I am amazed at how big these daisy flowers have got especially as they are in a pot, not that you can see that at all now. Most of the plants appear to have had a really good year here and the rhubarb has been wonderfull with it has only just stopped growing. Not very good for the diet all these rhubarb crumbles but very delicious. Next year I will make rhubarb gin much better for the diet LOL.
The fairy garden was looking a bit tatty so I threw most of the bits away and will lookout for some more in the end of summer sales. I had an idea about putting artificial grass there and it looks so much better. Very pleased with myself.
The frogs love their pond with the water Lillies giving them lots of shade and cover this year. The Jasmine has gone crazy so I have to keep tieing it up out the way.
Homebase had a sale of orchids and I really do love them so I treated myself to two and it was still cheaper than one normally. I have given them orchid food and their very own spray once a week. Let’s hope I can keep these ones alive.
Sometimes you see things on the news and it just makes you wonder what is the world coming too. These people are taking their lives in their hands trying to get over one of the busiest shipping channels in the UK in a very small boat or dinghy. This is the number just this year as another one landed down in East Sussex last week. 1,127
You then add on the ones that climb into lorries and hide, with some holding on underneath all in very dangerous places. That’s 15,000, what a high number and the lorry company or owner gets fined if they are found so they take all the precautions to stop this happening and then still get fined if someone is found. They need to just turn them around and take them back like many countries do and let’s not forget they have gone through many safe countries to get here and they choose not to stay there but to keep going and risk their lives to come to us!
With all the security at the ports now I am amazed that they are still finding ways to get through. Where will all this end? We are such a small island and I wonder how many people will keep coming here. Most of our hospitals and schools are full, with also having to spend more money from their budgets to get over the many language barriers. No more money is given to them so they have to cut back on other things.
Let’s just look after our own as that alone is going to be hard with people living longer, the next generation now driving, youngsters trying to get on the property ladder, doctors surgeries struggling to cope and people having to wait two weeks for an appointment, hospitals A&E not coping with the times to treat someone as so many are now going to the hospital as they cannot get in to see their doctor.
Down in Kent by the coast where I live we have to put up with the main motorway the M20 having one lane permanently closed off just in case the lorries have to queue for the port when Brexit eventually happens or not! Our roads are conjested so even a trip to the shops or even the school run can take so long because our small roads are packed with cars avoiding the motorway. The politicians should all try living down here and see how that impacts on their day to day lives like it does us.
I am not political but sometimes I get so cross with what is happening here like I am sure many of you do.
I was amazed at how big this was once you get alongside it. You can see loads of life vests ready for when they have to use them. This is often here now as it locates the many small boats and dinghies that are coming over from France. They really are taking such a risk as the ferries that go back and forwards are enormous and these little boats just do not stand a chance. A lot of manpower and cost that goes into saving these people that are trying to get here illegally!
Every so often you come across something that is so exceptionally lovely it takes your breath away. This happened to me when I saw this website Brinley Williams with so many gorgeous candles. I was honoured to do a review for them in exchange for a candle, I wanted to get something that was really special so I was thinking of myself, as you do. Why is it you always end up getting presents for other people that you really would like yourself?
Anyway, I was thinking about a personalised candle for my 60th but then my daughter-in-law Megan mentioned about Jodie’s 40th in December so that is how come I have missed out and my daughter Jodie has a beautiful new 40th birthday candle. Now all I got to hope is that she misses this post as she does read a lot of them.
This website BrinleyWilliams.co.uk is one of the easiest ones to use even when uploading a photo, I took this of Jodie during the summer and I love this picture. You choose your own writing which again is great as everything has so much meaning. The candles come in many different colours and sizes so you can pick what you require.
So many ideas for purchasing a candle to celebrate events in your life or families, I really think these are superb and what a great happy Christmas for your bestie with a picture of you both. I keep thinking of great ideas, maybe I could do a big order and get everyone one lol. Click straight over to their site and get shopping, you will love it.
We have another new place to chill in Folkestone and I am sure this will be a hit with a lot of people for many different reasons. This was opened by Ben who is building up a portfolio of businesses in Folkestone. He has The Pullman, Lubens Pizza, The Harbour and now this one. All very different but each having a large appeal to many different types.
This Market Square is large with the kitchen set at the back where you can see them cooking. Many table and chairs inside and outside to choose from. There is also a large downstairs area that is not open yet, I have heard that it will be a deli market but earlier when it was in the planning stages I heard it would be a cellar and they would be making their own beer, so watch this space to see what it turns out to be. I think both ideas are brilliant and be good if they could do both.
We went in for dinner last week the choice is not vast but what there is I liked, it took us a while but we ended up having three tacos, two chicken and one salmon. I had the salmon one and it was really nice with a good amount of fish. Izzy had the chicken burger that looked delicious and the red berry smoothie. The sweet potato fries were great with a dip that I loved.
It’s all very vegan and healthy, service is good with polite youngsters so all in all a very good evening. I’m looking forward to going again.
