Wednesday 31st October 2018

A warmer day so a walk with Ellie over to Gazen Salts where she played with another Retriever.

We then went into Canterbury. Now I have my cathedral pass, I went into the grounds to see the War Horse. Very impressive.

They also have a field of remembrance.

There are a lot of poppies around Canterbury, these are at Westgate Towers. They are actually plastic bottles. The poppies at Marlowe Arcade are 7,000 hand knitted ones!

We had our lunch at Chapman Sea food restaurant (another Groupon deal). We have eaten here before, just fish on a sharing platter……yummy!

I went into Demelza to get my next year’s diary and also to Hotter to collect my new boots I ordered online. Parking is a nightmare in Canterbury, we should have taken the bus.

Thought for the Day – “You learn nothing from life if you think you are right all the time.”

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Tuesday 30th October 2018

We had a very wet walk in the rain with Ellie. There weren’t many dog walkers out this morning! We did see a newly adopted greyhound, all togged out in his coat and scarf!

I have just finished reading a book “This is going to Hurt” by Adam Kay. Compulsory reading for anyone who cares about the NHS!

I met Rhys for lunch. Today we went to Chiqitos.  We look on Groupon and see how many deals we can get! It was a nice meal, Rhys had steak and I had salmon. They were both really nice.

It’s nice to see Rhys and chat. We had a wander around the shops after lunch.

In the evening I caught up with “Mediterranean with Simon Reeve.” An interesting episode where he visits Cyprus

Thought for the Day – “A little progress each day adds up to big results.”

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Monday 29th October 2018

Demelza day. We did quite well until mid afternoon when the rain poured down and so not many customers.

Mal had dinner ready in the evening. The heating has now gone on but our house seems to hold the heat in well. A change from Preston which was an old house with a lot of draughts.

Thought for the Day – “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sunday 28th October 2018

So we were both awake with bad stomach’s and the rest that goes with it. It couldn’t have been the food as we had different meals also the fact that both of us were sweating.

We were invited to Rhys’s for lunch but we didn’t go as we couldn’t eat and anyway he said there was a bug going round and we certainly didn’t want to pass it on to all their family. Mal managed a morning walk with Ellie. I only got up in the afternoon and then had a short walk to the cemetery to put a plant on Torin’s grave.  We had hailstones and they were still on the ground for sometime after, so obviously the temperature has dropped and autumn is here!

Thought for the Day – “The sad thing is, nobody ever really knows how much someone else is hurting. We could be standing next to somebody who is completely broken and we wouldn’t even know it.”

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Saturday 27th October 2018

Sainsbury’s are giving bonus Nectar vouchers with shopping over £10. Not only that , there is also 25% off Tu clothing, so of course I was off to Sainsburys!  So, with two trips through the tills for shopping and another for a jumper I saw and also the petrol station, I have accumulated quite a lot.

Stores are reducing prices so often now that is is rare for me to ever pay full price for anything.  I have even ordered some Hotter boots (absolute luxury) and managed to get those 25% off!

Kerry (Mal’s eldest) came to visit in the evening and so we went to The Crispin for dinner. It was very good, as always but early hours of the morning, we were both awake!

Thought for the Day – “Sometimes it is better to just remain silent and smile.”

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Friday 26th October 2018

Mal’s and my 20th wedding anniversary. A year or so ago, we decided that we would have a big family celebration. For reasons I won’t go into here, we got married on our own in Weymouth. Let’s just say someone was stalking! So, to make up for it I was going to get the whole family together and it would be convenient as it is a weekend. Sadly I no longer want to do it without Torin and the twins. It just wouldn’t be the same, so it will be a quiet day, just Mal and I.

Mal bought me a lovely Susan Lordi anniversary ornament.

In the evening we went to The Dog at Wingham.  We booked this and then someone told me they had an awful meal there, so we were a little concerned. We needn’t have been. The food really was 5* and the staff really lovely too.

The menu was really good and the waitress helpful as I didn’t know what “coco di Paimpol” was. Basically it is a bean!

I had lobster ravioli, then more fish of course and then the most amazing quince souffle. In fact the best I have ever had!

In spite of our reservations it turned out to be a very good night. The only negative was the local Kent distillery gin which wasn’t too my taste but my fault for ordering it!

Thought for the Day – “Forgive people in your life, even those who are not sorry for their actions. Holding on to anger only hurts you, not them.”

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Thursday 25th October 2018

Ollie, Oscar and Josie stayed the night with us, so after breakfast we walked with Ellie to Gazen Salts and also the park.

We then went to Westwood to see if the kids could spend some of their pocket money and then we took them for lunch.

Lou and Rhys came to collect them later, after they had been for a Turkish meal!

Thought for the Day – “At the end of the day what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you’ve done your best and that you’re thankful for all you have.”