Life Last Week: Bests & Worsts


1.   Catching up with Faye, my best friend, for dinner, wine and a good old gossip.  We also planned our annual day trip which has become tradition every August, to celebrate both our birthdays: this year we’re going to Taunton.

2.   A night away in Somerset at a Woodlands Country House Hotel to celebrate my brother’s birthday.  It was lovely to catch up with the family, as we hadn’t got together for a while, and we spent the afternoon sitting chatting in the sunshine over cream tea, followed by a delicious dinner in the restaurant.


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3.   My new cleaning lady!  With the increased hours involved in my job, and having recently got rid of Sky TV, I felt I could justify having a cleaner for the first time since I gave up full-time work when William was born.  She’s only coming one afternoon a fortnight (the cost works out to almost the exact same as the Sky TV bill!), but oh my goodness, it was so lovely to have a clean and fresh house after she’d finished last week.  I will continue to clean my own loos, however, as getting somebody else to do that horrible job just doesn’t sit quite right with me.


There’s only one ‘worst’ this week.  A Christmas card display in one of my local shops …. in JULY.  Grrr grr grr grrr grrr.  Bearing in mind I am, at best, ambivalent about Christmas, I really think this is unnecessary.

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Video: Empties – July 2015

Time for another trip through my trash can …

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Life Last Week: Bests & Worsts


  1. Although it was a crazy busy week and my feet didn’t touch the ground, I still had that post-holiday relaxed and laid-back vibe going on, so I sailed through it all quite happily.
  1. Change is in the air. I know a lot of people struggle with change, but for me, it always feels positive and as though things are moving forward. I’m all about the action at the moment, procrastination has no place in my world at all.
  1. Will returned to karate after a six month break. He decided to give up after nearly ten years of karate and having been a black belt for three years, back in January. We were disappointed as it was his only form of exercise out of school, but we didn’t put any pressure on him, and were delighted when he decided to start again.
  1. Book Club – we all absolutely loathed this month’s choice, H for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Not a single one of us managed to get to the end of it, but we had such a good laugh picking it to pieces at our meeting last week!


  1. Pouring rain all day. Twice in one week. In July. It’s just not on.
  1. Flooding water through the boiler into the kitchen at my flat in Bournemouth. For the second time in a month. It’s hard enough finding reliable tradesmen anyway, but finding one 100 miles away, when you don’t really have much idea what’s causing the problem because you haven’t seen it and the tenant isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer – it’s just a nightmare. First world problems, eh?!

Holiday Reading

As usual on holiday, I spent a vast amount of time with my nose in a book, so I thought I’d share some mini reviews of the books I read while I was away.

1. Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Jill Mansell


Feel-good chick lit, an enjoyable and entertaining story about the inhabitants of a picturesque village in the Cotswolds.  Very easy reading, and a pleasant change from all the psychological thrillers I seem to read these days.

2.   The Game – Amanda Prowse


This was my first experience of this author’s writing, and was a short story about a teenage girl who goes missing, and her family’s attempts to find her.  I found it quite engaging, though shorter than I’d anticipated, and I am looking forward to trying some of her longer novels soon.

3.   Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


I’ve had this novel by the author of Gone Girl on my Kindle for ages, so it was about time I got round to reading it.  It was very dark – covering such subjects as self-harm and child murder, it was never going to be a light read – but I did enjoy it, even though I guessed the ‘twist’ well before the end.  The characters were very believable and well written, I thought.

4.   The Lie – C L Taylor


Having read and loved The Accident by the same author earlier this year, I was really excited to start this book – and it didn’t disappoint.  I love reading books with a travel element to them, and this is the story of four close female friends who travel to Nepal together for the holiday of a lifetime. All is not as it seems, however, when they arrive at a yoga retreat halfway up a mountain, and things start to go wrong.  It was an absolute page-turner and a really interesting insight into the twists and turns of female friendship.  Highly recommended.

5.   War & Piste – Alex Thomas


This was a bit of light relief, and great fun to read.  It’s the memoirs of a ski resort rep in the Austrian alps.  Some great laugh out loud moments, as well as a bit of a love story and general feel-good entertainment.  It reminded me of my days on the cruise liners.

6.   Daughter – Jane Shemilt


Weirdly, this was the second book I read on holiday about a missing teenage girl.  The central character is Jenny, a busy GP and mother of three teenagers.  When her 15 year old daughter goes missing, her life starts to unravel around her and she discovers that nothing is as she thought it was.  It’s a ‘timehop’ book, written in both the past and the present, and I really enjoyed the ‘past’ parts, but not so much the present.  I was quite convinced that the ending was going to leave me disappointed, but it actually quite surprised me, and I thought it was a good finish.

Have you read anything good lately?