Thursday 30th June 2022

After Ellie’s walk we went into Canterbury. Mal had been given a present of a voucher for Ambrette, the contemporary Asian restaurant there. We haven’t been there for a few years but we both said this really was the best meal we have had there. Mal had the chicken Biryani, very different from the normal, which came to the table looking like a pie! It had a very thin, tasty almost like pastry lid and then huge lumps of chicken in there along with the rice.

I had seafood linguine which really was delicious. We also had a “taster” to start, a large circular ball that you put in your mouth in one go and taste all the different flavours. Wow!

At least eating out, Mal doesn’t have to cook as I don’t do any cooking during Wimbledon!

After so many indifferent meals since Covid, two days with good food! Back home to watch Liam Broady, a good match. Of course Nadal won as well.

Thought for the Day – “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” ~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday 29th June 2022

I took Ellie over the fields for her walk, not the best place because of all the grass heads that have sprung up so I had to keep a really close eye on her. Mal didn’t come with me as he had lost his front door key and had a feeling he may have left it in the door, so was determined to find it or maybe the locks should be changed! Oh dear is this what old age brings?!  He did find it in the pocket of his shorts he had put in the washing basket!

Lunchtime I went and collected Jackie and we tried another place we haven’t been for a few years, The New Inn in Minster. I think we were the only diners in there but I don’t understand why as the food was really good, so much so, we have booked for our August Hatters meet there. Yes, we did sort some Hatters things out while we were there, which is always the intention.

Sadly Jackie may not be able to go on some of the events we are thinking of attending. She has osteoarthritis and this week had an X ray on her shoulder and it has to be replaced . A two year waiting list and seeing as her ankle and hip also need replacing, she really can’t wait that long, so is considering going private for the shoulder (£13k!!) This is what the NHS has come to. She walks on crutches all the time and obviously this is doing her shoulder no good at all. Our lunch took well over three hours!

I was back in time to watch Emma get knocked out of Wimbledon, watched a small amount of Murray but a much better match, Alcaraz! Murray is out and Alcaraz is still in, hopefully he will go far!

Thought for the Day – “How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.”

Tuesday 28th June 2022

Our walk with Ellie took us past some of the many ducklings by the river. They are not so small any more!

An afternoon watching Wimbledon. Two good matches, Jubb first, sadly he lost and that was followed by Rafa. Enough for one day.

Mal was at the allotment, so many raspberries, peas and courgettes.

It doesn’t surprise me Serena is out of Wimbledon!

Thought for the Day – “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ~ Paulo Coelho


Monday 27th June 2022

We walked Ellie and then went on to the allotment. The grapevine is doing well at the moment, we will have to cover it soon.

Ellie either follows me around or shelters in amongst the fruit bushes! I picked loads more raspberries.

Mal went back again in the afternoon to weed. Of course I started watching Wimbledon. I spent 4 hours watching Alcaraz. I was so hoping he would win and he did!

Thought for the Day – ” A wise man once said nothing.”

Sunday 26th June 2022

I heard about a golden retriever meet up at St Mildred’s Bay, not too far, in fact we often go to the next bay along. They meet every Saturday and Sunday morning, so we took Ellie along. My goodness, she had the time of her life.  They told us there are far more go on Saturdays. We will have to try that next.

Mal did a bit more weeding in the allotment. The rest of the afternoon, in the garden .

We have spent a lot of the weekend talking about the Flower festival in Madeira (May). I know we are going back to Madeira later on  this year but maybe we will go next year to the flower festival!

Thought for the Day – “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.”

Saturday 25th June 2022

Lou and Josie popped round to return all the plates and things we took round last week for the Father’s Day gathering.

In the afternoon Mal and I went to the allotment. So many things to pick now. He is even trying to grow celery now, haven’t done that one before!

Thought for the Day – “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”

Friday 24th June 2022

We took Ellie to Kearsney Abbey as she loves jumping in the stream.  Amongst the “no mow May, in June” grass, we found a pyramidal orchid.

Ellie made friends with another goldie and the pair of them just ran in and out of the water.

She came back home and she was worn out. Mal and I decided to start trying out some of the restaurants in Sandwich as so much has changed since Covid. We went to the Toll Bridge Restaurant and sat outside next to the river. We had a nice meal. I had Prawn Ramen for a change.

Thought for the Day – “Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”