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Very busy weekend, too busy to write up

Harry had great success at swimming, but also lost his first tooth.
Very hot yesterday, torrential rain today.
We all went to Dymchurch and New Romney yesterday and found a couple of new places to eat.
I just about entertained Harry and Tommy all day today while Clare was working.
I will be back later with details... hot again now.
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Cooled down quite a lot today

My "hilarious" friend Ryan emailed from the colonies "that's not a heatwave" and shared some clickbait collection of overreactions and other facts about actual heatwaves.

It even rained here for a bit, and I've had to put the washing in the tumble dryer.
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Still hella hot

The Fountain
So hot on the way home that we scrapped the idea for dinner and fed the boys and Jim in the garden of the Fountain. My beer was not good, they seemed to be out of most things, feels like that pub is on its last legs. Hope I'm wrong.

Operation Stack still causing mayhem, so everyone has been told to wfh tomorrow. I was going to anyway, Thursday is my regular day.

Bought the boys bunk beds today, though they're going to take a week to arrive.

Was the hottest ever July day apparently.
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Hot hot hot

Hottest day of the year today apparently. M20 has been chaos the past few days with operation stack which has had a knock on effect on other local roads. I went out for a walk yesterday in the sun, walked up to the motorway and could see all the cars and lorries queued up on both sides, but think I've run out of time today. Will have a quick stroll around the block.

Nice smell of coconut sun cream in the office!
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So that was the weekend!

Flying visit to Mum and Dad's, here it comes in parts!
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Visited family

As a result of bailing out of the concert early we had time to go and visit family, it was cousin Sarah's 21st recently. She's normally away at uni in Cornwall but was back now so there was a dinner. We could not make the dinner as we were at the concert and then would have to get the boys to bed, but were glad we could pop in. A very fleeting visit, nice to see everyone briefly. Shame some of the other cousins were away at other things. One of them a Wimbledon!

We headed home, put Harry and Tommy to bed very late again and went to get a curry from Nahidz. On the way out got a call to say could we pick up the nephew from the concert, so we got him, then our food, then home again. Food was great and I'm eating the leftovers for my lunch RIGHT NOW!
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Portsmouth Summer Show was so so

The main focus of the weekend was Portsmouth Summer Show, some bands, some family entertainment, a fun day out. We planned on going before we knew who the bands would be and stuck with it even though they turned out to be the sort of bands we would normally run a mile from. I heard there would be craft beer, though in the end I was driving. There was some fun for the kids, bouncy castle type action, and the weather was good, and it was lovely to be at an event that had something for all all generations, but I would hardly say I recommend this event. We had some (heavily marked up) food, and we saw The Silver Beatles and heard a bit of Fleetingwood Mac but left when Harry's complaining got too much.
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Pretty bad drive down

I did some extra hours earlier in the week so I could head to mum and dad's right after Harry finished school. We got off ok at 3.30 but there were rumblings about big holdups on the M25. It seemed to be getting worse, so we decided to come off and head down the M23 planning on this adding half an hour to our journey, but better than sitting on the M25 for this time. In the end there were accidents and holdups everywhere, we saw a turned over lorry and other accidents. It took us three and a half hours in the end, and Tommy was sick in the car too. Not a fun journey, but we got there in time for a lovely dinner.
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Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do javascript, Node, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...