Over the last five years, blogging has slowly become my favourite form of escapism. Although I have sometimes been sucked into this whole idea of needing to provide fresh material, these days I am just writing what I want, when I want, for me and no one else.
What I’ve always loved more than anything, is writing a post that really resonates with readers. Last week’s post about embracing the ordinary moments in life, instead of constantly chasing excitement and success, is one of my most viewed to date. I’m so glad that we’re all on the same page!
Joining in with Little Loves each week totally echoes my desire to keep life simple by embracing the ordinary, so although I missed it last week…I’m back!
Guess what? I actually finished a book! Yep, I got to the end of The Break Down by B A Paris about 10 days ago. I literally raced my way through the second half of the book, not being able to put it down. I was slightly disappointed when my early suspicions were confirmed at the end, but there was a little twist in the tale that I wasn’t expecting.
Verdict? Not the best plot line I’ve ever come across but a very easy read with a gripping writing style that seems synonymous with B. A. Paris.
My new fiction read is ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ by Joanna Cannon. I’ve been going to bed far too late this week to get into a good book, plumping instead for an episode of ‘Big Little Lies’ which brings me on to…
I’ve heard so much about ‘Big Little Lies’, the latest American drama series on Netflix, that I just had to watch it for myself. To my surprise, the husband has also been enjoying it! It’s very easy viewing (although shocking in places) and something you can dip in and out without losing the thread. It has a GREAT cast which leaves me wondering every single week, when Reese Witherspoon is actually going to start ageing and Nicole Kidman for that matter…she’s almost 50! They both look amazing and the music is good too.
Let’s just talk about Car Share for a moment. Have you watched the whole series yet? The episode in the safari park has to be my favourite – I think I had a grin on my face during the entire programme and actually guffawed on so many occasions. How did you find the ending? I was warned by Nat from Plutonium Sox, that it was a let down, but actually it seemed very in-keeping with John’s character and knowing that Peter Kay isn’t one for clichés, it really didn’t surprise me.
This week I’ve spent a lot of time immersing myself in worship music. I love this song performed by Philippa Hanna because it gently reminds me that I am not in control of this life but God is. Such a comfort during times of confusion, when life seems off kilter and your soul feels a little bruised…
By contrast, I’ve also been found singing along to Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’ this week; I’m nothing if not diverse!
I always slightly dread this section because I would not really class myself as a creative person (other than in written form). I usually try to think outside the box, or share one of my latest culinary disasters but actually, I had a success a few weeks ago…one that I’ve not shared here as yet:
Nigella Lawson’s baked cheesecake went down a storm at our last dinner party and it was so easy to make! I got the recipe from here if you’re interested. Just be aware that there are a couple of typos – I really don’t think it should read ‘1 ½ tablespoons of vanilla essence‘ – try a teaspoon instead!
Hello May! You know what that means don’t you? My ‘No New Clothes’ ban has been lifted and my shopping-lover daughter and I are off out for a little browse around Reading on Saturday. Yay! As for what I’ve been wearing lately, I’ve been resurrecting lots of items in my wardrobe that haven’t seen the light of day for a while.
This top from Mint Velvet was an absolute favourite about two years or so ago and the necklace was another Mint Velvet purchase – I really love their accessories. I was off out to a dinner party that evening – we had two in one weekend which is utterly unheard of for us. Just to keep it real, I don’t think I’ve been out since!
One week later and I’ve had the winter boots and leather jacket back out. It’s been freezing this last week here in Berkshire!
You know some weeks you just need a little more TLC than others? When I returned home the other day, this gorgeous bunch of tulips (along with a few other goodies) was sitting on my doorstep. Such a small gesture from a friend, but one that meant so much 🙂