• 2015,  crafts,  creative,  Uncategorized

    Loom Knitting

    I got a set of knitting looms for Christmas and since New Year’s Day I’ve been doing a little everyday.  I seem to be getting the hang of it and so far I like it. Here’s a picture of my first project on 2nd January I’d show you a picture of it today (much bigger and with added green yarn) but I reached a point where I needed to stop or turn it into something other than a mindless learning piece with no purpose.  I showed Mum when she came round earlier and I was thinking do a bit more and turn it into either a snood or a bag.…

  • 2015,  blogging,  Uncategorized

    Opening Lines

    Here are my Opening Lines of 2015 – the first line of the first blog post of every month.  I found this really interesting last year looking back so I wanted to do it again this year. Looking at these you’d think all I’d blogged about this year was self care and books. Link to the post is in brackets. January – I promised myself I’d make more of my blogging this year. (Self Care Sunday) February – This week has been a difficult one in many ways. (Self Care Sunday) March – It’s generally been a terrrible week but there have been a few good moments and I’ve had…

  • 2015,  Christmas,  Uncategorized

    Merry Christmas!

    It seems as though I’ve forgotten this blog over the last few months. I haven’t, I’ve thought of it often but not been writing. It’s not deliberate, it’s just the way things have gone for no real reason.  Lots of things I’ve thought of writing but not many have actually made it as far as fingers on keyboard and fewer still have made it as far as hitting the publish button. I’ll be back in a few days with a wrap up post of 2015 I want to write (which may turn into two posts) and I plan to be back with a bang in January.  I’m taking the next…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

    With today being 8th December I decided it’s finally close enough to Christmas to break out the festive reads.  And I started with Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.  That’s a digital original ebook novella published by Simon and Schuster who kindly provded me with a free copy to review. A perfect winter warmer novella for all fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh. But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it’s not quite what they imagined –…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    All Things News

    Actual news, not personal news that is. Since June I’ve been volunteering as editor for Tenants’ Times -Soha’s community newspaper written by tenants, for tenants which comes out three times a year. I thought I blogged about that but if I did I can’t find it.  And as a part of that I’ve been doing a foundation course in Journalism once a month since October.  It’s interesting and I mostly enjoy it although cruch time for Tenants Times can be frantic and exhausting. Yesterday I was part of a group of people (all community journalists from 4 different hyperlocal newspapers) who visited Newbury Weekly News. Newbury Weekly News is a…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Back to Hogwarts #PotterBinge

    The Estella Society are currently hosting #PotterBinge – a Harry Potter readalong between November 1st and 31st January. And I signed up but hadn’t got started rereading yet.  I was definitely going to but frankly I’ve not been reading lately.  I love the Harry Potter books but having reread Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone a few years ago I didn’t enjoy it as much.  I don’t know how many times I’ve read them but it’s a lot. I could write a post of Harry Potter memories and at some point maybe I will. But that’s not what I wanted to write about today. I’ve been wanting the audiobooks of…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    15 in 31 Update

    I set myself a goal of reading 15 books in the 31 days of October.  It was a challenge I saw on twitter and I was really behind with my reading goals so I thought why no give it a go.  I wrote about my reasons for doing it here. Well now it’s the last day of October so I should probably write a post detailing my progress.  I’m terrible for posting about challenges and things I’ve decided to do and then not getting back here to update so this is my attempt at breaking that habit.  Of course part of the problem is that I’m also really really good…

  • 2015,  dose of happy,  Emma,  Family,  good things,  hospital,  photos,  Uncategorized

    Auntie Emma

    Last week I became an Aunt for the first time! Several of my cousins have children as do one or two friends and lot of those kids know me as Auntie Emma (something which surprised me).  But last week I became a proper Auntie.  My brother and sister in law welcomed their first child which was really exciting. Henry David Nicholas was born Tuesday 13th October 2015 weighing 8lb 1oz. The level of excitement in the Crees family really had to be seen to be believed. I think in the past week most of us have fallen in love with the baby but calmed down somewhat. I haven’t seen my…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon – October 2015

    It’s the readathon today! Usually on the morning of the readathon (it runs lunchtime to lunchtime in the UK) I would go buy supplies. But I’ve been waiting in to get my broadband fixed (and fixed it is!) so with an hour to go I’m off to Sainsburys quickly. I’d like to read 4 books but I’ll be very happy with 3 and would settle for two. 2:45pm update: I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami for the last week or two and so far I’ve listened to that for 33 minutes (I was listening at 1.5x speed so actually listened to around 45…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon thoughts and tips

    Readathon blog. For the last four years or so (I think) I’ve been taking part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon every April and October. My first readathon was an October so I think the one this Saturday/Sunday will be my 9th. I enjoy the readathon and get a lot out of it. So much so that I’ve been spending a few hours this week running their Twitter account @readathon. I’ve enjoyed that too and at some point soon I must add some of the people I’ve chatted to there to those I follow on my own account. Meeting new people is one of the best things about the readathon for…