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Summer Picnic

Hello everyone! Last SATURDAY, we packed up a picnic and headed into the countryside for some food with a view. After Luke piping up about how the setting reminded him a little of The Walking Dead, we got stuck in to the food and I decided to see how quickly I could eat a whole punnet of cherries. It was glorious! With bellies full of food, we hopped in the car and went to my late Grandad's local for a few drinks in the terraced beer garden. It was awesome.  I took a few photographs so I thought I'd share them with you here. The church in the bottom photograph has played a massive part in my family's life. My grandparents married there, my parents married there, us kiddos were christened there and my Grandad was laid to rest there and so on, and so forth. It's pretty bloody special. 

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Book Haul feat. Zadie Smith

My seaside town isn't exactly the hub of vibrant youth activity. We don't really do clubs, nor do we really do shops. At least, not very exciting ones. However, much to my adoration, we do have a really bloody good selection of charity shops! I recently took G and Claire around the circuit and we all ended up hauling some pretty good buys back to the car. I thought I'd give you a run down of the 11 books that I bought, complete with little explanations as to why I picked them from the dusty shelves. Don't say I don't spoil you! I'll expand upon them as and when I read them so keep your eyes peeled, kids. Please let me know what you think of these books in the comments - Have you read them? Did you like them? 


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Perfect Sunday

last sunday, Mamabear and I made the most of the sunny weather and headed out for the day. Both a little bit hungry and in need of a beer garden, we decided to head for the pub for a good ol' Sunday lunch. The pub was full of ladies in their horse riding gear, so Mama and I started joking about the whereabouts of their horses, suggesting that they'd left them tied up in the car park. It turns out that this actually was the case, and we sat laughing over our drinks at just how typical that really was. After nursing our full tummies, we decided to have a little wander down the country lanes because we are curious so and so's and we really bloody love looking at all the little cottages. After picking out our favourites, and discussing what we'd name them, we headed back home to catch Wimbledon and watch Murray win. All of this was far too much excitement for me so, admittedly, I slumped off for a mid day nap to re-energise. 

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Book Reviews feat. Jonathan Safran Foer

Hello everyone! I thought it was about time that I reviewed the books that I featured in June's To Be Read pile post. I read Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and I also managed to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. With each review, I've given details of the editions that I own before giving a brief overview of my thoughts along with an individual star rating. Aren't I bloody brilliant?! I've got lots of book related posts that I'd quite like to try out so do let me know whether you like the sound of that or not. I don't want to bore people to tears any more than I already do! Please let me know what you thought of these books in the comments below because book discussions are good for your health maybe


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Country Pubs, Woodland Walks and Cherry Bakewell Gelato

When the weather outside shows even the slightest signs of perking up, us West Country dwellers head straight for the local beer gardens. Safe in the knowledge that there was not to be a cloud in sight, Dad and I decided to take ourselves off for the day with a vague itinerary in mind but, ultimately, intending to let the gentle breeze move us from one place to the next. Livin the dream, eh?!

Firstly, we decided to stop off at The New Inn which is perched right on the end of a little village. If you know me well enough, you'll know that I can't possibly function on a day out if food isn't consumed within at least half an hour of the journey so we decided to order a couple of their burgers and settled down in the beer garden. It was here that we calculated that I passed my second year of university with a 2:1 despite all the horrible illness stuff so, as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty chuffed. We discussed creative ideas and our plans for the future, which was extremely therapeutic because everything gets so muddled in my head sometimes. However, before we got too far into the conversation, a group of dog walkers and their dogs entered the beer garden so my concentration went completely out the window and lovehearts began to form in my pupils. 


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To Be Read Pile

Hello everyone! After posting my first To Be Read pile post last month, I thought it'd be nice to carry on with the feature and show you the books that I will be reading in the month of July. I will be posting reviews for the books I read in June shortly so keep your eyes peeled! I bought the f…
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