Saturday, 31 March 2012

Book Reviews 7 & 8!

Remember I’ve been reading this series? I told you what I thought of the first 3 books Here.

These last two were no disappointment either.  Although after 5 books I can’t help wondering how such a small and at first seemingly quiet town such as Shakespeare could have such a big murder count.

But we never asked such questions about True Blood now did we? So I don’t like to treat this series any differently.

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Cleaning woman and karate expert Lily Bard is a woman with a complicated past. Trying her best to cope with her terrifying memories, she decides to join a therapy group in her adopted hometown of Shakespeare, Arkansas. As it turns out, the group members' feelings aren't the only things that need sorting out, as they assemble for a session only to find a woman dead, left on display to send a twisted message. Lily soon finds herself embroiled in the murder and its aftermath. Some of her own terrible secrets have been dredged up, and she may not be able to rest until she can untangle the 'who' and the 'why' of this terrible crime. But can she do so before the killer strikes again - and before her own nightmares send her over the edge?

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Shakespeare, Arkansas is home to endless back roads, historic buildings, colourful residents - and the occasional murder. It is also home to Lily Bard, the local karate expert and cleaning woman, who's got a particular knack for finding skeletons in closets. But when Deedra Dean - the local woman of ill repute - is found murdered, her lifestyle leaves more than a few suspects. And being familiar with Deedra's dirty laundry could make Lily the next resident of Shakespeare to die . . .

I’m left wondering if there will be…or indeed if there are any more books in this series. Although by the 5th book we do see Lily in a relatively good place in her life, so it would be ok to leave  her here..

Reading these has made me hunt out others by Charlaine Harris, of which there are more than you might think.

The weather has turned this weekend, the heating is back on, just ready for the Easter Holidays.

SmileX

Monday, 26 March 2012

May the odds be EVER in your favour…

 

After some slight persuasion….I managed to get Mr D to take me to see The Hunger  Games.  And am I glad he did.

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Loved the cast. Woody Harrelson is exactly how I imagined Haymitch to be. Effie has become a kind of cartoon character on the big screen, I almost thought she has stopped by on the way from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

And Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. Who’d have thought.

If you don’t know what The Hunger Games is about, it’s set in a post apocalyptic world, which has been split up into 12 districts (there were once 13 but this one has been destroyed after the uprising) and ruled by The Capital. The Hunger Games is a  reality TV show taken to the extreme, each district enters 2 tributes. 24 go in. Only one comes out.

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There were a couple of bits missing, but the film was just over 2 hours long, so you can’t blame them for missing out an odd bit here and there. And I guess the finale at the end was tamed quite considerably to justify the 12A rating.

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The best thing for me about seeing the movie was that it explained a lot about the arena the games took place in. I couldn’t quite picture  how The Capital manipulated the Arena with fire, beasts etc.

Fab. Can’t wait for the next two!!

SmileX

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A walk along the (my) prom

 

You know I live by the sea right?

Fancy coming for a wander?

I walked to a client’s house the other morning along the prom and took some pics with my mobile..

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These beach huts are the first ones I come to if I walk to the beach from my house (takes about 2 minutes)

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It was such a lovely day that there were actually quite a few people working on their huts, clearing them out after the winter and painting them, I loved looking inside them, but didn’t take pics for fear of being labelled some kind of stalker.

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Here we are in the Spa Gardens.  The building there is a tea room.

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Nice things to look at, lovely benches to sit on.

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The white building in the right of the above picture is where the beach chalets are. These are like brick beach huts that are set back from the prom and have their own little patch of garden in front. Very 50’s.

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Palm trees in Felixstowe?

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The cranes in the distance are on Felixstowe Dock. The white building in the middle is the Pier building and you can just make out the old wooden pier out at sea (must take closer photos of that) You can’t walk on the wooden Pier out at sea anymore as it has been condemned and apparently the owners can’t afford to fix it.  Which is sad.

During the Second World War the majority of the pier, at the time one of the longest in the country and complete with its own train, was purposely demolished by Royal Engineers to prevent it being used as an easy landing point for enemy troops.

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There, now you can have a rest and a nice cup of tea.

I’ll take you for a walk somewhere else soon!

SmileX

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Afternoon Tea

 

So you may or may not know that I will be the big 40 in August this year.  You also may or may not know that one of my dreams is to go here..

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Afternoon tea at the Ritz has been on my bucket list for forever.

After talking with my family about arranging a little party to go, I got a call from a lovely friend (who will also be 40 this year) who told me she has made my dream come true, and booked for the two of us to go!….can’t wait for August to come round!!

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Excited? Well. Just a wee bit!

And, if I’m really lucky and really good, I think I may still get to go with my family and a few other friends so that means 2 trips to The Ritz for me!!

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Do you think he knows how to play Happy Birthday on that thing?

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I am soooooo looking forward to being 40 now.

SmileX

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mummy Day

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As my Mummy is going away for the weekend, so won’t be here on Mothering Sunday, I thought I would do an early Mummies Day post.

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The above pic is our trip to Chester last year on a girlie Murder Mystery Weekend.

We love our girlie coach trips. We have so much fun. Some people think they are full of miserable old people moaning that someone has sat in their seat. Well we are usually among the youngest, and on this trip we made friends with a much older couple who were regular coach trippers. They told us it was the best weekend they had ever been on due to our company, which made us smile.

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I’m looking forward to many more fun times.

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SmileX

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Power of Words

 

I posted this on my other blog, but I loved it so much I thought I’d share it with you too Smile

Hello Beautiful Day!

Hope your day is beautiful

SmileX

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Vintage Bedroom

I’ve been looking at vintage style bedrooms

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colourful bedroom

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I’m torn between loving the colourful and the pale

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shabby chic room

I love them both a lot. But I may be leaning towards the colour?

What are you leaning towards?

SmileX

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Life without Ice cream

 

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Hi! How have you all been?

I thought I would show you how I’ve been spending my time lately..

These pictures are from my new BB which I’m thinking are just about passable?

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Welcome to the fabulous Sensory Room. Try not to fall asleep Smile

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And just to show you that I have had some fresh air, I’ll introduce to to Zac.  Who comes with me on walkabout and who I am trying to teach to listen to commands.  He can be a bit stubborn which is I guess a hazard of too many well meaning people thinking he’s handsome.  I guess people don’t like to control a dog if he belongs to someone else. Not me. Heart of steel.

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It took a while for me to get his attention to sit there. The squirrels were much, much more interesting.

Today I’ve even tidied my desk! Hurrah! And i unearthed a copy of Artful blogging, which got me a little distracted, but now has been sold on EBay, so Happy Days.

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I’m coming to visit you all very soon. So get the cake out.

SmileX