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May Day

Blossom, Spring, Tree, Nature, Blog A Book Etc, FayMay Day is an ancient spring festival originating from the Northern Hemisphere and usually is celebrated as a public holiday. It is also a spring holiday in many cultures that continue to celebrate this day. Celebrations are usually shown by dancing, singing possibly around a maypole and the crowning of a May queen.

From the reform of the Catholic calendar May 1st is celebrated as the Feast of St Joseph the worker – the patron saint of workers. In the traditional farming industry this is a day where all of the sewing is complete and labourers are given the day off.

On this particular May Day I will be attending the wedding reception of an old family friends son and his soon to be wife. And on the Sunday although we have a family thing in the afternoon we might be heading to Columbia Road Flower Market again in the morning, if we go it will be nice and early to avoid the manic crowds. Fingers crossed!

Celebrations do not stop here – May Day is celebrated in many different ways by many different people. So from me to you I hope you are having a wonderful Bank Holiday in the UK and taking the time to smell that gorgeous Spring air.

If you are stuck for activities check out some of these . . .

London Coffee Festival

Streetfest

Canalway Cavalcade

Electric Run

Columbia Road Flower Market

Brick Lane Market

Books, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Carole Matthews, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Peonies, Flowers, Columbia Road Flower Market, Flowers, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Happy May Day!

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

One week of nights down and another to go before I get to chill for a couple days in the sun if it sticks around. The garden is a great place to hang out, drink copious amounts of coffee, smell the roses and save money at the same time. Both himself and I are on a mission to save as much money as possible as we are meant to be moving ASAP so every penny counts. Enough of us and on to the week!

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

The Cake Shop in the Garden, Carole Matthews, Books, Fiction, Chick Lit, Little Brown Books UK, Little Brown, Cake, Cake Shop, Garden, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

From the very beginning I was in love with this book – I am still not finished but I am going steady! Also the name of the main character is Fay – bonus right :)

FINISHED

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Ladies and Gents I can say with pride that if you do not already know from my instagram pictures I HAVE FINISHED this tome of a read. It was quite honestly one of the best books I have ever read and look forward to another tome some day soon. My review will be up soon – it is going to take a lot to put it together but I will get there eventually.

Beauty

Spotless Blackhead Scrub, Wilkos, Wilkinsons, Skin Care, Skin, Blackheads, Beauty, Face Scrub, Blog A Book Etc, Fay£2 – 75ml

We headed out the other day to pick up some new bed sheets but on our travels I managed to pick up some bargain beauty treats. The Spotless Blackhead Face Scrub is a bargain of a product that packs a fair punch but as I have only used it for a week I cannot really give it a fair review yet.

I picked up a couple of other bits but will post about all of the products together later this week. Keep your eyes open for Beauty on a Budget later this week.

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Birkenstock, Shoes, Footwear, Sandals, Fashion, Blogging, Shopsense

I am desperately searching for these bad boys last summer they were the most comfortable thing I could find and went just about everywhere in them. If they are not found then I will most definitely be buying a new pair!

Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, Flower Market, Flowers, Market, Blogging, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Collectif, Cynthia Blackwatch Check Doll Dress, Dress, Fashion, Vintage

Although I am not feeling my best I managed to get out and about in a dress last week at Columbia Road and the weather really was a god send. The first day of the year that I could wear a dress and shades! This dress is one of my favourites of all time – it is from Collectif. Collectif clothes seem to fit me perfectly so when I get the chance I will get more. What are you wearing this week?

Life

Books, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Carole Matthews, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Peonies, Flowers, Columbia Road Flower Market, Flowers, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

We fixed up part of the garden the other day so we now have a little corner to sit outside and chill together in the wonderful that the UK is showering us with.

Just a little thought to leave you with . . .

Positive Thought, Positivity, Positive, Quote, Blog A Book Etc, FayImage found on Google – click image for link.

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

Losing It, Helen Lederer, Pan Macmillan, Audio Book, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay I will be starting this whilst away – there have been so many good things said about this book so I am quite excited.

Sophia, Anita Anand, Biographies, Memoirs, Audible, Audio Books, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner

Beauty

There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.

Week in Pictures #7

As i’m away this week check out my Instagram for updates this week.

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Week In Pictures #3

Dogs, Weimaraner, Treats, Weim

 Whilst checking for cats in the garden he remains aloof with a chew.

Thought of the Day, Thoughts, Quotes, Tooting Broadway, London Underground, Tube, London

 A thought a day at Tooting Broadway (Now I rhyme!)

