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SUPER SONIC HOT NEWS!

I am the very proud owner of a Peugeot Boxer Autosleeper 1.9 TD!

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I cannot describe how happy I am to finally be the owner of a camper van, I used to have an old Volkswagen a few years ago and have always wanted to upgrade so that I had my own toilet and shower, meaning you could just stop more or less anywhere.

Over the weekend I have been reading up how everything works and getting used to it, there is power steering so that makes it so much better than my old one as I used to think my arms would drop off from all the turning.  The more I look and read the more gadgets and bits I find and I can honestly say that it has everything that was on my list!  It is also in really good condition with all history.  The previous owners have really looked after it well.

I have added a page to my web-site for camper travels and I will do the same on this blog, so where ever I go you can all come to.  I want to start doing some more travel articles and hopefully get them in some magazines, I did think of starting my own on-line one but I feel that would take up to much of my time.

I will take some more pictures inside when I have added a few things.  I have also made a Pinterest board about “My Camper”

I love these bunting campers, they would look great with fairy lights as well wound round them, hope Sylvie is reading this as she is soooooooo good at patchwork.

Happy holidays everyone.

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.

 

AUGUST 2017

August, where has the year gone?  Nothing really accomplished and now I’m recovering from having a tooth out as I had an acute infection in the gum, I had forgotten how really horrible an extraction is and it hasn’t got rid of the pain yet so I have taken to my bed and seem to be sleeping loads but at least I can’t feel the pain when asleep.

Summer appears to have got lost, I know we all said we needed rain for the garden but this is ridiculous!

While I was writing about parts of my life I remembered about going to Jersey, Channel island and have got lots of good memories so it has prompted me to want to go there for a writing holiday in September.  I am at the moment researching guest houses and airbnb places, I think I will take my car and drive down to Poole and get the ferry over as then I can travel round the island.  If you have any recommendations then please let me know, I am trying to do this on a very limited budget so need all the help I can get.

Happy holidays x

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.

 

 

FOOD & DRINK AT SUNNY SANDS

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For a small business they really do cater for just about anything, from blow up rings to buckets and spades for the children and the best ice cream to keep them happy.  For the coffee lovers you can sit outside looking out to sea, up the hills or to the harbour, lots of inspiration there for us writers and the coffee is good.

Prices to suit every pocket, lovely friendly staff, what more could you ask for on your day at the beach.  If you fancy a beer they even have that for you, nice and cold.

It really is the best sandy beach that’s safe for children, many of our local play groups take the children there for a day out.  I often go down there and just sit people watching or looking out to sea, on a clear day you can see France and it makes you realise how close it is.

LAZY SUNDAYS

I think it should be ‘Sundays are for you’ so they can be what ever you want them to be, I had such good ideas for today as there is so much going on in Folkestone at the moment.  I was going to take my camera down to sunny sands where they are having a sand castle competition and that is not just a couple of buckets with a flag on the top, that is my sort of sand castle, these are experts with diagrams, planning and just the right sort of consistency sand!  Then I would go up to the bandstand on the Leas where they are having the strongest man competition, muscles and testosterone everywhere, im not a fan of muscles myself think they are a bit over rated.  I was also going to catch up with Helen while I was there as I think I have been a very awful friend as not seen her for ages.  I would have lots of photos for future blogs and material for some good posts.

What have I done?  Read half a book,

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research internet reading, blog reading…there are some great blogs out there now, looked at the weather and decided as it was cloudy today would be a good PJ day.  I don’t even have to cook dinner as I made Paella last night and I think I have made enough for all week.

So my Sunday has turned into a not very productive day really and I guess very lazy!  But boy am I chilled.  I have also been looking at hair colours and cuts as I am having a change on Friday and going for something along these lines.

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I am really liking the idea of short at back and long at sides as it gets all hot and sticky at the back of your neck so I am forever just clipping it up so this cut solves that problem.  As for colour I need some of my original colour back and some honey blonde but I do not think that is going to be very easy to achieve now, will let you know on Friday unless I am hibernating until it looks better.

One more week here and then the children break up from school for the 6 week summer holiday, lots of days out together planned again, just need the weather to stay nice like it has been.

Have a great Sunday what ever you are doing and I will be back next week.

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.