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PANCAKE DAY TURNED OUT VERY ‘MESSY’

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Fourteen of us descended on Jodie and Darren for Pancake Day and what a brilliant time we all had. There was a little bit of alcohol involved and I think we worked out that the men cooked about 60 pancakes while the women sat at the table with the children.

George was the winner, yes we had a tally going on, he ate 14 pancakes so not as good as last year as he did 22 then! He is so skinny I am not sure where he puts them. Sam came second with 13, I think the glass of wine replaced another one.

The twins had a great time, that was Jodie letting Lily dip in the chocolate spread! Bad aunty Jodie lol.

Kara and Reece made a good effort but only did about 8 each. A whole tub of ice cream was eaten but only one person had the healthy berries on their pancake, that was Darren. The mini marshmallows were popular and the syrup, with George having two bananas on his.

After the twins left!

It was a great night with lots of laughs, you just cannot beat a family get together.

VALENTINE GIFTS FOR THE LADY IN YOUR LIFE OR ME!

To be perfectly honest I really don’t like February, apart from the cold it is full of all the love, romance and happy stuff that single people like myself do not have in our lives. As much as I enjoy and embrace being single, to be able to do, go, eat, sleep and talk to myself when ever I want, there will always be that tiny bit that thinks why can’t someone love me enough to send me flowers or buy me a card and gifts. That feeling does not last long but it appears extremely often during February and why is there not a happy and single day?

I have therefore decided to give you a few ideas of what to buy that lady in your life and I am sure she would love any one of these presents, that is because they are all things that I would love to be given.

Here we have the lotions and potions for our faces, obviously the Estee Lauder I will be dreaming about for ever as it is a bit pricy but if you have the money to spoil the love of your life then go for this one.

We all love to have a soak in the bath and I think Bayliss and Harding and Jo Malone are the best and she also has the candle and diffuser to all match the bath scent. Just bring me a glass of champagne while I soak my gorgeous body.

A bit random here but I am loving the camera strap no more leather strap digging in your neck, why did I not think of this?

I love my cat so I thought the bag was cute as I do read a lot and write lots of reviews.

The trainer with sparkly bits on, they don’t do these in a 5 or I would have been very tempted.  What sort of trainers/sneakers does a 57-year-old woman wear when camping, cannot seem to find anything that I really like.

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Last but not least if you have no money then make her a card with your own poem inside about what she means to you. Find some wool and knit her this heart to always keep her hands warm round her favourite coffee mug.

So there we have some lovely ideas, if of course you would like to get me something then that’s great, let me know which restaurant to meet you at. lol

I must go and get on with some other writerly things…..after a quick look on Pinterest.

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THE VAULTS, SANDGATE

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Last Saturday was Freddie’s 4th birthday party, it was nice that Sam was home to celebrate with everyone as he works away a lot of the time.  I am not sure who had most fun, Freddie on the bouncy castle or the twins running about everywhere, also getting a cuddle from us all. Considering all that was there was the bouncy castle, a large connect four game and some wooden blocks for making towers it kept all of the children happy for two hours.

 

It’s so sweet the way Freddie follows Alfie and wants him to play, they are both so great with the twins.

After the party we made our way over the road to The Vaults, this is a new bar and restaurant that has been open a couple of months.  A super selection of gin and tonic’s, also wine. The area is divided up into small areas that make it all very cosy and intimate, I would say this is an ideal location for a valentine’s meal if you are still deciding where to go.

We had some hors d’oeuvre for the children, Freddie loved the whitebait and I am not sure if it was the little pot of mayonnaise or the chips that Lily liked a lot. A super time was had by everyone and another birthday over.

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Apart from the cold and rain January has not been too bad for me, my health had its ups and downs but I have kept busy with my reading and writing even if I have been in bed.

I think my three main highs would be:

  1. My blog has been going for 5 years, with more readers every day from all the social media platforms it goes on.
  2. Reading 5 books and half way through the 6th one, a really good variety and well on track towards my yearly total.
  3. Receiving some glorious flowers, delicious chocolates and the cutest teddy from Prestige Flowers, any girl would love them.

 

New books, I have seen some books that sound really good this month so I hope I get round to reading them, so they have gone on my list.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Are Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

The funniest thing would be ending up with a huge bag of ginger when I only wanted one bit.

Shopping, I was very good as only bought make-up and I used my points in Boots, so all good on that score and kept to my budget.

We also celebrated Freddie’s 4th birthday, why can’t my grandchildren stop getting older lol.

I am looking forward to February, my aim is to increase the traffic to my blog, so please, all share my posts and comment as it is lovely to hear what you have to say.

BLOG ANNIVERSARY

The years roll on, feeling like they are going so much quicker the older you get. It certainly does not feel like I have been writing this blog for five years! I am amazed that I still find things to write about but I can honestly say that there is always something that pops into my mind as I open the mac.

I am now getting authors and publishers sending me books to review, so I am enjoying reading a variety of stories, which is good.

Companies have started requesting reviews, which is very exciting as I get to try many products, from cat foods to magazines and of course the wonderful flowers I had the last week from Prestige Flowers. I could do with a car to review lol.

