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A very busy evening in Folkestone with all the Christmas lights being turned on all over town.  The crowds then headed down to the harbour for the firework display over the Harbour Arm.

The lovely author Carol Creasey was at The Congo coffee shop signing her books for customers, I purchased The Power of Love so will be reviewing that here very soon.

Marianne made a super cake that I can say was delicious as were the sausage rolls, Kara gave a helping hand and the evening went very well; the Mulled wine was great as well.


I would like to say a big thank you to all my family and friends for taking the time to pop in and see us, it really made my day. xx




So today it is the big Christmas Lights Switch on in Folkestone, with many other events happening like meeting santa and fireworks, not sure why the need for fireworks when so many pretty lights will be on to see.  It is also the start of The Folkestone Book Festival which I really love as there are so many great events happening with it getting bigger and better every year.

The lovely Carol Creasey will be in attendance at the Congo Coffee house from 4pm for a meet the author and book signing event.  We all have that relative that has everything they need so what do you buy them for christmas?  How about a signed book from the author dedicated just to them, I know I would love something like that under my tree.  I have heard from a reliable source that the homemade cake in Congo will be out of this world!  Not to be missed and also my lovely granddaughter Kara will be rushing up from her day job to be your fantastic waitress with Marianne in Congo so please pop in and say hi.



I will be at the Quarterhouse in the morning as attending a workshop about How not to write a book, hopefully picking up some tips about how to avoid any pitfalls and to bring out the best in your story.  I like these workshops as even if you only pick up one tip you also meet some interesting people who share your hobbies and of course a bit of networking.

There is also a great sounding interview by Sir Martin Rees about HG Wells  at 4.30 at the Quarterhouse, gutted to be missing this.


From 4pm I will be at Congo coffee again to welcome the fantastic author Guy Fraser-Sampson.  I have read his book Death in Profile and found it extremely good, you cannot beat a good murder and the best bit is that this is the start of a series called The Hampstead Murders.  Three days it took me to read this, I also did not guess who committed the murder; I love a book that keeps you guessing.  The next book in the series is Miss Christie Regrets which is published in January so if you get book vouchers for christmas make this your first choice; hopefully I will review this for publication day.  The cake at Congo is just to ‘die’ for so get there quick and again you will meet the delightful Kara and Marianne your host’s for the afternoon.


The Book festival is well underway with some great debates, workshops and events happening in Folkestone.  I will be attending a workshop in the morning about drawing the best out of the history and environment of Folkestone for inspiration in your writing.  I love finding out facts about the area we live in and promoting our town.


National Novel Writing Month has been a bit of a failure this year for me, mainly due to the fact that so many other things are happening.  I have written a few chapters but I know this time of year so many other things fill your diary and I am not my healthiest during the winter.  I do propose to write for the whole of January as will not be going out in the cold and all the festivities are over then, well that is the plan.


Peaches will be staying in tonight so the fireworks do not scare her away again.  Have a great weekend everyone. x


Welcome to Wednesday everyone, the day is bright and windy here in Kent as I look out into the garden.

National Novel Writing Month has not gone well for me but I am not getting stressed about it as just writing a bit is better than not writing at all.  I am sure I will probably write more in December as have bought many Christmas presents already on-line so apart from birthdays December is relatively clear.  My two daughters did the same as me and had children in December, very bad planning on our part but I can honestly say I did not even think about due dates as was so excited that I was pregnant.  So I have Jodie’s on the 19th then her daughter Kara on the 12th then Billie joined in with Zac on the 16th, busy and expensive week!

Folkestone Book Festival kicks off on Friday with the big switch on of christmas lights and also my meet the author book signing at Congo coffee shop down The Old High Street, I do hope it is a success as Marianne who owns the coffee shop is such a lovely friendly lady.  I am hoping to see all my friends popping in on Friday and Saturday so please put it in your diary’s girls.


I had to share this picture with you as I just thought whatever next when I saw it, personally I am not a lover of hairy backs but can you imagine how stubbly it would be when it grows back? Yuk!


My dear friend Corinne is recovering well from her operation and I spent a lovely day with her on Monday, chatted non stop for hours lol.  I think the emotion and worrying came to an end once I saw her and then felt exhausted so a couple of days rest for me, the cold makes the osteoarthritis so painful with it affecting my fingers more this year which is not good for a would be writer; I think it has travelled to just about all my joints now with them taking it in turns to be non co-operative to working.

Have a wonderful Wednesday folks.






We popped into The CONGO coffee shop down The Old High Street on Saturday so we could indulge in bacon sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and a cream tea to give us the energy to go shopping.  I love this coffee shop as it is so small and personal, Marianne always has time for a chat.  I am sure I will be popping in there more as Kara is going to be helping them out at weekends.

It always seems to turn into a good few hours when I go out with these two, I had just spent the last few days in doors so I didn’t feel too bad.  I am sure I would feel better if it would stop bloody raining, the last couple of months has seen the arthritis spread into my left elbow so that is causing me a few problems as the pain I find is very hard to control when it first gets into another joint.

Because the weather has been so bad I do not think the plants know what they are doing so many of the shops are selling them off cheap at the moment, which I like.  I got a lovely Colious as they always remind me of my Nan and Grandad, he had loads growing in the greenhouse before he planted them out in the garden.

I do seem to have a variety of colours in the garden this year even though I tend to buy just pink flowers, might help if I put my glasses on and read all the labels.  I find the writing so small on plant tags and it is always such a performance putting down what ever you are holding then rummaging about in your handbag to find the glasses.  I would have the laser treatment if I was brave enough or I keep saying I will try contacts, I just have this fear of putting things in my eyes and cannot even put drops in them.


A small selection from my garden, the Lavender plants appear to be growing very well this year also my new Olive tree I got from the Eden centre.

Last year I got myself a swinging chair and have been looking for some material to make two long cushions one for the seat and one for your back then a cushion to lean on.  I feel extremely pleased with myself as I had the idea to buy a single quilt cover as they are the right length to make two covers and you have a nice pillow case for your head cushion. Then in Asda they had a sale and I purchased this one for £6 bargain I thought to myself.


Another weekend nearly over, Sunday I have written a few blog posts for the week, sat in the garden and just chilled after being out all afternoon yesterday. Have a great Sunday peeps. xx




Marianne gives you all a warm welcome in this cosy coffee shop and her cakes are simply the best.  It may not be big but the coffee is mighty and will get you through your day whatever your facing.

If its people watching you like then get a seat by the window and you will be happy whatever the time of day.

CONGO COFFEE WITH ART – Friday December 18th

Pop along at 6.30 tonight for a viewing of Steve Cook’s rainbow, watercolours.  His collection of paintings called


Steve is a relatively new artist so it is great to be able to see his paintings on show.  They are all framed and available to buy if you need that one last present for the hard to buy for person, then what better than an original painting by a local artist.

The exhibition will continue over the festive period.