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Encouraging comments on Face Book

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I’m just realizing that the amount of people that see my posts on Face Book

directly correlates to the amount of people who leave a comment.

flower cards 005 I get a few likes sometimes which is always nice and shows that people have seen the posts but it’s the interaction that counts, which means commenting about the post. The more comments the more people get to see it. I don’t know how Face Book works but comments seem to generate action.  I’m not very good at explaining things I don’t understand !

I’m a culprit myself. I’ll see something nice on someone’s page and press the ‘like’ button but not often comment because I can’t think what to say and whatever I do say sounds phoney or cheesy and it’s a bit cringe….. I don’t always want to comment anyway, I just want to ‘like’ and go. But now I realize that it’s the comments that make the Face Book world go round I shall make much more effort to do so.

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I’ve also noticed and been told by  social media expert Lindsay that if you don’t comment on people’s posts or they don’t comment on yours that Face Book now don’t show you those posts any more and not only is that a real shame but when you have a business (fan) page it’s  also detrimental. FB now want people to pay for posts  to reach more people which does work as I’ve tried it but I’d much rather deal in comments than £££.

To encourage such comments I’ll do little competitions sometimes on my page which is what I made these cards for. That was all a bit long winded wasn’t it. Never been good at explaining myself, sorry xx Press this !

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Wonderful New deli and cafe in Muswell Hill, North London

Last weekend something very exiting happened in Muswell Hill. A new cafe opened.  That it has opened a few doors from where I live and I can almost yell my lunch order from my front room is amazing enough, but the fact that it serves some of the best food I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve eaten lots) is a very rare treat.

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It’s owned and run by Australian born Chris and his Polish born wife Bibi. They make absolutely everything themselves and it’s divine. Chris trained in Australia before moving to London where he worked with Gordon Ramsey in his signature restaurant in Hospital Road.

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He’s worked in some of the finest restaurants in Indonesia and in Egypt where he had a staff of 170. He also worked as number 2 head chef at London’s Dorchester Hotel for four years, was executive chef for at the Edwardian Hotel in Mayfair and executive chef for two years at The Hilton Tower Bridge.

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Chris and Bibi have just converted what was the chocolate shop on Tetherdown into the most convivial cosy, modern little eatery complete with fantastic antique furniture.

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The counter at the back came from an old paper mill in Essex and is stunning.

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In front the food stands on an old joiners bench which was sourced in Holland by antique dealer Drew Pritchard.

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The wooden floor boards are from an old textile factory in Islington and you can see where it’s been worn down by the trolleys

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and the main table at the front is a very well worn butchers block from an old French Country house.

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As for the food, oh my God the food, well I’ll eat anything and have just had mackerel and sweet corn straight out of the tins while writing this but I do know and very much appreciate exquisite home made food when I see it and that’s what you get at Chriskitch.

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I went there on Saturday (first day it was open) and we were kindly given a big plate of desserts to try.  Chocolate and wild strawberry tart, orange cake,

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baked cheese cake to die for, look at them all in their own little baking tins, banana cake and a scrumptious cake made with polenta. My friend and I were literally in a quiet cake euphoria  and couldn’t believe how good it was. We  were barely aware of Chris chatting away enthusiastically about his ingredients and cooking methods. We were very happy in our little cakey worlds.

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The next day a friend came over and we went there for a proper lunch as I was desperate to go back and show off my virtually en suite cafe to her. Well what joy….we had beetroot, orange and feta salad with pomegranate, and aubergine and chilli salad, with blue cheese and beer bread and corn and chilli bread, all of which Chris had made.

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With the most delicious  baked cheese cake to follow, coffee and the most delicious home made peach juice. I know I’ve used delicious twice in one sentence….but it was.

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It’s been Chris and Bibi’s  life long dream to have their  own deli one day and now they have, in my lovely Tetherdown in a beautiful Victorian building which has………

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it’s very own OUTSIDE  EATING AREA  !!!!! How lovely will that be in the Spring and Summer. ( No pics of that because it hasn’t been beautified quite yet ).

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Chriskitch is open every day till 6pm  and opens at 12pm on Sundays.

7a, Tetherdown,

Muswell Hill

London.   Just by Fortismere school


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Pitfield Cafe London

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Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.

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We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe

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I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.

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It’s a very large space and about three quarters  is the shop.

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Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.

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Lovely old watering cans

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Nice isn’t it.

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They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler

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Cabinets full of vintage glass

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Beautiful huge old prints

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Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.

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The waitresses were very friendly and actually wiped the crumbs from the tables into their hands and not onto the floor like some places (drives me insane).

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What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh

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Pop up vintage fair in Hampstead, London NW3

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Last Sunday I went to the Vintage pop up fair in St Stephens church hall in Hampstead. Many years ago the place fell into disrepair and became home to a few squatters and their barking dogs. I walked past it to and from work every day and was so intrigued and curious, I’d have given anything to have a peak inside. They were lucky to be residing in such an amazing, huge and stunning church, quite medieval and haunting at night, all dark as there  was no electricity. The dogs barked, heavily tattooed   shadowy figures came and went and I imagined the place to be candle lit.  It must have been freezing. Roll on a couple of decades and it’s been repaired at great cost and is now a most beautiful church.

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It’s a huge, imposing place with tons of atmosphere and there are always lovely stalls. I never come away empty handed.

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I bought some gorgeous notebooks from www.retrofromscratch.co.uk who use the front covers of vintage books to make into note books and diaries.

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There was a lovely vintage china stall called MadAboutPots  by Jane Murphy who also had a plate stand full of very delicious tiny cakes for free.

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I fell in love with this beautiful little jacket and it took all my will power not to buy it. If I had I would have hung it on the wall as it’s not something I’d get away with wearing but it was just so gorgeous.

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If it’s still there next time I know it’s meant for me.

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