April Sunshine

April has been a pretty good month so far weather wise. One day when I was working from home, I went out for a walk at lunchtime and I wanted a paddle but Karen wouldn’t let me as we didn’t have time. It was rather mean of her, even the seagulls thought so.

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And I was so close to the water too!

Friday last week bought some frivolity as we met Sam for a drink but even before that I started misbehaving and playing in the flowerbeds. Its only because the flowers were so colourful, just like me.

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As it was Sam’s birthday soon, we decided to have some bubbles. I then moved onto something stronger but only because the gin infusion was my namesake. Not sure I’m quite 47 yet although (shhh, don’t tell anyone) I know someone who will be in a few months.

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We went to the Tea Merchant but I have to admit that I didn’t see much tea being consumed.

The weekend was really lovely and relaxing, with lots of sunshine on Sunday.  I even had the patio doors open when I got home although not for that long as it wasn’t that hot. It was nice to have a hint of how its going to be when its properly summer.

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So nice to be sitting and relaxing with a cup of tea.

Unfortunately another work week beckoned but it wasn’t too long until the next weekend and we were spoilt again and on both days.

Saturday I had a wander into town and saw some boats on the way near the harbour arm. I didn’t think you’d be able to see them with me in the picture too, so got Karen to take a close up for you.

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They were even there when we stopped at the Bus Cafe for a cup of tea, although behind us so slightly hard to see, but I could still see the sea!

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The other excitement on Saturday was that I was given one of the new pound coins. I’ll try not to spend it all at once and I’m certainly not giving it to Karen as she won £5 on the lottery.

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I did go for a walk and then Karen got wet when she went for her first barefoot paddle of the year. Fortunately she dried off quite quickly as sat on the sea wall for a bit in the sunshine and people watching.

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Let’s hope next weekend is just as nice when its Easter (keep everything crossed).

Springtime

Yes, spring has sprung with the days being longer and lots of pretty flowers blooming. I particularly like the daffodils outside my front gate as they are Malcolm sized.

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Had a lovely sunny walk last weekend although it was quite breezy and Karen had to hang on to me so I didn’t get blown over. Here’s me admiring Westbrook Bay. You can also see Karen’s home in the background.

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After all that fresh air and exercise, a cup of tea was much needed and I had tea with Tigger. I rather enjoyed that as he’s orange like me and also has paws although he was being naughty and trying to dip his paws into the tea.

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To find someone so similar was rather exciting so I decided to do some exploring and found myself on Karen’s new wall light near one of her butterflies. I don’t think Karen was quite so impressed with my cavorting.

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This weekend bought a visit from big sister Steph which meant lots of nice food. On Saturday we went to the Bus Cafe with the intention of having one of their hash mounds but we were just slightly too late, so ended up having one of their delicious salad boxes. They were also recognising spring and had daffodils too.

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I was also able to have a read of issue 4 of the Margate Mercury although just a brief one and had a proper read later on when at home on the sofa before I fell asleep. Lots of good information about future events around town.

Had a bit more of a walk into the old town and did some shopping, so then need more sustenance and stopped at the Cup Cake Cafe. Karen had courgette and pistachio cake which sounded strange but was rather yummy!

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Sunday was more resting and more eating. As we missed out on the hash mounds on Saturday, we just had to try again. They were very busy so we got take away to have at home and really glad we did. I just wasn’t sure which one to have, the posh one or the veggie one.

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So that’s my starting story for spring although it wouldn’t be that time of year without a sunset or sunrise. Here’s a sunrise from Thursday which was quite amazing and, yes, that’s picture of the week.

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Afforda-enjoyable

The weekend started with a very nice work from home day on Friday – it was so lovely weather wise that I just had to sit out at lunchtime. Having said that, the view wasn’t great to start with.

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So I made sure that Karen moved me into a better position so that I could see the beach properly.

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A few minutes later, though, I got a bit of a shock and thought I was seeing things – the beach huts were moving!

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Fortunately, I realised they were on a lorry but it was rather strange. When I headed back to the flat, I saw one of them being lifted onto the promenade.

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It was a bit noisy and not what I’d come to expect for my beach, so I just looked the other way to the nicer view for the last few minutes of my outside break (just ignore the bin).

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Once I’d finished working, I was trying to help Karen with getting rid of some boxes but I can’t have been doing a good job as she didn’t let me help for long. I can’t imagine why.

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Saturday was strange in some ways as we went to London. However, I knew it couldn’t have been for work because it was properly daylight when we left and rather mild, so the walk to the station was very enjoyable.

