Tag Archive | Folkestone

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?

 

SUMMER BUCKET LIST

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Someone asked me if I was going away in my camper van this summer and it got me thinking about a summer bucket list. What do you want to do? Have you made any plans yet? My biggest wish is for hot weather, it would be so good if we actually knew it was going to be warm and nice as then you would have so many plans. Also it would be so good to be able to leave all your chairs and cushions etc out in the garden all summer, I get so fed up bringing it all in as soon as the weather changes.

I think my list goes like this:

Camping with the family.

Going to the open air swimming pool in Faversham with the children.

Getting a tan.

Enjoying a glass of wine in Jodie’s hot tub.

Going to the beach.

Spending an afternoon in the sunshine with friends and drinking a cocktail.

Eating in the garden.

Seeing more of the UK in the camper van.

Sitting outside in the evening just chilling.

Taking lots of photo’s in manual mode on camera. (I need the practise)

Going up the stables with a picnic, watching them all ride.

I am sure I will think of lots more as soon as I have finished this.

I saw these cute note books in The Works, you can never have too many!

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This is the book I am reading now and so far it is ok, a FBI agent has crashed her car and lost her memory so I guess anything could happen next. I have a few ideas but I am probably wrong, I think I have seen a film along the same lines but as usual I cannot remember the name of it.

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This is a new author for me and one I have not heard off, I like giving reviews for different authors.

I have been asked if I would like to do another hypnotherapy session with Mark down at Core Therapies in exchange for a review, so that will be happening after Easter.

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Tomorrow is the meeting for the Folkestone writers which I attend, this year I will be doing a lot of their advertising on social media and getting the word out about the writing competition this year and the anthology. We still have some books left from last year if anybody would like one please let me know.

Hope you are all having a good week and dodging the showers.

 

CORE THERAPIES, FOLKESTONE

HYPNOTHERAPY WITH MARK COUSENS

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CORE THERAPIES

I still find it amazing that you can continually go past somewhere many times in your town and not realise something is there, how could I miss a big purple building?  Was I already in a trance or just walking about with my eyes shut!

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So many different therapies, massage’s and treatments, I could do with a bit of Facial Rejuvenation although maybe I need to go to Specsavers so I at least see the big purple building!

I knew absolutely nothing about hypnotherapy until last week when I had the pleasure of meeting Mark. He had enquired if I could do a blog post and some social media awareness of what he offers, Mark very kindly offered a hypnosis session for myself as then I would be able to write about it first hand and share my experience with you all.

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I then looked to see what sort of things it covers, I was shocked at the list, so many. I had to decide which one I needed help with as I could come under every group lol. I decided by thinking which thing would make me happier so I decided on ‘stop eating sweet things’ I thought it best to leave my mental health alone as I have levelled out and living ok with it so long as I keep taking the tablets. My arthritis and ME again are under control from pacing my life, taking the tablets and not pushing myself. I also wanted to be able to see the result instantly for the purpose of this blog.

If you have done any Mindfulness the relaxation method and imagining scenes is very similar to this hypnosis. I did not really feel like I was in a trance state, which all took about an hour but it was very relaxing and calming. I really liked the way Mark explained everything and answered all my questions. It really is amazing all that can be achieved.

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I left feeling very calm and made my way home, after my dinner that evening I did not fancy a dessert actually all weekend I did not eat anything sweet which is very unusual for me also I spent most of it suffering with a bad sore throat but even ice cream did not tempt me. I am keeping a diary to see how this goes but I think the lovely Mark has done the business and I will be a thin size 12 again soon, ok I may be dreaming a bit but its all good.

 

You can contact Mark here for all your enquiries.

BIRTHDAY’S, ICE-CREAM AND FAMILY

Zac turned 4 on Saturday so they picked me up and we went to Missy Moo’s for dessert, lovely place and a good choice apart from the cookie dough that I had, it was so small….ok if you was on a diet.

Alfie came to stay with me for the weekend, we had a great chilled time, he beat me at Elf snap.  His Elf’s had to come with him and they got up to mischief every night.  They found my christmas stickers and stuck them all over themselves then the next night they had a feast on the chocolate spread! Cosmo and Crystal.

Mia had her guinea pig out when we went back for cake, the new pup is settling in and very good now.

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Alfie just loved this quilt cover so it will be delivered this week.  Yes I know I spoil them, Mia has a leopard hat/scarf coming as well.  I found a brilliant light for Zac as he is tractor mad and the light shines as a tractor, very pleased with myself for finding that.

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It does not seem possible that next weekend will be christmas, the children are having parties at school before they break up on Wednesday.  I have Jodie’s birthday tomorrow then it’s christmas full steam ahead.

Stay warm and have a good week everyone.

BRILLIANT IDEA – FOOD ASSEMBLY

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Every so often you come across something on the internet that makes you ask why have I not seen this before so when that happens I really like to share these light bulb moments with you all.

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We are always being told to buy locally as it would be such a shame if these business’s had to close.  I buy my shopping from Tesco once a month but only because they deliver it to me and I can get everything I need, they are very good at carrying the heavy stuff indoors for me, in fact they unload everything for me onto the breakfast bar.  Prices are good and very seldom do they not have what I have ordered.

My problem with this is that I cannot get my fresh foods every week but this Food Assembly really does solve the problem, just have to get someone to pick it up for me. How nice to have fresh vegetables, milk, cheese and juices all from local farms and you can pick it up all together in one place.  Ordering on-line is the way forward and until you do it you have no idea how simple it really is.  This Food Assembly which you can see here offers all you would need for your fresh foods weekly.

This initiative is open throughout Europe they are always looking for more places to join so if you have any ideas then please contact them.

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So that is my contribution to shopping locally and if you are a vegetarian there are many foods for you on the Folkestone site.

Stay warm everyone.

STORY COMPETITION RESULTS

As part of The Folkestone Book Festival there is a short story competition held by The Folkestone Writers group.  Yesterday I went to the reading of the winning stories.

The results of this year’s competition were:

1st Prize: Geoff Madle for ‘The Cruciverbalist’s Tale’.

2nd Prize: Alexander Tulloch for ‘A Bitch called Lucy’.

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Third place: Margaret Harland-Suddes for ‘The Fire Bird’.

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A fun couple of hours listening to the stories with a lively debate about them!

We will now wait to see what stories are picked to go in The Folkestone Anthology for 2018.