Happy Birthday to Tariq (17) and my two nieces Julie and Wendy (40). A busy day in our family for birthdays.
Anyone in north Cyprus who would like to see the baby turtles being released, this is from Karsiyaka Turtle Watch……………….
“SATURDAY 30 July : We have several buckets of hatchlings ready for release tonight! Please meet at The Turtle Shack at Guzelyali Beach at 8.00pm for release after dark. Please remember no flash or bright lights as this can damage the hatchlings eyes. Everyone welcome, no need to book”
If you have never experienced this, do go along, I promise you won’t regret it!
We took Ellie to Minnis Bay and I can quite easily say it has become the worst beach along this coast. It is absolutely covered and knee deep in disgusting smelling seaweed and no one is bothering to clear it. The beaches at the beginning where dogs are not allowed are the worst. I feel so sorry for anyone who is paying to have a beach hut there. People we spoke to have tried to take their grandchildren down there and ended up going to another beach. Shame on you Thanet council.
Later we went with Lou, Rhys and all the family to Azouma for a birthday lunch for Tariq. Yes, we had already been there once this week but we love it and thankfully everyone else did too.
After lunch they all came back to ours, well all except Sol as he had to go to work and River hadn’t joined us as he was working.
Here’s the birthday boy
Thought for the Day – “To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” ~ Jill Botte Taylor
Jackie sent me a photo she took last night in the theatre.
We had apricots for breakfast! We took the dogs to the orchards and there were so many windfalls and the workers were picking the rest of the trees. We did have a chat to them in their limited English and I have to admit I did feel the tiniest bit guilty with apricot juice running down my chin BUT the windfalls are just left. I am thinking of going with some carrier bags and collecting some for jam.
Lou and Rhys popped round in the afternoon to collect Roddy. A flying visit as they were really tired and only landed at 4 in the morning. We sent Roddy home with his pills and instructions.
Thought for the Day – “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” ~ Walt Disney
We went to the beach at Minnis and no rain today, this was followed by Mal going to the allotment.
In the evening Mal had to go to a meeting and I met up with the lovely ladies if the Hatters and we went to the Winter Gardens to see Grease. It was good but a little amatuerish but as we always say, if you don’t support your local theatres, you will lose them. This certainly had some support. It was sold out and is on for another three nights. The only problem was that it was so hot in there.
Jean had her own solution for the heat….
Thought for the Day – “Be happy. Be Yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice.Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.” ~ John Spence
Mal had his wish come true this morning as it rained! He wanted it for his allotment but it could have been a little better timing as we were in Ash doing a long country walk! Never mind what is a bit of rain? It didn’t last long and later the sun came out.
Roddy’s scratching hasn’t gone away, the vet told us 7 days for the tablets and then every other day, so we are hoping for some sort of build up. Poor thing, he is not happy.
In the evening we went to The Barn at Kingston. It is a really lovely cosy venue in the sleepy village of Kingston. We went to see the Ric Sanders Trio. Ric is a member of Fairport Convention and is the most brilliant fiddle player. The trios music is a real mix and so good.
Ric and Vo really live their music.
Simon (Nicol) also from Fairport was on the lighting as he is now the partner of Debs who runs Folk in the Barn!
One of Mal’s ex colleagues was there with his wife so we had a good catch up with them. Excellent evening.
Thought for the Day – “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does.”
A little cooler so we went for a very long walk. The beginning of the walk is through the churchyard and the decorations have been left from the wedding on Saturday.
We went out to lunch to what is I think one of our favourite restaurants in Canterbury and that is Azouma. It is Morrocan and Lebanese food and it is help yourself which means I can have loads of salad and vegetables and don’t have to have all the sauces. It’s only £7.95 for lunch.
Thought for the Day – “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” ~Zig Ziglar
A long walk in the morning and then after lunch we went to Wingham Wildlife Park. We are so lucky having both this park and Howletts on our doorstep. This time we listened to the tiger talk.
You can go into the enclosure with the ring tailed lemurs and they jump all over you.
Off to Fat club in the evening. I only lost one pound this week but as “our leader” Kelly said, it is 22 weeks until Christmas and if it’s only a pound a week until then, that’s a lot of weight, she’s right and obviously that is what we pay our money for, a bit of encouragement!
Thought for the Day – “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” ~ Richard Carlson
We walked around the orchards. It is looking like a bumper harvest. Masses of apricots and apples.
In the afternoon we went to Walmer Castle. I can’t believe the miserable assistants working there. We waited to show our cards and were told “go to the other desk” and then “you’ll need a £4.95 guide book.” Erm no, can we have the free audio tour please?! That was met with a very sour face. Mal said it was because we were out in the sun and they had to work!!
We have so many nice places to visit on our doorstep.
In the evening we watched Countryfile. It was quite disturbing their report on Glyphosate………“Glyphosate – the world’s most used weed killer. It’s used on farm land, and households across the UK – but some claim it’s unsafe and increases the risk of cancer – and now the EU is considering banning it altogether. But, does it really pose as serious a health risk as is being claimed? “
Thought for the Day – “Smile…….it will either warm their heart or piss them off……either way you win.” ~ Arashi