Saturday, October 21, 2017

Reading This Weekend

Hi guys! Did you all get through the storm of last week? Hopefully you did without too much fuss . 
I picked up some awesome library books today that I am hoping to read through this weekend and a bit of next week . I am always more interested in cooking in the autumn/ winter months more so then the summer time so I like to try out some new cookery books this time of year and see what recipes catch my interest . 
I also got a good mystery( who does not love Jessica fletcher) and a book about a bookstore ( that title peeked my interest straight away ) . Anyway guys this is what I will be reading , I hope you have lots of lovely reading planned too especially if we are getting another storm coming , it might be time to batten down the hatches with a teapot and stack of books if it heads your way   :0)
Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan 
Mary Berry Everyday
Murder She Wrote , The Ghost And Mrs Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain and Renée Paley Bain
Avoca Cafe Cookbook 
Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect 



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia

Hi guys . As it seems we are starting the week with a great big hurricane ( let's hope it fizzles to a bit of a breeze by the time it reaches us ) please stay safe , charge phones and don't take unnecessary risks. Keep pets and loved ones safe until it passes. Nothing is worth the risk if it does prove to be a hurricane hitting us. If ever there was a night for some hygge it's tonight .

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Reading This Week

Hi guys! Hope you are all having a lovey weekend. I have been struggling a bit this week with reading. Every time
I open a book and try to read my mind keeps wandering and no matter how many times I drag it screaming back off it goes again . 
So , that being said I have read one book and listened to two . Reviews will be up over the next couple of days for those , but below are the books I am hoping to finish this coming week , all are started , and are really good .. now if I can just make my head sit still ( so to speak) . 


Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

Arsenic and Old Books
by Miranda James


In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cosy Autumn Days


This is the time of year I love getting cosy and as I have been enjoying different types of exercise this year , when I am not exercising I like to get comfy and pull out these goodies .
I love meditation , it really does take practise to get the hang of it and some days it works better then others but I find if I can pop an eye mask on top of my lids while I am doing it then it helps centre me a bit more and the lavender scent is calming . You can find these on most pharmacies or have a look on Amazon or Etsy for some really cute ones .

The weather is sunny one minute and lashing rain the next so you don't know what way to dressage the minute so the one thing that is consistent with me in my day is some lip balm . Even if you don't have the time or the inclination to do anything else pop some on your lips ! Your lips will appreciate it ! This wind plays havoc on all skin . Help it out as much as you can before the even colder weather gets here . 
I have been listening to "IT" by Stephen King on my audible app, its very good ! I am hoping to get to see the movie before it leaves the cinema if I can find someone to go with me  that is not afraid of clowns ;0)
Have you heard about Lagom? I have been coming across lots of books about it recently and it seems to be this years hygge. 
Lagom simply put means enough, not too much , not too little , just enough . 
I am also listening to Lagom : The Swedish Art Of Living A Balanced And Happy Life by Niki Brantmark. I am really enjoying this book, it's a really cosy read , perfect for this time of year full of information , tips and hints. 
I have not been journaling on a daily basis these past few weeks , I have been doing it weekly , but between one thing and another I had to put daily journaling to one side . I was feeling a little overwhelmed for a while and I could not put my finger on what was causing it so I went back to basics with my life in every way to see if I could rectify the situation and I think I have . Sometimes you get stuck in a rut in life with food or relationships or sometimes you just don't know why you are in a funk at all , it's at times like this it's important to go easy on yourself and write down what's bothering you, what options you have and a plan to go forward. Baby steps guys, baby steps! 

I have been using meditation for the horrible 
Anxiety and panic attacks and I have come across some good apps online  . I would say that guided meditations are a very personal choice and the narrators voice is important so I would say have a look yourself for one that you enjoy . 
Headspace , Relax And Rest are two good ones but there are loads more to choose from , it is really all about preference. .
Now when anxiety is making an unsocial visit I find listening to podcasts very useful , stick in some headphones and take 15 minutes to ground yourself again . Below are some of the podcasts I like to follow :

1:The Lavendaire Lifestyle
2:From The Heart( conversations with Yoga girl) 
3:The Slow Home Podcast
4:Meditation Station
 



The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn. Review


This was a deeply disturbing read for many reasons , the main character is a lady doctor who is agoraphobic who also has a drink problem and is also abusing medication , you understand from early on that she has been through something traumatic and she is still struggling to cope but is fooling herself . My heart went out to her , she is really caring to those who she comes into contact with but that proves to be dangerous one day when she sees something happen with her camera across from where she lives . You kind of don't know if the narrator is reliable because  of her drink and drug daily use so as the story progresses you are on a dark journey full of jaw dropping surprises with her .
This was a very good story with a very surprising ending that I had not guessed at all. I loved it and if you love a good thriller then this is the one for you !  Excellent!

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Lovereading.co.uk
This book is being published February 2018
And will be available from lovereading.co.uk
And all other good bookstores then . 
Below please find a link to this book on the lovereading website :

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Reading This Week

Hello friends . It feels like Autumn has well and truly arrived , It's a beautiful start to the weekend with the sun shining , a crispness in the air , and a stack of new library books to read . Of course there is also veg to be planted and some home baking to be done. It's nearing the end of most of the growing season but my peppers and courgettes broccoli, cauliflower are still thriving . It was a good growing year for me and I was very pleased how it went. I enjoyed being able to eat more vegetables and pick them and cook them instantly when I needed them. Peelings then went in my compost bin so nothing was wasted . I have read a fair few vegetable growing books this year as well as books on allotments ( well you never know where a good idea might spring from ) , there is so much to learn and so much to gain by putting the effort in.
 My mum has always loved gardening , it is like therapy for her , she loves her time in the garden , mowing her lawn and tending to her beds , dead heading and weed pulling were surprisingly satisfying and seeing the first bulbs in the spring time pop through the soil were a cheerful sight to behold . Of course I never thought for a second that I would pick up mums love of gardening but that's exactly what happened much to my surprise . 
I like to share out my new plants with my mum, I know her favourites and I always plant extras to give her to add to her own garden and veg plot to be planted  . 
With the cooler weather here now it is going to be fun seeing what I can grow now!
Anyway , here are some of the cosy reads I have to read this week . I am half way through three of them so I hope to finish them, and begin the others over the weekend . 
I hope where ever you are you are having a nice weekend with lots of lovely books to read . 

Lagom by Linnea Dunne 












Thursday, September 28, 2017

Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton . Review And Some Gushing


With only one more book left in this series each book is met with much excitement and I am not going to lie , a little fear . I have my favourite characters that I have been following for so many years now , that the thought of losing one of them at the end would be truly heartbreaking . If you are familiar with the series you will know Kinsey Milhone , private investigator , rough around the edges , naturally curious , big heart and love of jogging ,burgers ,and books . She is a tenant of dear Henry, retired baker and all round awesome human . He lives beside her . 
In this story we see a darker side to the job Kinsey does , the story also flits back and forth in time to an old crime and how it is still effecting current day ( Kinsey's current day)
events for some people  . The story is a lot more graphic then I would be used to from Sue , that's not a bad thing but worth noting if you prefer your story with less graphic violence . 
The crime is sickening but Kinseys management of the case is admirable and I loved her gumption and street smarts . I have a great fondness for the relationship between Kinsey and Henry , my hope is that they will both live to the end of the series so I can imagine them always in an eternal place where all characters live when we leave them on the page . Maybe that is soppy but when you have dedicated as much time into these characters and these stories  as I have , You can't help rooting for them at the end . Enjoy!