BRIGHTON

A few days away always refreshes you and when going with a friend you know you are guaranteed a good time and that is certainly what we had last week. I do love Brighton so sitting here looking out to sea in the sunshine, yes it was lovely and sunny.  We had a drink and jacket potato while we rested our legs, not that we did that much walking.

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Considering we were in the prime position for the beachfront bars this was very good value, jacket potato £5 and a cider £2.50 You cannot complain about that. We visited a few shops in the high street and then after another break which involved a cocktail (Pornstar) we went to the famous lanes and walked around. I liked this outside area of the pub with the plants and the twinkling lights, very effective.

The Ivy restaurant in London is very popular with stars so I was surprised to see one in Brighton, how have I never noticed this before? That flower display was amazing, definitely encouraging people to have a pic done and pop in for a drink. I loved the way the windows were made to look old but even though they were small you could still open them. A lot of money has obviously gone into renovating this lovely building.

 

We then decided to chill out with a gin in Weatherspoons, these pubs are in every town and the place to go for value prices. We both had a pink gin fizz, delicious, the strawberries taste great after being soaked in gin. I then had a Bubblegin, OMG it is the best I have ever tasted, I will be buying the ingredients when I get home so I can make it myself. I have checked out where I can get them for good prices.

So a very good few days, we also checked out Rottingdean, relaxed, watched films and talked about a load of rubbish after a few glasses of wine. All just what you need to recharge your batteries ready for the Autumn. Thank you Lynda x.

We stayed at Lynda’s friend’s house which is in Peacehaven just outside Brighton, I loved the squirrel that appears to live in the garden, he was looking in the window to see what was going on.

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Where do you go for short breaks?

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WINTER DATING

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There is nothing better than sitting on a soft cosy sofa in front of a blazing log fire while watching the snowfall like fairy flakes through the window. That just oozes romance from every angle and it’s what you can get in Fife, Scotland. I think I want to go there just for the Fife Dating and the romance, it all sounds so relaxed. We do many things in the summer and people get a bit stuck in the winter but many walks are so beautiful to go on and let’s not forget that the snowball fights are such fun and free. I often look at the photos of past winters and the fun we have had. Have you got a favourite place or time that you always remember?

I often take a bus ride to somewhere different just to see the views and the amazing scenery that we often take for granted. Autumn, we have many different colours as the trees and shrubs change for this time of the year. My children used to love collecting the different colours and shapes of leaves and then make them into pictures when we get home. One winter I had a wall covered in their pictures, a very cheap wallpaper lol. Not forgetting the hot chocolate with the marshmallows, you have to have marshmallows as it’s the law and so delicious.

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Have you ever spelt out I love you with leaves, then press it and frame it with a picture of you both. What a way to remember your dates. Dating can be so much fun if you just relax and enjoy it, they call these first dates the honeymoon period and you can see why as everything you do together is a first time and exciting.

Fife Singles certainly know how to enjoy themselves and we still have so many more things to do, let’s not forget window shopping, I love that part in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn. Now that is something we can all do, work out which ring you would like!

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If you are into Winter sports then this is the place to be, a bit of snowboarding or skiing is another leisure activity that many indulge in. Stay wrapped up and warm or is that the best bit, making the other person all warm and loved at the end of your date!

Many things to do in the winter with it all being just as much fun. For me it’s the blazing log fire, a super soft sofa with the fluffiest throw and socks then a great film or even some really old black and white films, you also have to guess the year they were made, no cheating though and reading the box.  Popcorn and drinking chocolate are also essential accompaniments.

What would your ideal date be in the winter?

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PUBLISHED BY CRÈME DE LA CRIME

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SIMON BRETT

When an author event at the local library ends in murder, Jude finds herself a suspect in the waspishly witty new Fethering mystery.

Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven?t met for twenty years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn?t changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn’t been suspecting however was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

More worrying, from Jude’s point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the murder but to prevent herself from being arrested for committing it.

img_2422Simon Brett is a prolific British writer of whodunnits.

He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first-class honours degree in English.

He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included ‘Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Frank Muir Goes Into …’.

After his spells with the media, he began devoting most of his time to writing from the late 1970s and is well known for his various series of crime novels.

He is married with three children and lives in Burpham, near Arundel, West Sussex, England. He is the current president of the Detection Club.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This is a mild crime novel from a series of about 18 and it is the sort of book that my Nan would have loved. The setting of a library is great as they are so lovely and very ‘writerly’ You can pick this up and get straight back into it with no trouble. The characters match the book so very well so it all just flows really well.

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I do love these little gems but why can’t I ever think of them?

I thought I would give you a bit of an update about what has been going on. The summer was great as I saw a lot of the family especially the grandchildren. I had some time in the camper which I really enjoyed and have decided to keep it now as I was going to sell it. Jodie likes it and we are going over to France later in the year with Alfie. The twins turned three, where have the last three years gone, they are all growing up so quickly now.

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This blog has been a bit of a nightmare as had so many problems with it. They came out with a new WordPress version which was a bit like building squares on top of each other for the different things you put on your blog. I tried it and it appeared to mess so many settings up. Some people got emailed thirteen copies of the same post, I was really sorry about that. Then pictures would not upload. I was about to give up but I changed everything back to how it was using the original version and it has all been great since then. What a relief.

