Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of half term week and by this time on Monday morning I’ll be back on the dreaded school run. Its been nice while it lasted though. I was even allowed maybe one lay in courtesy of the little dude. Here’s hoping he’ll let me steal a little extra time in bed over the weekend. Although I’m guessing he’ll be bouncing on the bed asking ‘where can we go today?’ by 7am yet again. I am feeling all the better for a night away (don’t get too excited for me it was just a Premier Inn near family) and a few days out though, so I can’t complain.
Onto this month’s #littleloves:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I read this month. The teen warned me it was rather a long one and she wasn’t wrong. But it was definitely one of my favourites and despite having a little break to read a few non Harry Potter related books this month, I’m actually dying to dive back into the world of Hogwarts.
Codename Villanelle is the book Killing Eve was based on. If like me, you loved Killing Eve, you need to read this book. I literally could not put it down. Having watched the series, I did wonder if the book would be too samey but the story differs just enough to hook you in. If you enjoyed the series, you definitely need to read it. I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel No Tomorrow.
Ask Me His Name is a book by Elle Wright, the blogger behind Feathering the Empty Nest. It tells Elle’s story as a mother who didn’t get to bring her baby boy, Teddy, home from the hospital. I won’t lie, it isn’t an easy read. I actually woke my partner up by sobbing into my kindle at gone midnight. But it’s beautiful, powerful and oddly enough quite funny in places (yes that sounds wrong when talking about a book such as this, but you’ll get it if you read it). It’s a story of courage and light in even the darkest times, fuelled by a mother’s love. Guaranteed to break your heart, but a must read that will stay with you long after you close the book.
Killing Eve was of course a highlight. Who didn’t love it? I missed out on The Cry having watched only one episode but it’s definitely one I want to watch in its entirety. And last night I found myself laughing along to Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip. Beautiful scenery, delicious food, crazy escapades and three men with mouths that belong in the gutter sure made for entertaining watching. I’m desperate to get to the cinema to watch A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. Here’s hoping I manage that in the next few weeks.
Despite being well into autumn now, I seem to have finally embraced dresses. Not one to actually go with convention and wear them during the summer months of course. But thanks to losing that 4 stone (still need to get cracking on the other 4 but cake keeps finding me) this year I’m wearing things I would never have considered before. Including dresses. I may have also fallen a little bit in love with M&S this year. My nan would be laughing at me now if she saw me shopping in her favourite shop at my age. But then M&S seems to have really started to move with the times lately and I’m loving their latest collections.
These are a few of the things I’ve been wearing lately, along with one or two I want to get my hands on. As you can tell my style is all over the place. I guess I’m still working out what I like now that I can actually wear pretty much whatever I want. The teen is of course horrified that I now wear dresses that finish above my knee. All the more reason to wear them!
We made memories. Don’t all throw up at once! I make food and a mess. That is as far as my creativity goes. But we have had a lovely few weeks, even before half term began.
We’ve visited the seaside resort of my childhood in East Sussex, had picnics on the beach, explored the ruins at Reculver, visited family up in Lincolnshire and stopped off at a farm in Norfolk on the way home. And yesterday we visited Wildwood, a British wildlife sanctuary with one of my little nieces in tow. Not to mention trying my first ever porn star and espresso martinis. Which rock have I been hiding under? They of course were followed by prosecco and gin. My faves at the moment are rhubarb gin and elderflower tonic or violet gin, what’s yours? At least it seems I still know how to party. Well, only just. Here’s a few pics from our days out this month (Don’t look too closely at what I thought was a cute photo of a squirrel, turns out he’s rather happy to be munching on that nut).
You’ll have to forgive the grainy photo but this one does make me laugh. My face shows just how delicious that espresso martini was. Either that or I’m thinking of conducting a relationship with that glass!
I’m still loving my podcasts. The High Low and Table Manners in particular. I listen to so many podcasts and have several blog posts drafted covering all kinds of genres. I really need to get a move on and actually start publishing them.
The kids are back at school and college on Monday. Unlike some of the kids round here they’ve only had a week off this October half term. It was a welcome break from the school run for me, but my little dude is already itching to get back to school again. He just loves spending time with his friends and learning new things. The teen on the other hand doesn’t mind the lack of college work so much, it’s the social side of it she misses when she isn’t there. We’re not planning much for Halloween, although I’ve been assured the teen will be going out that night. And the little dude wants to go trick or treating again. Looks like I’d better prepare myself to play mum.
Next month will see an early celebration of the little dude’s 7th birthday at his joint party with his little friend from school. And a trip to the theatre to watch Heathers in London as an early Christmas present for the teen. Needless to say they’re both very much looking forward to it.
Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.