I'm becoming a bit of a fan of Carole Matthews and especially her books ever since one of her books was on the list to read at a local book club. They are nice easy reads which I like as I can't be bothered with anything to complicated, life can be very complicated and we all need a bit of an escape.
I love this book and think it may be my favourite so far. It tells the tale of Fay Merryweather and her life as a carer for her mum but also running a cake shop and cafe from her home. She's going along in life quite well until Danny Wilde moors his narrowboat on the canal at the bottom of the garden and causes a bit of a wirlwind shall we say.
I just couldn't put this down, I needed to know what was going to happen next and Carole does a fab job of keeping you interested and wanting more. There are some lovely characters in this book which makes it so heartwarming, the young girl who works with her is so funny and very lovable, I wish she really existed as I think everyone would love her around in their lives. Fay certainly has some huge choices to make here and hopefully she makes the right ones as life is too short and needs to be lived.
So if you're a fan of a story with happiness, bit of sadness, drama, passion and maybe a bit of romance then you need to read this book. I purchased it from Amazon so I'll leave a link (affiliated) at the end of this post. There are many books written by Carole, I'm actually onto another one so it seems I may be working my way through them all and there is a new one about to be released so I'd better get reading.
I'm giving this a massive 5 out of 5 on the teapot rating as I just loved it and haven't been this hooked on a book for a while.
Thank you for your time today, please join me again tomorrow as I will have a Verse for Thursday until then stay safe and warm in this very cold weather in the UK - Big Love xx
Oooooooh I love my new toy......the Instax Mini 9 Camera. I never had a Polaroid camera back in the day but I've gone for it as Fujifilm have made the instant camera a bit more funky and cool. I was torn between this and the HP Sprocket Printer which you bluetooth upto your smart device and print photos from there but it was a lot more money and well I just fell in love with the look of the Instax.
The first thing my son said when we took the first picture was 'oh mum that's how they took photos in the old days'. Yeah cheers for that son.....not so old surely?? The excitement it still there as the picture comes out of the camera and wait for the photo to develop.
It's not the greatest quality photos as is expected from an instant camera or it may be me just not used to it yet, not had it that long so think I need to practice a bit more. The only drawback is that practicing means using the film and at approximately £13 for 20 shots you really have to use this camera wisely.
Such a shame because it's so addictive, there are so many accessories for it such as frames, albums, selfie lens's and cases. The camera itself also comes in groovy colours, mine is 'ice blue' which is a really nice light pastel blue colour. It's quite chunky but I quite like it as it has a retro look about it, just buy a bigger handbag to pop it in.....oh an excuse to buy new handbags, this just gets better.
The Mini 9 is so easy to use, you literally push a button to turn it on and the light settings are set automatically for you using a light meter on the front of the camera. The flash will fire every time but it seems to give good lighting but as I said I still have a little more experimenting to do. It features a high key setting where you can add more light to a situation if needed. There is also a selfie mirror on the front so you can just photograph yourself all the time if you like, the possibilities are endless really.
The camera comes with AA Batteries, a strap, a close up lens to use for macro shots and a pack of film for 10 shots. You can buy more film including a black and white film which I quite fancy a go at, I love black and white pics as they can be so dramatic. The photos are a small credit card size and I'm also thinking that they would be ideal as visual prompts for my son who has Autism. I thought we could take photos and then either pop them in a small album, mount onto keyring or even make fridge magnets with them.
I purchased this with some birthday money and I do really love it, I keep looking at it thinking ahhh it's so cute. So I will leave you with a link to Amazon (affiliated) so you can buy one too, go on you know you want to, it's all great fun. So what's the teapot rating this week?
It a four star but only because of the cost of the films, I wish they were cheaper because I'd be able to go photo mad with it so it's loses a star but apart from that, it's a great instant camera.
So by pure coincidence on this day in 1947 Edwin Land actually demonstrated the very first instant camera as he presented the Polaroid Camera at a meeting in New York with the Optical Society of America. (info supplied by Alexa when I greeted her with a Good Morning Greeting this morning.....how funny as I knew I was going to write about my Instax).
