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A Lovely Weekend

Last weekend we went to Leeds, which is a usual tradition for the boys' birthdays, as they love to watch their favourite team play and we stay over in a nice hotel. The one we chose this time was the Crowne Plaza, complete with swimming pool and spa, and a couple we are friends with decided to join us, as the husband is also a Leeds supporter.  (There’s more than you think, you know!). As it was an early kick off we set off straight after breakfast.  My youngest should have been playing football that morning, so we’d had to excuse him, but luckily for us all, that game was cancelled. The match against Leicester was a good game, very edge of the seat, but sadly Leeds lost 1-0.  As Leicester is at the top of the league, we had expected to lose, but it was a bit disappointing because on the day it could have gone either way. Afterwards, we checked into the hotel and then went for a swim.  I’d organised some treatments at the spa, and while my friend went for a back ma

Book Reviews

I haven’t done any book reviews recently so I thought I’d take a moment to review two books which I have particularly enjoyed reading in the past few months. The first is A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb This is a type of story I love, told from the point of view of a character in the present who is trying to solve a mystery in the past and from the point of view of a character in the past who gradually reveals the clues to solve that mystery. The main character in the present day is Zach.  He is divorced and trying to run a failing art gallery.  When his ex takes his daughter to live in Boston with her new partner, Zach realises he needs to do something to stop himself from feeling like a complete failure. Zach decides he needs to finish the biography he has been trying to write about Charles Aubrey, a painter who died during the Second World War.  Charles has always fascinated Zach, as he has been led to believe that his grandmother had a liaison w

Winter Sunshine

The days may be dark and short but my cat Luke seems to have found a solution, and spends his days sunbathing. This is him ensuring that the tan is even.

Back To Normal - Whatever That May Be

It was back to work this week, or it least it was on Tuesday.  On Monday my youngest had an inset day, so it meant that by the time I did go back to work, I was already playing catch up. It was lovely for him though, because Sunday was his birthday so the day off was like an extra present.  We took him and a few of his friends swimming and then out for a meal before they all came back to ours.  Nice, but very noisy! The other birthday event for him will be when we go to Leeds in a few weeks to watch them play and stay over.  Hope the weather improves a bit by then! I can't believe that he is ten years old.  He's gone from this: To this:  How the  time has flown!  It's also ten years since we moved into this house, in some ways it seems like we have been here forever and yet I remember it  as though it was yesterday. So what with birthdays and trying to get my head around a new job and a parents' evening, so far it has been a busy old week wit

Reflections of 2013

Happy New Year to you all.  Hope you had a good Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you wished for.   I wasn't hoping for much myself this year - lets face it the house is far too cluttered already, the book mountain is steadily growing and I need to fill in some of the many collected notebooks before I get any more. What I really wanted was to spend some happy times with my family and that is exactly what I got.  Fortunately - it doesn't always work like that.   But now, I'd be quite happy for them all to disappear back to work and school and leave me in peace!   Looking back on it, 2013 was a tricky year for me.  I didn't have any major traumas but being unemployed for a year (apart from some freelance work) gave my self-confidence a major knock.   I thought that being at home would be bliss and give me loads of time to write, but I've discovered that I have to get out into the world to give me the inspiration I need, even if Idon't always