Spring sights

Could it be Spring? I have been dreaming of sunshine for a few weeks now. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy having seasons and winter time is a welcome sight BUT I am most definitely a summer gal, I just love to be warm.

Signs of a new season starting are my fave…snowdrops, daffs and lambs…and I have spotted a few spring sight lately.

Dreaming of summer reading this

 

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January and February reads

I decided to continue with my 3 books a month challenge that I did last year, and so far in 2018 I have read some corkers!

January

The Assistants – Camille Perri
I thought this was going to be a major chick lit book, and while there is a big romance and some typical chic lit vibes, it actually had a really interesting theme and lot’s of girl power.

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Oh my goodness, I know I am late to the party on this one but its so flipping good. I’ve not really been one to read fantasy before but after reading one of Neil Gaiman’s other books last year I have totally fallen in love with his amazing writing. A bit like Harry Potter for grownups, and much scarier!

Wormwood More – Judith Rossell
This is a kids book but I actually found it pretty spooky, it’s the sequel to one I read last year which was also brilliant and I’m actually disappointed that there isn’t more to the series.

February

The Last Mrs Parrish – Liv Constantine
I got this book for Β£2 from Tesco!! It is so flipping gripping, with twists and turns, with echos of Gone Girl. 100% worth a read.

The Roses of May – Dot Hutchison
Don’t read this if you don’t like gore. Its a bit of a heavy theme and slow going so not my favourite of the year but if you read the first one called The Butterfly Garden then it’s worth a go.

The Girl Friend – Michelle Frances
There’s a bit of a theme in fiction at the moment of psycho woman…a similar read to The Last Mrs Parrish (although not as good) but enjoyable with a twist at the end.

Life update

Oh my goodness it’s MARCH people! Life has just got so busy I’ve not had time to blog but I’m BACK. In case you were wondering here’s what’s been happening…

We’ve had a bit of snow. Ivy is not the biggest fan of snow, she’s most definitely a warm weather gal!

It’s been blooming cold but I feel like we’ve come out the other side of it now…spring is hopefully on it’s way.

Can you believe Ivy is already 20 months old?! She is so hilarious, she literally has me hooting with laughter.

More updates soon, in the mean time check out daily updates on InstagramΒ  and if you fancy joining one of my small businesses course check out them here (Essie Media)

Better late than never

Well hello there 2018! I’m a little late to the party, I had so many good intentions to blog Christmas and put up a review of 2017 (still might do this!) but time has just got away from me and here I am middle of Jan just getting chance to blog. I’ve been doing lot’s of work and writing lately AND I had a nice two week break over Christmas and New Year so I can’t complain.

Unlike most people I actually LOVE January, I love planning the year ahead, the cold weather and the feeling of starting afresh!

November at Nicky Nook

Have you been to Nicky Nook at Scorton? If not you should go, it’s beautiful! It’s a firm favourite of ours, especially when there’s cakes at The Barn afterwards (hint, go and eat in The Barn it’s much nicer than the little cafe within the gift shop)
The walk itself is really gorgeous at this time of year, it’s what I would call a riot of colour!

Check out that tree!! I can’t wait for Christmas!

Autumn time days

I’ve been busy with lot’s of work lately, a writing project called Once. (view that here) and courses and marketing plans with my businessΒ Essie MediaΒ 

Luckily I’ve had some time to get out and about, especially when the weather has been sunny. Autumn light is BEAUTIFUL don’t you agree?

^^ You might have spotted this field before in my pictures, it’s in Beetham and I just love it!

Hope you all have a good week xoxo

Reading challenge: October

Oh my goodness October reads have been amazing!!!! I think that’s why I’ve finished my 3 reads this month with a week to spare, honestly they were all so good!

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    Just WOW, this BOOK! I’m not usually in to fantasy but after reading Bone Gap back in August I thought I would try this (it was a suggested read on Good Reads) and by god it’s brilliant. It’s almost a child like story (in fact the main character is a child) but it’s eerie (and in some parts quite scary) and the fantasy aspect of our world colliding with another is just done so well. Please just read it.
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
    If you don’t like flowery language or you struggle getting into books then this isn’t the one for you…but I loved it. I found it a little difficult to get into the swing of it at first but once I had it’s so well written I just devoured every page. It’s set out in two parts; fates and furies, and it sees one marriage from two different sides (the husband and the wife) it’s so interesting to read these two different view points.
  3. Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
    This was in such a different format to what I usually read (it’s transcribed from a podcast) but I found it addictive and could not put it down. It’s so creepy and I loved how the tension built and left you wondering ‘whodunit’. The dynamics between the characters were really interesting as well, and the unexpected twists just aided in the unease you feel when reading it. Again thoroughly recommend.

Reading challenge: September

Get in!! I did 3 books again September (although I’m still disappointed by the measly 2 in August!) and they were good ones!

  1. Rooftoppers by Katherin Rundell
    I LOVE a good kids book and this 8-12 age range really has some brilliant books! Rooftoppers was amazing AND the illustrations are beautiful. The story in this book is really heart wrenching and considering it’s a children’s book it doesn’t dress up grief or play down the use of language. I learnt a lot about Cello’s. It has such delightful imagery and it’s a really special story. Throughly recommend.
  2. Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
    This book is a total mind blag, SO SO interesting if you like books that have a psychological twist. I liked the one you have a therapists point of view in it as well with, what I presumed, were real facts. I don’t think the blurb on the back does this book justice.
  3. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
    So many people have raved about this book on Twitter, it’s been a best seller in lots of magazines as well…but I did not rate it. For the first half I found the story quite hard to follow and a bit depressing. The way it’s written means there are lots of descriptions I found didn’t really make sense. I enjoyed the second half a lot more, maybe I had got into the swing of the narrative a bit more? But the main characters mother was just driving me insane!

1 year of happiness

Can you believe it’s been a whole YEAR since me and Monkey man said ‘I do?’ I never shared any snippets of the wedding with you because it was all a bit rushed and I was poorly for a few weeks after the wedding.

On Sunday, which was our anniversary, we had a lovely day together climbing (it’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve climbed!!) and then we had dinner at my parents house.

Here’s a few snippets from the wedding last year.