Also, Facebook decided to shut down my Karen’s World because it is not my name! I lost over 4,000 followers so all my stats went right down. It really made me feel like giving up and I didn’t do anything for a while. There is no actual way of getting hold of anyone at Facebook you just have to leave a message that I am sure no one reads. I have now got a new page here so if you have lost me then do please add me again to this one.

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Have you seen any of these 50p I have been looking for them as they are all to do with writing so I wanted to save them? I think someone must have them all lol as I cannot find any of them. They are really cute though.

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My other news is that I wrote a memoir about my daughter’s accident that happened years ago. It’s almost 12,000 words and I decided to send it to two publishers to see what they thought. Well both of them have replied after a few weeks and said that they are interested in publishing but, oh yes there is always a but isn’t there? They want me to contribute so I am now thinking that maybe I should send it to some other publishers who might also want to publish it themselves. I have to admit I got very excited but I am still feeling good and I think that maybe it will get published. So, watch this space for more news.

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Thought that was appropriate as I have a few books to read at the moment. Have you read any good books over the summer? I have my top three for the year picked out already and they are so good that I don’t think anything will beat them.

Bye for now

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I am amazed at how big these daisy flowers have got especially as they are in a pot, not that you can see that at all now. Most of the plants appear to have had a really good year here and the rhubarb has been wonderfull with it has only just stopped growing. Not very good for the diet all these rhubarb crumbles but very delicious. Next year I will make rhubarb gin much better for the diet LOL.

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The fairy garden was looking a bit tatty so I threw most of the bits away and will lookout for some more in the end of summer sales. I had an idea about putting artificial grass there and it looks so much better. Very pleased with myself.

The frogs love their pond with the water Lillies giving them lots of shade and cover this year. The Jasmine has gone crazy so I have to keep tieing it up out the way.

Homebase had a sale of orchids and I really do love them so I treated myself to two and it was still cheaper than one normally. I have given them orchid food and their very own spray once a week. Let’s hope I can keep these ones alive.

How are your plants doing this year?

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Sometimes you see things on the news and it just makes you wonder what is the world coming too. These people are taking their lives in their hands trying to get over one of the busiest shipping channels in the UK in a very small boat or dinghy. This is the number just this year as another one landed down in East Sussex last week. 1,127

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You then add on the ones that climb into lorries and hide, with some holding on underneath all in very dangerous places. That’s 15,000, what a high number and the lorry company or owner gets fined if they are found so they take all the precautions to stop this happening and then still get fined if someone is found. They need to just turn them around and take them back like many countries do and let’s not forget they have gone through many safe countries to get here and they choose not to stay there but to keep going and risk their lives to come to us!

With all the security at the ports now I am amazed that they are still finding ways to get through. Where will all this end? We are such a small island and I wonder how many people will keep coming here. Most of our hospitals and schools are full, with also having to spend more money from their budgets to get over the many language barriers. No more money is given to them so they have to cut back on other things.

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Let’s just look after our own as that alone is going to be hard with people living longer, the next generation now driving, youngsters trying to get on the property ladder, doctors surgeries struggling to cope and people having to wait two weeks for an appointment, hospitals A&E not coping with the times to treat someone as so many are now going to the hospital as they cannot get in to see their doctor.

Down in Kent by the coast where I live we have to put up with the main motorway the M20 having one lane permanently closed off just in case the lorries have to queue for the port when Brexit eventually happens or not! Our roads are conjested so even a trip to the shops or even the school run can take so long because our small roads are packed with cars avoiding the motorway. The politicians should all try living down here and see how that impacts on their day to day lives like it does us.

I am not political but sometimes I get so cross with what is happening here like I am sure many of you do.

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Really looking forward to this blog tour as I am sure you will love this book.

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I was amazed at how big this was once you get alongside it. You can see loads of life vests ready for when they have to use them. This is often here now as it locates the many small boats and dinghies that are coming over from France. They really are taking such a risk as the ferries that go back and forwards are enormous and these little boats just do not stand a chance. A lot of manpower and cost that goes into saving these people that are trying to get here illegally!

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BRINLEY WILLIAMS

Every so often you come across something that is so exceptionally lovely it takes your breath away. This happened to me when I saw this website Brinley Williams with so many gorgeous candles. I was honoured to do a review for them in exchange for a candle, I wanted to get something that was really special so I was thinking of myself, as you do. Why is it you always end up getting presents for other people that you really would like yourself?

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Anyway, I was thinking about a personalised candle for my 60th but then my daughter-in-law Megan mentioned about Jodie’s 40th in December so that is how come I have missed out and my daughter Jodie has a beautiful new 40th birthday candle. Now all I got to hope is that she misses this post as she does read a lot of them.

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This website BrinleyWilliams.co.uk is one of the easiest ones to use even when uploading a photo, I took this of Jodie during the summer and I love this picture. You choose your own writing which again is great as everything has so much meaning. The candles come in many different colours and sizes so you can pick what you require.

 

So many ideas for purchasing a candle to celebrate events in your life or families, I really think these are superb and what a great happy Christmas for your bestie with a picture of you both. I keep thinking of great ideas, maybe I could do a big order and get everyone one lol. Click straight over to their site and get shopping, you will love it.

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Happy 40th birthday Jodie x

 

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You can find this new bookstall at the Thursday market and on a Sunday at The Harbour Station market. Lots of great comics and sci-fi books with many other old books as well. Well worth a look.

They are also running a competition so get writing as you only have until the 21st September.

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