Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Read 100 books #33 The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

Shell Louise

Well I didn't make my 100 book challenge. There's no way I'm going to read another 65 books (still got 34 and 35 to write about) before the end of my day zero challenge next month!

Anyway, here are my thoughts on The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings. I got this book through the Britmums book club and it's the first book from the book club that I've really liked and actually finished.
It came with a lovely postcard, same design as the cover with a note from the author. I loved this little touch and used it as a bookmark :)

Will and Harmony are seemingly very happily married but as you get pulled into the story, you find out there are a few cracks showing, mainly down to the miscarriage they're both dealing with, or so we thought.
Harmony thinks they can try again but Will told her when they got married that he didn't ever want children and it's not going to be as easy for them as Harmony hopes.

You'd think this would be enough for the couple to have to deal with but we find that Will is trying to bury his past, a past that is slowly shown to involve bullying at boarding school.
It's all brought right back to him though when his one time best friend from school, Luke, suddenly appears in his life.

Harmony, Will and Luke's lives become intertwined by present actions and past hurts.

I wasn't prepared for the ending, I usually see the twists coming and know what's going on for most of the story but this one kept me in suspense and made me look forward to losing myself in the story each night.

 I was surprised to start feeling sorry for the bad guy and angry at the supposedly good guy. I had to remind myself that the good guy wasn't a guy when it all happened, he was a child, a child with his own demons to deal with, at an age where he shouldn't have had any at all.

I was sorry to finish the book because I knew I was going to miss it!

I now have to read Sworn Secret, Amanda's first novel and I'm looking forward to future books :)

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

52 Weeks of gratitude - Week 6

Shell Louise

I missed a few weeks when I lost my blogging mojo but I'm back and ready to link up with This Enchanted Pixie's 52 weeks of gratitude :)

1) I finally got to meet my gorgeous new nephew, Logan and had lots of cuddles :)
2) Eating dinner outside in the gorgeous weather
3) Meeting lovely bloggers at my first blogging event
4) Watching the girls have fun in the paddling pool
5) Enjoying a lovely afternoon in the nice, cool library and seeing Ella and Kaycee get so excited about starting their summer reading challenge :) Ella read her first book over the first 2 days!
6) Planning out our fairy garden. We're going to do it under the apple tree although I've just realised it might not be the best place seeing as the tree is so laden down with fruit, the branches are actually touching the floor and the apples are starting to fall off now. It may be a bit hazardous to the fairy garden but we'll how it goes!
7) Seeing the girls enjoying camping in the garden. Since the holidays started they haven't slept in their own beds! the tent has to come down though because the grass needs some sun and water before it dies and I need to mow the lawn before the birthday BBQ on Saturday.
8) Looking forward to seeing family at the weekend at the aforementioned birthday BBQ
9) Making a start on the garden. I have big plans and can't wait to get going with them because the state of the garden right now is really depressing me.
10) The smell of the sweet peas that I actually grew myself this year :)

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Monday, 28 July 2014

100 songs I love - 51 - 55

I'm back working on my list but I've just realised I'm less than a month away from my Day Zero so sadly I'm not going to finish it :( However, I'm going to get as much done as I can before time's up and then start a new list!

I haven't done my Day Zero Project for ages and time's running out, in fact I've just checked and my Day Zero is actually next month. I'm a bit disappointed that I'm not going to complete my list but never mind, I'll get as much done as I can and then start a new list! I'll have a better idea

 Today I'm doing my top 5 songs from one of my favourite T.V. series, Nashville :) Kaycee bought me one of the Nashville cds for my birthday earlier this month and I think everyone now wishes she hadn't because they're sick of hearing it over and over!

The first is This Town by Deacon and Scarlett

Number 2 is Be My Girl by Gunnar and Avery. Absolutely love singing along to this song, even though I can't get those 'mooovvveee fast, grooovvveee slow' notes at all! Mind you, they do say, sing like no one's listening so that's what I do!

I came across this vidoe while looking for the Gunnar and Avery one and I had to share. It's John and Jacob who wrote the song and I love them singing it as much as I do Avery and Gunnar :)

Number 3 is What If I Was Willing by Will Lexington :)

Number 4 is Where Trouble Is by Juliette

Number 5 is A Life That's Good and this version is being sung by the absolutely brilliant, Lennon and Maisy Stella. I adore the voices of these sisters.

I know these are going to be the only Nashville songs to make into my top 100 songs list because there are so many more I love so look out for part 2 next week!

