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Book Post

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Book Post is not something that I really post about on here but I figured that since most of the books I get are just so pretty why not share them. This little pile has been what has graced my letter box over the past three weeks. The first one in the stack I am hoping to conquer is ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews. I love her style of writing and as it is spring there is nothing more inviting that a feel good book that is about all the good things that a season like Spring has to offer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Are there any books that you have on your want list at the moment?

Have you read any of the above books?

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Pardon my french but what a shitty week. Last week really was one of the busiest I have had at work with shortage of staff the NHS really is in a bad way. Thankfully blogging is a way for me to release the tension and just chill. This weekend however was absolutely wonderful as I was able to chill with my best friend, my other half and a great work colleague. How has your week been?

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So close, soooo close to the end of this and it is just amazing.

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This is the next lovely on my list. Just look at that tasty cover – perfect for a spring read right?! The Cake Shop in the Garden is released on April 23rd – you can pre-order now on Amazon.

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I have been looking for a waterfall coat for a while now. The one I really want to get my hands on is the well known Zara Waterfall Coat – it came in both camel and grey and I have to say if I could I would have both. Sadly those being out of stock means I am still on the hunt.

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These guys are hanging out somewhere in my room and I just cannot wait to find them in time for summer. Comfortable, airy and just the perfect fit. Have you tried them?

Beauty

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This is one of the products I received in my goody bag from the Bloggers Fashion Week event. When it comes to new skincare I am somewhat dubious about using new products as I have extremely sensitive skin. On my first use as usual I followed the instructions to the letter and have to say I was happy with the results.  Of course I cannot yet review the product yet as I have only used it once.Origins, GinZing, Skin Care, Facial Scrub, Skin Cream, Skincare, Skin, Beauty, Blogging, Fay, Blog A Book Etc

I have been using this daily scrub for some time now and I have to say I LOVE it! The review for it will be up on Wednesday! Keep your eyes peeled.

Essie, Nail Varnish, Nails, Mint Candy Apple, Beauty, Yankee Candle, Home, Candles, Sugared AppleIt seems that I have become some kind of Essie addict. Now I have to say this is one addiction that I am not ready to give up on easily! These two colours are the newest of the collection and one of which that I have been coveting for some time. Mint Candy Apple ladies and gents that’s right. I think the next one will have to be Rock The Boat – it is just the right shade of blue for spring.Life

I had an insanely great weekend especially the Sunday! You may have seen on Instagram a couple of pictures that I put up. I am not putting up any pictures on this post as I will be posting here and there this week about what I got up to.

What have you been up to?
Anything nice?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayIf i’m honest it’s been a bit of a tough week so whilst I am sitting here on Monday evening finally writing this post after a heck of a busy day I am thinking back on what I have actually read. Not that much altogether which bothers me but otherwise I go quite a bit of commenting done and other stuff! I have really enjoyed being more active on Twitter, Pinterest and even Goodreads – really should do it more often.

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayI am almost there. Guys I am so close to the end.

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I really should start taking this seriously as I need to get through it asap!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been sent some fabulous books but have yet to get around taking photos of them. I may write a book mail post for later in the week. If not keep your eyes peeled for the book stack!

Beauty

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These have been staple items in this weeks beauty regime – over the past month I have been trying to take care of my skin and have had the opportunity to try some amazing products which over the next couple of weeks I will be letting you know how I get on.

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I saw these great PJ’s online from Primark and think I may have to make a little trip. As I am trying to save money spending more time at home is something that I will be doing more often than I usually do.

Otherwise on Blog A Book . . .

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After getting out of a nice hot bath there is nothing better than slathering on this moisturiser. It is incredibly thick and actually feels like it is keeping my skin smooth. With cold weather it is nice to hydrate the skin and for the moment this is my moisturiser of choice – plus it doesn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin.

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Whilst out walking the dog the other day I noticed that most of the daffodils have now bloomed. I couldn’t resist stopping to take a couple of snaps. I love spring mornings especially when there aren’t that many people around. Nice and chilled.

What have you been up to?

 

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On Wednesday I got back from my most recent holiday, after a sufferance of a trip to Tunisia (we were lucky enough to go the week before the terrorist attacks) we booked ourselves up for 10 days of sun in Turkey. Let me tell you it was exactly what I needed to just chill out and reboot. Himself and I were in our element as we read, wrote and just relaxed in the sun. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be organised enough to put some pictures up – but as I am back in the real world that all depends on work.

Well, let’s get on with it . . .

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This was the only actual book that I took on my holiday and despite it being slightly long winded with a sometimes less than desirable translation I am really getting into the story now. I am totally wrapped up in the world of old time Russia and society business it is truly fabulous. Despite being an extremely long read I highly recommend it as it most definitely not a waste of time.

