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FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL 2017

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I love this event, shame it is not in the summer though as it’s always a struggle going out on cold winter nights.  They have outdone themselves this year with so many great shows, discussions and workshops.

It will be lovely to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and find out about her new book, I am looking forward to reading and reviewing it for her, I love those books as they are all set in Whitstable so you can picture the scenes in your head.  Maybe she should be writing one in Folkestone, that would be good.  I believe her new one is set in Ore by Whitstable.

I attended a Wellbeing workshop for writers at the weekend, this was given by Francesca Baker who is extremely good at these short workshops, I went to one last year, although this could have gone on longer as was set for two hours.  Interesting ways to look at things especially us writers who appear to forget about everything once we shut ourselves off and start writing.  Which would be a very good way to diet but if your like me when you do surface you eat all the wrong things and that’s just waiting for your dinner to cook.

Andy Miller’s workshop I hope will be interesting as I need all the help I can get with editing, I wonder if he will have a magic wand.

There are things for everyone this year as it goes from strength to strength, well done The Creative Foundation in Folkestone.

 

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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.

HEALTHY NEWS

I am waiting for the postman to bring me some of this new cat food then in exchange Peaches 🐈 will do a blog post about it!

Even though Peaches does not have any problems apart from wanting to eat constantly it will be interesting to see what she thinks.

Has anyone tried this food?

https://purepetfood.co.uk

 

SANTA, REINDEER AND LIGHTS

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I thought it was just great that santa had real reindeer’s pulling his sledge on Friday evening for our lights turn on event.  I took Mia and Zac and Kara came along too as it got really busy.  The kids enjoyed themselves so that was the main thing but I have got to say the organisation left a lot to be desired.  There were so many different times popping up on Facebook about the evening that you was not sure where to be and at what time and expecting small children to wait around for an hour between events was ridiculous, we did end up going home before the end as it was a very cold evening.

It certainly bought the crowds out though so that was good, a nice hot chocolate and cake in Costa kept us warm.

NEWS

I appear to have a few blogs to write today as I have been a bit slow keeping up with this when writing for the NaNoWriMo and that is not going as well as I had expected either. I have the builders in next door where the noisy neighbours were and they are gutting the place so I am hearing every single type of machinery there is!  Even though it is by no means anything like the shouting that was going on before it is still a bit of a disturbance as I keep losing my thread.  I have added a good few thousand to my manuscript but still a way to go before I get to the end.

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My friend Angela has finished her second book and is onto edits, I wonder if there are any authors that like editing?  I am looking forward to reading what happens in the future with her characters and will the love story continue?

I also have to show you this poem, which was written by Angela’s daughter Sophia, she started the girls grammar in September and is loving it.

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I thought this was very good so I had to share.  Well done Sophia.

Do you ever get stuck as to what to read next?  I have never felt like this before and have started about five books but I just cannot seem to get past about the first chapter, they don’t seem to be gripping me and pulling me in.  My list of books to read has now got all jumbled up but I have at last found something that amuses me to read, a bit ‘been there done that’ type of thing.

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I am finding it very amusing and enjoyable to read, I do think it could do with a new cover though Morgen! lol

I think that is me all caught up now so I can get back to writing, oh look it’s lunch time I best go eat, will do the writing later.  Have a super week everyone, what are your numbers like for your writing this month?

 

SANTA, REINDEER AND LIGHTS

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I thought it was just great that santa had real reindeer’s pulling his sledge on Friday evening for our lights turn on event.  I took Mia and Zac and Kara came along too as it got really busy.  The kids enjoyed themselves so that was the main thing but I have got to say the organisation left a lot to be desired.  There were so many different times popping up on Facebook about the evening that you was not sure where to be and at what time and expecting small children to wait around for an hour between events was ridiculous, we did end up going home before the end as it was a very cold evening.

It certainly bought the crowds out though so that was good, a nice hot chocolate and cake in Costa kept us warm.

THE LADIES HAD LUNCH AT THE GRAND

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Meeting up with friends on cold winter days will always make you feel good and no matter which one of us has a problem or bit of stress we will put the world to rights with our problem solving skills, we used to be very intelligent women when working you know and as always a lot of laughter.

With views out to sea, impeccable service this restaurant at the front of The Grand, Palm Court is one of the most beautiful places to dine.  I never get tired of going here and could sit for ages just people watching and taking in the view.  I think I may go here to do some editing as I am sure it would make it less boring.

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The lunch club on a Wednesday is one of the best deals you can find in Folkestone and surrounding areas.  For  £9.75 you get two course and a coffee, the table is laid up lovely with linen serviette and free bread rolls!  There is no rush to finish, which is good for us a we do like to chat.  I wish I had taken a photo of the pianist as she played some lovely music for us and it really made the meal so enjoyable and special.

Most had the roast beef or pork but the salmon fish cake and pasta bake were really nice, Corinne had the soup which looked delicious and home-made.  Fresh vegetables are always nice and have far more taste that frozen.

The Tiramisu was the most popular and it was superb, one of the best I have tasted.  Jackie and Lynda normally have problems with their desserts but Lynda was still away and Jackie went for the ice-cream so she played it safe, at one point I thought she was going to say she didn’t like one of the flavours, LOL.

Another month gone by so next time it will be our christmas meal, these monthly outings seem to make the year go very quick but I think we all need and enjoy them as it takes us out and away from what ever is going on.  Our thoughts are with Liz this month and hoping she has better news by December.  Sharon could not make this meal as was attending a funeral so our thoughts were with her that day.

If you are interested in knowing more about The Grand they do a tour of the premises on a Friday afternoon which is full of information and history then ending with a cream tea that is the best.