Friday, 11 April 2014

TFI Friday... well as my official last day off work after an awesome week with my family "up country", so why not indulge.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Morning in St Ives

Surfers on Porthmeor Beach
The Digey (my favourite street)
Skipping rocks
Tate St Ives (reopens May 2014)
Fresh air
Quiet spot
Hope you have a good weekend too

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My Little French Kitchen - Rachel Khoo

This is what I ordered today - the sequel to Rachel Khoo's fantastic 'The Little Paris Kitchen', which remains one of my favourite cookery books.
This one is 'My Little French Kitchen' and cannot wait to get stuck. I'll let you know what I think when it arrives.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Why I Still Miss My Old Chickens

It's just over a year a now since I had to re-home our chickens because we had to move. Unfortunately there wasn't the space in our small Cornish garden for my four girls so I sought a good home and off they went to pastures new.
I love chickens. They are such characters and fantastic pets. Yes, they love a good scrat and you wouldn't let them near your favourite flowers or veg patch, but the return you get for giving them a loving home far outweigh the unsightly lawn (kind of!) - lots of free range fresh eggs!
I know my girls have a new garden and new names, but to me they will always be my handpicked Coco, Peach, Mademoiselle Fifi and Little Red.
Still missing you after all this time.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Cabbages and Roses

This is Christina Strutt, creator and owner of the fabulous Cabbages & Roses.
It is the perfect Lifestyle shop, especially for anyone who loves the distinct designs of Emma and Cath but are maybe looking for a change.
Pretty florals and crisp white chic with a touch of individualism and quirkiness that I just love.

And a gorgeous shop to boot.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Boy, I've got the Bugg

I am absolutely loving Jake Bugg's music.
It's just what I've been looking for to kick away my persistent writer's block and the moody rainy days we're having down here in Cornwall.
From the first album, 'Note To Self' and 'Someplace' are really floating my boat, and from Shangri La, I adore the new single 'A Song about Love'. 
I love it when my writing finds a friend in music, and Jake Bugg and me are becoming very firm friends indeed.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

15 Years a Social Worker

At just 23 years old I rocked up at the University of Bristol to begin my Social Work training.
Twelve months after graduating with a degree in Sociology, I knew social work was my calling.
17 years later, is it still my calling?

Well, I'm surprised to hear myself say "yes". When I consider all the lows, there have still been plenty of highs. I've post qualified, dabbled at Management, been involved in more changes than Superman, and worked for 10 different Local Authorities in England and Wales, but there is never any doubt I will continue to return to this mistakenly controversial Profession.

Times are tough at the moment. Budget cuts, pay freezes, all round low morale with even staff turning on staff through utter frustration at policies, procedures and damned bureaucracy making you wonder why the hell you bother, but despite all this I still don that name badge four days a week and hopefully make a difference to people's lives. On a grand scale it might not make an impact, but on a day to day for the adults I work with it's huge, and it's that sense of satisfaction that keeps me from hanging up that name badge for good.
So why have I chosen to write this post now after 15 years qualified? Well, because no one in my office knows I write books, and people who know me as writing books do not know I am a social worker, and because someone in the office said to me today "you're an Aries? You don't look like an Aries, you're too quiet", and a wry smile formed on my lips and I thought of 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' - maybe it's is always the quiet ones!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

"The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window"

I am absolutely loving this book.
I have about 100 pages to go and I am struggling to put it down. When I have to go to sleep I dream about it, during the day I cannot stop thinking about it.
It has everything I want right now.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

'Hope & Jump' at Christmas

"She[Evie]adored this room; the holly and red berry garland on the dresser, the chain of paper doves stretching from one side of the room to the other, red padded cushions on the benches and red dinner candles in white holders. She admired cleverly stacked glass baubles in festive bowls, and silver and white crackers and tealights that lay chicly on the table, but her triumph was the centrepiece - a large round glass bowl of fresh clementines; simple but vibrant."
Hope & Jump, Chapter 25, pp 157.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

A Vintage Christmas - Ali Harris

So, I am aware the last few posts have been all about Christmas, which is officially my favourite time of year for so many reasons, and for one I will not apologise! Besides, I can always hide behind the fact I have 2 small(ish) boys who love Christmas as much as me!
Anyway, to continue my festive theme, I wanted to tell you that I'm reading the follow up to Ali Harris' novel 'Miracle on Regent Street', 'A Vintage Christmas', a cute ebook to get you into the festive spirit (if you are not already feeling it).
And if you want to know more about Ali, her friends, books and lifestyle, then check out her Tumblr site right here.

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