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I am very pleased with my new look pink keyboard, it does take a bit of getting used to though as the keys feel different.  I will persevere for a bit of pink lol.

I have one very happy boy here as the shop have fixed his iPad so I won’t get any sense out of him today.  All the rest of the family have gone to V festival and are having the best time so that’s good.

Tonight it is going to be movie and munch, I think we are having just as much fun as the rest of them at V.  I wonder if I will see them in the highlights show later, I was surprised it’s not being shown live anywhere.


Very occasionally you have a day that is so perfect in every way possible and that makes up for the days that are not so perfect.  Family and friends enjoying the sunshine building sand castles and memories that will last forever.

Sunny sands in Folkestone is the perfect spot, was lovely having both my girls there and so many of the grandchildren all having fun together.

The sea was a bit cold but they did not seem to notice with all the running about.  We definitely need more sunshine days like this.


I always love going to the cinema here as it is so old and nostalgic, shame they don’t build them like this now.

I had Alfie to stay for a couple of days so we went to see Saving Dory, got to say it was really good and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

The one good thing about going in the afternoon is that it is not so expensive but it was still £11 for both of us.  I do not know how families manage to take their children to all these places and don’t get me started on the theme parks!

I guess the cinemas have been very popular this summer as there has not been many hot days to go to the beach.

I had a fun couple of days with Alfie, we watched some good films and he did my breakfast one day as it was one of his homework tasks, just cereal but all good.



Folkestone harbour has some great attractions now and the one the children enjoy most are the fountains, you never know how high the water is going to go.  Zac had never been before so he was a bit hesitant at first and decided to have a feel just to make sure the water was real, funny boy.  After a few minutes you could not stop him from running about in, out and over them, we had such fun just watching him.


Love that picture above, I think my photography is getting better.  After all that enjoyment it was time for food.  At Chummies food stall you can get hot and cold seafood, noodles and chips.  Noodles were the firm favourite, eating them the quickest way possible! LOL


A lovely summer day enjoyed by everyone, we definitely need some more of these as seeing the sun is very rare this year.


If you want Congo coffee then this is the place to go as even the beans are ground to precise details!  I thought it was delicious and so do the many people that pop in here for their daily fix or more.  Situated down The Old High Street in Folkestone you can smell the bacon as you walk towards the small but mighty coffee shop.

The cakes are all homemade by Neil and Marianne and I must say delicious, I may go on my own next time as Mia ate all the fudge icing!  She also enjoyed the ‘best hot chocolate’ her words, I think this may be due to the topping up of cream and marshmallows that Neil gave her and not his scintillating conversation!

So for the coffee connoisseur this is the place to go especially as it is the only Congo coffee shop in Kent.  What more could you want?  Great coffee, wonderful hosts and cake!  See you soon as I am looking forward to trying your coffee cake.




Leaving home at 11 am and driving to Gatwick airport for our journey to Amsterdam.   The flight takes about 45 minutes so no sooner are you up in the air reading your magazine and having a coffee you are touching down again.

We knew we had to get a train to Amsterdam central so we followed the signs for train and metro.  The hardest part was getting the tickets, there were lots of machines and you changed it to English to read but they would not take notes only coins.  As we had just landed obviously we didn’t have any change only notes so I had to use my  UK bank card to buy the tickets.  Then after reading the timetables we head for platform 3 and waited a few minutes for the train.  The journey takes about 15 minutes.  We were surprised to see double decker trains there as we don’t have them in the UK.


Arriving at Amsterdam central we then look for tram number 16, this is not easy.  There are many exits from the station and many tram stops as these appear to be the way people travel there.  We ask someone where tram 16 stops and they direct us out of the station and turn left, walking to stop number 4. The 16 tram arrives and we get on, we do not know how to get a ticket, no machines, no ticket seller.  We then have to ask someone where our stop is as we just have a name of the road, he is very kind and tells us it is about 5 stops.


Getting off the tram and no we didn’t pay as there were no signs and no where to pay.  By this time it is dark, we ask someone directions for number 33 and the hotel, he directs us to the left.  After walking up there a bit we see the numbers are going up so we turn round and walk the other way, eventually arriving at out hotel about 7.30 pm.


Outside our hotel there was a charger for the electric cars, I guess we will start seeing more of these over here in the UK soon.  The hotel was lovely and after going out for pizza we settle down for the night.  First stop in the morning was The Van Gogh Museum which we could walk to as was very close.

I was surprised that it covered over three floors, I never realised he had painted so many pictures.  You could see the way his style changed as he got older and the different painters he followed.  Izzy liked the blue one and I liked the bed, that screen changed through about six of his paintings.

Coffee was the next stop and then we decided we should have a pancake as they looked and smelt so good.


Izzy tried the tea just about everywhere we went, was a bit strange getting a marshmallow with it.

The architecture was so amazing on some of the buildings and I loved the house boats on the canals but no more are allowed as there are 2,500 already so they are never sold just handed down in the family.  So many canals and 1,200 bridges over them!  The Protestant church by The Anne Frank house has an 84 meter tower and it is wonderful inside where you can go and sit or look around for free.

As we had booked our tickets into the places I had them on my phone so we did not have to wait and just walked in at our allocated time.  Anne Frank was amazing and well worth seeing while you are there.


We went to the flower market, cheese museum, street market and saw the handbag museum from the canal boat trip but did not get time to go there.

The variety of tea you get everywhere is really good and in some ways better than here.


Izzy introduced me to the lush shop so I have bought myself a pink oil bomb but not tried it yet.  So that was our 4 wonderful days full of culture that we both enjoyed so very much. We came home to a wonderful sky.


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I really love this Christmas plate for the children at Christmas but you must not forget to sprinkle some reindeer food outside your house so they can see the sparkles and know where to land.