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HOW OLD IS TOO OLD?

What a grey area we have here and it does not matter what the topic is as for some you are never too old.

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I think choosing what we wear after we turn 50 is a bit of a gamble with the good thing being that maybe we are too old to give a dam and just wear what we like and what is comfortable. I think some get a bit braver and mix up their style and I’m all for that, let’s have a bit of individuality as lets face it no one is going to stop you and say something, we are british and far too ‘proper’ for that.

Dating – It certainly does not get any easier no matter what age you are, it’s all a bit of a minefield especially once you look at internet dating. Supposed to be easier as your only matched to people who match you but I can assure you it does not always work. We all know all the rules about safety but what about courage and nerves we need an app to activate that as I am lacking in that department. A truth button on the dating sites would be good as we can all put what ever we like.

A little while ago there was a speed dating event in Folkestone and it is one thing that I have never attempted but I thought I could go with a friend and it could be a fun night out. This is where the title of the post comes in as yes, I was too old! Me at 57 was too old to attend the speed dating, I was a bit peeved. Why would they think the middle-aged of us are too old to speed date? There are an awful lot of single, divorced and widowed older people now which I am sure would make it a very fun evening and I am sure we would all stay for a drink and socialise until the close of the bar!

So maybe age is just a number and you are only as old as the man you are feeling….I wish! LOL

I really liked his poem by Ananya Grace Haldar that I saw on Facebook.

“Romancing After Forty”

We didn’t see this coming
We thought we were done
with pursuing and dating.
It’s Rube Goldberg complex
just trying to meet someone;
and the rules have changed
You’re either too needy —–
Or not needy enough.

Then there’s the danger
of judging too soon.
So we accept each other’s baggage because what would we look like
if we never took that chance?
We learn to embrace
these novelties
with the phases of the moon.

By now, we are who we are
No one is going to change.
We’ve reached middle age
We’re confident, successful.
Ready for the next stage.
We have experience,
so take that leap of faith —–
You might like where you land.

Ananya Grace Haldar
16 January 2018

MY FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY

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These two go back to school in the morning as their school had training days for the staff last week and as it has been raining here, well it feels likes weeks Billie didn’t want to take them to the yard so they came to stay at mine for a couple of days.  As the picture shows we had jama days with lots of story reading, colouring and them asking Alexa to sing, tell them stories and jokes.  Alexa is the Amazon dot and is great fun for me as much as the children. This is what I felt like after they left.

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It has taken me all weekend to recover which was good as I have been chilling just reading and doing my journal also planning these blog posts for the coming weeks.

The next couple of weeks are writing weeks so will be busy editing one and writing more of the other book.  I am still motivated but I guess I should be as we are only a week into the new year, for some reason it feels much longer than that. Won’t be long and it will be February and half-term.

FOLKESTONE QUARTERHOUSE SPRING 2018

This booklet is available now, if you cannot get to The Quarterhouse then contact them and go on the mailing list.  Such a lot of great things happening next year, so get your diaries out and start booking.  The Clearing as the bar/cafe is now called is open Monday to Saturday 10 – 5 and All events, such a peaceful area to sit and just let your thoughts wander.

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There are some great events for children, in fact just about an event for everyone, whatever your interests.  I am looking forward to Loving Vincent as I think he was a brilliant painter and thought the gallery in Amsterdam was wonderful.

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The Folkestone Women’s Forum looks interesting and if you still do Macbeth at school then this show will be excellent. So many events happening all over Folkestone now, I try to fit in as many as I can but if there is anything that you think I should be blogging about then do please drop me an email at karensworld.writer@yahoo.com 

I am sure the conversation with Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughterRebecca Wilcox will be one NOT to miss.

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Please don’t forget we have the wonderful Food Assembly where you can pick up all yourLOCAL fruit, veg, dairy, meat and lots more on a Tuesday evening after ordering it on-line.

Last of all we have a writing workshop starting the 16th January that is looking great so get your name booked on that before the places all go.

There are many more events in the book so take a peep and get booking , hope to see you at some of the events.

