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Things That Make Me Happy 57

lyzi the comfort cat  studying english cacti jessie the pup running up that hill (a deal with god) by kate bush settling into new places family gatherings
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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Tips For Buying Books In Charity Shops

The majority of the books that I own come from charity shops because they make book buying affordable and accessible to me and there are around 10 shops to choose from in my hometown. I also really like that I can support local charities in a pressure-free environment, donating a few pounds as and …

Sea Fever by John Masefield

I love to read poetry. However, I've not shared any of my favourites until now! I thought I'd share one of my favourite poems: Sea Fever by John Masefield. Sit back, relax and put your poetry heads on. 

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall s…

On My Shelf 6

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Hai! Before I get started, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that read, shared and interacted with my last post. It was so nice to see people engaging with a topic that means a lot to me and I really hope it helped people on both sides. You guys are the best! Anyway, onto today's post...Here's the latest installment in my On My Shelf series - the feature that gives you the opportunity to snoop around my bookshelves. Each month you guys give me some numbers that correspond with where my books sit on my shelves and I then tell you a bit about that particular book, the story behind its purchase and, if I've read it, what I thought about it. This tag was created by Iain BroomeLet me know in the comments if you've read any of these books as I'd love to know what you thought of them...

How To Be A Good Friend To Someone With A Disability or Illness

Being diagnosed with Crohns Disease, and my subsequent health problems since, has had a huge impact on my friendships. In most cases, it strengthened them. In others, not so much. 

Illnesses aren't nice for anyone and I'm guilty of sometimes ignoring the impact that mine has on my loved ones…

10 Things I Like About Bookshops

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Christmas has come a little early in the Vivatramp household! The wonderful people over at Books Are My Bag  know just how much I love talking about books so they dropped me an email a while ago asking if I would like a 'survival kit' to delve into to promote this year's campaign. After picking myself up off the floor, I replied with Justin Timberlake lyrics (true story!) and awaited its arrival. I actually missed said arrival but, after answering a million questions, I managed to coax it off our next door neighbour who seemed rather intrigued by the size of the box. Hands off, Mr Buchanan! 

Sea Creatures, The Seafood Market & Curios, Plymouth

Feeling a bit homesick and uncertain, Claire and I decided to make the most of our weekend and head out for food and fun to cheer ourselves up. Thankfully, our little day out worked and we ended up feeling a whole lot better. Luckily enough for you, I decided to take you along with us! Don't say I don't treat you! We decided to make our first stop Rockfish, one of the local seafood places that's ~interestingly~ situated next to the aquarium. Claire went for chips, mushy peas and garlic mayo and I went for the crab roll. The food was really good - we'd definitely recommend! 

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