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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.

MY WORLD

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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SOMETHING DIFFERENT

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I saw this on a tv station’s Facebook page and it got me dreaming, a bit like when you buy a lottery ticket and think about all the things you are going to do with your winning’s.

The private beach sounds good but I wonder how long you would be able to use it with our weather?  Loads of land for the kids to run about with their animals.  I dread to think what the heating bill would be and can you imagine cleaning all those windows and the housework, what a thought, not all dreaming is good.

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It makes me dream of living in a huge house with my kids and grandchildren, not sure any of them would want to live with me though lol.

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They are going to have to sell an awful lot of tickets, I would like to know who wins it and what they are going to do with it.  Be great if it was in a hot location but there I go dreaming again.

What a beautiful place to write, I don’t think you would ever run out of inspiration there and very good if you like solitude.

What are your lottery winning dreams?

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.

 

MID LIFE BACK PACKER BY KEVIN KELLY – BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DOT IN MARGATE

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This book made me laugh, it’s not very long but most memorable.  John Dot and his girl friend, I am not sure why she puts up with him take a trip to Margate for the weekend.  I did laugh at the gate crashing of the wedding and forgetting what he was looking at and going to say when he was drunk, I am sure we can all relate to how he describes it and how we feel. Very true writing about some things all from the heart, well a drunken blokes heart called John Dot.  Loved reading something fun for a change.

 

BLOOD IN THE SAND BY KELLY CLAYTON – BOOK REVIEW

SET IN JERSEY

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While on holiday in Jersey I read this book as it was set there, I do love that.  I thought at first it might be a bit slow but I soon changed my mind.  One death that starts a reaction most unexpected then leads to another death but are they connected?  I think you know that the house is involved but how?  It came as a surprise to me at the end and one I did not think about.  I liked the DCI Le Claire and will look forward to reading more of his mysteries.  The book has descriptions of Jersey and it all worked well for me as it was not to intense so I could pick it up each night before sleep.  It is available on Amazon here.

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.

 

JERSEY FACTS AND FIGURES

I love random facts about places and loved this TV showing on the boat.

Jersey is just 45 square miles of beautiful country, I was surprised that it is only 14 miles from France so that explains the french connection as I did not remember that from visiting as a child. About 102,500 people live on the island, mostly around St.Helier the main part of the island, also where the harbour is located.  Property is expensive and renting must be out of reach for the young but I do not know what wages are like there.

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The choice is vast for buying and thought the brochures were good and gets you away from looking on the internet all the time.

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This is confusing, Jersey is part of Great Britain but not part of The United Kingdom, also not part of The European Union but is a part of the EEC.  You get that?

At the airport and harbour you can pick up free little guide books that have just about everything you would like to know about Jersey and all the things that are happening during the year.  Also every attraction on the island with directions to get there and prices, what a brilliant idea and I wish all places did things like this but it all comes down to cost as usual.  The cost of living is higher in Jersey, there are many new developments and hotels being built.

I was pleased to see the Jersey Festival Of Words 2017 but it was starting on the 27th September until October 1st so I would miss it.

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So, that is my trip to Jersey all complete and my blog posts, hurray I hear some say lol.

Normal blog posts will begin today with a review of a fantastic book that is out today and set on Romney Marsh in Kent, where I used to live.  The Body In The Marsh by Nick Louth.