The reviews of the restaurants/bars and coffee shops are very popular especially with the people of Folkestone and I have a couple of new places coming up soon, so watch this space.

My reader numbers have gone up on all the platforms that my blog goes on, actually increasing everyday.

I am looking forward to doing a bit of travelling in the camper van round the UK once spring arrives so that will then be travel posts to add to the many others.

Someone asked me the other day what I blog about and what heading would it come under, so as there is so much variety but it is always to do with my world I live in, I said it all comes under lifestyle, KAREN’S LIFESTYLE IN KAREN’S WORLD.

 

 

MY FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY

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These two go back to school in the morning as their school had training days for the staff last week and as it has been raining here, well it feels likes weeks Billie didn’t want to take them to the yard so they came to stay at mine for a couple of days.  As the picture shows we had jama days with lots of story reading, colouring and them asking Alexa to sing, tell them stories and jokes.  Alexa is the Amazon dot and is great fun for me as much as the children. This is what I felt like after they left.

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It has taken me all weekend to recover which was good as I have been chilling just reading and doing my journal also planning these blog posts for the coming weeks.

The next couple of weeks are writing weeks so will be busy editing one and writing more of the other book.  I am still motivated but I guess I should be as we are only a week into the new year, for some reason it feels much longer than that. Won’t be long and it will be February and half-term.

OUR YEAR THAT WAS 2017

So many books this year with many standing out as brilliant, I wonder if I can up my total for next year to 70?  I just squeezed in with 60 this year, I really don’t know how people read 200 in a year.

We went to Liverpool to see all the famous places, had a super time.  Was my first experience of airbnb which was great.  I loved the place and would like to go back as there really is so much to see and do there.

Our first spell of hot weather came early in the year and we made the most of it and got the gardens looking fab and enjoyed time on The Harbour Arm.

Easter began with a super lunch with the ladies, I tried to not eat too many eggs and really enjoyed the flowers.

Alfie turned 9 and Jodie got a hot tub, very enjoyable and the cocktail.

Billie, Paul, Jade, Mia and Zac enjoyed a long weekend away at Camber Sands and really enjoyed themselves.

A new garden centre for Folkestone that does great cream teas.  Brilliant day swimming at the outdoor pools, the weather was great.

A fantastic trip to Benidorm with Corinne, we watched ‘Benidorm” being filmed, made some friends from The Sun bar and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Two new dessert places opened in Folkestone and doing extremely well.

I took Alfie to the sci-fi show and we had a great time.

My birthday was such fun, had a brilliant lunch with my friends and some great presents.

I have missed all the sheep from Romney Marsh so took a pic when I went over to the dentist.  Alfie had a great time at the cinema, we watched Despicable Me 3.

Lynda’s 70th went on for about two weeks but what fun she had, the lunches and parties were fantastic then she went off for about three holidays.

Folkestone in the sunshine, I love the town I live in and it just gets better and better.

MY WORLD

Ladies that lunch is the best time of each month for me.

Buying the camper was the highlight of the summer and then going to Deal camping with the family was such fun.

Freddie and the twins came to visit for the day, Freddie now knows what is in every drawer and cupboard in the camper lol.

Sometimes you get a picture and when ever you see it, it makes you remember that day and laugh, this is one of those pictures, Beckie could not get her banana open like we (normal) do so she bit into it, I think she was going back to tribal ways! LOL.

My trip to Jersey to re-kindle my memories from childhood but I just did not realise that everything would be different 50 years on.  The places I visited were lovely especially the gardens and the pearl place.  I stayed in a great airbnb with super hosts, I must remember to try the black butter as still not done that yet.  The beaches were the best as they stretched for miles and the sand was golden.  Was a nice trip, with lots of reading and writing achieved.

I stayed at Jodie’s and we looked after Jack for the night, such a smiley boy and so cute.

We had family over from Australia who the girls loved catching up with, we had some nice cream teas and reminiscing.

Billie and Jade both got new horses this year, Jade did a super job of staying on her horse as she was going over the jump.

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

OVER MY SHOULDER BY PATRICIA DIXON

What a fantastic story and was so pleased with what Patricia said on her wall on Facebook.

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A delicious lunch for the ladies at The Grand and a bargain price so we will be visiting there again next year.

Billie and family had to say goodbye to Pepper who is now the shiniest star in the sky. Was so sad for everyone as he was such a loving little dog.

PURE pet food gave me a pack to try out with Peaches and then to blog about it, well she loved it and it really filled her up, you can purchase it from here.

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

What a brilliant two weeks of everything book related, was great to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and meet other writers.  There was a vast program this year so something for everyone including children.  The workshops were enjoyable and I came away with some new books to read.

Our christmas lunch and another year of monthly lunches over, it is great to have such good friends who support and care about each other.  We have some ‘special’ birthdays next year so lots to look forward to.

Then the snow came very early and caused disruption but all the children loved it even though it didn’t last long.

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View from my lounge

As we say goodbye to 2017 it’s been fun, sad, happy, hard and many other emotions but let’s go into 2018 with open minds and hearts and hope it is the best it can be.