I was so looking forward to getting the camper back last week, getting everything back into it as it has all been under my dining table all winter and beginning to annoy me. Sylvie took me down to pick it up and then I stayed at hers for the night so we could give it a good clean and get her ready for going away this week. It is half-term here so was looking forward to getting away with one of the grandchildren.

In the camper there was evidence of water in the shower tray and sink so they had checked everything for the habitation certificate. I filled the water tank up, turned the pump on expecting water to come out the taps when turned on but no it was emptying the water out under the van, which was one of the things wrong with it when I took it back for them to sort out last September!

I am a very angry customer, the workshop was closed all weekend so I have had to wait until Monday to get in touch with the manager, he has been in a meeting for three hours so far!

Oh dear! Guess what there is a drain switch under the bed that empties the system for the winter…..I need to turn it off!  Oh well, back to Sylvies at the weekend to get it ready for a trip away.

The only good thing was that I stayed the night at Sylvies and we had so much fun and a little bit of prosseco. This is Sylvie with her light that she wears to go and put the chicken Katy to bed, lol.

Getting on the floor to find another bottle in the fridge caused some issues standing up but luckily her son Matt was there to help her and retrieve the bottle.  He also said that we sounded like a couple of fourteen years olds when we went to bed chatting and laughing, just a shame he didn’t say we looked like a couple of fourteen year olds!

 

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LIVING MEMOIR BY MARNIE SUMMERFIELD-SMITH

I attended this workshop in Faversham at the weekend with about twelve other ladies. I was interested in learning a bit more about pulling a memoir together, how long should it be and how much do you prepare the reader for the main point of the story then also the end.

It was a pleasure to meet Marnie, another author from Whitstable who ghost writes memoirs for people unable to do it themselves. I also did mention about the writing group so I will have her on standby for next year to come and give a talk, hopefully by then my current memoir will be finished and I will be onto the main one about my childhood.

Although the workshop was interesting it didn’t help with any of the things I wanted to know also the hour and a half went very quickly. For £15 I would have liked it to be jammed packed with information.

Some liked the mindfulness part of emptying your mind and seeing what came into it to write about but as I cannot see in pictures in my head obviously nothing came to me so I just wrote basic notes about the article we had read about someones memoir.

Four hours of travelling backwards and forwards with the only good thing was meeting Marnie. I was shattered, sore and physically exhausted so by six pm I was asleep in bed and do not feel that much better today.

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Time for a nap now

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I did not realise that when I up-graded my blog that I would lose my followers and my email followers so it is taking a while to build them back up. At least it is still being read in a lot of countries so that’s good.

My followers are going up on Instagram and Pinterest more than any other sites now but the main thing is that at least everything is going up and not down. So I am pleased, I just need to get my DA up which I am finding very hard to do, I think it may help if I understood it all a bit more.

Pinterest has 23.1k monthly unique viewers.

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WRITE BY THE SEA

I had a meeting with Angus and Dominic last week about joining up with them at their new creative venture called East Cliff Creatives. This started as a few creative people who lived in the same street all getting together to help and promote each other.

Write by the sea will link up with their writing part so we can help, promote and assist each other. It all feels very exciting to be part of a bigger program which works well with our group as we are getting more members each month.

To find out more about them here is their site.

I can see this as really helping our group to grow and be able to give back to our members all the support and help they need to develop their own dreams.

Nothing will change as in the way our meetings run and I have now secured speakers for the rest of the year so we have some interesting talks to look forward to.

Write By The Sea

Next meeting is the 21st February at Bella Vita restaurant at the bottom of The Old High Street at 6.30, this will be a group meeting.

 

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You get a warm welcome when you enter this restaurant in Folkestone, which is at the top end with a nice selection of places to eat near by.

They are open lunchtime so it is a really pleasant place to sit outside in the sunshine, the weather thinks it is Spring at the moment so everyone is making the most of it. We sat inside where the temperature was just right.

While you read and read it again and change your mind at least twice they do give you olives and pita bread which came with our drinks, so that keeps you going. There is so much choice and I never know which to pick but the starters were wonderful with the three we picked going together really well. Russian salad, pan-fried prawns and the sauté potato, which was my favourite, sometimes you get really hard bits of potato or else its mush but this was cooked to perfection and I really loved the taste. Nice flavours but nothing that took over.

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The colours were superb!

Then to the main course where I eventually chose the grilled chicken Beyti and my friend had the mixed grill, there was a lot of that. Mine was just the right amount but the tastiest thing was the rice, not hard, not stuck together, really light and delicate flavours that we both loved.

I must add that neither of us touched the bowl of salad you get with it. It was really filling with the tastes so nice, nothing overpowering or hot, we didn’t use the chilli sauce you get with it.

A really great restaurant, good atmosphere with the service being just right and probably the best Turkish meal I have had for a really long time.I will definitely be going back there and taking my family and friends with me.

The choice in Folkestone really is amazing but they are also good quality places to choose from so you are never stuck with wondering where to go.

Happy eating

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