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The other reason I knew it was different was that Karen got a cup of tea from the station cafe and that definitely doesn’t happen on work days, mostly because the cafe isn’t quite open when she gets the train and its rather early anyway for a cup of tea. I thought as Karen was partaking that I’d be allowed to as well but apparently not.

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Anyway, the extra journey to London was so that we could go to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. Its a rather nice day even if it is tiring. Bizarrely the shuttle bus driver on the way there didn’t know where to go so one of the other customers ended up directing him.

Karen needed a new piece for her bedroom and that was why the journey was undertaken, so that she could find something lovely and she succeeded. Its a piece by a Cornish artist called Yvonne Coomber who Karen has admired for years since she first saw one of her paintings at the Scarlet Hotel. The title of the painting that Karen bought is ‘Loving you fills my soul with happiness’ which is rather beautiful. It also glitters when the light shines on it.

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I know its not the normal view but I do think that needs to be picture of the week.

Sunday was a nice restful day but I did manage to drag Karen off the sofa and out for a walk. Margate was a bit more misty but still quite mild.

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As it was low tide, we managed to have a walk on the beach that is normally covered by the sea. Not many people on that part so it was mainly shared with seagulls, although there was the odd walker and their dog.

The exciting thing was that I could see Karen’s flat from there – can you spot it? Perhaps I’ll award a prize to the first person to do that.

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New beginnings

Hello everyone, I’m back again. I know its been a while but I have been busy settling into the new home and then looking after a poorly Karen.

I did have to go back to work at some point and Karen was kind enough to share some of her breakfast whilst on the train. Well, I say kind enough to share, it was more a case of I helped myself.

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Its just as well we did go back to work as it was Karen’s 10 year work anniversary – yes, that’s right, 10 years since she started at Barclays. The team even made her a little picture and I like that the orange man is at the forefront.

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The next day Karen was being a bit secretive and wouldn’t let me look in the extra bag she bought to work but I made sure I snuck in and had a look, although not sure it helped me that much.

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It all became clear later on that evening as Karen had been organising a team games night.

I rather liked it as there was a bit of an orange theme with the games. First there was Belisha, an old card game from Karen’s Grandma, which happened to have an orange back.

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Then there was the ever favourite Connect 4 where the red and yellow counters make orange.

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They did also play Rapidough but I wasn’t allowed out at that point in case someone tried to mould me by mistake.

Although the weekend was a mix of doing things and relaxing, it wasn’t very interesting or many photo opportunities. There was a great moment on Saturday evening though which was a sunset. What’s special about that I hear you ask? Well, what was particularly special about this one was that it was the first time we could sit in an armchair at home and watch it in comfort. So lucky to be able to do that.

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So you have been warned, more sunset pictures to follow!

January Joy

I know its been a while since I last blogged but I’ve been rather busy so this is the first weekend I’ve had a chance to write one.

The beginning of January brought its usual going back to work and, although I’d been working from home in-between, I had to do the early starts again and get the train into London.

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But there was something more exciting about to happen – a new home in Margate for us. Karen got the keys on 6 January and so we visited at the weekend. Whilst she was cleaning, I sat and looked out at the lovely view which was taken from the lounge facing towards Margate (you can just see the harbour arm in the distance).

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I’m really not sure why she expected me to help, after all, the cleaning products and tools are all bigger than me.

We weren’t ready to move straight in and had to go back to work, so I did try to help Karen get her bag ready but it turned into a game of hide and seek because I blended in with her notepad. I think I hid quite well, don’t you?

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I then wanted to listen to some music so I had something to entertain me on the journey, but got a bit tangled up in the headphones.

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Whilst I was in Canary Wharf this week I came across these rather lovely angel wings which changed colour.

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The weekend came and then it was our first proper one at the home without having to spend the whole time unpacking. It all went rather well and the place is looking lovely now.

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I even got time to go out and have some fun on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we wandered into Westgate and, although its not much further than Margate, I did need a sit down to rest my little legs.

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On the way home from Westgate, there was a superb sunset (I don’t think any other words are needed).

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Then on Sunday it was lunch at The Hoy and I was even allowed a taste of the fruit cider Karen had.

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No pictures of the food though as Karen’s phone had run out of charge taking all those photos at home but, don’t worry, its back to normal now and you’ll be seeing a lot more of the new place and me!

Christmas 2016

After it looking a lot like Christmas, it was Christmas – who knew that was going to happen?!

It started at work with me hanging off some stars. I did, of course, have some help so that it was a surprise when Karen got back to her desk.

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Sadly, it couldn’t stay like that as it distracted her from her work (boo, hiss). The stars were switched on each day later in the afternoon when it started to get dark, but I didn’t do any more hanging off of them.

Fortunately, the very talented Julie gave Karen a gift for Christmas which she was allowed to open early and I was able to get the benefit, so that distracted me from distracting Karen.

