Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lawn Mower has broken

My wife is in charge of the garden, my wheelchair wont go down the steps on to the lawn so I am unable to get out into the garden. Well this afternoon she comes in and reports the lawn mower is now an ex lawn mower, it has given up the ghost, gone the way of all old mowers to that great resting place in the sky. Well what shall I do? I am in the middle of watching the snooker but I need to show willing. Ebay after all I dont want to shell out for a new mower. What do we go for another flymo? a wheel mower, not a mower of wheels one with wheels. decisions decisions and all I want to do is watch snooker, where'sthe remote.

Easter Weekend

Well for most of you it's back to the daily grind, I wish I could join you. Multiple sclerosis has robbed me of the joy of getting up for work after a weekend break. I had to smile yesterday Heather passed me on the landing she was carrying the tea cups and assorted bits and headed of downstairs and deposited them in the kitchen and was starting to wash them up before I had even crossed the landing with my zimmer frame. She finished them before I got to the foot of the stairs on my stairlift and she helped me into my wheelchair, as I said I wish I could join you back at work it would be easier than coping with MS. I am not complaining just trying to cheer those of you who are feeling a little jaded at being at work after the long Easter break. I hope you all ate loads of chocolate and had some fun in the Sun. I had a great weekend, I never joined my wife on the beach for the sunrise service helps by Saint Paul's church Cliftonville. All of those who did were treated to a beautiful sunny morning and the headed back to the church for a bacon sandwich.
Heather has spent a lot of time on one or another of Thanet' s beaches this weekend. Sunshine sea and sand was they order of the weekend. Westbrook beach, West Bay at Westgate and Walpole Bay. We are so blessed in Thanet to have such wonderful beaches. Miles and miles of Sandy bay's and beaches stretching from Birchingtons thorough Westgate Westbrook and onto Margate' s Maine sands and the harbour. Continuing onto Walpole heading onto Botany Bay and its miraculous chalk stacks. Mindshare Joss and Stone bay's and onto Broadstairs harbour. I used to live in Ramsgate and fished most of the great beaches there but Eastcliffe Richard keeps telling me I promote other towns in Thanet but never mention Ramsgate so I shall not break the habit of a lifetime on this post.
I listened to Radio Two this morning and Chris Evans was on about the next Bank Holiday weekends in May and I urge you to head on down to Thanet for its delights. See you soon.
Botany Bay Chalk Stacks Blue Flag beach

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Beware asking if you eat at the Sportsman Seasalter, Mitchelin Stars go to the head

My Brother and his wife came to see me this week and conversations got round to what we had been up to since we last caught up. Mine was a trip out and fish n chips out of the paper in the car at Crispins in Teynham and Crab and Chips eaten on the Harbour steps at Margate Old Town. His hi lites had been their 50th wedding anniversary Meal at Reads in Faversham and another meal eaten at the Michelin Star Sportsman at Seasalter. Well Three of these foodie delights were a great success and it wasn't the one with a Michelin Star. I must say personally I have never eaten anything with stars on but he has and often eats at Reads which has recently lost it's coveted star.
We both he and his wife were put in there place by the chef who when asked by my sister-in-law to not have the loin of salt marsh lamb pink she likes it just over, one would think a reasonable request and one I have heard often, but no if you have a Michelin Star for the first time the chef comes out to convince you it just juices and the only way to eat his best quality orgainic lamb is pink. EXACTLY how my SiL doesn't want it but she did as she is told and pays 20 odd quid for something not cooked how she would enjoy it. She buys and cooks organic lamb from Doughtys or Barkaway Butchers so she does understand the concept and at close to 70 years of age has discovered he likes and dislikes.
My Brother describes the near 400 pound experience as pretentious and has always enjoyed eating out at good restaurants and is looking forwards to his next meal at Reads. As for me  five pound dressed crab from Mannings and a portion of Petes Fish Factory chips with my wife daughter and her hubby and kids on Mothers day will long be my favourite meal of the year

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crystal Palace get to forty points

In the premiership 40 is the magic number. Way back in November when Tony Pulis  was appointed manager Palace were floundering at the foot of the table and many thought survival in the premiership a heady ambition. But it now looks certain. I have said previously that I don't actually support one single team and it is true of Palace. I don't support them in the true sense of being a supporter but follow their progress. Sometimes I will follow a team because I don't like them which is the case of Birmingham I went off them after being mooned by supporters in coaches returning from a match several years ago. Still well done to them but everything has an opposite action and the win last night is bitter sweet Everton will find it harder to get above Arsenal for fourth Champions league spot. FOOTBALL'S a funny old game you are never satisfied.

Margate's New Pier

What started out as a bit of fun the idea for a new pier for Margate seems to have been greeted by fellow Thanetonian' s with much gusto. When you actually think about it with the building of the Turner Contemporary and this year the start of Dreamland being rebuilt we actually need the pier to become not a joke but a reality. My first memories of Margate are of the old pier. The thrill as a kid of being able to walk on water another early memory is of feeling seasick in my dad's mates boat in Ramsgate harbour but that's another story. Margate needs a PIER now more than ever what do you think?