Walthamstow Stadium, Walthamstow, London, Dog Track, Dogs, Dog Racing

One of London’s greatest past times is now being made into flats.

London Underground, Northern Line, Tooting Broadway, London, Transport, Transport for London, TFL, Journey, Home, Work, Station, Escalator, Crowd

 Friday night and on my way home isn’t it great when the crowd is going the other way.

Soho Grind, The Grind, Shoreditch Grind, Holborn Grind, Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Signage, Signs, French, London

After waiting for a long while I finally made it to Soho Grind and ran into this sign!

 What have you been up to this week?

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do Tuesday

Going back to work after time off is never a nice thing to have to do. It is even weirder when you go back to work and it feels like you have been gone for even longer as so much has changed. I am sure that I am not the only one that has things that really grind on me at work that I would love to change. Isn’t it funny that those little niggly things have a way of sorting themselves out and when you are not even there – like elves have been in! There are a couple of things that I will be carrying over to this week but that is purely because I want to perfect things rather than leaving them half done.

Last Weeks List

– Find new social network buttons

– Check out new bloggers

– Write trip post & edit photos

– Edit Pinterest boards

– Back up blog and photos on computer

– Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

This Weeks List

– More Pinterest organisation

– Revise for work

– Make template for Monday posts

– Ideas for new blog button

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
Finished

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Next Up

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible

In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.

Written Review

shopaholic-to-the-stars-by-sophie-kinsella

Check out my review HERE.

Beauty

Lime Tree Blossom Shower Scrub, Shower, Scrub, Lime Tree Blossom, Douche, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Skin Care, Fay

€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.

Hair Care, Hair, Serum, Beauty, Hema, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

€4.50 – 30ml

Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!

Life

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.

Amsterdam, Couple, Love, Relationship, Travel, Photo, Instagram

What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?

Week in Pictures #1

In an attempt to keep track of 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collection of photos that I have taken over the previous week. There are so many of you out there that are taking numerous photos and putting them up for different challenges. Instead of taking part in a challenge (they tend to never get finished!) I thought it would be a nice way without the commitment of a challenge to share my photos.

Amsterdam, Teddy's, Cafe, Food, Drink, Breakfast, Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon, Lights

This was definitely the place to go when it came to breakfast in Dam.
Those pancakes you can just about see didn’t last too long!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little bit of spongebob goes a long way! And he made it to Dam!

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

One of many coffees had in Dam – cannot tell you how good they were!

Kiss, Kisses, Love, Romance, Relationships, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Quotes

Very true.

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In a proper coffee shop if you know what I mean!

R, Letters, Art, Street Art, Amsterdam, Shops, Books, Walking, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After walking through London and seeing all of the beautifully decorated chairs etc it was nice to see this  painted letter in Dam.

Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Cafe Au Lait, Latte, Barney's, Amsterdam, Football, West Ham, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself just had to find somewhere to watch the football and luckily for him Barney’s obliged. I was happy as I had coffee and wifi – plus for him West Ham did win!

What have you been photographing this week?

5 Favourite Instragrammers

Instagram is something that I use little and often, there will be a period of days where you will not see me for dust and then other days where I just cannot stop finding things to photograph and want to share with everyone. Some may disagree with the concept of instagram as they may find it unnecessarily intrusive but people only post things on there that they want to share. There are some taboo topics on there but the majority of posts are harmless. Through my blog I have found a number of lovely people to follow and have highlighted five of my favourites below. I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I do and if you have never heard of them then head on over and check out what they have to share. Most have blogs so there are links to those also.

Monday, How To, Blackboard, Chalkboard, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Christine @ The Happily Ever After

The Book Witch, Instagram, Books, Reading, Photos

E @ The Book Witch

Paris in Four Months, Photos, Instagram, Not the Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham, Books, Reading, Sunglasses

Carin @ Paris in Four Months

MelinWonderland, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Melina @ Melin Wonderland or Serendipity

River City Reading, Reading, Book Blogger, Blogger, Books, Fiction, Photos, Instagram

Shannon @ River City Reading

Great right!

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayAfter being away for most of last week my to do list both personal and on the blog side of things has grown extensively. Whilst away I was unable to take part in the mini bloggiesta so I will be organising myself over the next couple of days (hopefully!). As I have already changed my theme and other little things on the blog there isn’t too much to do but there are the little things.

So . . .

– Find new social network buttons

– Check out new bloggers

– Write trip post & edit photos

– Edit Pinterest boards

– Back up blog and photos on computer

– Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.