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MARCH – APRIL

March was a good month in a lot of ways especially for my blog as my stats went up lots so I am on track for building it up. I had over 2,000 new followers over all social media and I am pleased to say that Stumbleupon has proved good in bringing in new people to read my blog. Facebook and my blog itself are the most popular ways of following my posts and I am pleased to say that the comments are increasing although very slowly.

I did an awful lot of reading but I think that was because of the bad weather and not feeling the best, a couple were short stories but altogether I read ten books, very pleased with that and keeps me on track for my total at the end of the year.

So it is now April and spring but not very spring like weather although we have not got snow down here on the south coast like they have up north.

My camper had a flat tyre so Greenflag breakdown service came out and sorted that out and charged the battery also telling me that it has the wrong battery so I will need to purchase a bigger one as that was why it went flat. A new tyre and a battery so it is going to be an expensive month.  I am so looking forward to going away even if it’s just for a couple of days, I want to take the cat with me and see what she thinks about it.

I joined a Facebook group called single women with campers and was really pleased that there were so many of us out there roaming around the world. They did give me some good ideas and one was to put some tools in the van even though I will always have breakdown cover you never know when you might need a screw driver or spanner. I am still trying to think of a name for my camper so any ideas will be welcome, I think I am thinking too much about it.

I hope to do a lot more writing if I go away as very behind with book, I also have to write a couple of short stories for a competition and one for the Folkestone Writers.

Lunch this month is not until the end of April and hopefully everyone will be able to make it. We will be going to The Grand, I like it there and the views over to France are splendid on a clear day.

The weeds are starting to grow so I need to get the black matting put down under the stepping-stones to stop them and trim back some of the grape-vine. I put some pansies in pots just to brighten the place up a bit. I need it to stop raining so I can get it all sorted before they take over the garden, the weeds I mean.

What have you got planned for April?

Have a good week, it will seem like a nice short one if you are back to work in the morning.  I just love this bunting, how clever.

FOLKESTONE WRITERS GROUP

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I have been involved with this group for a couple of years, always entering the competition and going to some meetings when I am able to. Following on from a meeting yesterday I have said that I will do some advertising for the group and implement a social platform for them. So today I have set up a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for the Folkestone Writers. Please follow them and it would be really good if you could spread the word about the group as we want to involve far more people and get more entering the short story competition. We are also discussing about a primary school competition so when that is finalised I will let you know.

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I am thinking of asking some authors to come and give some talks about their journey to publication so if you are interested in that then please let me know.

We also have some social lunches at a restaurant in Folkestone which are a great way to meet our members.

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Our membership is only £10 a year and that goes towards our anthology and costs. We are hoping to have meetings at least once a month, rotating between afternoons and evenings so we accommodate all members.

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Our website is about to be up-dated and we will be posting and twittering about our news.

There is no theme for the short story competition so get thinking and start writing and you never know you might be in this years anthology.

READING WHILE IT’S SNOWING

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The snow has just stopped here so hopefully that is the end of it, what strange weather we are having as on Friday it was 14 degrees and sunny then the weekend we have had -1 and snow. We all want spring to come now so sort yourself out weather.

At least it gives you a good excuse to stay in and read which I have been doing all week, I think I have read about six books this week, I know my total for the year is up to 19 so that’s pretty good and on track.

I have been working towards creating a newsletter and finalising signed books for giveaways so it’s all on track. Having problems connecting my camera to the wi-fi so am looking for a camera expert to help me sort that out.

It feels like so long ago that I was away in my camper, I cannot wait for the warmer weather so I can drive away and explore new places.

Have a good week everyone.

I am just about to start reading this book, I have been waiting ages in fact since I saw the film about the first book. I wonder if they are going to make another film as a follow on?

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MOTHER’S DAY 2018

This is a special Mother’s Day post.

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The above poem my son Sam did for me when he was about ten and I have treasured it. It is so nice when you go through an old box and find the treasures that you have saved.

