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THE BETRAYAL BY ANNE ALLEN – BOOK REVIEW

THE GUERNSEY NOVELS – BOOK 6

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When Anne asked me to read this and review I was very pleased as the previous books in this series have been very good.  Some characters appear again but it is a stand alone and they could be read in any order, which is a good idea as I always get books muddled up or read one and then discover there were two previous books.  Anyway I digress, if you have never been to Guernsey then you really can imagine what it is like as these books paint a picture in your mind of the wonderful beaches.  I was really interested in the connection between the twins, really close in life and then when one dies the connection is still there trying to help her find his murderer.  This story goes into the history of the place and the people so you get a good understanding of the story and how it all develops.  Moving the location twice still keeps the story knitted together so you hardly notice.  Great characters and of course a love connection with a happy ending, another great book by Anne Allen published today available from Amazon.

 

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WEEKEND WAS SUPER

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We are being very spoiled down here in the south as we are having wonderful weather for the last three days, long may it continue.  Today it is 25 in my garden, I have done every bit of washing I could find as I don’t expect many more outdoor drying days.

I had my hair done last week as was getting a bit bored with the blonde.

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On Saturday I was round Jodies for a sleepover, Alfie’s choice and we watched some films.  We also had one of the twins for the night, so it was great to spend time with Jack, what a gorgeous baby and such a happy soul.

The Jack Daniels is a penny jar before someone comments on our choice of toys LOL.

I also did a little maintenance on the camper, there was a bit of brown under the bonnet so I brushed it with a metal brush then sprayed some Hammerite on it, felt very pleased with myself.  Put my bunting up and did a tidy-up of cupboards as got saucepans and cutlery to go in there now.

Once I have washed the new duvet cover that will be put in there.

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So a very productive and enjoyable weekend and it made a pleasant change as usually I spend the weekend indoors on my own, not that I am complaining as I do like my own company.

The new Emoji movie is good fun and better than what I was expecting so I can understand why the kids like it.

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I also finished this book so will do a review tomorrow for you all, it is very good, like all Anne’s stories so look out for this series.  It is set in Guernsey which is a beautiful place to live.

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Looking forward to a ‘getting ready for NANOWRIMO week’ so I will be ready for the 1st November.

Hope you all had a good weekend and may your week be full of sunshine.

OCTOBER 2017

Autumn is well and truly here, the colours of the leaves have changed with many on the ground now.  My front garden is full of conkers that have fallen from the tree, I learnt something the other day from Lynda as she picked some up to take home.  Putting them in the corners of your window sills prevent spiders and webs as they do not like them. I will be trying this out, have you heard of this anyone?

I bought a lovely lampshade the other day for my lounge but I now need an electrician to connect it for me.  At £8 I think it was a bargain.

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I am beginning to think about Christmas presents but also birthdays as I have three of them during the week before Christmas, very bad planning that was but I can only be blamed for one of them but then each of my daughters made the same mistake! Sometimes I find it very hard to buy for the grandchildren as they have everything and clothes are so expensive but at least I can get everything on-line so no going out battling the crowds.  I very seldom go out so home shopping is a life saver for me, my Nan would have loved  shopping on-line as she was in a wheelchair and didn’t get out very often.

 

 

QUARTERHOUSE EVENTS, FOLKESTONE

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What a lot of things happening in Folkestone this Autumn.

The Triennial is well under way and attracting lots of visitors, there are some amazing art objects scattered about, if you can find them all but there is a booklet to help you. Many more events are being put on around the town over the next few weeks.

Then in November we have the Book Festival, I have already booked my tickets for the events I want to attend.  If you have not booked yet then do not leave it too long as they are selling particularly fast this year.  Really looking forward to seeing Julie Wassmer again and asking about her new book that she has just finished.

I love some of these shows coming up at The Quarter House.

Many things to do round Folkestone and with the weather being nice at the moment it makes a pleasant stroll round looking at the wonderful art that is making an appearance in our town  I have also heard that our Banksy will soon be on show, no details where yet but obviously it will be inside a building so no one can de-face it, although why anybody would want to I have no idea.

 

SING – FILM

These children’s films are so good these days, I watched this with Alfie and the songs in it are great, even he was singing along.  Mind you it was about the 4th time he had seen it so it obviously got a good rating from him.

Well worth watching and good fun.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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I always think this month is a bit of a nothing month as it is between the seasons but I am hoping for an indian summer so we can enjoy the outside a bit more as lets face it August was a bit of a wash out, apart from last bank holiday weekend which we all enjoyed outside.

I had to come back from camping with the family as I got a bad chest infection that spread upwards to my throat, doctor said more antibiotics and if it does not go then to go back.  My throat is much better but I still have the cough and bad chest, it really has been a bad year for my chest and I was really surprised to get ill when the sun was shining as normally my joints and things are better in summer.

My camping buddy loved sleeping in there with me, we decided it was much better than a tent.

I have my trip to Jersey to look forward to, I have already started to write lists and plan where I am going and what I am going to see.  Really looking forward to remembering such happy times with Nan and Grandad there when I was 7 and 8 years old.

Last week we said goodbye to family over from Australia but it was so good to catch up and chat about our time there.  Some of the children have got ideas for their gap year to go over and see some of the vast country.

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The Folkestone Triennial starts this weekend with many art objects scattered all round the town, there is also an app available which is free.  You can find the link on my Facebook and Twitter as for some reason the link does not like this post.

Back to school next week, it really has gone so quickly and we haven’t done half of what we wanted to do because of the weather, I think they have all had fun though.

Happy September everybody.

REVIEW – KINGSDOWN CAMPING PARK

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I will be doing reviews about all the parks I go to in the camper and they will be under park reviews on my blog and website.

Location of this park is by a lane so no big campers are allowed on to park but it was ok for me to drive up, I didn’t pass anyone coming the other way so that was good as I haven’t got my reversing camera yet.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, even coming down to my van to show me how to get the water hot and checking the fridge.  I first parked on a bit of a slope and the fridge has to be level to work.  They showed us where the footpath was to get to the village which is about 5 minutes away, it took me a bit longer though.

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The showers are a decent size with hooks so nothing gets wet, I find that very annoying. There is not a seat or bench in the showers which made it a bit difficult for me but it was very warm so I was only putting on shorts and a top. You can use the fixed hairdryer for 50p which would be good in the colder months.  There are plenty of toilets which are cleaned regularly during the day, also a good size if your taking toddlers to the toilet.

Most of the park has a sea view and you can drive round and park where ever you want also put up a couple of tents if needed as there is no restriction on space you take up.

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There are a few things for sale in the booking-in area, ice creams and basic camping needs but you can drive for about 10 minutes to the huge Tesco store which sells just about everything.

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As you can see we had a few tents up as one was the kitchen and the children had their own tents.

I would recommend this park to everyone as could find NO faults with it at all so it gets a huge 10/10 plus a gold star!

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I loved waking up to this view every morning.