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What an amazing place, I cannot believe I have not been here before in fact I had not even heard of it. I can remember going to this area with my Nan and Granddad but think we just had meals on the water front. All of this area is outstanding in beauty and attractions so you find something for everyone.

The teapot museum is amazing, like nothing I have ever seen before, our conversation while walking round all the rooms that house 8,250 teacups was ooooo aaaarrrrroh look.

This collection took years to build and is absolutely fascinating, everything you could think of has been made into a teapot. I like the way they have covered the front of all the shelves with perspex so they won’t get broken and also you don’t have to dust them, what a good idea.

I really liked the book theme ones.

You could spend ages here just walking round and round such a delightful place and I am so pleased we found it.

The restaurant that is attached has superb meals with it all being so reasonable and cooked to order.  The english breakfast and eggs on toast I can vouch for and say that they were delicious. Then the milkshakes were wonderful so thick and full of flavour.

My miniature crime writers desk I absolutely love and it has pride of place on my desk. What a truly fabulous day out in the sunshine looking at so many things.

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PUBLISHED 19th JUNE 2018
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This story was brilliant, in fact I read it in three hours as I could not put it down. I would like to thank Netgalley for asking me to read and review.
When Finn meets the girl of his dreams he falls for her in a big way but Layla is too young and just getting to London she wants to have some fun so they part. A few weeks later he finds her on his doorstep, cold, hungry with no money as it has all been stolen in the hostel she was staying in. Finn nurses her back to health then not wanting to share a flat with his friend anymore he buys a cottage in the country for them to start their life in.
Taking a trip to France there is a ripple in the relationship so on the way back Finn pushes to find out what is wrong.  He was not expecting the answer though and immediately pulled into a services, they end up arguing with Finn pulling her out of the car, shouting at her, his anger was bad so he knew he should just walk away and calm down so he headed to the toilet block. On his return he cannot find Layla anywhere, police are called, searches carried out but she was never found, there was also never a body found. Finn accepted that she had been abducted and taken somewhere but for all the news and papers looking for her she had never been found. She really had disappeared.
Years later Finn meets Ellen and falls in love with her, not a love like Layla but a soft smooth love. Eventually after living together happily Finn asks Ellen to marry him, she is so happy. But for Finn the problems are just beginning, emails arrive from someone pretending to be Layla, he keeps all this from Ellen until it all gets a lot worse. An old neighbour says they saw Layla then Ellen see’s her in the street, how can it get any worse. Finn goes to the cottage that he shared with Layla as he never sold it and never went there again, the letter he wrote to Layla hoping she would come back was still there. She wasn’t alive someone was playing with his mind, who would do that?
These characters have you gripped with a twist along the way, really great writing which throws up red herrings to keep you on your toes. I loved this book and straight away it is in my top ten for this year.
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MANY VEGAN & VEGETARIAN CHOICES PLUS LOCAL BEER, WINE & CIDERS

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I went here last week with Sheila, what a surprise to find a small place that is so FULL of ideas, ambiance, fantastic food, local drinks, homemade delicacies and a lovely couple running it!

This is the new menu, the different teas sound amazing so I am going back to try those. The selection is vast for a small place so there is something for everyone. The vegan and vegetarian selection is good and a bit different so you have a few things to pick from.

Sheila had the vegan sausage in a bagel and I had the brie and cranberry ciabatta, they were both delicious, I loved the presentation. The ciabatta was warm so warmed the cheese, I need to go back for some more.

It is a lovely place to just sit and people watch or read or even write, a local artist has their prints on the walls and I loved that you could pick a CD so you can listen to your favourite music. The fish on the wall is a novel idea as well. So many good points, I really hope they get the custom as this place needs to stay in Folkestone.

We had to try the desserts as it would be rude not to, lol. The vegan cheesecake was nice with the base made of dates and walnuts maybe with some fresh fruit on the top would have made it look more like a cheesecake but Sheila loved it. I had the millionaire shortbread with vanilla ice cream and that was delicious, I could just eat some more of that now. They make their own vegan ice cream and many other things.

The Hideaway is located at the top end of Folkestone town centre so it is really worth a walk up there. If you work in Folkestone then this is also a good place to go and get your lunch they also do a take away service. They really have thought of everything and I loved the place so you must try it and maybe say that Karen sent you.

The can of local cider was nice and I also presented Sheila with her winning book.

 

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There has been a lot of talk the last few months about switching accounts from banks to utilities, insurances etc etc. But how easy is it and why don’t some people want to try to save some money? I decided to look into the different companies and see exactly what they do for us and is it really worth it to change everything.

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Martin Lewis the money man, get his email every week here.

So many offers and tips to save you some money, it does not cost you anything just a few minutes to read it every week and then start saving those pennies or I should say pounds!

