Variety is …

a) the spice of life

b) very confusing

c) a good show

Answers on a postcard please!

Its been awhile again but its not because I’ve not been doing anything, quite the opposite, I’ve been doing way too much. So bear with me while I tell you all about it.

Earlier in the month we went to see Andy Parsons at Margate Theatre Royal although technically I didn’t see him as I’m too young, but I was able to hear him and he was really quite funny and amusing. Afterwards, we went to the London tavern and had some rhubarb cider. Very hospitable they were too.

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The weekend bought a bracing walk along the clifftop to Westgate. Brrr, glad I was am made of wool and that Karen held onto me. Its really not what you expect for May. Karen even had her hat and gloves on.

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Despite the weather, I was still able to enjoy the orange flowers because, as you know, orange is the best colour. Because I was with Karen, she did make me pose with the purple ones too although, as you can see, orange still dominated.

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We then headed into Mental Health Awareness Week and Karen kindly lent me her green ribbon when she was working from home. This year was all about surviving or thriving and we certainly thrive on our adventures together.

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Fortunately the weather had improved by the Wednesday and I was able to get out for a walk at lunchtime. Strangely, I had to take a photo by this beach hut but really can’t imagine why. Even though the sun was out, hardly any people on the beach as still quite cool (and it was midweek).

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After all that exercise, it was followed by a yummy lunch from the Good Food Cafe which was a spinach and cheese toastie with an apple, carrot and rhubarb juice, which, of course, came out orange which made me rather happy.

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After another afternoon grafting away at the computer, I thought I deserved a nice rest in the sunshine. It was really quite relaxing and I’m surprised I didn’t doze off.

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More excitement to follow in the week when I went for a night out with the team. I was lucky that they fed me too and I helped myself to some of the chicken before washing it down with some prosecco.

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And now we’re onto the final weekend for this blog. The weather had got even better by now and we were in Westgate again. I saw these rather nicely decorated beach huts before enjoying the sun on the walk home.

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Sunday bought the sunshine again and the wind had dropped, so it was rather like summer. Went for tea and cake at the Bus Cafe and they had kindly provided some exotic shade for me.

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It was all rather pleasant and the walk back along the beach barefoot was lovely, so I was surprised that there weren’t more people (not that I minded).

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So that’s you all caught up with my weekends apart from one. That’s going to be in a separate blog as its somewhere new.

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Before, During and After

Sorry its been a while since I’ve updated you. I didn’t have many photos before but now I have loads, so hope this isn’t too long for you. The reason for the title is I need to tell you about before I went away on holiday to Cornwall, during my holiday and afterwards when I got back home.

It was going to be a tale of two halves (don’t worry, my tail isn’t in two halves!) but it extended into another weekend so I had to rename it.

Before I went away, I had a bit of an orange themed weekend. It started with me finding some orange flowers near home and then Karen having an orange drink.

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After all that excitement, it was only right that there was some more so decided to have some tea and cake with a bit of cheeky ice-cream.

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The weekend bought some lovely sunshine so I just had to get out onto the beach.

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When I got home Karen had made me a cup of tea and surprised me with a cupcake, all because it’s my second blog birthday. Yes, it’s been two years that I’ve been amusing you with my tales. The other reason for the cupcake (as if we needed another) was that we were finally on holiday. The first one since November so very much needed.

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On the Monday we took a trip on two trains. As we had to go through Paddington station to get the second train, we just had to visit the namesake himself. I had to be on my best behaviour though as otherwise there’d be no marmalade sandwich for me, emergency or otherwise.

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The second train was quite different from the Margate to London train. Look at all this space I had on the holiday express.

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Finally we got to our destination – the Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. It was amazing having a cup of tea whilst basking in the sunshine and looking at the view.

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Before going to the room, I had a little explore and the hotel had won these awards which were art pieces in themselves. Not only that but they had orange flowers too which I’m sure they got especially for me.

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If you think I had lots of space on the train, you should see my room.

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And the view from the bedroom patio was quite something too.

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I had another chance to explore after breakfast on the Tuesday and found this chess board which was beautifully crafted from wood. I then found a perfect Malcolm sized boat although seemed to be missing some water.

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After all that exploring I had to have a sit down so went to Karen’s reading spot which, for some reason, I didn’t keep for long.

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As the Scarlet is an adult only hotel, I had to be careful how often I explored, especially as I didn’t want to ruin the peace and quiet with my excitement. I was allowed to monkey around in the room though and found this great spot where I could hang around and look at the view.

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By Wednesday, Karen thought I ought to get some fresh air and exercise so took me down to the local beach. I think the exercise was getting down to the beach as it was quite a high clifftop. When we got onto the beach I was glad to see that it was sandy, just like home, and also had rocks that I could climb on.

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Best of all, someone had an orange kite and was flying it just in the right spot so I could get the hotel in the background.

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Before too long, it was time for us to head back up the cliff to the hotel, especially as the tide was coming in.

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Thursday bought a trip into Padstow and, whilst Karen was doing far too much shopping, I sat and looked at the boats.

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That was the holiday over with as travelled back home on the Friday but was lucky enough to have visitors at the weekend so it still felt like a holiday.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day and quite warm when out of the wind, although the Main Sands wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be.

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The other reason that the weekend still felt like holiday was that we had a treat of afternoon tea at the Sands Hotel. They even had carrot cake just for me so I was kind and let Karen have the chocolate cake.

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Sunday we headed to the Cliftonville Farmers Market but it was a bit windy for me to come out. Fortunately we weren’t out for too long as headed to the Turner Contemporary for some culture so I even joined in and did a bit of artwork myself.

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As it was Sunday there was only one other thing we could do – have Sunday lunch which we went to Olby’s for and it was scrumptious.

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That’s it for now although already counting down to the next holiday in June but, don’t worry, there’ll be a blog before that.

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!