Spending time in Birchington at the literary festival was good, there was a food tent run by the food of love, Thanet. This is a great tea room run by Natalie in Birchington, when I told her that I write a blog she said that I could say that her sausage rolls are the best! As I waited for the next workshop to begin I sat in my car and tried her sausage roll……well I am going to have to say that it was the best sausage roll I had ever eaten, such a different flavour, well made and delicious. I also bought home a piece of caramel cake, again absolutely delicious. I fully recommend you try this place and I will be taking a trip over to Birchington the next time I need a cake. Food of love

As I sat in my car I heard a buzzing round my ear so opened the window to shoo it out, I couldn’t see what it was and then it started to buzz again, getting out of the car and shaking my head, brushing myself down, arms flying about everywhere, I then got back in the car. Five minutes later I heard the buzzing again so looking in the mirror I tried to see where it was coming from, in the end, I decided it must be down my dress at the back as that was where the sound was coming from.  Trying not to panic at this stage I ran over to the toilets and took my dress off extremely quickly, so pleased no one saw all this. The buzzing was in my dress as I was frantically shaking it but nothing came out, I then separated the two layers of material with the buzzing getting louder and then a wasp fell to the floor, I am afraid I stood on it and was so relieved but also thankful that it was between the two layers or else I would have been badly stung.

I met Annabelle Sami the children’s author, her first book was so well received and considering that was during covid she has done really well. Her books are available on Amazon here.

Sidesplitting middle-grade comedy, with serious heart (and one very funny llama). Illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, the official illustrator for World Book Day 2022.

‘A laugh-out-loud funny and a wonderful story about finding your voice. I loved it!’ David Walliams

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Winner of a Made for Mums Gold Award

Yasmin Shah is a ten-year-old girl who is part of a big, noisy family and doesn’t ever speak. Levi is a rude, sassy toy llama, who talks A LOT and has come to wreak havoc in Yasmin’s life.

Yasmin tries everything she can to escape Levi, but she can’t help being dragged along on his crazy antics – and every day brings a new surprise, whether that’s an erupting bin, a flying tuna fish, or a hat made from knickers. Life is never boring with Levi around – and could it be that he has a secret plan to help Yasmin find her voice?

Annabelle Sami is a writer, director and performer who currently works in the arts. While reading children’s books when babysitting she realised there was a lack of representation of funny girls and diverse characters in children’s books – and she decided to do something about it. Growing up mixed-race, she never found her own life reflected in a book and now it’s her mission to make sure that every spirited, witty and adventurous girl has her own special book that she can relate to.

I am having a peaceful Monday after all that!


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