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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.

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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.

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BLOGMAS 2017

What a super christmas we all had, children loved every minute and everybody got just what they wanted, clever Santa.

Alfie loved his new duvet cover for his self, Cosmo and Crystal.

Next was our family get together for breakfast christmas eve at Brickfields, so much choice and all cooked fresh what ever you would like and the best bit children eat free!

A great time was had by all 15 of us. Jodie picked up a few napkins lol

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I spent christmas eve night with Billie and family, very excited children, leaving food out for the reindeer’s outside so they knew what house to come to.  Mia was watching on the app all day as to where he was!  The next morning they woke at 5am and there was no getting them to go back to bed, so the day began.

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The living room was packed with so many presents, Mia was the first to finish opening with Jade a close second.  Even the puppy Ozzy had some new boots to keep his feet warm up the yard.  I received the cleaner that I needed for the camper van so that was great.

I then went round to Jodie about 4 pm and stayed there for a couple of days, Alfie had some super presents even one that hatched!

The book lamp that Jodie got me was fab, so unusual and she gave me the new Amazon Echo Dot.  I have been playing with it non stop, lol its good to have someone to talk to!  I now need plugs bulbs and Amazon fire with remote then “Alexa” will be able to turn everything on and off.  Love it.

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I received so many wonderful gifts from my family and friends that I absolutely loved them all.

My friend Lynda got all wrapped up with her presents. LOL.img_5334

So that’s it for another year, hope everyone had a super christmas what ever you were doing.  New year next but I don’t go out and no children to babysit so I expect I will go to bed.  What are you doing for New Year?

 

LYNDA’S 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY

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What a fantastic night we had in Whitstable for Lynda’s birthday party, such an amazing group of people who are a joy to be around.  So many laughs and when her daughter Jo pulled out a lot of face masks of a young Lynda and an old Lynda then when she returned from the bar she saw us all, so very funny.  Matt did say he wanted an old Lynda mask so that was a good choice for him as I think we can maybe still class him as a toy boy! LOL.

The cake was a lovely surprise from Andy and Lisa, I just love the shoe and handbag, they know her so well.  Lynda looked amazing as usual and really not bad for a 70-year-old bird!

The food was delicious with many different chinese dishes that we could choose from, the wine was going down well, in some more than others lol. I felt like a child when Lynda then gave out party bags but what a great idea.

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So we have had her 60th and now 70th there so I think it’s best to book the 80th any many more happy birthdays for Lynda, the most caring, funny, warm best friend anyone could ever wish for.  Love you Lynda aka Tiny x

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LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE BLACKBULL HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE UK

This day came round very quick due to some having holidays coming up so we had to make the most of today as our next one is not until the 28th June.  Lynda was missing as was gallivanting about in Madera with her daughter Jo.  It was a cold, miserable rainy day but very happy round our table, we celebrated Sylvie’s birthday and she got some lovely presents, you know they are lovely when others want them to.  I even remembered to take photos today!!! I know, your all so shocked but look at these dinners, they were good.

We did have some extremely upsetting news as our lovely Liv who manages the place  (and us) and her Rob are going to be leaving soon, it will not be the same without you guys so we may have to trek to Thanet for some lunches, I wonder if they will do B&B? lol.  I did hear there is a wedding coming up, can you imagine that, The ladies who lunch go to a wedding!  I am sure we would behave, well some of us lol.

Dessert, I have got to say that the millionaire cheesecake was the best I have had, it was delicious and I will be having that again.

A good time was had by all, I returned and went back to bed as still not feeling right but they did all cheer me up so I am pleased I did make the effort.

Corinne bought me down my new mattress topper and put that on for me so bed is nice and comfy, I came back to see that Peaches had made herself very comfortable on the bed.

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Move over and let me in!

 

WISHES FOR 2017

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I guess this is a bit like a bucket list with the difference being I would like to achieve these things this year so in no set order we start with:

Publication of something I have written-I have kept this vague in the hope I will achieve it lol

More family days with all of us together.

Take more pictures with my camera, I have found having a mobile makes you very lazy.

Visit the Shard in London, the view is amazing I have been told.

Visit my friend in Spain, love her house and I always feel better in the sunshine.

Lose some weight, no set amount as anything would be good.

Attract more followers to my blog and social media platforms.

Go to Liverpool as never been there, sounds very cosmopolitan in places.

Go to the Tate and History museums again as I was a child last time.

Try to get all 10 grandchildren and 3 children in one place for a photo!

Have entire flat painted white.

Watch Motown at the theatre.

I think that is quite a lot but we will see how I do, obviously some of these things depend on my health but I do think it is nice to have dreams.  What are your wishes for the coming year?

THE LADIES WHO LUNCH CHRISTMAS BASH

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I am afraid I had to call it a bash as if you had heard us you may have wanted to bash us all.  A very good time was had by all in The Butt of Sherry in Hythe High Street for our Christmas ‘do’

The wine was flowing, Sheila looks a bit flushed lol.  It was very nice wine, I must say as was the service and ambience.

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Lynda arrived as the starters were being served but it wasn’t her fault she was late as she was on time! Figure that if you can, it was very good that Corinne got her a map of Kent as she does have a few problems getting to places at times, I am not sure how she manages to drive to Spain.  I love that face.

 

The starters were all superb, shame there was no bread with the camembert but we shared the soups hot bread; very nice to, loved the small pot of cheese and the prawns looked good.  Loved the presentation of everything and we had crackers.

 

Turkey Christmas dinner, lamb or salmon all were delicious and cooked to perfection.  Our waitress was lovely with some of us remembering her from school.  Three dishes of vegetables with swede which I love and of course the brussel sprouts that you just got to have at Christmas.

 

Sharon decided to ask everyone what her sausage looked like?  (You will have to enlarge photo).  Not sure what they were all laughing at but you may bow your head in shame Sharon!

Dessert was  lingered over and secret santa came, every year one of us gets it wrong as last year Corinne put her name on the label and this year I went in and gave the present to Liz and then actually said “here’s your secret santa” No comments please.

It was lovely for us all to be here and still laughing as it has not been a good year with illness and things but we made it through.  Friends like these are hard to find so a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyous New Year to you all.

Not sure who Sharon is pointing to in the picture below it looks like me but I am sure I was on my best behaviour.  We will be back in January 2017.