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Whilst I was either sunbathing or doing my hair on holiday I listened to a bit of this and still have a fair way to go with it. The story has picked up a bit since last time but there is still a long way to go.

Beauty

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This beauty was in my suitcase for the trip to Turkey – thanks to the Lush bring back service (take back 5 clean full size lush pots or tubes and exchange for a fresh face mask). After the delight of a turkish bath there was little need for this tub of gloriousness so I waited for a couple of days and put it to good use. This face mask not only smells wonderful but felt great on my face whilst applying and on removal.

Have you tried it?

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Another little holiday treat for my hair was this miracle bottle. Despite being a poor design for travel as once open you cannot close it and it leaks EVERYWHERE the actual conditioner is AMAZING. Not only did it leave my hair incredibly soft and frizz free it smells great too. I managed to decant the rest of my bottle into a couple of little travel bottles to bring home as it would be such a shame to waste – this is definitely a product that I will be looking into repurchasing.

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Before going away we went on a little bit of a shopping trip to pick up the last bits and pieces and as I was searching for my usual Simple shower gel but as they were on sale the shelves were bare I picked up a couple of these bad boys. Do they smell heavenly – I would be lying if I said no! Go on treat yourself and get one or even a couple!

Life

As mentioned above we returned from our holiday last week – we are still suffering slightly with the holiday blues but after that long away from work it is quite nice to be back in the swing of things and feeling normal again.

Here are a couple of photos of what I have been up to . . .

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This was the view from our room whilst in Tunisia and one of the two days out of seven that we had sun whilst away.

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Whilst away in Tunisia we were trapped inside the hotel for most of the holiday as the weather was truly awful. One good thing about staying indoors apart from having a lovely indoor pool to swim himself managed to teach me how to play chess.

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This was the view from one side of the pool of our most recent destination – Turkey. We stayed at the WOW Topkapi Palace and my, my was is a wonderful place.

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Whilst away we did an excursion to Perge, Aspendos and Kurnsulu Waterfall it was an awesome day trip not only was the guide extremely friendly and informative but we have the chance to see some of the most awesome ruins. It was a great feeling to think that I was able to walk in the same place that such influential history took place.

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This is most definitely my favourite piece of swimwear for the year (I know it’s a bit early for that declaration!) – it fit extremely well and was not painful when tied at the neck as the ties were nice and thick and the material soft to touch. Highly recommended!

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For the holiday to Turkey I surprised even myself as I only packed two pairs of flip flops and a pair of trainers that I wore on the plane. In an effort to keep the luggage weight down I had to be conscious and shoes would take up the extra room. Turns out it was ok to only go with the two pairs as I kept the nice black Havaianas for the night and wore these bad boys during the day. A well worked out system!

So there is a little insight into what I (we!) have been up to over the past week.

What have you been up to & any plans for the week ahead?

REVIEW: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

What is it all about . . .

Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night,Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God–and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly,but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport…

Elsie is a wisecracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians.

My Thoughts

Firstly let me tell you that if you do not have a sense of humour then this book really is not for you. There are a lot of tongue in cheek comments and jibes that some may think of as offensive but if understood in the right context will have you giggling your way through the book.

I listened to this book via my audible account so figured that as it was only 2 and a bit hours long I could listen to it on a long car journey. Unfortunately as the beginning was so laborious I had to turn it off in case I fell asleep. I have had Holy Cow on my Audible for almost 3 weeks and have only just finished it. Once at the end I have to say that I am glad that it is over but can say that if you have two hours of your life that you will not miss then give it a listen.

If you are up for listening to a Jewish pig in search of a mohel, an american cow in search of – well, life, a turkey that wants to be saved from the chop at thanksgiving and the original Camel from the tobacco adverts then this is the audio book for you.

The main message of the book that I took away from it was that we are all part of the infinite circle of life and if we do not treat each other humans and animals alike with deference then that circle will begin to get smaller and eventually implode. If you take away anything from this powerful little book then make sure that you understand that it is not a book that bash’s religion or is just there for the writer to have a rant but a gentle reminder that with a little respect the human race can survive.

Rating

rating3* Mediocre Beans

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Almost time for me to come home and I have to say that I am enjoying my time away reading and chilling out. I really needed this break and feel so much better for it. It got to the point of me feeling like I was going to spontaneously combust from being purely fed up so time off is just what the doctor would have ordered!

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayStill powering through this tome and it just gets better. I am itching to finish it as cannot wait to see the film.

LISTENING TO . . .

