Tag Archive | family.

SUMMER AT THE QUARTERHOUSE

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Woo Hoo summer has arrived here in lovely Folkestone, the beach, the fountains and parks are full of excited children and adults. The Harbour Arm was very busy last night which was so good to see. They are even saying that it will carry on all weekend!

I had the summer event booklet through the post, there are some exciting things happening at the Quarterhouse this summer. There is a 6 week writing course that I will attend as these always get me going to write many more words than usual. I also thought the book group was a great idea, I can promote the books I review and also get some good feedback about books I have not read but really should do. Very exciting times and I am so pleased there is something for writers and readers.

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I am also really liking the food assembly and will be getting my strawberry plants from there this year.

I have started to sort the garden out, starting with the plant pots but think I will have to get a gardener to do some basic hard work then I can carry on with the pottering about, as I call it.

Today I will be outside doing writing, reading and relaxing. My back is much better but a bit limiting regarding bending over especially later in the day, I am so pleased it did not last as long as it did last time, I ended up on Jodie’s floor for about 6 days, not good.

Have you got any plans for the weekend?

Sending sunny sunshine smiles to you all.

LEAS CLIFF HALL, FOLKESTONE

http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/sarah-and-duck/leas-cliff-hall/#overview_tab

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Website: http://www.sarahandducklive.com

Facebook: /SarahAndDuck

Twitter: @Sarah_and_Duck

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday is written by Polka Theatre’s artistic director Peter Glanville and Sarah & Duck co-creator Sarah Gomes Harris. It is directed by Roman Stefanski with set and puppet design by Laura McEwen. It is presented by MEI Theatrical in association with Polka Theatre. Sarah & Duck is a Karrot Entertainment production for CBeebies UK and BBC Worldwide.

Recommended for children aged 3-6.

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Would you like to win a family ticket to see The Sarah & Duck show which is being held at The Lees Cliff Hall on the 30th April?

All you have to do is answer this question below.

How old is Sarah?

 

COMPETITION TIME

Please share with families and groups as I am sure loads of youngsters would like to win this.

CBEEBIES SARAH & DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY

This show features a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning TV show, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday. They will play at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone on the 30th April.

Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day?

Told through a fantastic blend of inventive puppetry, charming storytelling and toe-tapping music, and featuring all the familiar voices from the CBeebies series including Roger Allam as the Narrator and Lesley Nicol as Scarf Lady, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families on a magical theatrical adventure.

Following the gentle adventures of a girl and her feathered best friend.  Sarah & Duck has been a huge hit since its debut in 2013, winning a BAFTA for ‘Best Pre-School Animation’ in 2014 and regularly appearing in CBeebies’ Top Ten programmes for viewers aged 4-15. Now in its third series, it is shown in over 100 counties around the world.

How would you like to win a family ticket to see the show and a book about the magic things they get up to?

All you have to do is answer this question:

How old is Sarah? 

Good luck everyone x 🙂

CBEEBIES – SARAH & DUCK

SARAH & DUCK. Photo Credit Pamela Raith (2)

Have you got little ones that watch this program?

I will be running a competition tomorrow for you to win tickets to Sarah & Duck’s big top birthday at The Leas Cliff Hall on the 30th April

 

CAMPER VAN TRAVELS UP THE ROAD!

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I had my first night away of this year, mainly to clean tanks and make sure everything was working. Jodie and Alfie came with me, we went to a site near where we live and hooked up to electric. We had a hard standing as the fields are so full of water still but they do say next week will be nice so hopefully everything will dry out a bit.

Little Satmar holiday park is situated in the clifftop village of Capel-le-Ferne, just outside Folkestone, and caters for approximately 50 touring pitches including 3 hard standing areas. Many of the pitches have electric hook up available and there are two toilet & shower blocks on the park – the block within the touring field also includes a kitchen wash area and a chemical disposal area. There is a park reception which incorporates a small shop and tourist information, open daily between 8:30am and 5:30pm. Next to the reception is a small laundry area.

