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JUNE 2017

This picture reminds me of myself and eldest daughter Jodie sitting in her hot tub with a delicious cocktail.

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The sun is shining, it is half term here so I think the beach will be busy today, you can find me in my garden reading this little gem.  Two murders and I have not got a clue who committed them yet but I am trying to pick up the clues.  I love Guy’s books, I best get a move on as this is published tomorrow, get reading Karen.

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Half way through the year already, I think this is my favourite month as it is summer, we have long evenings, the gardens are beginning to get some colour and of course the best thing is it’s my birthday month.   The warm weather has been a long time coming this year so I am hoping it stays a while.  My body is far less painful in the warmer weather so I can sit to write, paint or read without being full of painkillers.  I am 3 books off my running total for this year so I need to do a bit more reading, it takes longer to do all the reviews now as I like to write something a bit different on all the various sites and social media.

What is your favourite month and why?

 

THE NEW FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

This is not actually in Folkestone but on the road out of Hawkinge, it is the old butterfly centre.  But it is well worth the drive or bus as it stops outside.  It stretches back and is full of just about everything you could think to put in your garden.  Reasonably priced plants and shrubs ready for planting.  I got myself some Clematis which were only £2.99 so a bargain.

The Groves restaurant is large with outside seating as well.  I had the cream tea which was delicious and I got a good two full cups of tea out the pot.  Choice of jams in cute little pots and of course the cream.  Next time I will try the ploughman’s as that looked very nice.

 

Even if you are just going for a drive this is a lovely place to pop into as there is so much to see and also it is nice to buy some different things for friends birthdays, which I did but cannot mention as she reads my blog.

So, even though Wyevale has closed in town we now have a bigger and better garden centre to stock our gardens from.  When you go here mention that you saw my blog please.

 

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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CUTE IDEAS FOR THE GARDEN

There are so many ideas on Pinterest about everything but I particularly like the unusual things for the garden.  I have a similar wishing well so putting cactus plants on top I really like, I will try to get ones that have flowers to give it a bit of colour.

These bunnies are so cute, I do have a little hedgehog hanging on one flower-pot but these are even prettier.

I so want one of these to hang on my back gate, I love the ideas that people think up, I do wish my brain would work like that, some would say it doesn’t work at all now! lol  Even when younger I could never think of what costumes the children could wear for dress up events, I would just go completely blank but I guess we are all different.

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This I want to do in the garden, just need to find an old gate preferably one that someone is chucking out as on the for sale sites they want about £20 and I cannot justify that just to put in the garden for a plant tp grow up it.

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Very simple this one as the tubs are only about £5 and if you can build your trellis from odd bits of wood then it is a cheap idea, you could also do different size tubs for a bit of variety for your vegetables.

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You can see all my Pinterest boards at:

https://uk.pinterest.com/Kaarensworld/

 

 

MY SPRING GARDEN

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I really love pansy’s and the mixture of colours you can get them in, the slugs like them to but since I have had the little pond I don’t see very many and that is why my baby frogs are so fat!

I have moved things about in the garden, with a lot of help from my friend Sylvie so I am very happy with it now, I just want all the bulbs and flowers to grow so I have lots of colour and hopefully be able to pick some flowers for indoors.  There is only one job left to do and that is digging over the rose bed so I am looking for a strong person to lend a hand.  Loving the new wicker chair which is so comfortable and a bargain for £20 also the pink plastic coated shelf, so it will not rust for £8, I do like my bargains.  I need to make the cushion covers for all the chairs so they are all matching.  Herbs are growing very well this year as are the strawberries so should get a bumper crop.  I have a pretty white rose for growing all over the pink ladder and I want to get some nice standard roses for the rose bed but all shades of pink.

The olive tree has grown loads in the year I have had it and it likes the full sun most of the day.  I made a little drinking pot for the bumble bees and butterflies with coloured stones.

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I get very impatient waiting for things to grow especially my table and chairs outside the front as the ivy and climbers should be all over them and then they will look nice hopefully.  I will look out for a very fast growing climber I think.

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I love my garden.

FEBRUARY

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Hello February, let’s hope you are a bit better than January as I have missed most of that as been in bed poorly.  So this month we have Valentines Day so it is full of love and happiness.  I also have my eldest grandsons 16th birthday, he never changes and I love him to bits.

A short month so it takes us ever closer to Spring, I cannot wait and have already been looking at plants to get for the garden, I am particularly interested in a cherry tree as think the blossom will be lovely and if I get cherries then that’s all good, also more plants that come back every year as it is getting harder to get down to weeding.

What are you looking forward to in February?

FEEL GOOD FEELING

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What a glorious day, the sunshine is so warm in my garden; can you spot the cat?  I am loving the colours of the grape-vine this year, all I need now is a red Acer tree (think that’s right)

Lovely blooms and colours, I really like Fucias and they stay all year here as no frost and warmer temperatures.  The turf has all been pulled up and my oiled stepping-stones put down, with Camomile, spreading Thyme with pink flowers and Lilly of the valley in between them.  Will need some more fragrant ground cover in the spring; I think it will look and smell gorgeous.

I recently had a short story published in the Folkestone anthology, I can now say I have received a written review!  How wonderful does that make you feel, it not only encourages you to keep going but it also lets you know someone is reading your work.

As I was so impressed with this review I would like to say a very big thank you to Sheila for not only taking the time to read it but also to put pen to paper, it has made my year!  Here is the review.

Hi Karen, just sat and read your short story and I was really impressed! I can’t begin to imagine where you start. How excited she is at the beginning and full of love for Steve. The anticipation of the Summer Ball and then the let down and despair at the end of the love affair. It’s all there,well done!! 

Please keep it up Karen. Looking forward to reading your book when it’s finished! Xxxx. 🙂

I will now get back to writing, have a lovely day everyone. x