Tag Archive | Folkestone

HARBOUR ARM, FOLKESTONE, UK 🇬🇧 

What a glorious weekend we have had in Kent and about time too as the winter has been long.  It certainly bought people out to brush of the cob-webs, the sea was so calm and silent and the sky a vivid blue.  Not a breath of wind and everyone had a smile on their face, what more could you want?  Well maybe a cheeky cider along the Harbour Arm sitting in the sunshine listening to the music, it certainly bought the people out.

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COFFEE IN THE SUN

What a glorious day it was yesterday here in Kent, in fact it was the hottest day of the year so far, please can we have many more days like this.  Corinne came over to have her hair and nails done at Emma’s salon in Folkestone so we had a little trip to the shops then a nice coffee in the sunshine at Djangos cafe & petit bistro.  Asking for a piece of cake, well you must have cake with coffee, I had the chocolate fudge cake and Corinne had the walnut and coffee cake.  How amazing is the size of these cakes and you get cream and ice-cream with them, the ice-cream tasted like cornish so it was delicious, no diet today then.

Think we may be visiting this coffee-house again.

LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE, KENT

I have to say that this was one of the best lunches we have had as not only was the company outstanding as always but the service and food was so wonderful and to prove how great it all was we have booked up here for March and April.

Considering it was my first time out it was so good to see all my friends as I have missed them loads.  Lynda was back from gallivanting in Spain then Madera with her daughter, Sharon was missing as she was in London with the hubby.  Carol is off to Australia for March to see her daughter so she will be missed next time but then in April we should have the full 9 of us.  April’s could get messy as it will be Corinne’s birthday lunch and then she is staying at mine, I can see cocktails and all sorts going on.  I can’t wait!

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Very nice wine for £7 on a Wednesday but we just had three bottles this time.

As usual the food was delicious with no complaints from any of us, well that is not including Jackie and her dessert, you can guarantee she will get the dodgy one where ever she goes lol.

There were a few conversations about Corinnes MEAT (sausages) but I am afraid I cannot print them but it did cause rather a lot of laughing.

This month we celebrated Jackies birthday and she got some lovely presents, some I really wanted for myself.  Jackie had the baked Alaska but the meringue was rather runny so she said!  I love the desserts at Hungry Horse and even better was the fact that I had a voucher for free desserts so we all had to have one, I know there are only four pictures but we were too busy getting stuck in lol.

Sheila gave us a few laughs as she finished the bottle of wine, then when the bill was paid we all had a smile on our face as it worked out to £8 each what an absolute bargain.  Looking forward to next month and more laughs.

PHYLLIS McDOWELL

R.I.P Phyllis, a truly lovely person inside and out, loved by so many in Folkestone where she lived and the many places she visited and spent time at.

I first met Phyllis at an open day at her studio where she also lived, very close to myself.  As soon as I saw the front of her house I knew she had taste…..Pink heaven!

I helped her with some social media promotion and did some blogs about her and her teaching.  She was a very talented artist, loved by so many people.  I attended her class and learnt so much from her, she fed my thirst for painting and the arts.

Her favourite painting was the first one below of her daughter Lucy McDowell.

Spending time with many in the community and supporting causes her name would always pop up at the many social events.

She will be missed by so many people, I still cannot really get my head around that I won’t see her again.

It was so nice to see her painting out in the community, capturing so many memories, I particularly liked the one she did out on the Harbour Arm of the group that were playing.  I am not sure how she managed to get the painting completed as so many friends old and new would stop, admire and chat.

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Her paintings were shown far and wide at the many exhibitions to promote her work or even just so many people could admire her unique pictures.

My thoughts and prayers go to the many people she called family and loved with all her heart.  It was a joy to have known and spent time with you  Phyllis, I will remember you always.

All my love Karen xx

 

Here are some of the posts about Phyllis that you can read on my blog.

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/phyllis-mcdowell-artist/

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/painting-class-with-phyllis-mcdowell/

https://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/harbour-arm-and-phyllis-mcdowell-artist/

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I love this photo of her I took.

MEMOIRS AT FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

JULIE WASSMER

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Yesterday was the end of our book festival here in Folkestone and it definitely finished on a high for me.  I attended the talk given by two very different people about memoir writing.  Roy Moed is the founder of LIFEBOOK that helps non-writers get their stories and many memories down in book form.  They send their researchers out to talk and listen to the person over a period of weeks or months to suit them, it is then written up, researched, edited then finally made into a book just for the person and their family as a much treasured family heirloom.  What a fantastic idea for the non-writers to achieve.

Lennox Morrison chaired the discussion, doing a great job as usual; with many interesting questions posed to our two guests.  Julie Wassmer, a local author from Whitstable who used to write the scripts for Eastenders has also written her memoir called MORE THAN JUST COINCIDENCE.  A very moving story about family and finding each other, I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for you but I bought it immediately as it sounds so very good; I will be reviewing it very soon so look out for that post.

I had a brief chat with Julie afterwards and immediately thought what a lovely person and was very pleased when she said that we should keep in touch.  This lady radiates warmth and friendliness which I can imagine comes through in her writing, I feel honoured to have met her.

Julie also writes murder mysteries which are all set in Whitstable where she lives and Canterbury, there are four books; I bought THE WHITSTABLE PEARL MYSTERY which I am really looking forward to reading.  I am sure I will be getting the other’s straight afterwards.

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The end of a brilliant festival as always, with superb guests; I am looking forward to next year already.

 

RADNOR PARK TEA ROOM, FOLKESTONE

It was great to see my friend Corinne today, we had a lot to catch up on so we decided to try this new cafe that opened about a month ago.  Extremely clean and tidy and what a lovely friendly welcome, this tea room may be small but everything is homemade and very tasty.

Prices are very competitive with the coffee being made exactly how you request it.  We had a small Quiche with salad that had just come out the oven, the dressing came along side and Corinne decided she wanted all of it, not even waiting for a spoon!  So funny, he then went and got me some; it was the best dressing I have had for ages.  We need that recipe!

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You want some salad with that dressing Corinne? lol.

We went on to have a look round a couple of shops then back to mine for tea and cake. Then Corinne stitched up my curtains for me, a very  good day was had by both of us. When we doing that again?

H.G.WELLS-AUTHOR

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I have always had a bit of a fascination for this very talented man H.G.Wells especially as he lived here in Folkestone, in fact he had the house built and it still stands today but is a nursing home.  I have been through the grounds and even seen the hut that he did a lot of his writing in.  You can even see the house he rented in Sandgate while the house was being built.

I do not think people are aware of how clever he really was in thinking up things of the future.  Even the house he built had bathrooms for every bedroom something no one else had thought of before and did not even take off until many years later after his death.  He predicted some sort of talking device to contact other people or as it is known today, the phone.

He was a very passionate man in his writing and his personal life, in fact when indulging in a passionate affair it would show in his writing.  His most famous book is The Time Machine which was so well received then, it put him forwards as a most popular author, so many wanted to read his views in his stories.

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Folkestone used to be such a grand place, it would be lovely to see it like that again for our future generations.