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WEEKEND WAS SUPER

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We are being very spoiled down here in the south as we are having wonderful weather for the last three days, long may it continue.  Today it is 25 in my garden, I have done every bit of washing I could find as I don’t expect many more outdoor drying days.

I had my hair done last week as was getting a bit bored with the blonde.

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On Saturday I was round Jodies for a sleepover, Alfie’s choice and we watched some films.  We also had one of the twins for the night, so it was great to spend time with Jack, what a gorgeous baby and such a happy soul.

The Jack Daniels is a penny jar before someone comments on our choice of toys LOL.

I also did a little maintenance on the camper, there was a bit of brown under the bonnet so I brushed it with a metal brush then sprayed some Hammerite on it, felt very pleased with myself.  Put my bunting up and did a tidy-up of cupboards as got saucepans and cutlery to go in there now.

Once I have washed the new duvet cover that will be put in there.

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So a very productive and enjoyable weekend and it made a pleasant change as usually I spend the weekend indoors on my own, not that I am complaining as I do like my own company.

The new Emoji movie is good fun and better than what I was expecting so I can understand why the kids like it.

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I also finished this book so will do a review tomorrow for you all, it is very good, like all Anne’s stories so look out for this series.  It is set in Guernsey which is a beautiful place to live.

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Looking forward to a ‘getting ready for NANOWRIMO week’ so I will be ready for the 1st November.

Hope you all had a good weekend and may your week be full of sunshine.

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PIXELVILLE: SWORD & BONE BY DANIEL RIDING – BOOK REVIEW

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I think the Minecraft label made this a disappointment as it wasn’t really anything like it, so says my Grandson who read this with me (Alfie age 9).  He got bored about halfway but I did carry on until the end.  I think maybe it would appeal to a younger reader as it was just one story line and what happened to them on their adventure.  I loved the imagination and a child would be able to see the picture in their mind.

The descriptions were really good and it would keep a younger child reading especially if it made no reference to Minecraft.

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SING – FILM

These children’s films are so good these days, I watched this with Alfie and the songs in it are great, even he was singing along.  Mind you it was about the 4th time he had seen it so it obviously got a good rating from him.

Well worth watching and good fun.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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I always think this month is a bit of a nothing month as it is between the seasons but I am hoping for an indian summer so we can enjoy the outside a bit more as lets face it August was a bit of a wash out, apart from last bank holiday weekend which we all enjoyed outside.

I had to come back from camping with the family as I got a bad chest infection that spread upwards to my throat, doctor said more antibiotics and if it does not go then to go back.  My throat is much better but I still have the cough and bad chest, it really has been a bad year for my chest and I was really surprised to get ill when the sun was shining as normally my joints and things are better in summer.

My camping buddy loved sleeping in there with me, we decided it was much better than a tent.

I have my trip to Jersey to look forward to, I have already started to write lists and plan where I am going and what I am going to see.  Really looking forward to remembering such happy times with Nan and Grandad there when I was 7 and 8 years old.

Last week we said goodbye to family over from Australia but it was so good to catch up and chat about our time there.  Some of the children have got ideas for their gap year to go over and see some of the vast country.

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The Folkestone Triennial starts this weekend with many art objects scattered all round the town, there is also an app available which is free.  You can find the link on my Facebook and Twitter as for some reason the link does not like this post.

Back to school next week, it really has gone so quickly and we haven’t done half of what we wanted to do because of the weather, I think they have all had fun though.

Happy September everybody.

REVIEW – KINGSDOWN CAMPING PARK

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I will be doing reviews about all the parks I go to in the camper and they will be under park reviews on my blog and website.

Location of this park is by a lane so no big campers are allowed on to park but it was ok for me to drive up, I didn’t pass anyone coming the other way so that was good as I haven’t got my reversing camera yet.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, even coming down to my van to show me how to get the water hot and checking the fridge.  I first parked on a bit of a slope and the fridge has to be level to work.  They showed us where the footpath was to get to the village which is about 5 minutes away, it took me a bit longer though.

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The showers are a decent size with hooks so nothing gets wet, I find that very annoying. There is not a seat or bench in the showers which made it a bit difficult for me but it was very warm so I was only putting on shorts and a top. You can use the fixed hairdryer for 50p which would be good in the colder months.  There are plenty of toilets which are cleaned regularly during the day, also a good size if your taking toddlers to the toilet.

Most of the park has a sea view and you can drive round and park where ever you want also put up a couple of tents if needed as there is no restriction on space you take up.

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There are a few things for sale in the booking-in area, ice creams and basic camping needs but you can drive for about 10 minutes to the huge Tesco store which sells just about everything.

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As you can see we had a few tents up as one was the kitchen and the children had their own tents.

I would recommend this park to everyone as could find NO faults with it at all so it gets a huge 10/10 plus a gold star!

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I loved waking up to this view every morning.

 

MONDAYS

Second week of August already, I feel sorry for the people holidaying in Britain as even though it is not cold we have had a lot of rain with weather alerts for this week again. The grandchildren keep asking when are we going to the beach or outdoor swimming pool or the fountains and I keep saying there is no sun and if there is some sun it does not last long.  I am sure they would go anyway but it’s just not as enjoyable for the adults sitting shivering on the beach.

I have been very productive today though as written two book reviews on all my sites, it would be so much easier if I just copy and past them all but I feel a bit awful if I don’t write something a bit different.  I can understand now why authors are always asking for reviews as many readers just do not bother.

REVIEWING TIPS

What ever you think of the book then write it.                                                                             It can be as long or as short as you want it to be.                                                                         You can do it in sentences or bullet points.                                                                                     Authors love to get feedback from their readers and will often connect with them on social media.

WHERE TO REVIEW

Authors Facebook or Twitter                                                                                                               Goodreads  http://goodreads.com                                                                                                       Amazon http://amazon.co.uk                                                                                                               Google+                                                                                                                                                     Pinterest, I have made a board about books I have read.

So there are many ways we can all support our wonderful writers that we have now and the ones that are just publishing their first book would be so happy to receive some feedback from their readers.

I hope that makes it a bit less daunting for some and to be honest before I started blogging I never even thought about writing a review.

I am just about to start my next book which is by Carol Wyer, I am looking forward to this as it is another one in the series about DI Robyn Carter.

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I am looking after Alfie in a couple of weeks for a long weekend, he is crazy for Minecraft and very clever at it.  So we are going to read all about Pixelville by Daniel Riding which is a new book that was released last month, I will then get Alfie to review it as well as myself.

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I guess I had better go and do some gardening before the weeds take over everywhere, I would much rather be reading or writing though.  I have done a lot of planning for my Jersey trip and decided that I will pop over to Guernsey while I am there as never been there before, so lots to look forward to and I really cannot wait.

 

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.