Previous song posts:

1-5 Featuring The Eagles, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard and Nirvana

6-10 Featuring The Rolling Stones, Sam Sham and the Pharoahs, The Everly Brothers, Procul Harem and The Mamas and Papas

11-15 Featuring Green Day, Sum 41, Blink 182, Bowling For Soup and Avril Lavigne

16-20 Featuring Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Roberta Flack, Bob Dylan and Terry Jacks

21-25 Featuring Charlie Rich, Glenn Campbell, John Denver, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash

26-30 Featuring Nickleback, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

31-35 Featuring Fleetwood Mac, The Shadows, Madness, Acker Bilk and the Hawaii Five 0 theme tune

36-40 Featuring Extreme, Wet Wet Wet, Mr Big, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake

41-45 Featuring John Farnham, Starship, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler and Pat Benatar

46-50 Featuring Gene Pitney, Petula Clarke, Mary Hopkins, The Seekers and The Animals

Saturday, 26 July 2014

My first blogging event - Loved it!! #GUMISensoryGardenFun

Shell Louise

We set off from Lincoln around 9am this morning to pick up my niece, Megan, from Belper. We then drove from Belper to Chesterfield and met up with some absolutely lovely bloggers at Dobbie's :)

On the way from Lincoln to Belper and both girls were trying to hide from the camera!

I was a little shy and didn't really talk to many people but I did feel totally at ease with Jaime from The Oliver's Madhouse :) It was the first time we'd met in real life; we've been online friends for ages but even so, I surprised myself when I went and sat with her and some other lovely ladies after the hubby and kids abandoned me (ok, so he'd taken them to the toilets but still, I was all alone!) and I felt a bit of a numpty sat on my own!

I wish now I'd made more of an effort to introduce myself to some of the other bloggers and have a chat but small steps were made by me actually getting out of the house and turning up (you may have guessed, I'm quite shy!) so I'm proud of that :)

I was chatting to Jaime on Twitter this evening and I've decided to try and find a sponsor for Britmum's Live next year. I've wanted to go every year since I started blogging but lack of funds and courage stopped me.
It's now my mission to find a sponsor, and the courage, to travel all that way without the S.W.H. (super wonderful husband) for support!

I'd like to thank Katy and Laurence (I think she introduced him as memory is rubbish!) from Frank PR and Megan from Dobbie's for such a really lovely afternoon. The picnic lunch was enjoyed by us all, the girls had a lovely time and it was great hearing more about Frank PR. Hopefully we'll get to work together in the future.

The crooked spire at Chesterfield :)

I forget which village it was but one we went through today had a scarecrow festival :)

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Our summer bucket list

Shell Louise

We've seen a few summer bucket lists on other blogs and we've been inspired to do our own :)

Here's what we've got so far (I'm sure the girls will be adding to it all over summer when they think of something new!).

  • Make millionaire shortbread
  • Go to Skegness for the day and eat fish and chips on the beach
  • Go on a Gruffalo trail
  • Make campfire twists 
  • Make ice cream :)
  • Go to Hubbard's Hill
  • Feed the ducks at Hartsholme
  • Geocaching
  • Make S'mores
  • Go to Skellingthorpe park
  • Go to Daisy Made
  • Go to the library and join the summer reading challenge
  • Have a family games night  We played Monopoly Millionaire and dad won, again!
  • Have a movie night
  • Take a photo everyday and make a flipagram video
  • Make a fairy garden under the apple tree

We've already made a start by visiting the library today and signing up for the summer reading challenge :)

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

How does your garden grow? July 24th #HDYGG?

Shell Louise

I went outside with the intention of taking photos of the garden for this week's HDYGG? post but I only managed 2 photos before I got distracted by the girls playing in the paddling pool so it kind of turned into a Country Kids post!

I was delighted to find a buddleia growing in amongst the weeds at the top of the garden. At first I thought I must have planted the one that got damaged in the move but it's growing up between the stones where the other greenhouse used to be so I know I didn't plant anything there.

I'll be re-homing it when we do the garden because it's in the place where the pond is going to go.

After the buddleia, I noticed the sweet peas had actually grown and what was even more exciting, they had flowers on! These are the first sweet peas I've ever grown so I'm really happy with them :)

I was going to take some photos of the hydrangea plants next but that's when I got distracted by the girls!

It's been really hot today and they spent ages playing out in the pool and the tent. It was so lovely to sit in the shade and watch them playing nicely together.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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