Half-Term Road Trip | Lacock and Harry Potter

During our day in Lacock, we spent several hours discovering which areas of the village had appeared in the Harry Potter series of films.  My Goddaughter had come along with us and came prepared with her robe and wand.  As you do.That's her, outside James and Lily Potter's house in Godric's Hollow.  The house appeared in Harry … Continue reading Half-Term Road Trip | Lacock and Harry Potter

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

October saw me devour a few excellent novels! Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson:  "For one boy, fitting in means standing out."  I loved, loved, loved this story.  Frank is the 10-year-old son of a one-hit-wonder author (think Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird).  The story revolves around Frank, Mimi, his mother, as she … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

My Life in Three Books

It dawned on me recently that my top three favourite books are my top three for a reason.  Sure, they're brilliantly written and one definitely counts as a modern classic, but the real reason I love them is because parts of my life are in them.  I know that sounds a wee bit fanciful, but let me … Continue reading My Life in Three Books

What Caught My Eye #12

"... there's a typical look of the mother:skin a little ashier than the average woman her age,hollows under the eyes a little more pronounced,a smile playing about her lips as the eyes dart nervously, wondering what might happen next.She is sometimes proud, sometimes amused.She is never quite relaxed."~ Judith Newmanfrom her book To Siri, With Love: A … Continue reading What Caught My Eye #12

LSNED | Days 16-20

16 September:A gift to myself is permissible.17 September:Beginning a new notebook presents endless possibilities.18 September:The answer to life's dilemmas, quandaries and worries is a cup of tea.19 September:Don't forget the obvious.20 September:"Don't count the days; make the days count."{Totally inspired by reading this quote from the late Mohammed Ali}Days 11-15 here.Days 6-10 here.Days 1-5 here.

Learn Something New Everyday | Days 1-5

Hello, September!The Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness is approaching. It also means that Shimelle is running her annual class, Learn Something New Everyday.  Looking through my blog archives, it appears that I last participated in 2009, and even then, I'd held it over to complete in December. (Do take a peek, The Boy Child was adorable as a … Continue reading Learn Something New Everyday | Days 1-5

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2017

I find it more difficult during the longer days of Summerto get stuck into a page-turner of a good read.That said, two recent gems have been Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterleyand The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne.   Hidden Figures was initially recommended by a friend,but as a film I should see.  So I … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2017

This Weekend I …

Another week has passed by without receiving any Happy Mail,so we'll skip directly to the memo about the weekend.It was my best friend's son's birthday on Saturdayand we marked it with a visit to the Cotswold Water Park.I can't even begin to tell how wonderful it was!There's a lot of truth in the expression, "friends are … Continue reading This Weekend I …