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Lots of books, great films and family time #littleloves

I missed last week’s #littleloves so this week it’s a combined two weeker. In those two weeks we’ve moved into our new home, I’ve enrolled the teen in her new school and enjoyed a bank holiday with the man (he never used to get them off in his old job, so it’s great for us as a family).

Anyway enough of my ramblings, here’s my #littleloves for the last two weeks:

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Read

I’ve read loads these last two weeks. We haven’t had any tv since we moved from our old house a month ago (so not good with a three year old who’s also waiting for all his toys to arrive from the removals company) so when I haven’t been working I’ve been devouring books and magazines.

The Great Village Show book cover

I read The Great Village Show last week. It’s a follow on story from The Great Christmas Knit Off (although you don’t have to read that one to enjoy this book) and is a real feel good read. It started off a little slow but once I got into it, I loved it. Romance, crafting, strong women and just life in general. A believable and heart warming read. Plus it makes me want to move to a quaint little English village.

The Cherry Tree Cafe book cover

I’m in the middle of the Cherry Tree Cafe at the moment and it’s one of those that grabs you from the beginning and makes you want to read on. Heartbreak, cakes, sewing, friendship (and there’s an inevitable romance on the cards if I’m not wrong) makes for a book you can just lose yourself in and chill out.

Blog Life Ecourse

I also ordered myself the Blog Life Ecourse from A Beautiful Mess which Natalie from Little Jam Pot Life mentioned a while back in one of her #littleloves posts and I’ve been meaning to buy it for ages now. I made the most of our limited internet connection at the beginning of the week to download it onto my kindle and have been dipping in and out ever since. It’s a great read, even when you’ve been blogging for 6 years like I have and packed full of inspiration and ideas. I even managed to get it in the sale so that’s always a good thing!

Watched

We have had some really weird TV here since we moved. We have a satellite dish but the only thing it has been picking up is Dubai TV and some random Korean channel. It’s pretty horrendous but there have been a few good films on.

Outlander is one that is completely out of my comfort zone. As you can tell from my choice of reading material I’m all about the romcoms, so this alien/action/sci-fi kinda film isn’t something I’d normally watch, but it was really good.


Another brilliant film was Stop-Loss, which again was something I wouldn’t normally have watched. It’s about soldiers who serve in the American army and portrayed some of the most horrendous things they go through. Family and friendship also featured heavily in this film and it was a brilliant and moving watch. Needless to say the fact that Ryan Philippe and Channing Tatum were in it (and topless) also helped.


Lastly I watched The 100 Foot Journey on Amazon Prime on Wednesday night and it was brilliant. It’s particularly poignant at the moment as it features a family who fled India and set up a curry house in a little village in France opposite a posh restaurant with a rather haughty owner played by Helen Mirren. The villagers don’t take well to change or having people they feel don’t respect their values in the village, but over time and with the help of the amazing culinary talents of one of the family, they make their mark on the village and become an integral part of it. It really is a lovely film and I’d definitely watch it again and again.

Wore

My swimming cossie every day for over a week, because of this little beauty on the roof.

Swimming pool

Heard

‘The internet is working now’. Any blogger who has moved will know how much joy that phrase can bring and it certainly did in this house! We now have internet and ‘proper’ tv since Wednesday and it’s wonderful. How sad does that sound!?!

Made

An effort to spend quality time together. The teen is still with her nan (no school for her until the end of the month – alright for some!) so when the man has a day off (he’s never had weekends or bank holidays off before) we’re making sure we spend it doing something together. We’ve hit the pool, swam in the sea, built sandcastles on the beach, visited a really cool kids play area, hit the shops and enjoyed a few meals out too.

I won’t lie, being stuck in a new house with no car and a bored 3 year old (we need to find him a nursery or preschool to start next month) while trying to work hasn’t been fun at all. But spending time together as a family has been really lovely and not something we’ve been able to do unless on holiday for years.

And Lastly…….

Happy Quote

This is so me right now. Things haven’t been perfect but they’re certainly looking up and I’m happier than I imagined I would be at the moment. Long may it last!

Hope you’ve all had a great week.

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