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Being in the spirit of finishing things off I am cracking through this one too.

Beauty

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Not really liking the feel of sun-tan lotion I decided to get some of this. I realise that after seeing this there will be plenty of you wanting to lecture me on my skin care but before you do I also bought these . . .

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Please do bare in mind that I do not burn in the sun so I am protecting against UV rays but not as high as most. On that note onwards . . .

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Before the first trip we had away I picked up a new pair of these bad boys – in my arsenal of shoes at home I have so many pairs of these lovely comfortable and what seem to be everlasting flip flops/sandals/thongs or whatever you call them where you are in the world! White was the one colour that I was missing and these were just perfect.

Just a note for you guys Spring Bloggiesta starts TODAY!

Sadly I will be taking part in small parts, partly due to being away but mostly to returning to work. Hopefully I get something done.

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Well that’s my week in a capsule.

Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for holiday snaps.

REVIEW: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Back of the book

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan has done it again – am I surprised? No! Now I just look forward to each book that comes out and seem to plough straight through with pure excitement. Summer at Beach Street is no different – it was a book that I had waited for some time to get into as the delightful beginning of Polly and Neil had me hooked from page 1.

With a quick recap at the beginning of the book just in case you forgot what a wonderful story you were about to get into and follow on from. The recap also allows any readers that have not picked up the first book to sit quite easily with the next installment without having to read the first book if they do not wish to.

After the long traumatic time that Polly had moving to the island of Mount Polbearne having to deal with the ‘Polbearnites’ and their stuck in the mud way of life it sounds like she is starting to think that the move is the best thing that has ever happened to her. Not only is she doing what she loves every day for a living but she is now dating the loveable american bee keeper Huckle and has Neil (the puffin) by her side. With the locals finally coming around to her ways she has found her feet and is making her mark.

This book takes the story that little step further with the introduction of a lighthouse, the progression of Polly’s relationship with Huckle and the reintroduction of friends Reuben and Kerensa and the introduction of Dubose (Huckle’s brother). There is always a bit of trouble in Jenny’s books but its usually the kind that can be taken with a pinch or two of salt knowing that the situation will always end up sorted out. However there seems to be more than one grey cloud on the horizon for Polly and it starts with the sad news that her boss Mrs Manse has passed away and the bakery is now in the less than capable hands of her wannabe business man nephew Malcolm with pie in the sky ideas of making a small fortune from the bakery Polly’s bakery and it’s reputation is teetering on the edge of failure.

From the moment Malcolm takes over Polly is under insurmountable stress and finds it hard to control the spiral that she is hanging onto by a thread. Her livelihood, relationship and even friendships are all hanging in the balance. Will it all come good? Well that is something that you will have to read the book to find out.

Definitely worth the read and once you start you won’t want to stop. I am already looking forward to the next installment – if there is one?!

Rating

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Once again a massive thank you to Sphere for sending me the book.

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Despite being away for a week it was quite a bad week away and we decided to book another trip. As this is published I will be hopefully chilling by the pool in Antalya soaking up the sun and sipping on a much needed cocktail. Whilst away I have been reading madly and managed to pick up a classic again and even finished an audio book. How has your week been going?

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READING

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

 

After putting the classic down almost two years ago now I picked it up but started from the very beginning. What a very good place to start right?! Having restarted the book with a renewed vigour and am finding the book extremely enjoying. Have you read it? How did you find it?

FINISHED

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

I finished listening to this on my return back from our recent holiday as at the beginning it really was quite dull. My review of this audio book will be up in a couple of weeks so keep those peepers peeled.

Beauty

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After sorting through some much needed crap I found a bag of 5 large lush jars. Lush give customers the opportunity to collect 5 large jars and return them when used and clean to swap for FREE Fresh Face Mask of the customers choice from a selection on display that waiting for you on ice. Being a Lush addict this is just something that brings a big smile to my face – not only do I get something for FREE I am recycling and giving back to ‘mother earth’! RESULT right!

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Whilst making my way around the shop after collecting my free fresh face mask I picked up a pot of this wonderful stuff. Not only does it feel and smell great it works wonders for the skin and makes you feel soft, supple and ready to go. Have you used it before?

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Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

House of Fraser are currently having a 20% off event for recognition customers so I figured why not take advantage and stock up on swim wear for the next trip as the last dash and buy for swim wear left me with . . .

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Not that it isn’t a nice swim set but every time I tried to get out of the water something almost fell out and for me that is a big no-no with swimwear.

Eat Sleep Tan Repeat, Beach Towel, Towel, Swimwear, New LookThis may seem a bit meh but I quite like it and may make a sneaky purchase before I go away!

What are you guys up to this week?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?