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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.

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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.

 

KARA’S TATTOO

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Last week I went for lunch with Kara but before that she wanted to get another tattoo, I am not a fan of them but I don’t mind a little one hidden just for yourself with a meaning to it. Kara was going to get it on her arm but I managed to convince her that it should be a bit hidden as you never know what you might be doing in twenty years and if you had a job where you could not show your tattoo you would be in long sleeves all summer. So eventually she decided on her shoulder, score one to Nan!

I had never seen a tattoo being done so was very interested, I found it hard to understand why you would put yourself through unnecessary pain, Kara said it was because I was old and didn’t understand, lol.  I do like the amount of hygiene these tattoo and piercing places have to go by now at least it is relatively safe but I guess some do get infected, not sure it would be from this place though as everything was covered in cling film and replaced constantly.

I was surprised how quick it is all done but amazed at how much they all cost, how do people afford to have so many?

As Kara works in a coffee shop she had a hot chocolate put in her heartbeat so it did look pretty with a bit of colour.  She asked me if I wanted one but I declined, maybe one day I might buck up the courage to have a tiny one done just for myself.  The lady who did Karas said she did her Mum one the other day for her 60th birthday, I thought that was cute.  So here is the end result, even with marshmallows in the hot chocolate and some steam!  Kara was pleased so I guess that’s all that matters, the only problem is she now wants another one, I am trying to dissuade her with not much luck at the moment.

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NOVEMBER 5th – This might be a moan!

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Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples.  There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.

What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own.  I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.

Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals.  This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok.  Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding.  We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th.  They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.

Where is the enjoyment in all that?

What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people.  With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!

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Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!

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.

 

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH STARTS TOMORROW!

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It has certainly come round very quick as tomorrow is the 1st November so all your planning and resources should all be complete ready to go in the morning.  I have just one more read through of what I have written so far to do this evening then print it of and I will be ready.

How are you doing and who is participating this year?

I really hope I can get both my books finished as really want to start a new project in the new year.  I am also going to take a picture a day that has a meaning to myself, starting in January.  Very organised I hear you say, yes that bit comes easy it’s the keeping it up I have trouble with but new year new start and I will try my best.

I’m not sure what happened this year but since we put the clocks back my body clock has been all over the place, I was eating breakfast at 7.30am today!  I have written two book reviews on all social media, read emails, Facebook, Twitter and everything else I belong to and it is only 10.30 also writing this.  I have to decide which book to read next so that is my next job after a coffee.

What are you doing today?

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