It’s Friday! And that can only mean one thing. It’s time for #littleloves, hosted by the lovely Morgana over at Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat.
This week has been significantly better than the last few, although we will be ending it with my grandad’s funeral today. Not the way anyone would want to welcome a new month, but that’s life.
So without further ado, here’s what we’ve been loving this week:
I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy of The Break by Marian Keyes and devoured it over a few days this week. I fell in love with Marian’s writing years ago, when I read The Last Chace Saloon and this book is no different.
Here’s what it says on the back:
‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’
‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’
If only. Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . . However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?
It is such an amazing read. The writing is just wonderful. Witty, funny and raw all at the same time. Keyes has the ability to transport you into the story. You can imagine Amy as your friend, or perhaps your sister. Hell, she could be you, the story seems so real. The characters are likable, the plot touches upon relationships, both romantic and familiar, illness, work, vlogging and so much more. It really is Marian Keyes at her best. It’s out next week on the 7th, so why not treat yourself to a copy!?
I ‘made’ this little one’s year with a trip to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Tenuous link, but just look at that little face. This is what pure joy looks like.
This little dude is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs. He literally doesn’t stop talking about them, playing with his dinosaur toys, reading about them and watching them on tv all day, every day. We’d promised him a trip to Port Lympne for ages, seeing as we’re lucky enough to live nearby now. And as their kids go free offer ended today I thought we should take advantage. I’m so glad we did. The teen was in her element with all the animals, snapping away like David Bailey, and this little dinosaur dude was in heaven in the fabulous Dinosaur Forest.
Nothing of note, but what the hell is up with the weather lately? One minute we’re in summer clothes and the next it’s Baltic, the rain is lashing down and we’re all wrapped up. There is a definite autumnal feel in the air now. And I must say having lived in two countries which didn’t really have an autumn over the last few years, I cannot wait for all those autumn colours to appear on the trees.
I can’t quite believe it’s time for school next week! We’re pretty much ready now. I’ve stocked up on school uniform and stationary and the kids are both excited, if a little nervous, about starting their new schools. I can’t believe the moody teen will be in year 11. It seems like only yesterday she was skipping into school on her first day of reception. I’m not sure I’m ready for GCSEs again, let alone her. Wish us luck!
Hopefully, we’ll get out somewhere over the weekend. I fancy one last day out before we head back to the routine of school again. Have a great weekend whatever you get up to!