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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.

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OUR YEAR THAT WAS 2017

So many books this year with many standing out as brilliant, I wonder if I can up my total for next year to 70?  I just squeezed in with 60 this year, I really don’t know how people read 200 in a year.

We went to Liverpool to see all the famous places, had a super time.  Was my first experience of airbnb which was great.  I loved the place and would like to go back as there really is so much to see and do there.

Our first spell of hot weather came early in the year and we made the most of it and got the gardens looking fab and enjoyed time on The Harbour Arm.

Easter began with a super lunch with the ladies, I tried to not eat too many eggs and really enjoyed the flowers.

Alfie turned 9 and Jodie got a hot tub, very enjoyable and the cocktail.

Billie, Paul, Jade, Mia and Zac enjoyed a long weekend away at Camber Sands and really enjoyed themselves.

A new garden centre for Folkestone that does great cream teas.  Brilliant day swimming at the outdoor pools, the weather was great.

A fantastic trip to Benidorm with Corinne, we watched ‘Benidorm” being filmed, made some friends from The Sun bar and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Two new dessert places opened in Folkestone and doing extremely well.

I took Alfie to the sci-fi show and we had a great time.

My birthday was such fun, had a brilliant lunch with my friends and some great presents.

I have missed all the sheep from Romney Marsh so took a pic when I went over to the dentist.  Alfie had a great time at the cinema, we watched Despicable Me 3.

Lynda’s 70th went on for about two weeks but what fun she had, the lunches and parties were fantastic then she went off for about three holidays.

Folkestone in the sunshine, I love the town I live in and it just gets better and better.

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Ladies that lunch is the best time of each month for me.

Buying the camper was the highlight of the summer and then going to Deal camping with the family was such fun.

Freddie and the twins came to visit for the day, Freddie now knows what is in every drawer and cupboard in the camper lol.

Sometimes you get a picture and when ever you see it, it makes you remember that day and laugh, this is one of those pictures, Beckie could not get her banana open like we (normal) do so she bit into it, I think she was going back to tribal ways! LOL.

My trip to Jersey to re-kindle my memories from childhood but I just did not realise that everything would be different 50 years on.  The places I visited were lovely especially the gardens and the pearl place.  I stayed in a great airbnb with super hosts, I must remember to try the black butter as still not done that yet.  The beaches were the best as they stretched for miles and the sand was golden.  Was a nice trip, with lots of reading and writing achieved.

I stayed at Jodie’s and we looked after Jack for the night, such a smiley boy and so cute.

We had family over from Australia who the girls loved catching up with, we had some nice cream teas and reminiscing.

Billie and Jade both got new horses this year, Jade did a super job of staying on her horse as she was going over the jump.

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

OVER MY SHOULDER BY PATRICIA DIXON

What a fantastic story and was so pleased with what Patricia said on her wall on Facebook.

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A delicious lunch for the ladies at The Grand and a bargain price so we will be visiting there again next year.

Billie and family had to say goodbye to Pepper who is now the shiniest star in the sky. Was so sad for everyone as he was such a loving little dog.

PURE pet food gave me a pack to try out with Peaches and then to blog about it, well she loved it and it really filled her up, you can purchase it from here.

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

What a brilliant two weeks of everything book related, was great to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and meet other writers.  There was a vast program this year so something for everyone including children.  The workshops were enjoyable and I came away with some new books to read.

Our christmas lunch and another year of monthly lunches over, it is great to have such good friends who support and care about each other.  We have some ‘special’ birthdays next year so lots to look forward to.

Then the snow came very early and caused disruption but all the children loved it even though it didn’t last long.

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View from my lounge

As we say goodbye to 2017 it’s been fun, sad, happy, hard and many other emotions but let’s go into 2018 with open minds and hearts and hope it is the best it can be.

DECEMBER 2017

I have loved these calender pictures this year, thank you Jodie.

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December, where has this year gone?  Winter has really arrived with some having snow already which is going to make this winter seem so long and April a long way off.

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View from my lounge

I am not at all ready for Christmas and to be honest have not got any christmas spirit so no decorations are up here. I have not felt the best and guess I have been a bit low, few problems and money is a bit of a worry trying to keep the flat warm is not easy with old storage heaters which makes me dread the next bill and I know worrying will not solve anything but I just can’t help it.   I detest the cold, my joints are so stiff even to the point of having trouble to type at times, sorry for moaning.

I am sure Peaches gained a few pound eating that new cat food as she seems very big and fluffy now.

NaNoWriMo – What can I say, it was a bit of a failure this year with only adding a few more thousand words but I think something is better than nothing and I will keep plodding away.  I am finding some of it hard to write when not feeling the best as get a bit emotional. I am definitely finishing it next year though as want to start many new projects so I have a goal and will stick to it.  How did you all do and did you find it hard going or just breeze through the month?

Many happy children opened the first door on their Advent Calendar this morning, making Christmas feel that bit closer with a visual prompt.  Myself and Peaches did not get one this year…..sad face, but the lovely people at Crooked Cat Books have a brilliant calendar where they are giving away books, yes FREE BOOKS, you can find them here.

I have been indoors all week and made the effort to get dressed everyday and been freezing so ending up under blankets on the sofa, today as it is Friday I have declared it a jama day and put my onsie on, not very elegant as it has a pig’s tail, must tell santa that I would like a nice one for days like today.  Anyway so far I am not cold so I’m thinking it is best to buy new pyjamas instead of clothes lol.

Have a super December everyone.

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.

NANOWRIMO – NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

     

Who is entering this in November?  I do it but I do-not sign up for it as I’m no good under pressure and like to do things at my own speed also when I feel able to but it really does encourage you so that’s all good. If I blog about how I am doing then that also gives me a bit of a push.

I am going to finish my book about my life during November this year if I can but it is also our Folkestone Book Festival and I would like to go to a couple of workshops to-do with writing.  The festival looks bigger and better every year with many good authors taking part.  I am looking forward to meeting Julie Wassmer again and finding out when her next book is being published and hoping I get the chance to review it ready for publishing day.

Have a good weekend everyone and make the most of the sunshine we are going to get in Kent for the next three days!

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

Autumn is well and truly here, the colours of the leaves have changed with many on the ground now.  My front garden is full of conkers that have fallen from the tree, I learnt something the other day from Lynda as she picked some up to take home.  Putting them in the corners of your window sills prevent spiders and webs as they do not like them. I will be trying this out, have you heard of this anyone?

I bought a lovely lampshade the other day for my lounge but I now need an electrician to connect it for me.  At £8 I think it was a bargain.

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I am beginning to think about Christmas presents but also birthdays as I have three of them during the week before Christmas, very bad planning that was but I can only be blamed for one of them but then each of my daughters made the same mistake! Sometimes I find it very hard to buy for the grandchildren as they have everything and clothes are so expensive but at least I can get everything on-line so no going out battling the crowds.  I very seldom go out so home shopping is a life saver for me, my Nan would have loved  shopping on-line as she was in a wheelchair and didn’t get out very often.

 

 

READING THIS NOW

Damaged by Pamela Callow

Looking forward to starting this today.  So many books are part of series now, do you like that or not?  I think it is great if it’s a short series that runs one after the other in the story.  An example of that is Stacey Caflin and the GONE series, that was brilliant and if you have not read it yet then I would recommend it 100%.

 

What are you reading this weekend?  I actually sat out in the garden for a bit this morning, I think it was the last bit of sunshine before we get these supposed rain storms which are coming from the last of the hurricane’s.

Have a weekend doing what you love everyone.