Thank you for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday......until then - take care.
Now I've loved my pj's for years now, always found them comfy and cosy, you could not tear me away from pyjamas at all until now. I'm not sure what it is, probably my age but suddenly I've started favouring the night shirt.
I just found myself a bit flustered in pj's, yes I am starting to get a little hot and sweaty at night and that is not because I'm going for a gold medal in rumpy pumpy or a trophy in passionate tonsil hockey but because I'm probably approaching a certain age and for some reason my hormones seem to think I need to be hot and a bit flushy.
I'm refraining from calling then nighties for sounding a bit ancient but that's what they are really. I wanted some nighties quick so I went to Amazon and got these two. A long sleeved one for the winter and a short sleeved one for when I'm hot. I'm a bit fussy when buying clothing and wasn't sure about buying them online, I like to see clothes and feel the fabric but I was really happy with these. They are made from a nice cotton fabric and a good size too, Sooooooooooo comfy.
So I'm happy with my new nighties.....or nightshirts - yes that sounds better. A couple of designs which are totally me and made me chuckle. I can recommend these if you feel the same and in need of some cool, light nightie action.
I'll pop the links (affiliated) for Amazon at the end of this post.. Let me know if you've decided to ditch the pj's or are you inseparable from them, never to part from the sleepy trouser suit. Please someone let me know whether this is a menopause thing or just me changing my preference. They are not making me sleep any better but I'm comfy when awake at 4am that's the main thing. oh and I'm happy too.......phew.
Thanks for reading today, join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday.
Take care for now.
When we get a new car most of us start a 'new car resolution' and it goes something like.......yes I'm going to keep it clean, inside and out - wash and vacuum it every week - rubbish free zone - I will promise to keep it as immaculate as when I first had it.
Yeah right, never happens does it? I'm on a mission to try now and to start things off I have purchased two items that will at least keep my boot space tidy. We have all experienced items which are chucked in the boot and they slide everywhere, fall over, oh the boot can look like some 70's jumble sale by the time you've been just two miles up the road.. Well my fellow motoring people, if this happens to you, you need Stayholds. They are plastic brackets that velcro to the base of your car boot and hold everything in place. They even include straps so that you can strap your best vintage wine to the car without it rolling around all over the place. Great eh?
I first saw these in my brothers car boot and thought they were amazing, all the times I tried to find something to transport the odd boxed bouquet of flowers or something precious that I could not bare to see fall over or get spoilt. They would easily keep a load of shopping safe and sound, you may be a crafty person and have to transport displays of some kind, or a delivery driver and need to keep your parcels safe, well this is for you.
I purchased the Stayhold Super Pack which consists of 1 Large and 2 Small organisers plus 2 quickstraps and 2 heavy duty extra long utility straps all for £19.05 from Amazon You can buy all the pieces individually too so you can add more or just buy one on its own. For more information on this follow the link to Amazon (affiliated) at the end of this post.
My other item is a Collapsible Heavy Duty Car Boot Tidy also from Amazon. It contains two main compartments and three convenience pockets on the side. This can be folded flat and put out of the way until you need to use it or left our ready for instant use. There are two handles on each end making transporting items inside very easy. It measures 63.5 cm in length 33cm wide and 33cm high so plenty of room, I managed quite a bit of shopping in it today and was most impressed. It costs £12.99 and is really sturdy, just watch the weight when carrying it around but it can accomodate a fair few items.
This would be ideal for any car, SUV, caravan or for tools in a van. Again if you're into crafts you could transport your items around easily and know that everything is secure, tidy and there is no chance of spillages in the car itself. I'm really thinking about another one just to put all my info including leaflets etc for my Autism Support Groups. I will include a link to Amazon for this again at the end of this post. So what teapot rating would I give for these items? Well for both items I would give a:
I'll keep you posted how tidy I manage to keep the car, it's a kind of work in progress for me but wish me luck. Thank you so much for reading today, I will be back with a Verse for Thursday tomorrow so join me then. Here are your links for today's 'What to Buys'........Take care.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.