Wednesday 31st July 2019

On our walk this morning it was confirmed, talking to others that some of the fish are dying in the river. So much for Dover District Council “re-wilding”!

Later I went off to the Red Hatters Garden Party at Tootsies. There were quite a lot of us, we all took some food with us and were having a lovely time until the heavens opened for 10 minutes. It soaked all the cushions and we had to run indoors.

As a dear friend of mine mentioned after seeing the above photos “Red fascinators are not red hats”! Yes more slapped wrists at the next meeting!

Thanks to Tootsie for a lovely afternoon.

Back home and later in the evening Mal took Ellie over the field. A rottweiler arrived, they let it off the lead and it ran straight for Ellie and attacked her. Mal intervened, dragging it off her as the owner didn’t seem to manage it. I think Mal shouted a few very choice words to the owner and he had also punched the dog to get it off. Ellie came home with blood on her ear and very shaken. If people can’t control their dogs then why do they let them off?! It is a dog owner we have never seen before.

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Tuesday 30th July 2019

On our walk in the morning it was nice to see that there are even more ducklings that have evaded the gulls.

Mal went to the allotment, raspberries, runner beans and spinach today.

I popped into Deal as I realised I didn’t have enough custard powder for the trifle I am making for the Hatters garden party and also Bombay Sapphire was £20 for a litre in Sainsbury’s so it was worth the trip!

I had prepared around some of the downstairs woodwork, so Mal painted while I was out. We seem to keep leaving it so decided we would start and do it a little at a time and then it doesn’t seem such a huge task!

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Monday 29th July 2019

Demelza day and we were really quite busy in the morning.

Ellie has another lump and so a visit to see Trish the vet in the evening. She has confirmed that it needs to be removed. Poor Ellie.

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Sunday 28th July 2019

We took Ellie for a later walk and she was much livelier than she has been in all the heat.

We then went to Howletts with a packed lunch and met Lou, Ollie, Oscar and Josie. We all love spending time there. I can spend forever watching Arina but today she had been given meat and was hiding eating it.

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Saturday 27th July 2019

Not so hot but rain was forecast so Ellie and I went out at 5am again. We managed half the walk in the dry but I had my brolly with me.

We then drove into Margate to meet Tris and Violet and visit Dreamland. There is now free entry and you just pay for the rides. Tris and Violet both have annual passes.

There is a small section of events of the past at Dreamland. I love the photo of The Who. I saw them in 1964!!

The rain mainly managed to stay away, just a little drizzle.

From there we went towards the Old Kent market to have some lunch. The beach was filled with many. many west Indians from London. We guessed there was some sort of celebration, cooking on the beach and loud reggae music. We know they were from London because of all the London coaches in the coach park.

We had a very good lunch on the top of the bus in the Old Kent Market. Tris later took Violet back to London.

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Friday 26th July 2019

I was out early again with Ellie, it was still hot. We walked along the river and it was quite disturbing that there were so many fish surfacing. I think had I a net with me, I could have hauled in at least 10. Does this suggest lack of oxygen? Not very clear photos as I was watching Ellie off lead!

Apart from Mal picking at the allotment, the rest of the day was in the garden. As the weather seemed set to change, we emptied her paddling pool and packed the big table and umbrella away. It was still very warm but Ellie found the best place, in front of the ‘dog level’ fan. She does hate the heat.

They are closing down some of the town’s roads. The film crews are already there and rumours of Brad Pitt (I don’t think so!)  Also KCC can’t seem to work our that 17.00 – midnight is SEVEN hours, not 5!!

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Thursday 25th July 2019

Ellie and I were out and walking at 5 am again. Today they are warning it will be the hottest day and so we met a lot more dog walkers being sensible and taking their dogs early. Nothing new to me I used to do this in Cyprus. One walker was a Spanish lady with her Yorkie , Ellie just ran to her and sat down in front of her. She had pieces of cheese as a treat for her dog and of course Ellie could smell it and the lady couldn’t resist saying “Oh how adorable.” What a scrounger she is.

The rose bush that I planted next to Torin’s grave is doing well and the flowers are highly perfumed. I don’t see the point of ones that don’t smell strongly.

In the afternoon we went to Lou and Rhys’s. They were both working and the kids and I cooked dinner together and Ollie made a strawberry and cream sponge.

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