What an ideal environment for a workshop about your senses given by Karen Ince, it was also one of the best workshops I have ever been to and this is because it was different. The morning flew by with covering three senses, sounds, smells and feeling textures.

It really got your mind working on different words and how to describe things as I think maybe we all get a bit lazy in our writing and just opt  for the common words that come to you straight away. By the time we got to the third sense we were including others in our piece of writing about each sense.


I’m not sure what Karen was pointing at but we were very good so it wasn’t a telling off point. lol.

I am always fascinated by the picture on the wall behind Karen and I keep meaning to write a story about it as it always appears to me that it is wanting a story.  There was a full house for this workshop which was put on by The H.G. Wells society for their writing competition that they hold every year. It gets many hundreds of entries from all over the world as it has been going for so long.

The next group meeting for Write By The Sea will be having a little senses exercise which I am really looking forward to.

Beautiful views to come out to on Saturday afternoon with not a breath of wind, ideal day for sitting in the sun participating in a cocktail or two with the family.



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I think we should all get behind this a little bit more as it is only us that can do something about it. It is the little things that are all doing towards helping our environment and what it will be like for our children’s children.

Trump has some very strange ideas and the sooner he goes the better as the world over needs people that is going to change the way we not only live but things we are doing and of course industry.

I don’t understand why the government does not just ban single use plastic and carrier bags, we used to survive with paper bags years ago and buy our fruit and veg loose so why can’t we just do it again. You are going to have to force the people to adjust otherwise they will not change. Test



It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Anthony to one of our author talks, he entertained us all with the art of poetry and some of his own works, which I must say are very good.

Even though there were rules for poetry years ago many are not followed now by some, I always felt a poem had to rhyme but not even that is a rule. Prose and sonnets have their own rules which are followed. I am not sure why poetry has become very isolated as in each piece is original and may or may not have some rules. I feel maybe the art of poetry could be lost if this trend continues.

Large Concrete Structure

The cherry blossom tells us Spring has come

The cherry blossom tells us Spring has come

There are necessary hormones, rising sap

Come, sit beneath the blossom while it lasts


As pretty as a picture you were then

You were as pretty as a picture then

And because you can only think of time as passing

You took a photograph I still possess

But I remember it better than yesterday

I remember it better than I remember yesterday

You beneath the blossom at our picnic

Plump with youth and promise in the Spring

            Here, there is memory and place and no anger

            We knew no anger then

            We had no reason

            Rage came later, for no good reason

            For no reason at all

           But here, there is memory and place and no anger

            There were ponies

            We were dare-devils, climbing trees

            As high as the lowest branch

            And then those shiny boots, the click and clack

            You heard before you saw them

            Then rage had its season


The speed of change comes quickly

The blossom grows, goes quickly

One year the picture of you under the blossom

The next an abstract of something that might be blossom

Your departure not even hinted at

Your presence not even hidden

I look for you in this large concrete structure

I take for a work of art; a structure

That once had use, though no longer;

Not these days. It is labelled Large Concrete Structure

And I admire it more, these days,

Than the lovely cherry blossom in the Spring

By Anthony White

I like to write poetry when I am in the zone and have a book full of my attempts, they would not win any awards but again it is a very personal thing. In fact I probably write more when I am feeling a bit low so many are sad. Maybe that is my way of trying to get rid of the sadness a bit, who knows but like all the great authors and poets say “just keep writing anything”

Please share a verse in the comments of your favourite poem or one you have written yourself.




Julie Wassmer was a television drama writer who contributed for almost twenty years to the popular BBC series EastEnders.

She published her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence in 2010, in which she describes finding her long-lost daughter after an astonishing twist of fate. It was voted Mumsnet book of the year.

Book three in Julie’s Whitstable-set crime series The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries – involving multi-tasking private detective-come-restaurateur, Pearl Nolan – was published in spring 2016, with books 4 & 5 soon to follow

Julie lives in Whitstable and is well known for her environmental campaigning.


Pearl’s detective agency takes a back seat as she prepares to offer a warm welcome to a group of special visitors. A local Arts Festival is being held to honour a cultural exchange visit from representatives of Borken – Whitstable’s Twin Town in Germany.

Yet very soon, personality clashes surface among the participants; local politicians try to use the festival for their own ends while others jostle for improved billing on the festival programme. Tempers flare, old feuds re-surface and on the eve of the first event, a cryptic message – Murder Fest – is received by the local police. Before DCI Mike McGuire has a chance to investigate, the festival commences with an unscheduled event when a celebrated author is found brutally murdered . . .

Soon the only ‘Arts’ on display are dark ones, as Whitstable’s celebration of local culture transforms into a real-life murder fest – offering Whitstable’s Pearl Nolan another mystery to solve.


I have enjoyed Julies books since the very first one so I knew I would like it, what I didn’t realise was that I would really love this story and I found it definitely to be the best one she has written so far.

I liked the way there was no re-capping about things as we all know who they all are now. The mention of different places, restaurants and shops in Whitstable and surrounding areas is so good, I am wondering if the second hand antique clothes shop is still in Canterbury as I often wonder if everything is real or are some things made-up?

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the fashion and clothes that people wore as then you could really imagine them so what with the area plus clothes it is like you are reading about real people.

All we need now is a tour of the places where Pearl and Dolly live! I went in one of the cottages by the harbour on open garden day a couple of weeks back, it looked just like Dolly’s place but didn’t have an attic to let out.

Back to the murder and no I did not work it out and was surprised as that person didn’t even enter my head. Very good writing though as it kept you gripped in such a casual way and these characters are just plain lovely, there really is nothing at all not to like about this book so pop over to Amazon to put your order in, link at the bottom of page.

