Combining a few of my websites here and some domains I am selling!

I have just combined some of my websites and added them to this one -

www.notjustanessexgirl.com (all my Essex blogs, restaurant reviews and celebrity stuff) is now on this site CLICK HERE or use the link above

also

www.orangehairyape.com (my Orangutan/palm oil campaign) is now on this site CLICK HERE or use the link above

*** I ALSO HAVE DOMAIN NAMES FOR SALE ***

www.SimplySpainAndBeyond.co.uk and www.SimplySpainAndBeyond.com – offers ***

www.NotJustAnEssexGirl.com – offers ***

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Chapter one restaurant Christmas menu, Locksbottom, Kent for my birthday on Thursday 4th December 2014

Chapter One black feathered turkey

Chapter One black feathered turkey

Chapter One Locksbottom Kent cottage pie

Chapter One Locksbottom Kent cottage pie

Chapter One christmas pudding with brandy sauce

Chapter One christmas pudding with brandy sauce

This is my favourite restaurant, by far. OK I have only eaten in a few Michelin star restaurants, but many fine dining restaurants in my time, in the UK and abroad, and this beats all of them, especially in consistency. I have never been disappointed by a single thing, apart from not getting a Christmas cracker with my Christmas set menu J

We ate there last Thursday as a treat for my birthday (4th December) quite excited about what might be on the menu when we were greeted with a set menu too good to turn down. The Christmas menu had three choices of starter Continue reading Chapter one restaurant Christmas menu, Locksbottom, Kent for my birthday on Thursday 4th December 2014

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Aerial and static photos in Essex and Kent this week!

Just a few of the photos I have taken this week in Essex and Kent…

Sunset looking up the Estuary River Thames towards London Dec 2014

Sunset looking up the Estuary River Thames towards London Dec 2014

Sunset over Kent aerial Dec 2014

Sunset over Kent aerial Dec 2014

 

Christmas tree in Southend on Sea essex

Christmas tree in Southend on Sea essex

Rochester Kent aerial Dec 2014

Rochester Kent aerial Dec 2014

Sunrise at Southend on Sea Essex

Sunrise at Southend on Sea Essex

Sunset from Southend on Sea Essex

Sunset from Southend on Sea Essex

My pussy cat on the balcony by the sea

My pussy cat on the balcony by the sea

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Aerial photos of the V-Festival, Chelmsford, Essex Sunday 17th August 2014

I was lucky enough to be up in the air near the V-Festival, Chelmsford, Essex, yesterday. I managed to get some great shots. It was so pretty with all the coloured tents, cars and masses of people in the late afternoon August sunshine.

I have, due to copyright reasons, reduced the size on these from their high resolution quality, but it will give you the gist…

To view the photos, click on them and then use the ‘back’ button on your browser to get you back to this page…

If you wish to purchase any of these photos, or other aerial or non-aerial photos on my site, just ask – email: info@notjustanessexgirl.com Continue reading Aerial photos of the V-Festival, Chelmsford, Essex Sunday 17th August 2014

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Petition – please sign as Music Magpie should pay customers for clothes sent to them; not reject them for stains, excessive wear/being personalised when it’s not true!

Further to my recent post about Music Magpie and the service I recieved CLICK HERE TO READ IT, I have conducted on-line research and found that the same things are happening to many other people, so it seems. I sent them perfect clothing and they rejected half of them and refused to pay me for them or answer four emails that I sent them asking what was going on.

It appears to me that it is stealing and so I have set up a petition on Care.org to make Music Magpie change and to pay customers for clothes that they send to them in perfect order, not make excuses to not pay.

So, here’s the PETITION – CLICK HERE TO OPEN IT IN A NEW WINDOW AND PLEASE SIGN IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE OF THIS TERRIBLE SERVICE

I hope this will help to stop other people getting ripped off by them.

I will send the petition, when ready, to a number of people who can help to make a change happen. I also hope to see them on Rip Off Britain or another TV show that shows up this kind of rip off. Continue reading Petition – please sign as Music Magpie should pay customers for clothes sent to them; not reject them for stains, excessive wear/being personalised when it’s not true!

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BEWARE! I used ‘Music Magpie’ to earn money for my clothes and they stole half of them!

I want to share my awful experience with Music Magpie and wish to warm anyone thinking of using them of how they stole my clothes…

I sent a box of labelled clothes to them, realised there were issues and began sending them my complaint…

“I wish to cancel my order and want my items returned immediately! I will pay for them to be returned.

I am disgusted with this service.

I waited in all day last Tuesday until 5.15pm when the courier came, which was ‘Parcel Force’, NOT a named and badged individual from Music Magpie.

I then wait for my funds. Then Friday I get an email saying that you haven’t even got the items yet which was total lies…

Then, I see you have decided that half my clothes are not being paid for, due to rips and stains!!! Those clothes are in perfect order, are good labels and I took a lot of time to check them as I am not a time waster and do not own any stained, or ripped clothing.