BANKS

There are a lot of different deals from money put into your account to higher interest on your savings or vouchers with credit on them. How do you pick? Where do you find the deals? I receive an email from Martin the money man every week, here is the link if you would like to receive them. He gives a good run down about what each bank is offering so you pick the one that suits you best. I always go for the money, yes I have done this twice and I am looking for the next good one again. It’s easy cash to treat yourself with and after you have done it once you will see how easy it is. Yes, it’s really easy as apart from letting the new bank know that you would like to change to them you do not have to do anything! They move all your direct debits with the change over being so quick you do not even notice, you get your cards in the post, some even set you up a savings account as well. Everything carries on the same with a very smooth change over and you get a letter telling you it is all complete. What is there not to like about that and you could be up to £150 better off!

INSURANCE

Again the email from Martin gives you the one’s to search like money supermarket for example, you put your details in once and they then search all the companies for the best price. You can then read through them all and decide which you prefer. NEVER accept your renewal from the company you have been with the previous year as you will always get it cheaper else where. This applies to every type of insurance so make sure you have a good look around.

GAS and ELECTRIC

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I have no idea why people stay with the top 6 companies, I know good customer service is what you like but you really do not have to pay over £100 or more a year for that. The smaller companies give you the exact same fuel as nothing changes apart from where your bill comes from. Again I looked on Martin money mans email and I even joined his club for cheaper fuel here as then when I did change to a cheaper service he even paid me a nice little bit of cash as well. I have changed to Bulb and saved myself £180 a year, I was at the end of my contract with the previous company but if you are stuck in a contract Bulb will pay your exit fees, bonus and your saving money, whats not to like about that. The best bit is the fact that it is green renewable energy so we are doing our bit for the planet. They also do the warm home discount that you can apply for on some benefits. The last bit is the best, once you sign up if you refer a friend then you both get £50 each in your account so if you have a few friends you could probably end up not paying any bills for a good few months! I love it and if you want to get a quick £50 yourself in your account then sign up here for Bulb energy.

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BROADBAND

I do not know anyone that is paying the same amount to the same company, why? Because lots of people haggle especially with broadband and tv packages and to be honest the companies are bending over backwards to keep your custom. I have just changed my contract simm and got a much better deal through sky mobile and because I have sky broadband and the basic tv package they give you another discount, so easy. Look to see how much data you use than texts then minutes and then compare on Martin money mans email which deals he thinks are good and have a look. It never hurts to say that you cannot afford that much and most times they will alter it and make it lower for you. The best bit about sky mobile is that it rolls your data over so what you don’t use each month it carries over to the next so then when you have a load of data you can just lower your simm package and use all that, so saving more money, I think it can go down to about £8 a month. The other thing you can do is buy a second-hand phone from someone who has up-graded as that is far cheaper than a phone contract and you get good deals for just a simm contract.

WATER & SEWERAGE

Because here in Kent we only have the two companies there is no one to haggle with so we have to pay their rates but what you can do is get a water meter if there are just two of you or less in the house as you would not use the amount they charge you for as it is a set figure. If you have a house full of kids then don’t get a water meter until you have to!

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So you should have a few pounds in your pocket now towards a nice little break. Here’s to switching and saving money.

 

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Well here we are and its half way through the year already and almost the end of the school year. This week we have the longest day on Thursday 21st, it is really sad to think that after that the daylight hours gets shorter. I really hope we have a good summer while the children are on school holidays as we missed doing so many things last year and of course I need to get some camping done. I have a bit of a full week coming up with a haircut, my birthday, the monthly lunch with my friends and a cocktail evening after the lunch so I am praying for lovely weather so we can sit in the garden. The gardener is finishing off some bits for me Thursday morning so it should all look great and I have a few more fairy lights, you can never have too many lights! I have tried to get the garden a bit more self maturing and maintenance free also with a couple of small shrubs that will grow up so it gives it a bit of hight.

I had a couple of days away at my friend’s house last week so that made a nice relaxing change and the sun shone for us so we did a lot of sitting about doing nothing in the garden, well actually we did try the rhubarb gin, oh my god it is delicious and well worth the money as it is not cheap at £33 a bottle luckily she has a nice husband who bought it although I don’t think he expected us to like it lol.

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We also had a trip to Sittingbourne as there is a really nice plant shop there and it has great prices so we came home with a boot full. I got two Camelias for £10, some daisy’s and ground cover for £1 each a lovely pink geranium.

I have asked about my blog likes and we have done all we can to fix the problem, I am still not getting hardly any likes from WordPress viewers, perhaps they don’t like the new blog!

I have another author spotlight coming up with a free signed book for the winner of the best question so keep a look out for that.

Have a super week everyone

 

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