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BLOOD IN THE SAND BY KELLY CLAYTON


As this is set in Jersey I have been reading this while I am away, I have not done as much reading as I keep falling asleep after a couple of pages.  Must be the air here as I have never slept as good as this.  I am enjoying the book and it is very easy to pick up and get back into it.  Will read more on ferry going home tonight. 

What are you reading at the moment and do you ever link books to what you are doing or where you are? 

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THE BOTANIC GARDENS, ST CLEMENT, JERSEY


I just love the above picture, what a stunning entrance that would make for any garden and these gardens are beyond magnificent in fact the best I have ever seen.  The Herb Garden situated in the walled medieval area is the largest in the UK.  I attended the free herb garden tour and learnt some great tips also so many herbs that I had not heared of, I  think I might ask for a herb book about what to do with them all for Christmas.  Did you know that mice do not like Mint so plant that around doors especially in the country where you get the field mice coming in for a warm winter.  


This had an amazing smell and I will be using it and trying to grow it.  

Different types of Thyme like orange and lemon, which is well known for healing and supposed to do wonders for a chesty cough, I am liking the thought of mixing the two together in an infusion and trying it out for myself.  I didn’t realise that the Chives I grow are Onion Chives as they have the purple flower the white ones are Garlic Chives but not very strong so a good addition to foods that you just want a very mild flavour.  

INFUSIONS – You will need a pair of tights/stockings or similar and normal porridge oats then break down the Rosemary and put in, then this will be put in the bath for a relaxing soak.

Lemon Verbene, again with the oats, put the infusion in a glass and add prossecco, this tasted like lemon curd and I love that.  


Oregano you can put into oil and use when needed.  Soapwort, you can make soap from and then dry the flowers for arrangements.  Sweet Cicely goes lovely with rhubarb, I can’t wait for next year when I can cut mine and cook it.  Lovage you can put into potatoe salad to get an amazing celery taste but not as strong as the real thing.  Put dried Lavender by your bed to aid sleep.  There is even a Curry plant, this does not smell very strong but goes well in your jar of dried rice before cooking.  

SAGE – You can make a sage gargle which is antibacterial and good for throats.  Mix 2oz of the fresh herb into 1 pint of boiling water then let cool and gargle with this, I will be letting you know if this works.  

I did not realise how many different types of Lavender there are so I have bought some seeds home to try.  The lavender and rose garden is amazing.  

A cute robin wanted to get in on the action.  Our tour guide Jenny had a world of knowledge about all the herbs and really was an outstanding person who managed to answer everything for us.

THE HERB GARDEN CAFE – What a beautiful cafe with out door seating in a wonderful setting.


The prices in this cafe are great in fact the best I have come across during my stay here and being a tourist and you get free wifi!  

I have even bought some Black Butter to try at home also Jersey milk and cream oh and not forgetting the New Potatoes.

The black plants are stunning, I have tried a couple of different ones in my garden but they did not seem to like it but I will be trying again as they look so good. 


I am loving the pink display, I came out with so many ideas for my garden but I am sure they will just stay at ideas for now.  I really liked the daisy looking flowers as you don’t really see Daisy’s growing in lawns anymore.  The two tone tree looked stunning as it all changed colour.

You would need a whole day to see everything here and stop for lunch.  Then a browse round the Gift Shop not forgetting the Rural Life And Country Museum and The Manor House with stables.  The children are catered for with a lovely park also a great game of hide n seek under the weeping willow tree.  


The best bit is if you go at the beginning of your holiday and you wish to go again, you can get a complimentary ticket for free so you can return any time. 

What a good idea to grow your apple trees over the arch, this makes picking them so much easier.  You could do the same with your other trees.  



As you can see there is so much to see and enjoy here, I liked that there were seats everywhere so you could just sit and look at the amazing views in every direction.  

This was the best place for me in Jersey and I loved all of it.  

DAN & NAT GOT MARRIED BY JON RANCE-BOOK REVIEW

This is published today so buy it now, a truly lovely story about a couple who end up married after a drunken night in Vegas.

It follows them through their courtship even though they are married, I really loved the descriptions of London and could almost feel myself there.  They say love never runs smooth and they are not wrong, so many bumps along the way that you could imagine happening but so well written by Jon.  I have read most of his books and love them all, another great book by a super author.

THE HUMANS BY MATT HAIG-BOOK REVIEW

It is not very often that I find it extremely hard to get into a book but I am afraid this is one of them.  I was so surprised as I have read Matt Haig’s before and found it brilliant.  I am sure it is just me though as this has had great reviews and my friend Angela loved it.

Sorry Matt if your reading this.

THE SINGLES GAME BY LAUREN WEISBERGER-BOOK REVIEW

If you love tennis and Wimbledon you will like this book, actually even if you don’t like it, this is still a great read and very informative about what it is actually like to be a professional tennis player.  I now regard them as truly dedicated athletes with a timetable that would just wear me out by reading it!

I love the main character Charlie and her journey, you can almost see her growing up through the story and the mistakes she makes as we all do through life.  The book flows and once you hit half way it is hard to put down as you really want to know what is happening next.

I love the ending as even though it is final you could have a next book about her last year and what happens next.

Great writing from a brilliant author.  I won this book on Goodreads which is a great site for reviews, new listings and anything to do with authors.  http://goodreads.com

 

H.G.WELLS-AUTHOR

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I have always had a bit of a fascination for this very talented man H.G.Wells especially as he lived here in Folkestone, in fact he had the house built and it still stands today but is a nursing home.  I have been through the grounds and even seen the hut that he did a lot of his writing in.  You can even see the house he rented in Sandgate while the house was being built.

I do not think people are aware of how clever he really was in thinking up things of the future.  Even the house he built had bathrooms for every bedroom something no one else had thought of before and did not even take off until many years later after his death.  He predicted some sort of talking device to contact other people or as it is known today, the phone.

He was a very passionate man in his writing and his personal life, in fact when indulging in a passionate affair it would show in his writing.  His most famous book is The Time Machine which was so well received then, it put him forwards as a most popular author, so many wanted to read his views in his stories.

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Folkestone used to be such a grand place, it would be lovely to see it like that again for our future generations.

MAD OR MAD

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First day of autumn, the sun was shining and I think I may be a little mad.  I have been trying to remember my doctor’s name all week so I can ring to make an app, I know I could have asked the receptionist but didn’t want her to think I was mad!  Just asked my daughter, she does think I am mad at times but now I can make an app.

It was bed changing day………wait there are only 3 pillows on the bed, where is the other pillow?  How can a pillow in its pillow case disappear, I may be mad!

Is this why I have writers block, so many local competitions to enter and not one story in my head!

What is in my head?  Not a lot by all accounts. lol.