Tuesday 31st July 2018

We had a BBQ in the afternoon and Lou and Rhys and the littlies came. Again it was a lovely sunny afternoon. I hadn’t told them Paula was staying so it was a nice surprise for them when they arrived and saw her.

Grandad even cooked a whole camembert for Ollie!

Thought for the Day – “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~ Thomas Aquinas

Monday 30th July 2018

It was Demelza day and so Paula said she would come into Canterbury with me. I had already told Jack that I would only be working the morning. Meanwhile Paula had a wander around the shops while I was at work. By the time I had finished Paula was aching as her hips are not so good and walking is a little difficult after a time.

Back home, we had lunch and then went into the butchers in Deal to buy all the meat for a BBQ the following day. Paula and I checked out the charity shops too!

In the evening we just sat in the garden chatting and putting the world to rights.

Thought for the Day – “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday 29th July 2018

I took Ellie out early and later we all walked round the town and had Sunday lunch at Charlie’s Bistro.

But after all this good weather, it started to rain! After lunch  we did a pub crawl around Sandwich. That was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the rain. One of the pubs, the Mermaids locker, we asked for G&T’s. They had no ice so we said forget it, we’ll have wine. Neither of us had tasted such weak sickly wine and it was £6.50 a glass. Paula and I left most of it and just before we moved on to the next pub, Mal said to the landlord “Can you show me the bottle of wine you used so we know never to order that again!” We left. I have a feeling we won’t be going back to that one!

Thought for the Day – “You will get there when you are meant to get there and not a moment sooner…….So relax, breathe and be patient.” ~ Mandy Hale

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Saturday 28th July 2018

It was much cooler and so we took Ellie later. Down by the river we saw Harmony. She is a homeless girl , she was asleep. I guess she must have had a rough night last night with all that rain and storms. I bought a drink and some rolls and gave them to her on the way home. She thanked me, bless her. Believe me, under different circumstances this could be any one of us.

Lunchtime my friend Paula arrived for a stay with us. She came by train and it had been packed.

We had a lot of catching up to do. We had a lot of rain.

Thought for the Day – “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’ ” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

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Friday 27th July 2018

Ellie and I are getting used to the 5am walk and it seems more and more people are joining us as they realise dogs can’t cope later in the day. We walked along the river and there is a homeless girl who sleeps around Sandwich. She was under the trees fairly near to the Co-op. I know a lot of people help her with odd bits of food and other things. I’m not sure where she goes during the day.

I went shopping and the roads were horrendous on the way back, everyone heading for the beach. Rhys asked if we wanted to join them at Botany Bay today but as it is supposed to be the hottest day yet, we said we would rather not. It will also be very crowded.

Ellie enjoying a nice cool Magnum BUT I have to eat all the chocolate off first! She does love ice cream.

At 9pm the heavens opened, one of the pictures crashed off the bedroom wall with the wind as I’d left all the windows open. Then the thunder and lightning started. It was a bit cooler but not a lot. The rain was so heavy and was crashing on to the conservatory roof. Ellie wasn’t impressed with all that noise.

Thought for the Day -” Life is not about the quantity of friends you have. It is about the quality of friends you have.”

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Thursday 26th July 2018

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A 5am walk again. This is only Ellie and I, Mal sleeps on! It really is the best time of the day and quite surprising that there are so many dog walkers out.


I forgot to mention, yesterday I went to buy more Cuprinol anti slip decking stain.  The one I wanted was £24+ at most places. I then found it via an online search, for £13 at B&M Stores . I then went to Wickes which was on the way to our afternoon tea and told them . With their “price match” I purchased it from Wickes for £13. This is very useful to know. They don’t seem to broadcast that they have a price match but I have done this so many times. It just takes  bit of online resarch.

Mal put the second coat on the decking and I walked round to the market. Sandwich was very quiet. I guess everyone had gone to the beach.

Thought for the Day – “Each day provides its own gifts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday 25th July 2018

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Another hot day so an early morning walk. Mal painted the decking before it became too hot.

In the afternoon I met up with the Red Hatters for afternoon tea at San Clu. Jean was still very ill and Annie’s dad was ill so we were two short.

Thought for the Day – “No I never saw an angel but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not.  I feel their presence around me.” ~ Paulo Coelho