CRIME WRITERS AFTERNOON CHAT

The Folkestone Book Festival came to life yesterday afternoon when three fantastic crime writers popped along for a chat and I must say the setting was absolutely gorgeous.

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Sheila came along to the event with me as I have got her into the crime books and she was pleased to meet them and get her books signed. Catching up with Julie Wassmer again was great, her new book will be out next year and watch this space as I will be on the blog tour with my review going out on publication day. Julie was pleased to buy herself a book from her fellow writers as she can now enjoy reading someone’s else’s crimes instead of writing her own.

It was a great pleasure to meet Lisa Cutts who not only writes crime books but is also a very good police detective in her day job as well, at least there will be no mistakes in any of her procedures she writes about. It really was great talking to her, the first book she wrote called Never Forget won an award which must have been amazing for her, especially when so many new authors are rejected many times before they get into print. Just goes to show how good her books are, I bought Buried Secrets so will be reviewing that as soon as I can fit the reading in. I am always amazed at how truly lovely writers or anyone in the book trade are, never is anything too much trouble for them and will always answer and help you in any way they can. I will look forward to catching up with Lisa in the future.

The very brave male joining the group was William Shaw who was a journalist in his previous life and a very good one I am told, but now he is known as a brilliant crime writer with his latest book The Bird Watcher doing extremely well. Sheila bought one of his books so I will be reading it after her and reviewing it. I was asked who was my favourite author but I really couldn’t say as I read so many brilliant books, I could not pin it down to any one person.

The discussion between them and the audience went really well and was one of the best attended shows especially for an afternoon and I would imagine it would have sold out if it was an evening one and left many disappointed people. Lennox who chaired the chat/discussion did an amazing job steering them to some great informative answers to her questions.

A wonderful afternoon and one I enjoyed very much, it’s always a pleasure for me to meet the writers when I spend so long reading their books. I hope to catch up with them all again in the future.

BOOK FAIRIES AT FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

Let’s hope the person who finds this enjoys the book and passes it along. #bookfairies

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL 2017

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I love this event, shame it is not in the summer though as it’s always a struggle going out on cold winter nights.  They have outdone themselves this year with so many great shows, discussions and workshops.

It will be lovely to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and find out about her new book, I am looking forward to reading and reviewing it for her, I love those books as they are all set in Whitstable so you can picture the scenes in your head.  Maybe she should be writing one in Folkestone, that would be good.  I believe her new one is set in Ore by Whitstable.

I attended a Wellbeing workshop for writers at the weekend, this was given by Francesca Baker who is extremely good at these short workshops, I went to one last year, although this could have gone on longer as was set for two hours.  Interesting ways to look at things especially us writers who appear to forget about everything once we shut ourselves off and start writing.  Which would be a very good way to diet but if your like me when you do surface you eat all the wrong things and that’s just waiting for your dinner to cook.

Andy Miller’s workshop I hope will be interesting as I need all the help I can get with editing, I wonder if he will have a magic wand.

There are things for everyone this year as it goes from strength to strength, well done The Creative Foundation in Folkestone.

 

NOVEMBER 5th – This might be a moan!

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Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples.  There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.

What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own.  I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.

Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals.  This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok.  Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding.  We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th.  They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.

Where is the enjoyment in all that?

What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people.  With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!

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Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH STARTS TOMORROW!

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It has certainly come round very quick as tomorrow is the 1st November so all your planning and resources should all be complete ready to go in the morning.  I have just one more read through of what I have written so far to do this evening then print it of and I will be ready.

How are you doing and who is participating this year?

I really hope I can get both my books finished as really want to start a new project in the new year.  I am also going to take a picture a day that has a meaning to myself, starting in January.  Very organised I hear you say, yes that bit comes easy it’s the keeping it up I have trouble with but new year new start and I will try my best.

I’m not sure what happened this year but since we put the clocks back my body clock has been all over the place, I was eating breakfast at 7.30am today!  I have written two book reviews on all social media, read emails, Facebook, Twitter and everything else I belong to and it is only 10.30 also writing this.  I have to decide which book to read next so that is my next job after a coffee.

What are you doing today?

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