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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.

 

I AM WRITING!

That feels so good to be able to say that as I was beginning to wonder if I would again, so today I polished off and edited the first chapter of the children’s book.  Will look at another couple of chapters and improve them then they can all go back to the publisher, just hope they haven’t forgotten me.

I popped over to Romney Marsh this morning as that is where my dentist is and it is always nice to see the fields and sheep as I drive by.

I was also  very pleased with myself as I have at long last actually grown some Freesia’s, I love these flowers and their smell, they were my Nans favourite as well so that must be where I get it from.  Still lovely and warm so I need to fit in some weeding somewhere this week.

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My next little project is to make this cup wreath and so far I have collected four cups, I was amazed that charity shops do not have a box of old cups but it seems not as now they appear to be like gold dust!

It is time for bed to read, this book seems to be taking me a while to read, I just can’t seem to get into it and I really don’t like it when that happens.  At least I can look forward to the next one that I am hoping to start before the end of the week.

 

FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

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Super offers from our garden centre at the moment, I especially like the free cream tea so will be paying them another visit this month.  I also like the free lantern which is a great gift from just buying your plants for the summer garden.  There is so much choice here and a favourite place of mine to get birthday presents as there are many unusual bits here.

I had to buy another notebook, just in case I run out! LOL you can never have too many and that’s my reasoning also it was only £1.99 and it fits in my handbag.

I have never met friendlier staff than here, nothing is too much trouble for them and they go out of their way to find exactly what you require.

 

 

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/