The world of dating has changed as now people are relying on the internet for their dates and to be honest this is a far safer way of getting to know someone as once you have their name you can then find their social footprint plus so many other things about them. Some say it’s a bit like stalking but I say find out all you can as there is no point wasting your time getting to know someone if they do not have the same values as yourself, the same ethics and family values. All these things go towards forming a good relationship and the friendship comes from getting to know them online. Many of the best relationships come from being best friends as you know so much about one another.

This site Dorset Dating Site is focussed on forming the very best relationships, plus it has brilliant results. Dorset is such a lovely place to go on dates and forming brilliant friendships that blossom into super dates. This time of year is also perfect for first dates from online friendships as the cold winter nights are perfect for sitting by a log fire getting to know someone. A mulled wine makes it even nicer, the little bistro’s in almost every town in Dorset serve up some tasty wine for you to sip in front of a blazing log fire.

Dating online is definitely the way forward as you can taylor your preferences to exactly what you would require from a date. For things like smoking, drinking or working weekends can really be a definite requirement that you do not like, so no wasting your time on people that do not match. It’s a bit like doing your shopping online, don’t tick anything you don’t want or like! Plus you can look at an assortment of photos so if they are not appealing just swipe them away and go on to the next one.

Putting yourself out there on this dating site is a very simple process but it’s always best if you fill in with as much detail as possible as then they can match you with the best matches. Also put in what you would like from a date and what you expect. The more you can fill in about what you are like and what you would like in a partner the better. Get your friend to take a selection of photos inside and outside and some close ups, a good amount as then you can pick the best ones, please don’t bother editing them as that is as bad as telling lies. You can get professional ones taken now that are especially for dating sites so if you can afford them then go for that as they turn out so good.

This all makes things so much easier so make sure you log in to the Dorset Dating Site and find your ideal match, they certainly have a lot to choose from, what an ideal Saturday night, glass of wine and online dating. I can think of nothing better, where is my laptop!



We have a new bakery in Folkestone with some good offers and another place to grab the all essential coffee to keep you going while doing the Christmas shopping. Or just to dry off as the amount of rain we are having is unbelievable.

It’s also good to see them using Instagram for an offer instead of Facebook as so many are coming off that now. Takeaway coffee for a £1 one of the cheapest in town, make the most of it though as it’s only until the 1st December, they haven’t said what year though! Lol 😆 I will leave that with you.



I have got Charlies new book cover to share with you and it is super, very different from the others and I think better as it makes it stand out more. Let me know what you think.


You can also come and meet Charlie on Thursday at The Chambers where he will be talking, selling and signing his books for all his fans. This is a free opportunity to meet and chat to 37 authors plus you get a raffle ticket when you enter and this puts you in for the free raffle which will be drawn every twenty minutes but you must be there to win and you can choose your prize.





Have you heard about CBD oil in bath bombs? No, nor have I so I thought I would try one it dissolved and fizzed up very quick leaving no little hard bits that you sometimes find, especially when you sit!  Although in hindsight I should have picked the flower thing off!

How do you judge the effect? All I can say is that I slept all night through which I very rarely do. I can’t say that it helped with the osteoarthritis  or maybe it didn’t hurt and that is why I did not wake up. I feel refreshed today and that again is unusual but who knows I might be having a good day.

I would say give it a go as for £4.50 it’s worth it and you never know with these things as they work with some people or not with others. I will be getting another one and will try it when I am really sore and lethargic so will see what happens. Please do let me know if you try them and if they helped.

They also do these bath truffles so I will try these out next and let you know.


The Wellbeing centre has so many lovely gifts in there at the moment so it is worth it to find something a bit different for Christmas and you are buying local so it’s all good.




I was really looking forward to reading this and being on the book tour, this is another masterpiece by this very talented author. I loved it!


Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband.

Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together?

Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

img_2422Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut Fractured (published as Then and Always in North America) has been translated into sixteen languages and has sold more than half a million copies since first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of four other bestselling novels, one of which, This Love, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2018. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie. Follow Dani on twitter @AtkinsDani or get in touch on Facebook at


I really liked this, you cannot beat a good love story but this was really intriguing and throws up a lot of other things in between. I couldn’t put this down as it really draws you in. Suspense is what this author is good at and she certainly excels in this book. I loved the surprise at the end and I really hope there will be a part two to this gripping story.







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Happy reading


From handbags to dolls bunk beds these cats just like to get into places they should not be. I often find mine in the wardrobe if I leave the door open, in fact any cupboards she likes to get in and sleep.


You got to love them though x



I wait all year for The Folkestone Book Festival, looking forward to meeting new authors and hearing about new books. This year I am actually holding a fringe event myself with the writing group I run in Folkestone called Write By The Sea. I am very excited at having over thirty authors all in one place for their readers to buy their books and have a chat.

The shape of things to come is very apt as Write by the sea is getting better every month, we have a lovely mix of authors from beginners to published, who share their knowledge and expertise. New members are always welcome, we hold two meetings a month, one for the group and the other is a guest speaker who could be an author, illustrator or in fact anyone at all involved in making a book.

This year during November we will also be joining in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where we will have extra meetings once a week at different locations and times so we try to suit everybody who wishes to join us. The idea is to write 50,000 words during the month but just getting words down onto paper is good enough and it gives you a start. If you would like to join us at any of the venues then please do. I would also like to mention that there is no charge for anything at these group events, the only thing you have to buy is a drink at the venue so we are supporting them as they are providing the location free of charge.


We have a good selection of authors attending our fringe event during the book festival so please come along and support them.

MARK STAY – Fantasy
CLAIRE STAY – Children’s
CAROL CREASEY – Memoir, romance
KATE ABLEY – Romance
DEBBY JONES, ANDY – Researchers, history
CHARLIE GALLAGHER – Local best selling crime author
MARK BROPHY – Children’s
LYNDA GOODIER – Children’s
TONY QUARRINGTON – Cricket reference
PAUL ROBINSON – Children’s
DREW WAGER – Fantasy
BEN BARTON – Children’s


What a busy November it will be for everyone.



It does not seem possible that a whole year has gone by since I lost my Dad to a sudden heart attack. I think it was the shock that made it all seem not real. There are so many things I wanted to say to him and it makes the grief so intense as now I can’t.

He was so well-loved by all his friends and that showed by the amount of people at his funeral. His family was stretched over three generations with four children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren plus all the other family members. I was his first child but the marriage didn’t last so I didn’t see him very often during my childhood. Later on, as an adult with my own children, I ended up living in the same area as him so we saw more of one another.

The pain of losing someone you love so sudden and unexpected tears you apart and I miss him so much everyday.


Folkestone made me very proud today with the effort that everybody put into all the events. The fly over was very watched by hundreds as they gathered on the cliffs and grass. The sun was shining today after days and days of rain so I think everybody was pleased to get out in the fresh air.


The Butt of Sherry

Last Wednesday was the ladies that lunch outing to Hythe, we were still three ladies short so we have not had the full compliment since about February! Is this a sign that we are getting old or grandchildren sitting interfering in our plans? It was lovely to see some of them with a lot of chatting going on.

The food is very good here and I thought the portions were large as I had the salmon and cream cheese wrap but did not really need the chips.

What a lot of salmon there was and it really was very nice and a good idea of mine not to have a big cooked meal. All of us were very full as NO desserts! I do not think that has ever happened before.

This is a local pub in Hythe High Street so gets a lot of day time trade which is what you need now to keep the pubs going as so many have closed down. They have a separate room that has one long table in it off the bar and we sat in there so did not disturb anyone. Not that we are loud or anything. And another first was that only Carol had a glass of wine, a few of us are off the alcohol, well until Christmas maybe.

Talking of Christmas that appears to be looming up a bit quick now and we booked our Christmas lunch at The Cookhouse in Folkestone. This is a refurbished Table Table and they have really done it up so I am looking forward to that.

See you just after the 4th December with my views and photos.

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