Summer Reading – Les Misérables and War and Peace

This summer I set myself a little reading challenge: to read Les Misérables and War and Peace over the course of the holidays. Not quite your standard summer beach fare, more Gail vs almost 3000 pages of tightly woven text. I was determined to give both books a try after being mesmerised by the BBC…

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Little Loves – The Summer Edition

How can it be that we’ve entered another season already? It only seems a blink since we were gearing up for the holidays and making all sorts of exciting summer plans. Fast forward to now, and we’re knee deep in routine and tentatively fingering the one hour boost button on the central heating. There’s been…

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Hello Sunshine Blogger Award

I got a nice surprise last week when one of my blogging friends – the lovely Suzanne – nominated me for a ‘Hello Sunshine’ award – a round robin of questions posed to your favourite bloggers (much like the sort of thing that does the rounds on personal Facebook feeds from time to time). One…

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Building Your Wellbeing Armoury

A couple of years ago, I spent a long period feeling pretty awful. I won’t bore you with the details – if you’re interested, you can read more about that here and here. For about a year, from 2017-2018 I suffered the effects of a sort of ‘mystery illness’ that left me feeling exhausted, in…

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Summer So Far and A Little Catch Up….

I’ve really missed writing on my blog over the summer holidays, and it seems like forever since I’ve posted here. These precious few weeks without the routines of school (and after school clubs) always go in so quickly, and unless I either get up very early – or go to bed very late – my…

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Green Book, Sea Swimming, A Weekend Away and A Leavers Assembly – Little Loves

If I could describe June in one word it would be this one: whirlwind. The last month of the academic year here literally flew by, with all sorts of end-of-term activities, and transition arrangements for my eldest moving up to High School after the summer break. It’s also been an emotional time, with a series of…

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Reading Lately – June 2019

June has been a unusual month for me in that I’ve probably spent more time watching TV and movies than I have on reading. What sort of sacrilege is this?  you may well ask book lovers – in my defence, there has been some very good TV on offer lately (more on this in my next instalment of Little Loves, next week). I’ve also…

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The Summer In Between

Over the last few days, I’ve found myself returning time and again to the same question: how on earth did we get to the point where our eldest son is just about to leave primary school? The second half of the academic year has literally flown by, and it seems only a blink since I wrote about our year of small goodbyes as…

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On Trying New Things and Embracing Your Inner Mermaid

If you follow me on social media (I’m mostly on Instagram), you might have noticed that I’ve been trying out a potential new hobby this week – sea swimming. Spurred on by the enthusiasm of a friend – who’s been willingly flinging herself in the Pentland Firth for several months now – I was curious about the…

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Reading Lately – April and May 2019

* This post contains a gifted item. I didn’t do a reading round up last month, thanks to the time I spent enjoying a digital detox in April. That means I have a bumper load of books to get through this time, covering both April and May (and the tiniest little bit of June). People often…

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