people who are a joy to be around.  So many laughs and when her daughter Jo pulled out a lot of face masks of a young Lynda and an old Lynda then when she returned from the bar she saw us all, so very funny.  Matt did say he wanted an old Lynda mask so that was a good choice for him as I think we can maybe still class him as a toy boy! LOL.

The cake was a lovely surprise from Andy and Lisa, I just love the shoe and handbag, they know her so well.  Lynda looked amazing as usual and really not bad for a 70-year-old bird!

The food was delicious with many different chinese dishes that we could choose from, the wine was going down well, in some more than others lol. I felt like a child when Lynda then gave out party bags but what a great idea.

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So we have had her 60th and now 70th there so I think it’s best to book the 80th any many more happy birthdays for Lynda, the most caring, funny, warm best friend anyone could ever wish for.  Love you Lynda aka Tiny x

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FOLKESTONE WEEKEND 8th 9th JULY 2017

There was not a single person that could say they were bored in Folkestone this weekend as there was so much going on.  Saturday we had the yearly Charivari Festival, the costumes are amazing and get bigger and better every year.  Many of the local schools get involved also the various groups.  It goes right through the town with many more people lining the route or following from the back.  Music is fantastic and it really is a happy event and made even better by the fantastic weather we are having, long may it continue.

The tall ships were moored up at The Harbour Arm making it a beautiful sight, the ships always appear so elegant to me, I would love to go for a trip on one.  The music was great on the Arm and all free entertainment, well apart from a beer and some seafood, which is a must have if you are at the beach.  I do not think I have seen The Harbour Arm so packed, there was people everywhere having a good time.

If that wasn’t enough there was the flyover from the old planes, which I watched from my garden.  Folkestone is really coming alive this summer with so many attractions and places to visit, I love living here and so pleased all my children and the ten grandchildren all live within walking distance as there is nothing better than family.