Sunday 30th June 2013

Bargains – Cotton Traders and Simply be Sales now on & Megabus Festival Summer Campaign & 20% off Home and Furniture at Bargain Crazy & Orienteering Compass £1.99

Another lovely sunny day. We sat outside in the garden and enjoyed the weather. A peaceful Sunday just reading our books!

In the evening we went into Margate. It was still very busy because of the good weather. As we walked down the High Street we saw the owners of our caravan park sitting outside their restaurant Bentley’s. We will have to give it a try some time. We had a chat to them and then went round to the Wig and Pen to meet up with Mal’s son Dominic and his girlfriend Gemma. We had a nice evening catching up, mostly sitting outside the pub. Dom works at the Turner Gallery and said there is a new exhibition on, so we will have to try and make time to go and visit.

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Thought for the Day – “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday 29th June 2013

Bargains – Brantano Footwear money off code & Camping Picnic Rug £5.19 & Nook Accessories 40% off + Free Delivery & British Airways Sale reductions on flights and Holidays

A lovely day spent at Broadstairs Beach with Tris and Violet. The sun was out all day! We made sandcastles and collected shells.On the way down the High Street we stopped to see “Great Auntie Debbie”.

We then went back to the caravan for some dinner.

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Thought for the Day – “Happy are those who see beauty in modest spots where others see nothing. Everything is beautiful, the whole secret lies in knowing how to interpret.” ~ Pissarro

Friday 28th June 2013

Bargains – Boots Discount code & Folding 70kg Trolley £19.99 & Debenhams Flowers £5 off everything & Charcoal Oil Drum Barbecue

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In the afternoon we went into Margate. For my 60th birthday Mal bought me an antique diamond cluster ring from Cuttings, a long established jeweller in Margate. In fact it is the only place we buy jewellery. Mal bought my antique engagement ring there and then they made my wedding ring to match it. Anyway, one of the diamonds had fallen out and we are sure the receipt for the ring is in Cyprus and also it is 3 years since we bought it. So, we were prepared to go in and pay to have it replaced, no of course we didn’t find the diamond.

We called in there and maybe because we buy things from there a lot, they said they would replace it no problem and no charge. Yes, they did remember us and when I said I didn’t have the receipt they said no problem at all. The guy in there, probably the owner, then came out with a box which contained about 10 boxes . He opened just one of the boxes which was full of sparkling diamonds and casually said they were worth about £10,000!! So, yes he had a spare one to fit. I don’t know any other jewellers that would be so accommodating. No wonder they have been established for so many years. They make jewellery, alter it and also sell antique as well as new. It is a jewellers well worth a visit if you are ever in Margate. Well done Cuttings!

From there we had a wander around Margate and really are impressed by the new shops that are opening and it is becoming a more “up market” town. Then into the Wig and Pen and had a couple of drinks while watching Wimbledon.

Upstairs in The Wig and Pen, there is a Thai restaurant, Bow’s Kitchen, where we had booked to have dinner. Very good it was too! Tim, the owner was really nice and we decided to have his recommendations…delicious.

From there we walked to the Winter Gardens to see the comedian Al Murray, The Pub Landlord. He was so funny and really is a very clever man and it is obvious he has a terrific memory. He is an Oxford Graduate. Go and see him if he is in your area! An excellent night. He does involve the audience and had a girl named Pepper up on stage. Mal had taught Pepper years ago and said she had always been such a quiet girl in class but she did well on stage.

We then got a taxi back to the caravan.

S.H Cutting, Margate
S.H Cutting, Margate




Al Murray
Al Murray

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Thought for the Day – “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius

Thursday 27th June 2013

Bargains – Bon Marche up to 50% off & Jeans £12 & 1 Litre of Pimms £12 & Race car duvet set £4.99 & 3 seater Hammock £75

A sunny day. Mal packed up the start of his work to be sent back and then we went shopping and then returned our car and walked back from the airport. It’s a nice walk. A solar park has just been installed on the way back.

In the afternoon I watched Wimbledon. Rain stopped play eventually, except on centre court.

Solar Park, Manston
Solar Park, Manston


Thought for the Day – “An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.” ~ William Castle

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Bargains – Debenhams Biggest Ever Blue Cross Sale & £5 off Debenhams Flower Bouquet & Brantano £11 Women’s Sandals

We have the car for an extra day and so went to Howletts again. We love it there. Of course we saw the lovely Arina, who is now about 10 months old. Of course we saw all the other animals as well.

For anyone interested the other Aspinall park is Port Lympne and they have just sent a family of Gorillas which have been released into the wild.

We had our lunch there, strawberries, yum!

From Howletts we then drove into Deal for a walk along the sea front. While we have been travelling over the weekend we have seen so many pubs that have closed down. BUT it seems the “Big Boys” are expanding. There is a new Wetherspoons in Deal, just opened, The Sir Norman Wisdom, so we had to go in and try it and decided to stay and have our dinner there.

We arrived home just in time to watch Murray win his match at Wimbledon and Federer to be knocked out!

The Beautiful Arina
The Beautiful Arina

Thought for the Day – “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

Tuesday 25th June 2013

We were up quite early and so went for a walk across the fields before breakfast, which we asked if we could have at 8am. The breakfast was amazing, of course Mal had the full English, I had scrambled egg and smoked salmon. Home baked bread and preserves too! Jan was an excellent hostess.

Back on the road and next stop Arundel, a lovely place. From there we stopped at Rye, Camber Sands and Dymchurch. The day we spent a lot of the time in the car, it was lovely sunshine! We even stopped at De Bardlei Wharf and then back to our caravan. The short time we have been away, they have altered all the road as we come down to the caravan!

I then spent the rest of the evening sorting photos and catching up with this blog and washing!!

Thought for the Day – “Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” ~ Alfred Painter

Monday 24th June 2013

So much bacon and sausages still left which we cooked up for breakfast. We all packed as we had to be out of the caravans for 10 am. We loaded the cars up and then went into Torquay. We then decided that we would get the ferry over to Brixham. It’s only  £1 each way and Brixham is really nice! We walked all round Brixham and then lunchtime Mal and I thought we had better start heading back, so we left them in Brixham to catch the later ferry. We said very quick goodbyes because we hate leaving them all and knowing we will not see them for a long time.

We then drove to Lyme Regis and had a lovely crab sandwich each in the Penny Black, a lovely little cafe we found.

Our next destination was Chichester, to break the journey and we had booked a lovely B&B, Spire Cottage. Well, it was in Hunston just outside Chichester.

We booked in, had a really lovely garden room, with our own little garden. Jan who runs it was so nice and as soon as we arrived, made us a pot of tea and cakes. Later in the evening we went into Chichester for dinner. Back to the B&B, which is surrounded by countryside for a really good nights sleep.

Thought for the Day – “The thing about family disasters is you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective.” ~ Robert Brault