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?

Personalised candle

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 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.


Happy 40th birthday Jodie x




You can find this new bookstall at the Thursday market and on a Sunday at The Harbour Station market. Lots of great comics and sci-fi books with many other old books as well. Well worth a look.

They are also running a competition so get writing as you only have until the 21st September.






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…

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Save some money. 

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. 

Last-minute breaks

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. 


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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.



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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IcJlKyN1   I have made a huge mistake and posted this on the 8th instead of the 6th. I am so very sorry. I have reviewed everywhere else for you. x



Last Wednesday was my monthly visit to the radio station Academy FM where I talk to Kay on her Waffling Wednesday show. I love doing this as Kay always manages to make me laugh about something or one of us gets something wrong.

This time we were joined by Terlingham Vineyard as they are working with my writing group Write By The Sea and putting on a wine tasting workshop. I actually cannot wait as I think it is going to be so much fun. We get to find out a bit about the vineyard and vines also what grapes are grown for what wine. You will taste three wines then write about whatever it inspires in you, I will give out a pack to assist you in your writing. There will be cheese and biscuits while we do the tasting and after the workshop, you can relax with coffee and cake.  The venue up in the hills above Folkestone really is amazing with views over to the channel.

Tickets are on sale on the Terlingham website or you can go through me and I will get them for you. Please don’t leave it until the last minute or you may be out of luck as there are only a limited amount.

Tickets are available here.


Wine tasting, writing workshop

Have a great week




From the bestselling, multiple Prize-shortlisted novelists Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…

Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…


CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Her debut thriller, DISTRESS SIGNALS (2016), was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller and was shortlisted for both the Irish Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger. Her second thriller, THE LIAR’S GIRL (2018) was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She currently lives in Dublin, where she divides her time between the desk and the sofa.


What an absolutely brilliant way of presenting a story, I loved it for a multitude of reasons with the main one being, it was a bit different and I love that. The amount of books I read makes the different ones stand out not only for me but for my readers as well. I have got to know many of my supporters so I recommend to them the ones that I think they will like.

This was a page-turner as it kept you gripped because you were never sure what would happen next to fill in the gaps about who did it. You have a choice as you read through this and I actually got it right, that is brilliant for me! I enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery and the people but even though I guessed who did it I still wanted to know the details behind it. Very clever writing by a talented author.










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Happy reading





I like this place for a lot of reasons but the two main ones are, that it is big so the tables are not close together and you don’t have to sit there listening to other people and the other good reason is that the coffee is only £1 which is the cheapest in Folkestone and it is nice! rocco’s folkestone

This milkshake I had the other day looked a bit different with the syrup down the sides and it was cold and refreshing on a hot day.  I also had a ham and Brie roll with the Brie being really creamy and delicious. This is the ideal place to pop into for a bit of lunch, they do a good selection of things on their menu and the prices are very reasonable.





During my time of writing these blogs, many unusual things I have written about but I guess that is what makes this a current Lifestyle Blog. My daughter and I went to the above show as they sent me tickets to review it. I have to admit neither of us had heard of it apart from the reference to The Muppets. Along we went at 7.30, the first thing you notice is a big orange Q walking about asking people to have their photo done in it, yes I had a go so you may see me on their social media pages.


They gave us a programme so we had a read while waiting for it to start, I will draw your attention to the song titles above! I was not sure what to expect and it all seemed a bit, well, maybe the age limit should have been 16 and above not 14 or am I getting an old fuddy-duddy?

Those stats certainly show how popular it is also it has been to eight countries. Why have I not heard of this before? The place was full so it’s popular and then it started.


I think everybody had laughed in the first ten minutes. I had to give myself a little nudge as when the first puppet and person came out I sat there thinking, ‘I can see his mouth move’ but then, of course, I realised it was not a ventriloquist, these are just puppets with people. I must add that the people are well into it with their puppet.


The voices from these young people are just amazing, the range that they can sing and talk in is what really makes this show. Plus the lines of course as the laughter hardly stopped all the way through. The songs were even funnier and I can say, this is nothing like The Muppets, this is a superb show. I am so pleased The leas Cliff Hall sent me the tickets to go and watch it as it is something I would never have dreamed of going to. Another unusual event to add to my blogging journey. I now think you should all get tickets to go and watch this hilarious show as you won’t be sorry and if you are feeling a bit blue I am sure it will cheer you up.


So this show gets a ten out of ten from us, this is one not to be missed.

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