Tuesday, 17 March 2015

February Book Review

I managed 2 books in February which is great for me.

As the worst storm of the century sweeps through the mountains of Snowdonia and across the Mersey, two women, Molly and Ellen, give birth to girls in a Liverpool Maternity Hospital.
Molly and Rhys Roberts farm sheep in Snowdonia and Ellen is married to a docker, Sam O’Mara, but despite their different backgrounds the two young women become firm friends, though Molly has a secret she can share with no one.
But despite promises Ellen’s husband continues to be violent, so she throws him out and years later, when Molly is taken to hospital after an accident, Ellen and her daughter Lana are free to help out.They approach this new life with enthusiasm, unaware that they are being watched, but on the very day of Molly’s release from hospital there is another terrible thunderstorm and the hidden watcher makes his move at last...

I started this before Christmas & completely lost my reading mojo...... again! It took forever to finish it!
I found it slow in places which surprised me as I normally enjoy Katie Flynn books, maybe it was because I kept stopping & starting. As with all WW2 romance books there was no shock ending, just a happy one!


We had returned to a different world. We had taken off in peace at nine-thirty and landed in war at noon.' 
Jackie Moggridge was just nineteen when World War Two broke out. Determined to do her bit, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. Ferrying aircraft from factory to frontline was dangerous work, but there was also fun, friendship and even love in the air. At last the world was opening up to women... or at least it seemed to be. 
From her first flight at fifteen to smuggling Spitfires into Burma, Jackie describes the trials and tribulations, successes and frustrations of her life in the sky.

I finished the last book while I was working at the shelter so didn't have a new book to hand. I then remembered I brought this on Kindle in July last year for a bargain price of 85p! I saw Jackie's daughters talking about the book on the local news (they live in Somerset) & brought it straight away.
I was so pleased I did, it was a inspiring story. I'm interested to hear about the women who flew the airplanes in WW2 but this takes it one step further. Jackie was part of the crew who delivered Spitfires to the Middle East, for a women at that time that was a big thing.
I would really recommend this book...... it's now £2.99 on Kindle but worth it!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

February 2015

A busy month of knitting, singing along at the Sound of Music, spending time at the doctors, finding goodies in the shop, visiting Bath Cats & Dogs home, enjoying my new jobs & the perks that go with it. Plus welcoming Hugo to the world.

Spring is just around the corner...... come on March let's see what you bring!

Friday, 20 February 2015

January Book Review

I have a confession....... I didn't finish 1 book in January!

I have books everywhere but didn't manage to read any...... I must find my reading mojo & stop playing silly games on my iPad.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January 2015

The first month of the year has flown by.

I enjoyed 2 weeks off & the winter sunshine. I finished my Christmas jumper, received treats from a fellow blogger, remembered the holocaust & of course I spent time with the children.

At the end of the month I started a new job!!
I will now be working 2 days a week at the RSPCA Little Valley animal shelter as the fundraiser.
This is a great opportunity & something I've been keen on doing for a while. It's my first ever office job & after one day of sitting on my bum for 8 hours I did find it pretty hard.
Thankfully I will still be in the shop for the last 3 days of the week so I'll still be dashing about.

We need to raise £1m to re build the dog kennels...... guess I'll be busy then!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day

Don't forget to light a candle to remember.

Friday, 23 January 2015

What I made in 2014

WARNING: Photo overload!!

At the end of each year I always think I haven't made enough. I took a year off selling in 2014, only doing 1 fair in November. I kept my Etsy & Folksy shops going but didn't really push them.
As I look back over the photo's I'm amazed how much I made!

In no particular order....

My own knitted poppy for Remembrance day 

3 service men from an original 1940's pattern

My first cardigan for myself in over 20 years!

A pair of swing trousers

Miss Marple scarf 

Fox stole 

Matthews fair isle tank top for 1940's events 

Finished my granny square blanket

Knit for Victory beret 
Making poppies to sell for The British Legion 

A selection of hats & scarves for sale at Crikey

Flower brooches 

Animals for the RSPCA week window

Knitted turban from original 1940's pattern

Fair Isle wrist warmers for me

My finished cardigan, it did get some wear in the summer

My Christmas jumper!!!

 I'm cheating now because although I started my Christmas jumper in August I had to put it on the back burner to make orders etc leading up to Christmas. However I did finish it in early January.

I love the detail on the back.

I'm glad I took the time to look back over my makes..... it's good to know I've achieved something!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

December Book Review

Only 1 book in December.

I went for something different this time, still WW2 but not a romance.

Sage Singer has a past that makes her want to hide from the world. Sleeping by day and working in a bakery by night, she kneads her emotion into the beautiful bread she bakes.
But when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Josef Weber, a quiet man old enough to be her grandfather, and respected pillar of the community, she feels that finally, she may have found someone she can open up to.
Until Josef tells her the evil secret he's kept for sixty years.
Caught between Josef's search for redemption and her shattered illusions, Sage turns to her family history and her own life for answers. As she uncovers the truth from the darkest horrors of war, she must follow a twisting trail between betrayal and forgiveness, love and revenge. And ask herself the most difficult question she has ever faced - can murder ever be justice? Or mercy?

I've read lots of books about the holocaust & I had heard this was pretty bad but I still wanted to give it a go. At times I found it hard to continue but I wanted to know what happened at the end. 
I really enjoyed it, if you can say that about such a book!

I only managed 20 books in 2014 my target was 40..... pretty rubbish I'd say!

I have 2 boxes of books to read at work which at this rate will last me 2 years!!

I need to pull my finger out this year.