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HOT WEEK & FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!

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It was wonderful to come home to a garden full of flowers but the vine weed is not welcome and appears to be popping up everywhere, my granddaughter sent me a photo of my first roses, what a glorious colour pink they are.  I get a good dish full of strawberries most days and the carrots and beetroot are doing well.  The grape-vine has taken off, destination unknown!

It was my birthday on Monday and Kara took me to the pub for dinner, was the first time she has treated me to dinner so was great.  I got some lovely cards and presents and the sun was shining.

I am looking forward to Wednesday as that is the birthday lunch with my friends so will do a post about that next week.

It is nice to be home and even nicer that the weather is still so glorious here in Kent, it was still up to 31 in my garden today.  I like to just sit in it so not a lot of gardening has been attempted, in fact it is a good job Linda is coming home from Spain today as my front grass has not been done since she did it weeks ago.  I will be in her good books as I am picking her up from the airport tonight. LOL.

I need to get back into some writing as the local competitions are in the next couple of months, I appear to be very behind with all of my writing as couldn’t get into it at all for a few weeks at the beginning of the year as was not well.  It is very easy to get distracted when you are not focused, how do you keep on track or get back on track?

 

THE SUN BAR IN BENIDORM

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This was by our apartment and it had free wi-fi I could always remember her name as it was Karen lol.  A cute little bar that was always packed in the evenings.  Karen and her husband Miguel are so friendly and will always come and have a chat to you.  The coffee is really nice and you get it in a nice clean mug.

FILMING OF BENIDORM

We watched some of the filming one day as it was in the next street, very funny to watch but my they get so hot waiting about for the next take.

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Cocktails were always good but particularly in one bar near us where you could actually taste the alcohol.  My favourite was the blue one which was called The Swimming Pool!

 

BENIDORM, SPAIN

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I had a week away in Benidorm with my friend Corinne, the weather was fantastic and the whole place was buzzing.  It was so good to see it like it was a few years ago, no empty buildings and people in all the bars and restaurants.  They will have a super summer that will make up towards the loss over the last few years.

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This new way of renting places to stay in from weekends to long holidays is proving very popular in Europe at the moment.  It is so much cheaper than hotels and normally a better deal than B&B or guest houses.  We had an apartment that had everything in it you would need in fact it is like home from home, one bedroom with twin beds plus a sofa bed in lounge, fully equipped kitchen and even a washing machine so you don’t have to take dirty clothes home.  A nice balcony to enjoy a sangria and if you get too hot just pop the air conditioning on.

Plus the use of the pool, which was the only thing that lacked something which was sun loungers, we even had the pool to ourselves most days.  We were 200 metres from the beach plus many bars and shops in our road.

We made our own Paella one night and Sangria, very tasty.  Then at the airport I found the seasoning so I will be making my own at home plus the sangria and ali oli, I love that with bread and olives.

Our favourite drink was the strawberry and lime Kopperberg with lots of ice.

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Opposite our apartment there was an Indian restaurant and kebab house so we popped over for a meal one night, I have to say it was one of the best I have tasted, the service was brilliant and everything was so clean.

A brilliant time was had by us both, it was nice to sit in the sun and chill with no noisy neighbour shouting constantly.  Our host Sarah was lovely and met us as soon as we got there and gave us a tour and the keys, if we had of hired a car there was even parking by the apartments.  I love the atmosphere of Benidorm and the Spanish so I am sure I will be back again soon.  With just a two-hour flight which we got for £60 return each it is a cheap get away, I don’t really like flying so a short flight is perfect for me.

Then we bring the sun home with us so my holiday mood continues.

 

A WHIFF OF CYANIDE BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED TODAY 2ND JUNE 2017

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HAMPSTEAD MURDERS SERIES

Guy has done it again, this is a superb mystery thriller and I love that it is set at a Crime Writers Convention with the very famous Miss Marple in attendance.  Should the police take any notice of her thoughts?  Good old-fashioned police work at it’s best with a good human element as we follow the lives of the detectives at Hampstead nick.