Well, done Julie, another best seller I am sure, when will we get the next one and what is it called?

I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking Julie for the mention of myself in her acknowledgements in this book, it is such an honour and unexpected and I will treasure the book.













Heidi Perks was born in 1973. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.

Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.

Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.

She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.



A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.


This is good in fact so good I didn’t know who was doing what until the end and yes I got it all completly wrong. A lot going on but written really well so I thouroughly enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the island and its remotness sounds ideylic.

A family torn apart by secrets but most not knowing why and what a surprise about the old lady, I would nevr have got that. Just goes to show you can’t rtrust anyone even if there old and nice. This keeps you glued as you are always trying to find out a bit more or some clue. Definitly a good story and one I encourage you to read.








Get the kids outside doing the gardening, or even better get them some seeds and plants and fence off a small area that is theirs to look after. Carrots and beetroot are very easy to grow, I say that as even I can grow them! I have done very well with rocket the last couple of months and that was in pots. Pansies or daisys for a bit of colour and they are good to go. Hopefully you will have some vegetables in the summer to eat.

I love this that I got for Freddie with all carnivorous plants, just hope they all grow.


Happy gardening



Today it is my turn on this book tour, the title gets you straight away I think!

img_2553Lesley Thomson is a Londoner. Her first crime novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury’s e-book for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective’s Daughter series (2014) went to number one in Sainsbury’s e-chart and is another bestseller. The Detective’s Secret was published in 2015. The Runaway, an e-book short about Stella Darnell (the detective’s daughter) came out in July 2015 and the fourth in the series, The House with No Rooms in 2016. The Dogwalker, another case for Stella and Jack, in 2017. In 2018 The Death Chamber was published. The Playground Murders came out in 2019.

Lesley lives in Sussex with her partner and her dog and is working on The Mermaid Murder, a story set in Newhaven that features Fred Power, a female mobile fishmonger.

What a start!  Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People’s Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective’s Daughter, was a number 1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies.


Forty years ago, in the dark of the playground, two children’s lives were changed for ever.

Stella Darnell is a cleaner. But when she isn’t tackling dust and dirt and restoring order to chaos, Stella solves murders. Her latest case concerns a man convicted of killing his mistress. His daughter thinks he’s innocent, and needs Stella to prove it.

As Stella sifts through piles of evidence and interview suspects, she discovers a link between the recent murder and a famous case from forty years ago: the shocking death of six-year-old Sarah Ferris, killed in the shadows of an empty playground.

Stella knows that dredging up the past can be dangerous. But as she pieces together the tragedy of what happened to Sarah, she is drawn into a story of jealousy, betrayal and the end of innocence. A story that has not yet reached its end…

WHAT DID I THINK?  This author has written a lot of books that are all best sellers, selling thousands. I liked the write-up and was looking forward to reading it. But for some reason I could not really get into this story, I did read it all and there is nothing wrong with the characters or story I am just really sorry that it was not for me. I would love to hear what you thought of it though.






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What did you think?


It feels like you are stepping into a relic from the war, with the dark green walls and the many signs from years past. It can take you one drink to read everything, but how effective are signs as that is all you need to create this atmosphere, add in some rustic pine tables and you are ready to go. All this needed were the old records and record player in the corner as I can imagine people getting up dancing or should I say jiving!

We were missing our Jackie again but I am pleased to report she is out of hospital and on the mend, it’s going to be a slow recovery but she will get there. We had Ally join us today as it was half term, so a catch-up was in order. We also celebrated Sylvie’s birthday, 21 again!

The food here is all cooked to order so no good if you are in a hurry but well worth waiting for as every dish was perfect. There were a few things missing from the menu as they are about to change it for the new summer one. The sausage and mash with the kale, burgers and chicken were all tried and delicious also the presentation was good.

How nice to have some little pots of mayonnaise instead of bottles on the table!


The service was perfect, the glasses sparkled and the cutlery was elegant. But you just cannot rely on the photographer! Or is it that they ate the desserts too quick? There is half of an apple & Cinnamon crumble and not a lot left of the brownie.

The menu is small as is the place but it makes up for it by being very good food. I hear they do a delicious Sunday lunch, a steak night and mussel Tuesdays. Maybe the house wine at £17 a bottle was a bit steep.

We all enjoyed ourselves, next month we have something a bit different, Italian in the garden with two birthdays to celebrate, I can’t wait.



I am very pleased to be on this book tour, this series of books by Rachel Lynch are refreshingly good. DI Kelly Porter and her team get the job done, also keep you guessing about the murders that you end up staying up half the night trying to finish the book.

Read my review on 7th June 2019




Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.


I was so pleased to be given a review copy of this book and to be asked on the book tour. I really like Nick Louth’s books and his character DCI Gillard who keeps me glued to the pages for the next bit.

A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.

A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.

Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.

Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.

The past has never been deadlier.

From master storyteller Nick Louth comes the third installment in the DCI Craig Gillard series. Compelling, fast-paced and endlessly enjoyable, The Body in the Mist is a triumph, perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Angela Marsons and Faith Martin


I have read all Nick’s books as I really love them from every angle. The character’s are great and he gets the writing of the story just right. He also keeps me guessing who did the murder until the end, so that’s great for me. I liked that this was about family secrets as it made the character of DCI Craig Gillard seem so real for me. Again there were two lines of stories going on but Nick writes so well that I never get confused or muddled and also never have to go back to re-read something. This makes him a wonderful author for myself and I am sure you will think so to after you read this latest book.





Ellie Pilcher
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