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What a packed, full on and lovely week I have had and it’s only Friday morning!

Monday morning I went to Whistable with my friend, her beautiful little girl and Saffie dog.  It was so lovely and we found a new place for the all important coffee (not actually new just refurbed and new to me).  It’s called Hotel Continental, the staff were super friendly and the setting was very relaxing, I recommend a trip if your ever in the area.  Oh and obviously one of the big pluses for me is that they allow dogs. I know that might put some of you off but its lovely and spacious so not really a problem.

Tuesday was brilliant as I finally got to go to the hospice for my induction.  I already had a feeling it was going to be a wonderful place to be part of but after the induction, even more so.  We had the director explain how hospices in this country first came about.  The lady that started it all was Dame Cicely Saunders, she had a real desire to help people at the end of their lives to be looked after to the best of our ability and above and beyond.  That is very much the ethos at The Heart of Kent.

My official start date is this coming Tuesday.  I will be working in the Magnolia Centre which is where day patients come to spend time meeting up with each other, have a change of scenery and get involved with arts and crafts if they want or are able.   I will be working with a team providing crafts and interacting with the patients.  I would never have thought this would be something I could or want to do, but I really am excited.  Even though it’s a hospice it feels so light and full of hope.

After such a great start to the week I then had my lovely Mama come to stay for a couple of nights.  We shopped, we drank coffee, lots of, we chatted, we shopped and so on and so on.  On Wednesday evening I hosted my second craft evening at Creative Hub which was Christmas themed.  I blogged about the first one which you can read here.  I’m really happy to say it went just as well as the first one.  I still had the same doubts about whether or not people would be interested in what I was sharing, but they really were and I loved it.  We did decoupage baubles, clay tags and hand sewn Christmas cards.  I did a Decoupage Lantern and Baubles Tutorial last year.  I haven’t produced a tutorial for the clay tags as yet but after Wednesday evening I’m glad as I have loads more ideas now.  Like I said in my first creative hub blog the best thing about putting lots of people in the same room with the same materials means you will get all sorts of differentiating ideas and results which is so interesting and what it’s all about.  Here is a snippet of some of the creations.

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Tonight I am hosting an outdoor movie night.  I know, I must be mad right and actually more to the point the people that have agreed to come must be even more so.  It’s a mums and daughters event and everyone is bringing a camping chair and blankets and a mug.  Myself and my friend, who is kindly helping me are providing fresh popcorn, we even have those cool little red and white stripe popcorn boxes.  Small things make me happy.  We are also doing hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.  The chimnea is going to be lit in some kind of attempt to provide some heat.  I will take some pictures and share on Facebook and Instagram.  The film we have chosen is ‘Mama Mia’ which I think is the perfect choice – it’s going to be a fab evening as long as no one ends up with frost bite.

What are your plans for the evening and the rest of the weekend?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Take care

Much love

Kate x



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  • Reply Hannah October 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Enjoyed this Kate. Lots of lovely things happening and exciting things to come! Love the sound of the outdoor cinema event you’re involved with. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Reply Kate October 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Yeah loads to look forward to. The outdoorovie night was a complete success. I’ve posted some pics on fb and instagram xx

  • Reply Meryll October 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Kate. So fab to hear about all the exciting things you’re doing. What an up-lifting blog. Hope the movie night goes well and is a fun start to the weekend. Looking forward to hearing how the “job” goes. Our weekend will consist mostly of playing with kittens! Dawn (unfortunately turns out to be a boy!) and Dusk (a girl!) took over our home last Sunday. They are soooo funny and cute, but also very naughty and pesty and really don’t help when you’re trying to make covered notebooks for a craft fair!! Any tips on keeping fur out of your glue?!

    • Reply Kate October 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Ha ha! Sounds like you have your hands full! Glad you found the blog uplifting. Hope you manage to get your notebooks covered and fur free! X

  • Reply Gilly October 22, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I am so pleased you will be volunteering in the hospice Kate. My brother and sister and mum and dad all died of cancer and I know that hospices can be a wonderful place of peace and joy. You will bring so much that’s just wonderful.
    Mama Mia is one of my favourite films . We’ve watched it out here in Oz.
    Well done beautiful Kate xx

    • Reply Kate October 22, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Gilly I really do hope to make a difference. The movie night was fab last night. I think I will do more in the summer xxx

  • Reply sharon Cheeseman October 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Kate just so like your “new chapter”. The hospice will be so blessed. I did some painting and put some soaking music on. (Friday). Today I had to do some first aid on poor Gizmo he got scratched by a thorn. It’s not deep but he is limping a little. Big hugs.

    • Reply Kate October 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Good for you spending time painting and soaking. Hope gizmo is ok. lots of love x

  • Reply Lesley Smith October 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Sorry I missed the night Kate, I had one of those days where life takes over, busy and draining but worth it so I climbed into bed with my number One! Had a much needed rest but glad it went well for you and everyone had a good time. Lots of Love and to you Sharon x

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