Two murders that make you change your mind so many times about who killed them or even how many people were involved.  Dramatic violence that ends in a hospital with readers not knowing how that will turn out, then secrets are coming out in the open that shock some and cause ripples of uncertainty.

My thoughts went backwards and forwards about who was involved and of course as usual with Guy’s story’s I failed miserably to work out who done it!  In fact so many revelations in the last chapter that I read it twice just to make sure I had it clear in my head. But what a great finish as everything was tied up just how I like it.  I do hope there is going to be another book in this series as I love it, from all the characters to the setting it all flows so very well together.

Well done Guy Fraser-Sampson you have another best seller to add to your collection.

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DAY OUT TO SITTINGBOURNE, KENT

We have been having some glorious weather here in Kent for the last few days so it is good to make the most of it as it does not stay like it for long.  Sitting in the garden reading or writing is what I tend to do most of the time but I did have a day out with Corinne.  I was really surprised that she had never been to Sittingbourne before so we had a little trip out.  Found a great plant shop there and so reasonable priced we both bought a few more for our gardens.

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I have had this tea plate and tray for a while so I was really pleased to find the tea-pot to match, I am now on the look out for a milk jug and cup and saucer in the same style.

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Last year I found two tiny perfume bottles in Whitstable so I was really pleased to find two more in Sittingbourne and they were made even better by being a present from Corinne.  I know they should go on my dressing table but they are so fragile they have been put in one of my glass cabinets where I can see and admire them.

I am now looking for lots of pretty cups as I would like to make this, I think it is so pretty and unusual.

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LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE BLACKBULL HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE UK

This day came round very quick due to some having holidays coming up so we had to make the most of today as our next one is not until the 28th June.  Lynda was missing as was gallivanting about in Madera with her daughter Jo.  It was a cold, miserable rainy day but very happy round our table, we celebrated Sylvie’s birthday and she got some lovely presents, you know they are lovely when others want them to.  I even remembered to take photos today!!! I know, your all so shocked but look at these dinners, they were good.

We did have some extremely upsetting news as our lovely Liv who manages the place  (and us) and her Rob are going to be leaving soon, it will not be the same without you guys so we may have to trek to Thanet for some lunches, I wonder if they will do B&B? lol.  I did hear there is a wedding coming up, can you imagine that, The ladies who lunch go to a wedding!  I am sure we would behave, well some of us lol.

Dessert, I have got to say that the millionaire cheesecake was the best I have had, it was delicious and I will be having that again.

A good time was had by all, I returned and went back to bed as still not feeling right but they did all cheer me up so I am pleased I did make the effort.

Corinne bought me down my new mattress topper and put that on for me so bed is nice and comfy, I came back to see that Peaches had made herself very comfortable on the bed.

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Move over and let me in!

 

JUST TWEAKED A FEW BITS ON MY BLOG

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I have sorted all the widgets at the side of my blog so they all work now and made it easier to navigate round.

http://karensworld-writer.co.uk

Click on blog and you are there, also you can follow me by clicking on the follow button and putting in your email address and then you will never miss a post!

I am connected to Netgalley as some of the authors and publishers put books on there to be reviewed so have up-dated my profile.  I have tried to link everything together as otherwise I would forever be adding posts to different social media sites.  I love the pink globe for Karen’s World and glad I went with my own idea and did it myself, not that it is hard to do.

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I am about to start the May Day Murder, I love these books as like reading about Whitstable which is not far from me, in fact my friend Lynda lives there so often pop over.

Tomorrow is May Day so a holiday for the children and some people who do not have to work, I think it would be good if everywhere shut on some holiday days as there is no break at all.  Some of our 24 hour supermarkets are changing back to normal hours and I think that is good.

Well my antibiotics have finished today but my chest is still not clear but will see how it goes during the week, I can put up with that but it is the getting out of breath just doing a normal chore that I really dislike.

I am hoping to get back into my writing this week and I really need to get out with my camera for some new photos.

Have a good week and lets hope for sunshine in the UK.