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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.

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READING THIS BOOK NOW AND LUNCH

I always find it hard to turn off from writing by reading a book so I will have a slow month of book reviews while I am writing for NaNoWriMo.  I checked my total of books read this year and I am on 50 so that’s only 10 away from my target so I should easily do that or maybe overtake 60.  I tend to just put the TV on with a film until I fall asleep, then the timer turns the television off.   I only did about 500 words today as I met Kara for lunch but I am hoping to make up the words over the next few days as I will be chained to the laptop.

LUBENS PIZZA

Lovely hummus and fresh bread to start with and then we shared a pizza as they are very big and it was delicious.  It consisted of chicken, pancetta, roast peppers, red onion, rocket, parmesan and garlic oil, probably one of the best pizza’s I have had.

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I was surprised how busy it was in there so I am pleased it is still going well for them.

We had to have dessert, I went for the new york cheesecake and Kara had the brownie.  It was so nice to just sit and chat as we haven’t done that for ages as she is always working so we decided that once a month we would make the effort and go for lunch.

 

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.

NANOWRIMO – NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

     

Who is entering this in November?  I do it but I do-not sign up for it as I’m no good under pressure and like to do things at my own speed also when I feel able to but it really does encourage you so that’s all good. If I blog about how I am doing then that also gives me a bit of a push.

I am going to finish my book about my life during November this year if I can but it is also our Folkestone Book Festival and I would like to go to a couple of workshops to-do with writing.  The festival looks bigger and better every year with many good authors taking part.  I am looking forward to meeting Julie Wassmer again and finding out when her next book is being published and hoping I get the chance to review it ready for publishing day.

Have a good weekend everyone and make the most of the sunshine we are going to get in Kent for the next three days!

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

SUPER SONIC HOT NEWS!

I am the very proud owner of a Peugeot Boxer Autosleeper 1.9 TD!

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I cannot describe how happy I am to finally be the owner of a camper van, I used to have an old Volkswagen a few years ago and have always wanted to upgrade so that I had my own toilet and shower, meaning you could just stop more or less anywhere.

Over the weekend I have been reading up how everything works and getting used to it, there is power steering so that makes it so much better than my old one as I used to think my arms would drop off from all the turning.  The more I look and read the more gadgets and bits I find and I can honestly say that it has everything that was on my list!  It is also in really good condition with all history.  The previous owners have really looked after it well.

I have added a page to my web-site for camper travels and I will do the same on this blog, so where ever I go you can all come to.  I want to start doing some more travel articles and hopefully get them in some magazines, I did think of starting my own on-line one but I feel that would take up to much of my time.

I will take some more pictures inside when I have added a few things.  I have also made a Pinterest board about “My Camper”

I love these bunting campers, they would look great with fairy lights as well wound round them, hope Sylvie is reading this as she is soooooooo good at patchwork.

Happy holidays everyone.