Sunday, 31 August 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. Book Review No.19

 

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My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.
With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.
Well, if she believed in that stuff

I bought this book along with a few others from the book room of the charity shop, I knew they would all be quick easy YA reads of the ‘un-dead’ vibe and although I was almost over that I thought I would give this one a go as it looked a bit different.

I think its safe to say I am now well and truly over this genre of book, I’m sure I have now read every different scenario of how I could be un-dead.

This book is the first of a series, and no I won’t be bothering to find the rest, I did at least finish it, but It’s very rare for me to not finish a book even if I’m not enjoying it that much, I always need to know how the end goes, in case I miss something. I wouldn’t have missed much here.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fire crochet & Heinz Baked Beans.


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The evenings were surprisingly chilly after the  perfect air show sky of the days. After Mr D received his telling off by the security men having a bit of a fire out doors, we decided it was much cosier inside. Fire and all.
Who would have thought a big metal box would be so cosy and welcoming. 35000 people apparently came through the gate one day. I think most of them looked in my big metal box and noticed the tins of Heinz baked beans. They said it like that too. ‘Oh look they have Heinz baked beans’. Like there are any other kind.
SmileX

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Walking on the wing


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I’m not sure why it’s called Wing Walking, it’s all about turning and spinning and waving whilst looking glamorous and trying not to be sick as far as I can see, but I do admire the ladies that do it.
We saw the Breitling Wing Walkers whilst at the Wings and Wheels event at Dunsfold this weekend.
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The weather was very kind and a fantastic time was had by all, especially the Mr and I, who with our exhibit got to park as close to the flight line as you could get. Perks and all that.
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Those girls sure know how to milk it on the ground too.
SmileX

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Which are you?


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"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
Which are you?
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

National Afternoon Tea Week


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As it’s National Afternoon Tea Week I thought I would share a few photos of me having, well, Afternoon Tea.
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Who would believe that until I was about 14 I never even used to like tea. I remember going round a friends and her mum would always bring us mugs of tea on a tray and I would force myself to drink it.
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Now, I’m a little bit of obsessed with the ceremony of it all.
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Across the river for a birthday adventure


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At one end (North) of Felixstowe you will find Felixstowe Ferry, a teeny fishing village. There’s one road in, which cuts through a golf course, or if you like you can walk/cycle along the sea wall.
My Birthday adventure was to cycle. It’s a good job we stopped for ice cream on the way as a nice lady told us we wouldn’t get right along the sea wall, it was closed off for repair. It was the road way for us then.
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We locked the bikes up and took the ferry across the River Deben to Bawdsey. Tea and cake were awaiting. Having lived here since I was 11 I can’t believe this was the first time I’d done it!
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Over at Bawdsey is Bawdsey Manor manor, where the all important Radar was invented in secret in WW2, this is only open on certain days in the year and disappointingly they never opened the doors on my Birthday. Hmph.
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After tea and cake, a walk around the beach, and a mess about in some boats (had to be done) we waited for the ferry to come back for us. Like our own little water taxi.
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Back at our side od the river we visited a friend who lives on a house boat before heading back on the bikes towards home.
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The above picture is taken from Bawdsey looking at Felixstowe Ferry. You can see the teeny jetty with a lot of people crabbing on it. The white shed like building on the left is where you can buy fish, the brown newer looking wooden building on the right is a little cafe.
Well worth a trip if you are ever in the area!
SmileX

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

There goes another...