We popped in here last week as I was curious as to what the new owners had done during the renovations. There is just the one bar, not that big but I am thinking it is just for the hotel visitors mainly. The design is the rustic look with lights on leads that is very popular now, not sure that I am a fan as it just looks a bit messy to me. The room felt nice though and could have chilled here for a few drinks.
They do a few cocktails and the barman knew how to make them and was very apologetic that they did not have some of the alcohol needed for many of them. I believe he said Friday was two for ten pounds so that is always good. Bella Vita appears to have the monopoly on that as they do two for ten all day every day!
You may remember this used to be The Meze place who have the big blue bus down the harbour Arm. These new people who I have not met yet are renovating the restaurant so it will be interesting to see what their theme will be as there are many restaurants in Folkestone now.
It was good to see a selection of gins as that is still the most popular drink at the moment it seems, I have to admit you cannot beat a pink gin and lemonade.
Kent Creatives hold their monthly meetings here on the last Friday of the month, all are welcome to pop along.
All in all a nice little bar to pop in for a drink on your way to The Leas Cliff Hall or the local restaurants.
If you have never considered hiring or buying a camper to holiday in, then this post may just change your mind. In fact, I aim to prove that there is a whole load of benefits to choosing a camper holiday above any other. Keep reading to discover what they are…
The first benefit to be aware of is that you can really save a lot of money going on holiday in a camper. After all, a hotel room is many places will set you back anything from £75-£100 a night, and that is for something pretty basic. Of course, if you have more than two people going, it means you will need an additional room which can really start racking the cost up.
However, when you choose to go in your own camper, you only need to pay a fraction of this cost. In fact, as long as you have money for petrol and whatever activities you want to do you are laughing.
Another great advantage of using a campervan is that you can pick up and move off at whim. Of course, that means if you find yourself bored one weekend with cancelled plans, you can easily pack up a few items and go on an impetus adventure.
In fact, the only thing likely to stop you from taking this action is if you are short on money to pay for the activities you wish to do once you get to your location.
Happily, there are a vast array of shorter-term lenders you can approach to help you with those. Although some folks believe they will struggle with this option if they have poor credit. However, some loan providers even offer solutions to this problem now. For example, Buddy loans are a direct guarantor loan lender which means you just need someone to vouch for your reliability when you borrow. Something that means you can head out on a last-minute camper break, even if your credit is less than perfect.
Make your own food.
Next, do not forget that when you take your camper along you get the choice between eating out each night or making your own food. Of course, if you are very picky about what you will eat and how it is cooked, making your own food can be a brilliant choice.
In fact, it’s also an excellent solution for when you are travelling with people that have strict dietary needs and allergies as well, as you can always be sure of what has gone into your dishes. Something that you can never get a 100% guarantee on if you are eating in a restaurant or takeaway.
Additionally, catering for your trip yourself can save you a lot of money. After all, popping to the supermarket for some basic supplies like bread, milk, and eggs will cost you around the same as a single cooked breakfast would if you found a cafe. You can even choose what time to eat as well. Something that means if you’re not keen on getting up early while on holiday, this option can suit you down to the ground.
Meet others like you.
For some, one of the best things about camper travel is that it allows them to meet like-minded people and make new friends. In fact, if you have any experience of camping sites in the UK and throughout Europe, you will know that, for the most part, they are very friendly.
This is perhaps because everyone is in the same ‘boat’ and having a similar experience at the same time. Which is always something that binds people together. Don’t forget that many people spend a lot of time outside when staying in their camper as well. Something that makes the camper much more conducive to meeting new people and striking up new friendships as well.
Don’t have to rough it.
Lastly, when it comes to the advantages of holidaying in a camper, the one that most people cite is that they get to go away, but they don’t have to rough it. After all, staying in a tent can be fun, but when you get stuck on a rocky, damp patch of land in the pouring rain, it can get old very quickly.
However, in a camper, you are tucked up all safe and warm, getting a good night’s sleep so you can go out and explore the next day. An experience that along with the others listed above, can really make holidaying in a camper stand out above many other options.
Anthony is not the man everyone believes him to be. And Emelia is not the woman he wants her to be.
Theirs was a whirlwind romance, Anthony was the doting boyfriend, the charismatic and successful career man who swept her off her feet. But now Emelia is trapped in a marriage of dark secrets and obsession. She is no more than something Anthony wants to ‘fix’, one of his pet projects.
Emelia has no escape from the life that Anthony insists on controlling, so she shares her story through the only means she can – her blog. Yet Anthony can never find out. Forced to hide behind a false name, Emelia knows the only way that Anthony will allow her to leave him, is death.
Trapped with a man she knows is trying to kill her, Emelia is determined that someone will hear her story and Anthony will meet his ends. That everyone will discover the truth.
WHAT DID I THINK?
This was excellent, so very different with twists and turns towards the end and not at all how you think this is going to go. Very clever writing by this author with great characters that all work so well. I could not put this down and read it very quickly as it really pulls you in but when you get to the part where it really makes you think about what is really going on it gets even better! This will be going in my top five of this year’s book. Get yours now from the link at bottom of the page.
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