Northern Road Trip | Coniston Water

We embarked on a road trip to Northern England over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves just outside the South Lakeland town of Ulverston. The Southern tip of Coniston Water is about 20 miles North of Ulverston, and we timed our day there to perfection.  Although … Continue reading Northern Road Trip | Coniston Water

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2018

How Hard Can it Be? by Allison Pearson: I was drawn to this easy read because the main character, Kate, is about to turn 50.  But that's where our similarities end.  "Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way.  Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility, and … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2018

10 Ways To Make Yourself Feel Better

Here's my Top 10 of things I do in order to feel better: Make a cup of tea - the cure for all ills.  Use your favourite mug, blow the dust off the teapot and once made, cradle said mug in your hands while you stare into space for 10 minutes. Take a nap - … Continue reading 10 Ways To Make Yourself Feel Better

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading July 2018

Everything I read this month was on the Kindle, which was a little disappointing.  I don't ever want to prefer reading via a Kindle over a 'proper' book.  My problem is that our bookshelves are jammed pack, full almost to the point of overflowing, so there's a no-book-buying embargo just now.  And our library has … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading July 2018

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2018

I managed around a book a week in June, with a 75:25 split between the Kindle and a real book. Our House by Louise Candlish (Kindle): "On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2018

My Real Life Experience

Having reached a significant milestone in life recently (the age that falls somewhere between 49 and 51), it occurred to me that no matter how long The Boy Child lives for, I will always have had more of real life experience. And here's why … in years gone by: I had to make sense of … Continue reading My Real Life Experience

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading May 2018

May was extremely light when it came to reading matter: The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly: "...  Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-great-grandmother Josephine March. As she delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading May 2018

Five Acts of Self Care

We're experiencing a frustrating time just now over The Boy Child's high school placement.  What should have been a simple process has morphed into hours spent calling and emailing the so-called educational professionals in the search of a concrete answer.  And right in the middle of it, The Brainy One reminded me of something important … Continue reading Five Acts of Self Care

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading April 2018

I was late reading any novels this month.  The first 10 days or so of April were spent reading a guide book to Washington, DC and a map. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins:  I saw this reviewed in a post called Top 12 Beach Reads, and I loved it.  Imagine you married the love … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading April 2018