As the garden centre in Folkestone shut down a couple of years ago I have been going to the one that is on the way to Canterbury, which is really nice. This morning I went with Billie to drop my granddaughter off at The Alkham Valley garden centre and tea rooms, Jade works in the tea rooms.  They have got a great selection of just about everything and the one thing that makes this stand out as probably the best garden centre I have been in is that the staff are so friendly in every department.

I love the display with the crates it looks so good yet also so simple to do, I don’t think I have the knack though as I tried in my garden and it’s not looking so good.


The amount of variety there is amazing, I wanted a bit of colour in my pots so I got pansies. There were no pink ones, do they not do pink pansies?

I could have spent hours walking round there, I love my pink heart shrub.


What ever you need you will find it here. I could not believe how much variety in everything they have, it makes choosing not a quick thing. Next time I will get a Fuchsia and some more Pansies.

My bargain was the £1.50 bulbs which will still grow this year, just a bit later in the season. The colours are so nice, my garden is looking a bit green at the moment so definitely need some pink in there that will come back every year.


After all that we had to go and have a coffee and then we saw the cream tea, I am afraid I did not get a photo as we ate it too quick! But I can tell you I will be going back there, prices really good so that’s even better.

Oh! they also have Pimms and wine! That stilton and mushroom tart sounds good. I cannot wait to go again.

Tonight my new hanging decoration will be changing colours and sparkling by my window. Those animals are so cute. I have decided that this year for my birthday I am going to ask for one of these.


Isn’t it so cute? I love it, roll on June all donations greatly received to go towards this! LOL. You will then find me in my garden even more, I may become a recluse.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, now you know where to go to sort your garden out.



On Sunday I took a trip to Whitstable to listen to a discussion by Mark Rice-Oxley about his depression and how it took hold of him, with he thought no warning. It is only with hind-site when we look back that we realise, yes, there were some warning signs but I just did not realise that they were or indeed why they were happening or what they meant. It is a very singular thing  depression, no one feels the same or has the same type of symptoms, by that I mean some may have panic attacks but what sets them of is an individual thing.

There are things you can look out for such as your appetite, whether it be more or less for everything like food, sweets, sex, living, going out, sleeping, drinking there are more. Has it changed? Why?

Winston Churchill once said: If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Your childhood years from 5 to 10 tend to dictate how you will feel later in life, I am not sure I agree with that as that part of my life was the best or I thought it was, maybe it really wasnt!

This discussion I found very interesting with everyone agreeing on certain points for example, many Doctors only have a basic knowledge of Mental Health and with the cuts to the National Health Service you could wait over a year to see a psychiatrist.  So you are not getting the best care just what ever care is available at that time.  Young adults have to live and experience things that is called growing up and learning, even learning from our mistakes. Why has this turned into, you have depression, lets put you on antidepressants. I feel they are handed out too quickly by doctors not really knowing what else to do.

There are many ways people can help themselves by going outside, walking, sitting in the garden, being with friends and family, trying mindfulness, CBT  but it is not easy, what ever you try, again everybody is different so if they have other underlying problems then of course it is a harder fix or learning to live with it. Many will stay on their dose of tablets for the rest of their life and that’s ok if it keeps them in a safe place.

Try to remember that as your thoughts come, then let them go!  Don’t hold onto things, easier said than done I think.

Mark Rice-Oxley has written a book about his depression and recovery which is well worth a read.



Mark Rice-Oxley is a news editor at the Guardian specialising in foreign news. He was born in Hampshire in 1969, educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, Exeter University and Voronezh University in the USSR. He joined the Guardian after 10 years reporting and writing from Moscow, Paris and Eastern Europe. His journalism has been published in scores of titles worldwide. He lives in Kingston with his wife and three children.

On paper, things looked good for Mark Rice-Oxley: wife, children, fulfilling job. But then, at his 40th birthday party, his whole world crumbled as he succumbed to depression…

How many men do you know who have been through periods when their lives haven’t seemed right? How badly askew were things for them? Many men suffer from depression yet it is still a subject that is taboo. Men often don’t visit the doctor, or they don’t want to face up to feelings of weakness and vulnerability. By telling his story, Mark Rice-Oxley hopes it will enable others to tell theirs. In this intensely moving memoir he retraces the months of his utmost despair, revisiting a landscape from which at times he felt he would never escape.

Written with lyricism and poignancy, Mark captures the visceral nature of this most debilitating of illnesses with a frightening clarity, while at the same time offering a sympathetic and dispassionate view of what is happening, and perhaps why. This is not a self-help book but a memoir that is brimful of experience, understanding and hope for all those who read it. It is above all honest, touching and surprisingly optimistic.

A very enlightening day spent learning and listening in the lovely seaside town of Whitstable.





What a brilliant window display Waterstones designed for meet the author event on Saturday. Julie was so pleased with it and even requested the posters, new wallpaper maybe! LOL, please don’t blame me Kas (Julie’s husband)

I did get to catch up with Julie over a coffee and thanked her for my mention in the new book, if you haven’t bought it yet there are some left in Waterstones, actually all of her books are in there and have been signed by Julie.