I was advised I would receive over £33 for my items and now am being told you will only pay £18 for them.”

***

I put in four complaints and received no replies at all. Eventually, a week after the last complaint, I received one to say:

‘Unfortunately once items are with us they cannot be returned. Our terms and conditions clearly state that any items that do not meet our quality standards wont be returned and we will not offer payment on them. I would now advise you to go ahead and verify your bank details so that we can authorise the payment.’

I know they don’t usually return items, but they have blatently, in my eyes, stolen my clothes and I would never ever use them again. I will also advise anyone I know to avoid them, if that is the kind of ‘customer service’ they provide, or lack of. They prey on the needy; the types who need quick money for stuff :-(

No wonder they have enough money to fund TV adverts – it comes from us, their ripped off customers! I am not the only one – when I googled it, there are many victims! Continue reading BEWARE! I used ‘Music Magpie’ to earn money for my clothes and they stole half of them!

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Karen Millen silk cocktail/party dress

BRAND NEW Size 10 Stunning black Karen Millen silk cocktail/party dress with tags! Bought for £180 wanting just £39

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I am featuring on TV as restaurant reviewer of The Sandbar and Seafood Company in the Ruth Watson Means Business series, episode one on Monday 2nd December 2013 on Channel 4 at 10am!

Ruth Watson and myself Sandra Dean for channel 4

Ruth Watson and myself Sandra Dean for channel 4

In the Spring of this year, I was filmed for a new Ruth Watson show. Essentially it’s about how on-line reviews affect businesses and hones in on negative reviews, hand picked by the TV company for Ruth to investigate. I have reviewed over 100 restaurants in Essex and had reviewed the Sandbar and Seafood Company in Leigh on sea, Essex (CLICK HERE TO SEE MY REVIEW although I have been there since then!) which was picked up by RDF Television West who produced the series.

I was asked to come onto the show to talk about my review and take part in some discussions with Ruth and two other reviewers. It was a lot of fun, and for me, a big thing as I had managed to get on the news once and then stood there speechless, so my debut on TV was not very good, albeit Continue reading I am featuring on TV as restaurant reviewer of The Sandbar and Seafood Company in the Ruth Watson Means Business series, episode one on Monday 2nd December 2013 on Channel 4 at 10am!

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In the Echo 10 October 2013 ‘My Life in Food’ with Sandra Dean

I was asked to talk to the Echo about food, restaurants and people, in their ‘My Life in Food’ section, so here it is! Enjoy! Just click on the photo to open a larger view in another window :-) (I am so looking forward to seeing the new Ruth Watson programme as I will be in one of the episodes regarding my review of the ‘Sandbar’ in Leigh on Sea, Essex)

October 10 Sandra Dean in Echo Essex

October 10 Sandra Dean in Echo Essex

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My aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle, Essex, is on the front cover of Essex Life Magazine this month – September issue

Hadleigh Castle in September 2013 issue of Essex Life magazine

Hadleigh Castle in September 2013 issue of Essex Life magazine

This aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle in Essex is one of my top ten favourite aerial photos I have taken thus far.

Although there are only ruins left, the hilltop area has some great views over the Estuary to Leigh and sea and much more.  It’s a great area for a walk or a picnic or just to play games with the family.

I have been going up to Hadleigh Castle since I was a child and my father used to play up there as a boy as well, so the area has served our family well for fresh air, relaxing or playtime.

Essex definitely has beautiful countryside, and this photo proves it – you can even see people walking or sitting round the castle from the air which are captured in this photo.

So, I am delighted that this photograph has made it onto the front cover of Essex Life magazine this issue (September 2013) and I hope you will enjoy taking in the view that I captured that day.

I have many more aerial photos from all around Essex (all for sale as Continue reading My aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle, Essex, is on the front cover of Essex Life Magazine this month – September issue

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My aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle, Essex, is on the front cover of Essex Life Magazine this month – September issue

Aerial photo of Hadleigh Castle on front cover of September 2013 issue of Essex Life magazine by Sandra M Dean

Aerial photo of Hadleigh Castle on front cover of September 2013 issue of Essex Life magazine by Sandra M Dean

This aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle in Essex is one of my top ten favourite aerial photos I have taken thus far.

Although there are only ruins left, the hilltop area has some great views over the Estuary to Leigh and sea and much more.  It’s a great area for a walk or a picnic or just to play games with the family.

I have been going up to Hadleigh Castle since I was a child and my father used to play up there as a boy as well, so the area has served our family well for fresh air, relaxing or playtime.

Essex definitely has beautiful countryside, and this photo proves it – you can even see people walking or sitting round the castle from the air which are captured in this photo.

So, I am delighted that this photograph has made it onto the front cover of Essex Life magazine this issue (September 2013) and I hope you will enjoy taking in the view that I captured that day.

I have many more aerial photos from all around Essex (all for sale as j-pegs) and beyond so why Continue reading My aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle, Essex, is on the front cover of Essex Life Magazine this month – September issue

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