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The following poems are from a very talented lady Ananya Haldar who lives in America, I have posted about one of her poems before so I asked her if she would kindly do some for today and luckily she said yes. Thank you Ananya.
“For the Best Mum”
Mum, I struggle to find the words to say what I want to express to you today.
I’ve had ups and I’ve had downs,
You’ve heard me laugh
and you’ve seen me frown.
Through it all you’re always there
showing me how much you care.
I think of sacrifices you made
and I hope you’re proud
of the child you raised.
I want to make sure that you knew
I know it wasn’t easy for you.
I love you, Mum,
Happy Mother’s Day to you!
Ananya Haldar 2018
That was my favourite one.
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“A Sophisticated Woman”
She’s a sophisticated woman
who uses credit cards,
throws charity balls
and attends seminars.
She faithfully lectures
at the university and
writes letters to her MP.
She’s admired for great achievements
while caring for three children,
having dinner on the table
each evening at six.
In the office at seven
for a conference call,
and does all she is able.
Who is there to see that
though they call her “Auntie,”
She is actually the neighbour
who was there when Mum died?
She saw a need and
does what she can
to help them along.
Happy Mother’s Day to a mum –
who didn’t have to be one!
Ananya Haldar 2018
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“Small Wishes”
I know how you wanted
to keep me there
but you let me go
for that was my choice.
You asked how long
I would be gone
the last time I
heard your voice.
Holidays are celebrated
while I’m away,
Seasons pass and
still I stay.
I have goals, Mum,
I have plans
but my wish for now
is to take your hand;
to eat together
and feel your touch
and to walk together
would mean so much.
I’m coming home, Mum
Please welcome your son
My absence is grievous,
and I cling to small wishes.
Ananya Haldar 2018
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This poem is one of mine, seeing all these wonderful words has made me think of many more so that is what I will be doing this afternoon.

 

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I really hope you enjoyed reading these words, have a wonderful day everyone.

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VALENTINE GIFTS FOR THE LADY IN YOUR LIFE OR ME!

To be perfectly honest I really don’t like February, apart from the cold it is full of all the love, romance and happy stuff that single people like myself do not have in our lives. As much as I enjoy and embrace being single, to be able to do, go, eat, sleep and talk to myself when ever I want, there will always be that tiny bit that thinks why can’t someone love me enough to send me flowers or buy me a card and gifts. That feeling does not last long but it appears extremely often during February and why is there not a happy and single day?

I have therefore decided to give you a few ideas of what to buy that lady in your life and I am sure she would love any one of these presents, that is because they are all things that I would love to be given.

Here we have the lotions and potions for our faces, obviously the Estee Lauder I will be dreaming about for ever as it is a bit pricy but if you have the money to spoil the love of your life then go for this one.

We all love to have a soak in the bath and I think Bayliss and Harding and Jo Malone are the best and she also has the candle and diffuser to all match the bath scent. Just bring me a glass of champagne while I soak my gorgeous body.

A bit random here but I am loving the camera strap no more leather strap digging in your neck, why did I not think of this?

I love my cat so I thought the bag was cute as I do read a lot and write lots of reviews.

The trainer with sparkly bits on, they don’t do these in a 5 or I would have been very tempted.  What sort of trainers/sneakers does a 57-year-old woman wear when camping, cannot seem to find anything that I really like.

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Last but not least if you have no money then make her a card with your own poem inside about what she means to you. Find some wool and knit her this heart to always keep her hands warm round her favourite coffee mug.

So there we have some lovely ideas, if of course you would like to get me something then that’s great, let me know which restaurant to meet you at. lol

I must go and get on with some other writerly things…..after a quick look on Pinterest.

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JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Apart from the cold and rain January has not been too bad for me, my health had its ups and downs but I have kept busy with my reading and writing even if I have been in bed.

I think my three main highs would be:

  1. My blog has been going for 5 years, with more readers every day from all the social media platforms it goes on.
  2. Reading 5 books and half way through the 6th one, a really good variety and well on track towards my yearly total.
  3. Receiving some glorious flowers, delicious chocolates and the cutest teddy from Prestige Flowers, any girl would love them.

 

New books, I have seen some books that sound really good this month so I hope I get round to reading them, so they have gone on my list.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Are Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

The funniest thing would be ending up with a huge bag of ginger when I only wanted one bit.

Shopping, I was very good as only bought make-up and I used my points in Boots, so all good on that score and kept to my budget.

We also celebrated Freddie’s 4th birthday, why can’t my grandchildren stop getting older lol.

I am looking forward to February, my aim is to increase the traffic to my blog, so please, all share my posts and comment as it is lovely to hear what you have to say.

NEWS OR FAKE NEWS?

I think this is ridiculous how can the papers get away with putting fake news on-line? I was under the impression that everything had to be true or they can be fined for printing lies, yet now they can get away with anything if it is called fake news!

I found this very worrying when I read this article, I had visions of something happening to the tunnel, the power station and many other places that are located in the south-east.

This should be stopped before it gets out of hand, what if something is true and no body believes it as they just think it is fake again.

What do you think?