If you didn’t get to see her then you have another chance on 27th June at The Chambers coffee shop at 6.30pm when Julie will be chatting about her books and writing career.




I wanted to just tell you that I have not turned into a dating lush into whipping! LOL.  All the dating posts that I write are for a company and they then share them across their readers, they seem to like what I have to say and remunerate me accordingly but all the views are mine as you know, I always write the truth.


I have just changed my hosting provider as Siteground put the cost up for a year to £128 so no way was I paying that. I then had a very nice Twitter private message from Lee asking me if I would like details of their company called Nodestack. I then looked at reviews which were all really good so I asked for details and prices. I apparently have 6GB of data on my blog so I went for 10GB as I think if I get close to that then I can delete some of my very old posts that I wrote when my blog started. They did all the changeover and gave me a month free then a good price but the best bit is that it stays at that price so no more changing and deal hunting. I was so pleased with everything so I am now going to recommend them so if you would like any details click here and they will help you, or you can find the link down the site of my website.


I cannot tell you what a relief it is to have one less thing to research and compare prices about every year. I must admit I do it with all insurances as I really hate being taken advantage of so I will always do a compare the prices and go with the best deal. It also means that if I do recommend a company then you know they are good.

Talking about prices I had my yearly usage from BULB who I get my electric and gas from, they just get better and better as I am now down to £17 a month for both, they predict next year I will use about £500 worth of gas and electric. I am so pleased and I am still almost £200 in credit. If you would like to try them and receive £50 free credit straight away then click here, I do receive the credit as well so it’s a win win for both of us. img_9203

Hopefully my blog is sorted now for the next year then all I have to do is renew my domain name next April. All I have to do now is try and sort out my Facebook as I am still blocked from using it, for no reason now they just need to change a setting so I can log in and change my profile to a page. I have tried everything so am really stuck now, there appears to be no way of actually contacting Facebook apart from the help centre, where I have left so many messages now under every heading!  My views have gone down over half in the last six weeks which is really upsetting when it has taken me years to build up my readers.

That’s about all my news for this week, I hope yours is going well


I am really looking forward to being involved with this blog tour on the 27th May. I have read all Nick’ books and I love them. I will be doing my review for that day so please don’t miss it as you will love this book.




I just love the new cover on this book and so pleased to be here the second day of this amazing blog tour. This has a bit of everything in it from love to what is in your destiny and what you can control before fate leaps in and decides for you! Sounds good, then pop over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy.




Hélene Fermont

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/

img_2422How desperate are you to get the one you love?

When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.

WHAT I THOUGHT – This story had me in two minds as it is a story of love lost and what is your destiny. Can you say that you will love someone for ever? Then there is fate, something that can surprise us all especially in the course of true love. I liked the romantic notions in this even though I did get a bit sad when the bit you are waiting for does not happen, well it might do, you will have to read the book to see. Following the lives of the two main characters and their families also the partners they acquired through this story. Nothing significant happened along the way just the usual separations, children, illness and the struggles some people have with life. At some points I just wanted to smash their heads together and say just get on with it, you love one another so get married and be together. This is one long book with parts, I felt like would never end. I kept waiting for something significant to happen and I guess it does eventually.

I did see that this had a psychological twist but I am not sure I would describe it as that, there was a lot going on with some mentally challenged women I would call it or people who will do anything to get the end result they want. Not a thought to anyone they hurt in the process.

A good story if you like reading about people’s lives.


Sarah Hardy

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Happy reading



At the Leas Cliff Hall

Fri 26 July 13:30

Sat 27 July 11:00 & 14:00

Sun 28 July 11:00 & 14:00


A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR

 Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage!

 The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of tea time mayhem… expect to be surprised!         fullsizeoutput_253a

Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval). 

Suitable for children aged 3+.

Watch the trailer at TigersTeaLive.com



‘This Tiger is the cat’s meow’

The Times


‘A rare and grrreat achievement’

Mail on Sunday


‘All the fun of the fur’

Daily Express


‘Perfectly pitched’

Daily Telegraph









The first picture I use as my logo and I am happy with it or I should say was happy as when I saw the second picture I was wondering if I should have something like that. Maybe with Karen’s World over the UK, yes it’s Etsy again!

Or then we have the above picture with no stand but I think that looks a bit odd but may look ok if there was no stand at all?

I am not sure what to do so I thought I would throw this open to debate with you, what do you think looks best or have you got another idea? I think I am going with maybe a more professional look as getting more review work also I spend more time doing blog things than anything else now so I am looking to improve in what ever ways I can.

Can you help me?


This sounds really good and so pleased that I am on the book tour next month, thank you Love book group tours.



What are you reading?


I started looking for a pink globe, then came across all these things to do with pink, maps and Karen’s World. I would like a nice framed one with my site and tag line written on it, I think that would look good above a desk also if the map was pink the lamp shade would be so cool. So many things that you could have made in pink with your words on, I am amazed and not sure which I like best. I think I need to keep off Etsy as my wish list is so long. People are so clever to make all the things on that site and it is so good to have something that is a one of that only you have.

Which do you like best?

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