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Today is International Reggae Day
A huge festival is held in Kingston, Jamaica with non stop “Reggae” music made famous by the sounds of the great Bob Marley who also helped the spread of the Rastafarian movement. Turn up your sounds and listen to the timeless songs of “No woman No cry” and “One Love.”

There appears to be a lot of these International Days or Awareness Days, it is a shame some of them are not advertised very well. It is nice to be able to celebrate and be happy when there is so much sorrow and bad in the world these days.

Cuprinol started a “National Shed Week” seven years ago, this runs from the 1st to the 6th July. There is a ShedBlog where enthusiasts keep an eye on to see who has won the Nations Shed of the Year Award! As you can imagine there is a variety of sheds and even a tardis. This year there is also an International Shed of the Year. I find it amazing looking at the great things people design for their gardens.

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National Motivation Day this is spread by Breast Cancer Care and is intended to remind you of what inspires you….what or who motivates you.
We all need a bit of motivation at times especially when we are ill so I am all for this, lets give some inspiration to others.

As we begin another week it is good to hear that the met office say we are going to have a sunny July, wouldn’t that be good, get the barbecues out and cleaned up ready for a few sausages.

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The sun is shining! It is not an illusion, I am not dreaming, I am not imagining it…….It is real!

Is that a smile I see on your face
Is that a rose you hold in your hand
Are they tears or dew
That fall to the ground

Is that a bird
I hear cheeping
A young that needs feeding
Before finding its wings
And leaving

Is that mint that you smell
Tangy and tart
Cut off at its best
Floating in your glass

Is that your cat
Laying so still
Catching the sun
Dreaming of meals

Is that the sun
Going down very still
Leaving us now
Come back soon

We need you still

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I have been thinking today about the writers holiday I am going on at the end of July, I am looking forward to it and meeting more authors. Then I thought about how many authors I am now friends with on FaceBook,Twitter and even on here. That’s a lot of authors and only a very small percentage of the amount that there are out there. I wonder how many there actually are?
I find it a very supporting group of people, I guess that’s because we are all in the same boat, just trying to write a best seller.

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So Newport, South Wales is where it is being held, I have never been to that part of Wales before so looking forward to seeing part of it.
I think about writing, stories, plots, characters and poems where ever I am now it’s like my brain never turns off, It then gets frustrating when you cannot just get your pen or computer and just get on with it. Lol. I am now off to do some writing before I forget this character I am piecing together from about five people I know.

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I don’t want to speak to soon but I hear it may be barbecue day on Sunday! xx

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First of all sorry I did not post last night but I had a bit of a mishap! My daughters thought it was very amusing when I rang them.

My next door neighbour had taken in a parcel for me so early evening I went outside and stood on a little plastic stool to peer over the fence to see if she was in before I walked round there. As I stood up the plastic cracked and snapped and my foot went through the stool, so when I stood on other foot as I was hopping round the patio trying to pull my foot out of the stool, it was stuck so still balancing on one leg I had to snap some more of the plastic off so I could get my foot out!

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Badly scratched and cut leg later, I went to bed as it was stinging so much and felt sorry for myself.

The day had started of very good as it was the last Creative Writing so we joined the other group and presented some of our stories and poems to each other. Looking forward to it starting again in October.

Then met the girls for lunch, what a laugh we had and visited a new restaurant called Blooms in Folkestone. How lovely to have such brilliant service and excellent food in surroundings so pleasant. We are all looking forward to going there again.

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They even do cocktails also a lovely sitting area outside in the sun, when it appears lol.

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It will be nice to go there in the winter as they had a little lounge area with nice comfy seats.
So a very good lunch was had by us all.

Today I started a new story writing about 2,000 words also did the planning and characters. I am finding it hard to not put too much about people when I base a little bit of the story on an event that happened. Especially as it was so funny so don’t really want to change the character that much.
Leg is feeling better today and does not look as bad. Never stand on old plastic furniture that has been left outside is the moral of that story. x

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I just wanted to share this with you, I see a lot of pictures and words during the day but this one really made me look and think…….I believe a story is forming in my mind.

What does it make you think of or feel? xx

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You are probably wondering why the fireworks, it’s not November! Well, I thought we had best celebrate this highly unusual event in some way so that we remember what it is like.

The sun came out today but not only that, there was no wind so we had a lovely summers evening sitting outside, the children playing and loving every minute of it. There was also wine and a friends birthday and my daughter cooked a lovely meal. What else could you wish for, just why can’t it be like this more of the time! Everyone would be so much happier even shop assistants appear more helpful if the sun is shining.

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We all can see the resemblances that family members have, some I find are very noticeable but others I fail to see myself. When someone says ow yes, she has his eyes…..I am thinking, really, I am not seeing that. Lol

What about traits or habits are they hereditary or do they just copy the other person. I was amazed when I saw this next photo, it is of two of my grandchildren. They are sisters but there is a ten year age gap between them, it was just a coincidence that they were photographed at the same age. They do the same things with their hands and fingers. They also look just the same as their Mum did when she was little. Lovely pictures.

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I have had a lovely day today doing some editing and realised I have about five stories that are just about finished and I just went through them and put the number of words on them as I wanted to send some off to competitions. Not that easy, I have got either the wrong amount of words or wrong content! How exasperating is that, now what do I do? Change them or just leave them and start writing some more or just get on with my novel, I do like to have something else on the go though.

It is the last Creative Writing on Wednesday I am really going to miss it as I have learnt a lot and it is so nice to share your writing. It will start again in October so that’s good, I will be booking that up. Tomorrow is a writing day so I will go with what ever story I wake up thinking about.

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Well today is the biggest moon but we will not see it here as there is far too much cloud cover! That is the British weather for you, ruins everything.

I am back home, been relaxing most of the day, then this evening Billie dropped the baby round as she had to go to the hospital to get antibiotics so I was babysitting once more. All ok now and she has gone home, the lounge looks like a tornado went through it! Lol

Jodie and Darren arrived back this morning and woke their children up, was lovely seeing their faces. This picture makes it all worthwhile as I think it is so lovely. No more holidays for a few years though lol

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I was hoping to have a lovely Saturday down on the front at the Fish Festival but the weather put paid to that idea as it is raining and force 8 gales predicted. So we have been stuck indoors but on the good side the house is lovely and clean for the return of the parents in the morning.

I have enjoyed looking after my four grandchildren but must admit I will be so pleased to go home tomorrow morning, I will be recuperating the next few days. Lol

The children have been very good and do not appear to of missed their Mum and Dad at all so that is good as it would of been awful having upset children all week. Izzy is still having drops in her ear but it is not as sore. All in all a good but extremely long week!

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Looking forward to a glass of something tomorrow x

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Well I can honestly say, “Thank god it’s Friday.” It has been a long week, even though I love looking after them, doing everything is very hard when you get a bit older! George has stayed at his friends tonight so that’s one less lol. Still doing the drops for Izzy. Alfie the little one has been so good and read his reading book lovely today, not mentioned his Mum or Dad at all lol I am afraid this is going to be a short post tonight as my bed is calling. X

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