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Everything worked fine on the mains electric but we had nothing from the leisure battery so I took it back to the garage that put the new battery on and he got it all working but I need to get a new ring for one of the terminal plugs. I was so relieved it was just that as had a lot of purchases already this year for the van.

It was great spending time with Jodie and Alfie, I am so pleased we got everything sorted as now I can go anywhere. Next week I will take the cat away and see what she thinks about it.

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I went to the camping shop and filled my spare gas bottle up and he told me the name of someone who can fit my reversing camera.  The TV did not work as said no signal so hopefully it is just the aerial and the man can fix that as well.

I will have a weekend writing, chilling and a bit of gardening if the weather is nice and also think about where I am going next week. I don’t think I will go too far the first time with the cat but I think she is going to be fine.

 

FIND MY?

I think I have had a light bulb moment but you may not. On all Apple products there is an app for FIND MY PHONE and it is very good as we found out a couple of weeks ago when Kara lost her phone. It took us straight to the house where it was and we got it back. If that works on iPhones, iPads and Mac’s why is it not put in everything from phones, cars, bikes to even children, they could wear some sort of sticker or necklace.  At least then we would have a good chance of getting things back but also it would deter people from stealing things surely.

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Mia and Zac have been here today, they bought all the ingredients to make a cake, it turned out enormous but very delicious. Not very good for the diet of course, what diet my inner voice says, I know, I have slipped a bit and can’t even blame the snow or cold now, must be the rain.

I have been looking for a new battery for the camper, what a choice! How on earth am I supposed to pick which one? The prices are all different as well.

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This is the one that Halfords recommend and these I have found on-line.

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I am liking the 5 year guarantee but then it’s not easy to send back if you get it on-line or do they just send you a new one?

They say a calcium one is better and lasts longer so that is a definite. It has to be powerful as it charges the leisure battery as well.

MARCH – APRIL

March was a good month in a lot of ways especially for my blog as my stats went up lots so I am on track for building it up. I had over 2,000 new followers over all social media and I am pleased to say that Stumbleupon has proved good in bringing in new people to read my blog. Facebook and my blog itself are the most popular ways of following my posts and I am pleased to say that the comments are increasing although very slowly.

I did an awful lot of reading but I think that was because of the bad weather and not feeling the best, a couple were short stories but altogether I read ten books, very pleased with that and keeps me on track for my total at the end of the year.

So it is now April and spring but not very spring like weather although we have not got snow down here on the south coast like they have up north.

My camper had a flat tyre so Greenflag breakdown service came out and sorted that out and charged the battery also telling me that it has the wrong battery so I will need to purchase a bigger one as that was why it went flat. A new tyre and a battery so it is going to be an expensive month.  I am so looking forward to going away even if it’s just for a couple of days, I want to take the cat with me and see what she thinks about it.

I joined a Facebook group called single women with campers and was really pleased that there were so many of us out there roaming around the world. They did give me some good ideas and one was to put some tools in the van even though I will always have breakdown cover you never know when you might need a screw driver or spanner. I am still trying to think of a name for my camper so any ideas will be welcome, I think I am thinking too much about it.

I hope to do a lot more writing if I go away as very behind with book, I also have to write a couple of short stories for a competition and one for the Folkestone Writers.

Lunch this month is not until the end of April and hopefully everyone will be able to make it. We will be going to The Grand, I like it there and the views over to France are splendid on a clear day.

The weeds are starting to grow so I need to get the black matting put down under the stepping-stones to stop them and trim back some of the grape-vine. I put some pansies in pots just to brighten the place up a bit. I need it to stop raining so I can get it all sorted before they take over the garden, the weeds I mean.

What have you got planned for April?

Have a good week, it will seem like a nice short one if you are back to work in the morning.  I just love this bunting, how clever.