ONE LOVE MANCHESTER

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If you are not watching this then make sure you take a look on-line when you are free.  What a concert, there are no words to describe how good this is, you can feel the atmosphere and the love that is in Manchester tonight.  The amount of stars that gave up their time to come here for this are amazing, then you also have the tributes from many other stars that wanted to say a few words.

Britain is recovering from last night in London so this really came at a good time as many people needed reminding not to fear or hide away, we will not be beaten.  My heart goes out to the many that have died in the three terror attacks here, many others are still in hospital.  Our thoughts are with the many families that are suffering from these cruel, cowardly attacks.

#OneLoveManchester

 

A WHIFF OF CYANIDE BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED TODAY 2ND JUNE 2017

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HAMPSTEAD MURDERS SERIES

Guy has done it again, this is a superb mystery thriller and I love that it is set at a Crime Writers Convention with the very famous Miss Marple in attendance.  Should the police take any notice of her thoughts?  Good old-fashioned police work at it’s best with a good human element as we follow the lives of the detectives at Hampstead nick.

Two murders that make you change your mind so many times about who killed them or even how many people were involved.  Dramatic violence that ends in a hospital with readers not knowing how that will turn out, then secrets are coming out in the open that shock some and cause ripples of uncertainty.

My thoughts went backwards and forwards about who was involved and of course as usual with Guy’s story’s I failed miserably to work out who done it!  In fact so many revelations in the last chapter that I read it twice just to make sure I had it clear in my head. But what a great finish as everything was tied up just how I like it.  I do hope there is going to be another book in this series as I love it, from all the characters to the setting it all flows so very well together.

Well done Guy Fraser-Sampson you have another best seller to add to your collection.

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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.

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD BY CAROL WYER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY 30TH MAY 2017

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I am really enjoying these thriller books at the moment and this was another good one. DI Robyn Carter is a great character so I wished I had read the previous book in this series but I am sure there will be more.  Here we have a murder that appears a bit random but then there is another one, is there a connection?  DI Carter thinks that maybe there is and goes out to prove to everyone that she is correct.  Nothing is ever that easy in story land so, is she right or is this the work of a lone killer?  I really liked the flow of this story and how the characters worked together.  I am sure this will be a hit with readers and you can order it now.

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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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EXCESS BAGGAGE BY LAURA BARNARD – BOOK REVIEW

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You cannot beat a good love story and this ticks all the boxes for a super summer read, light, funny with good characters and a good four stars from me.  Sometimes you really just need to read a happy book so it takes you away from the problems of the day and this will do just that.  Erica will keep you entertained with her mishaps, can anyone be that unlucky?  They will make you laugh though, poor girl but will she get her happy ever after or is it just another holiday romance that disappears like the sand in your luggage.

Don’t forget to pack this in your case.

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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3490836.Laura_Barnard

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