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As I was feeling arty and liked the lights in the dark, I went to see the very pretty Canary Wharf by the ice rink and even sat on a lit up bench. It wasn’t quite my colour though.

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We went for an informal team lunch and, not only did Karen have some orange food for me to make up for the colour of the bench, but I also got to display a couple of the cracker contents.

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Later that same day was another feast and I rather liked the serviettes, particularly the one that came with dough balls (not that they were mine).

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On Friday, we headed to the hotel in Windsor where we were staying over the Christmas weekend. I made myself at home quite quickly and was rather cosy in the dressing gown.

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However, afternoon tea called as I hadn’t had lunch and that was rather tasty. It wasn’t proper afternoon tea, just a scone, but it filled the gap until dinner.

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In the gap until dinner, I took the chance to explore and it was rather festive in Windsor. First there was the hotel Christmas tree.

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Then there were the street decorations and the tree outside of the castle, all of which were rather regal.

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Back at the hotel, there were lots of Malcolm sized toys for me to play with, including guardsman and post boxes. I wasn’t too sure about the head made of stamps though as it wasn’t Malcolm sized.

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I did enjoy riding the stags even if one of them did cover me in glitter.

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As we were in Windsor, it would have been rude not to go to the castle so we did that on Christmas Eve and then saw the other entrance on Christmas Day. Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed inside the castle which was a shame, particularly as there was a rather lovely Christmas tree with a corgi underneath it. Not sure where the monkey was though, just glad I wasn’t on the top of the tree or in the tower for misbehaving!

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Christmas Eve dinner was quite pretty and I got to join in the games, which also included a Malcolm sized pack of cards.

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Christmas Day bought even more fun and games with sprout roulette and, as you may have noticed, I do love sprouts. There were even party hats provided although they were a touch big for me.

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I did also have fun with the party poppers and a bit too much fun for some, so the ear warmers didn’t stay on for too long.

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After all those festivities, we had to get some fresh air on bank holiday Monday, so had a wander round by the river. There were also some very nice gardens, one of which had a royal maze in it.

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I even managed to find some orange trees too which was rather unexpected.

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To round off our Royal Christmas, we went to see the Queen’s steam engine which is kept at the station, although isn’t functional now as she has a newer one she uses.

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So that was all rather lovely but it was back to real life and work between Christmas and New Year.

Thankfully, it did mean I got some more fresh air and exercise and I was back where I belonged – at the seaside.

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I even made my own seaside party hat.

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Whilst we were out during the day on New Year’s Eve, there was a glimmer of sunshine which Karen captured just at the right time.

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I bet you’ve got that song in your head now – sorry!

Its my first Christmas and I didn’t know too much about it, but Karen kindly gave me a bit of a tour. I first saw Santa’s Grotto in Canary Wharf, although it was a bit early to see him (time wise, not date wise).

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I was chatting to Lucy and trying to find alternatives for advent calendars that weren’t made out of chocolate and Karen had seen a sprout that you could peel. Sarah then chimed in with the suggestion of elf on the shelf, who’s meant to watch over you and make sure that you are good. So, of course, a Christmas shelf was born.

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I did eventually get an advent calendar although some of the windows were quite hard to open as I’m only little.

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Had a little bit of a break from Christmas at the weekend, even though I did have to help Karen finish her Christmas shopping. It was a beautiful day in Margate and saw a lovely sunset on the way home. It was so fabulous to see the beach in daylight.

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I even found some antlers and tried to do my reindeer impression but not terribly successfully as they were a touch too big for me.

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Then it was another work week and, although I am a home monkey really, Karen made me go in a couple of days as there were some surprises for me.

The first one was that Paula made me my own personalised bauble which I absolutely loved – even the writing was my colour. I was a bit naughty and did my Miley Cyrus impression (wrecking ball), although not for long, of course, as I was at work after all.

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Wednesday was wonderful as we had lunch at Harrods with Maria as a little treat. It was a really beautiful restaurant and so calm and quiet, the food wasn’t bad either.

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Thursday was the official party day and I even got dressed up.

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At the restaurant there were crackers and everything. The hat matched my badge, which Karen had actually stolen by that point but, even better, the gifts were orange (and you know that’s my favourite colour).

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I even made a couple of new friends, one of whom lit up (and so did the other I found out afterwards).

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The rest of the party was just for grown ups so I was safely stowed away in Karen’s bag so that a youngster like me wasn’t led astray.

We haven’t had a picture of the week for a while, mainly because its more dark than light, but here’s another lovely one of the sunset from last weekend.

Have a good week and take care of yourselves.

Malcolm x

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