Back in time

Thought it was about time that I caught up on a long overdue blog. You may have thought I was hibernating as the weather hasn’t been very good or particularly summer like.

So, going back in time to when it was sunny, I was with Karen who was working from home one Friday and it was such a beautiful day that I just had to get outside at lunchtime. I tried to go for a paddle but, as we know, water doesn’t agree with me so Karen kindly let me float on her flip flop, safely tethered of course.

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On the way back to the flat, I was lucky enough to find a spade which someone had left behind and coordinated quite well with me. Not sure what happened to the bucket though.

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On Monday I had to go back to work, which was a bit of a shame, but at least I got to see the lovely Krissi over a candlelit dinner. Best of all, she had a homage to me on her phone (can you spot what it was?).

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I then stayed in London for quite a while, partly because Karen had an unexpectedly long journey home (4 hours) which meant she didn’t go into the office the next day. As the next day was a Friday, it meant that I got left behind in the hot house tower for the weekend (but don’t tell Adam). Karen also had to stay in her Stratford flat for a few nights the following week whilst some work was done on her bathroom.

It was so good to get back to Margate as London felt hot and noisy. I was treated to a rather lovely sunset as my welcome home.

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That’s not the best picture so I got Karen to take one from the sand which came out a lot better. I think it must have been the excitement, either that or my short arms.

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I think I may have to consider retiring and spending all my time at the seaside.

This weekend was there was lots going on in Margate, although I didn’t participate in everything as there’s only so much you can do when you’ve been working hard. There was the Margate Soul Festival and then the carnival on Sunday. As well as that, the weather was lovely, so there were lots of visitors.

I tried to have another paddle and this time it was the tide that was against me as not in quite enough. I headed over to the steps after that which was a bit better but still quite tricky for someone with no knees.

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I waited quite a while for the carnival to come along but it was taking ages. With the sun out and wind blowing a bit, it felt like I was changing colour so thought I’d better head home into the shade. On the way back, you can see all the people waiting for the carnival to start.

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Eventually, two hours later, they procession did come along at the end of my road and it was bigger than I thought it would be, so I’m glad I didn’t wait outside all that time. Here’s a selection of my favourites.

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We were lucky enough to be joined by a visitor so then headed out for something to eat.

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Strangely enough, or not, the waitress recognised me from when I visited the Sands Hotel last winter. Its a small world after all (cue for a song which really does take me back in time).

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