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The next day…

…was Saturday, 20th June. Just another ordinary day, right? WRONG! It was my birthay! That’s right, our birthdays are only a day apart. Makes it easy to remember, I suppose. Anyway, we went to Margate, on the Kent coast. If you’ve never been, then go. If you have gone, then go again. It’s that good. The sand is yellow, the sea is blue, the sky is grey (well, only when we first arrived). Fish and chips taste better there and the houses are all different colours. I just Kent get enough!

Ah, Blighty. The sky did brighten up when we were there!
What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
CLOSED
“Here’s what you could have won”
My new friend
Mark was enjoying himself, I promise!
I love the colourful houses you get at the seaside
A red boat. A happy boat!
A white boat. A sad boat.
Life’s a beach
Our companion during lunch
Dirty birdies
Footprints in the sand
Why did the lobster blush? Because the sea weed.
Bloody useless stuff. Waste of a good pound!

By the way, if you are interested in hearing songs set in and around Margate, here a couple by the rockney rebels, Chas and Dave, and electro-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys.

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Spoil the Boy

I find the Ruth Miskin phonic system really problematic. I’m sure I’ll vent at a later date, but one thing I doooooo quite like is the flashcard for the sound ‘oi’. It shows a boy getting lots of presents, and then underneath, it says, in nice curly writing, ‘spoil the boy’. So I took Ruth Miskin at her word, snd I… spoilt the boy.

It was my boyfriend’s birthday on Friday (19th June) so we had a socially-distanced barbecue with us, his sister, my brother, and his dog.

This is the first birthday we’ve lived together, so hiding and wrapping presents was a challenge (at one point, I did order him to just ‘leave the room, for goodness’ sake’) but I managed it! Here’s his haul:

Hard to see what this is, as it’s in its box. It’s a growler, grr, filled with beer.
For his crowning glory
Some everyday essentials
This goes…
…with this!
Through the wrapping process
Ta-da!
Pink washi tape, as Mark is confident in his masculinity
Spoil the boy!

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Strictly Come Touring!

I received the BEST PRESENT EVER at Christmas: tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in London! As regular readers will be aware, Strictly is my favourite programme ever ever ever ever, so this was a very good present. I was a touch excited.

I won’t waffle on too much, because I have heaps of poor-quality phone photos to show you, but suffice to say, it was marvellous. One might even go as far as to call it fab-u-lous, or uh-may-zing. Kelvin won, which I was happy with, though apparently he’s won every single night! Move over Kelvin, let Magic Mike Bushell have a turn! Anyway. To the blurry photographs!

A big pink curtain
We bought 10 paddles. We didn’t waste our money.
10!
And again! 10s all round!
I was happy, I promise!
See?
Exciiiiiiiiited!
It was busy. Long queue at the toilets!
The hostess with the mostest, Stacy Dooley!
Bruno, Shirley, Craig. Love, love, love.
Actual dancing!
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Cumberland Road

So, I’ve done it. I’ve moved! I’m living with my boyfriend! Bye bye old house in Bromley, hellooooo new gaff… also in Bromley. But a different part. I now live on Cumberland Road. How exciting is that?

We’re still unpacking bits and bobs, and we haven’t even put the bed up yet (that sofa bed is mighty comfy though), so I haven’t got much to show, but here are some photos of what we’ve got so far.

Tea and radio. Very important stuff.
These plants haven’t died! …yet
Washing up after a bit of a lonely meal, as boyfriend isn’t here tonight. Waah!
Funky tiles part 1 (these are in the kitchen)
Funky tiles part 2 (bathroom)
You spin me right round…
We even have a landline! Old skool!

We’re going to paint some of the flat, and eventually get some essentials bits like, oh I don’t know, AN ACTUAL BED, but that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll post more photos soon of the progress, watch this space!

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Blackpool (part 1)

My boyfriend is a dyed-in-the-wool member of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, and every year, they have a ‘Blackpool Bash’. I, not being a great one of roller coasters, wasn’t reeeeeeeally looking forward to it, truth be told, but it had been booked and I was on it. Being one to resign myself to my fate, I decided just to go along with it.

We drove up on Friday, which only took 4 hours. First impressions of Blackpool were very good. I love myself a good seaside town, and Blackpool is a good seaside town. We checked into our hotel, then headed for the South Pier. Sadly, the log flume (a ride I always love) was closed, owing to the weather, but the pub was open and we had a few drinks.

Neigh! It’s true!
Yum.
The sea
A fortune teller? I knew that would be there!
Bang!
Happy Haddock
My lovely company
This was the view from our hotel window! Yes, really!

The rest of the weekend was spent on rides and various tourist attractions, which I’ll tell you all about in another post, otherwise this one will be very very long!

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Lindisfarne

I was tidying up my computer and deleting loads of old photos, when I came across a folder which made me realise I had never blogged about My First Holiday on my own. It wasn’t abroad, but to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, just off Berwick-upon-Tweed.

I know that may not sound very adventurous to some of you, but believe me, it was a Big deal. I’m not very confident with being on my own, especially in a different place, so it was a good challenge for me.

Unfortunately, I tripped over and broke my hand, but the rest of the holiday was great! Here are some snaps: