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STRAWBERRY TEA

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Our Strawberry Tea was held last Wednesday and what a magnificent day the sun shone down on us, in fact some people got too hot! Talking, laughing and children’s chatter was all you could hear and everybody had a wonderful time. Obviously the theme was Strawberries, we even had some strawberry bunting, hand made by Corinne.

20140726-082153 pm-73313309.jpg We had some competitions including how many sweets in the jar and that was won by Jackie with a super guess of 350 the answer was 360, I did check no one cheated and looked up the answers lol

20140726-082248 pm-73368098.jpgThe calories in the cake was a bit harder but in the end it was won by little Jade age 2 with a guess of 4,500 the answer was 4,260 and she won a pair of strawberry tights.

20140726-082323 pm-73403989.jpgThere were so many strawberry themed cakes that we could not eat them all so we shared them out to the businesses that had donated items for the raffle.

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20140726-082431 pm-73471703.jpgThe raffle raised £18 and we had donations from Emma’s Hairdressers in Canterbury Road, the co-op chemist, corner shop and spar all in Blackbull Road, Folkestone, Kent. UK

20140726-082517 pm-73517181.jpgWe had a stall of all things strawberry, it is surprising what you can find once you start looking, Ebay was very useful. There was a bring and buy stall and for the children we had a sweet stall and strawberry ice lollies that they could get for 5p and 10p.

20140726-083412 pm-74052902.jpgAltogether we raised £100.01 and were all pretty pleased with that as there wasn’t a lot that could attend on the day.

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20140726-082638 pm-73598706.jpg A very big thank you to everyone.

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NO CHILLING HERE

Not a very peaceful nights sleep and I now have the cough that my two little visitors arrived with! I know it’s good to share but really, do they have to pass everything on to me! The day began with breakfast, which was about 9.30 so that was good as I do find early mornings very unsociably, I feel that 10 o’clock should be the new 8 o’clock. I really cannot understand why that is not the rule everywhere, I’m sure we would all function and work so much better.

We then spent a while deciding what to do first as their list of things to-do was a bit too long for my liking, I think I will need the week to recover. So, we settled on the cake making and they followed instructions and did it all themselves. They were delicious and did not last very long at all, at least they will not want much for lunch lol.

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No mess in the kitchen, very tidy cooks!

After a sit down and some tv, not that I really heard any of it, as they seem to chat non stop to one another. Much the same as I do to each of their Mums, so I guess I can not really complain.
It was decided they wanted to learn how to knit, after casting on the 20 stitches they each had a turn at doing a row, which they did complete very well as we only ended up with 23 stitches and 2 little holes. For a first effort I thought they did very well, I was amazed at the amount of patience you seem to developer as a grandmother as I am sure I would not of sat there doing that with my two girls when they were young. I would of sent them to their Nan’s!

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I am now very happy to sit and read but they had other ideas, they now think that crocheting will be easier than knitting so we should have a turn at that. It took me a while to remember how to wrap the wool round your finger and hold the hook but as they say its like riding a bike it all comes back to you. There was only one problem with this as I had never mastered doing anything more than a chain. Again, they did very well and can now both do a chain. I will leave the rest up to the parents.

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Almost time for dinner and then it will be snuggling on the sofa and a lovely film, which I will try to stay awake for. All in all a very good day was had by all.

Wonder what we will get up to tomorrow? Check back and see folks, have a lovely evening. X

GRANDAUGHTERS

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It is half term here in UK so the children have been on holiday all week. It always seems to go so quickly and I can never fit in all I would like to do with them. This weekend I have two of the girls they are 11 and 10, we went shopping and seem to have a lot of munch, films and cake making things. It has turned very cold so we have decided we are having a weekend indoors baking, reading, watching DVD’s and playing games. They both like the blog and have asked if they both did a poem over the weekend could I put it on the blog, royalties to me! Lol

I seem to of lost the use of my laptop so I do not think there will be any writing completed this weekend, it is going to have to be notes and planning. All of which I have a lot to do of, why is it names are sometimes so hard to decide on for your stories? At the moment I have a one and two in a story as nothing is feeling right, I guess it will all fall into place eventually.

Next holidays will be Easter and that is early this year, the children have about three weeks off then so best get planning for that. Little Alfie has already asked to go to the zoo again and to have a sleepover at mine. He does make me laugh as I stayed at his house the other night as was babysitting because my daughter and husband went away for the night for their anniversary, he asked if I had my pyjamas and was I having a sleepover at his house! Lol

Have a good weekend people and be happy. See you tomorrow for updates on chilled weekend.

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CUPCAKES

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What a variety of cup cakes we can now buy or if we are good in the kitchen and have a bowl, flour, eggs and flavourings then even bake yourself. You can now get them any size, any flavour and just about any colour but when did they become so popular and available everywhere we go. It’s like they just crept up on us and are so delicious everyone became addicted to their favourite flavour and colour but what about the old Victoria sandwich, has it just been forgotten? They used to be made every week on a Sunday when I was a child, should I confess to eating the cream and jam side first as you always got one half with everything and then nothing on other half, why was that? Will the good old Victoria sandwich make a comeback, I hope so as there so much quicker and easier than lots of cup cakes.

I guess also it’s what you get used to, the idea of making a Pavlova now fills me with dread, all that beating the whites stiff and cutting fruit to go on it. There was a time I used to make one every Saturday and thought nothing of it, maybe that was because we lived in Australia so I never had to do the cooking at the weekend as it was a man’s job to do the barbecue. You can’t beat a good meringue though and lots of fresh cream and juicy fruit. On that note I’m off to the kitchen!

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