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…year that is. I woke up yesterday morning as a 42 year old. I felt it, but that was due to the incredibly fun packed (birthday) weekend we had. Saturday we went to a nearby village that was holding it’s annual giant garage sail. Think posh treasure hunt . Of course we had to visit the village church, which was more than a village church, it was really impressive, so we decided to stop in the church yard and have our picnic which Mr D had made up the night before.
After visiting a friend for tea, we went on to another small town and called in at an old friend of Mr’s. Planning on saying ‘hello’ and maybe having a cuppa, we didn’t leave until Sunday morning. Much laughter, dancing (at a wedding reception of people we didn’t even know) and then dance lessons in a back garden until silly o clock meant the time just flew by until we realised we had to go home and wash. And change.
Sunday was spent having brunch back at home, a trip to Bury for shopping and calling in at more friends for a roast dinner.
So back to yesterday, I was very tired. But that didn’t stop Mr D suggesting a bike ride to the local ferry to hop across the water to Bawdsey for tea and cake,
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I will show you the photos of that trip next time, but for now I will just show you how the good old British weather can catch you out. See the photo at the top of this post? Lovely blue sky, the only reason I’m wearing a cardigan is so I don’t get sunburnt, and then this happened.
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Luckily we had rain coats, but not so lucky was the fact mine had no hood. I had to dry myself with the hand dryer in the pub loo, which made me look like Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.
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Friday, 8 August 2014

Life in Icicle Falls. Books review 14-18


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I recently discovered the Icicle Falls series by Sheila Roberts
I’d never heard of this author before, and it was the Chocolate shop element of the first novel that sucked me in, Better than Chocolate, which just happens to be the first in the series. When I realised it was a series I had a look on Amazon and there they were.
Icicle Falls is a picture postcard town. Based around the Sterling family, Better than Chocolate tells the tale of Sweet Dreams Chocolate, the family business.
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….
These books have a very Debbie Macomber vibe to them. If you’ve read any Blossom Street novels then these Icicle falls novels are of a similar read. They are all enjoyable easy reads with a romantic edge to them, without getting too sickly
Icicle falls is the town you (or maybe just me?) would dream of moving too. I’m glad I got to hear about these novels early on as there are only 5 at the moment, so I feel like I’m up to speed on all the goings on at Icicle falls. There’s nothing worse than discovering a series half way through and feeling like you are only half in the loop. It’s a town full of great characters and ideal business’s (a chocolate factory, a tea shop and a vintage shop, what more do we need?)
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

About Me


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It occurred to me the other day that this little blog has been running for quite a few years now. I thought I should up date the About Me page. So I did.
When stumbling upon a blog I always look for an about me page. I want to know if the blogger is my kind of person. I read this page and think to myself would I like this person in real life? It is safe to say that all of the blogs I follow and read regularly I consider to be people I would connect with.
Sometimes I wish that could happen in real life. If we could just hand each other an About Me pamphlet. Wouldn’t that save us all a lot of time and wasted energy on people who ultimately we have nothing in common with.
That probably sounds a bit harsh. Don’t judge a book and all of that. But really. Think of the blogging time we would free up if we didn’t keep giving people the benefit of the doubt.
SmileX

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Parasol (or 3) in England


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Who would have thought we would need parasols. I’ve had mine for a couple of years now and I’m telling you, it is my best friend and life saver. This freckle faced ginger would be spending no time outdoors if not for this purchase. As you can see in the pic above I always always wear a cardigan in the sun. It saves me from being greased up like a big chip, even Mr D has commented on my fetish for buying cardigans of every colour and style. It’s not just about the granny chic for me.
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This (not very good quality) phone pic tells another tale of how I cover up in the sun. That stars and strips scarf on my legs is keeping them white. No lobster legs for me. I carry a light scarf with me most of the time, it’s quite the versatile fashion accessory.
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Monday, 4 August 2014

The Big Wheel & a Spitfire..


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.This weekend’s adventures took us to a nearby Aerodrome. This is by no means the biggest show we go to but is one of our very favourites.
Obviously being an Aerodrome there is an air show as well as the military vehicles and re enactments, and I took these shots from where we were camped.
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I was thinking next year I need to time getting a ride on the big wheel when we know the Spitfire will be flying!
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Another weekend flies by, friends fun and lots of relaxing. We, as always stayed an extra night, watching the queues of traffic leaving slowly at the end of the show is always quite satisfying, but then we need to leave when we realise the toilets are actually being collected and it won’t be long before we are alone on the airfield.
There really is not much to complain about.
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Sunday, 3 August 2014