baking

Victoria sponge holds no fears for me now!

I asked my son what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday and he chose a Victoria sponge! I was all ready to bake a sticky ginger cake or a lemon drizzle both of which he loves so when he asked for this i was like I’m an average baker with many failed bakes behind me so I wasnt…

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book hauls, books

A book haul did you say? dont mind if i do!

Just a quick post to share with you some of the splendiferous books that I appear to have acquired recently. They seem to magnetically attach to my hands! No idea how it happens but hey, whos complaining? First we have some rather lovely books i was sent by those splendid folk called publishers I am especially excited to have New…

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currently reading

A Life Discarded – I wish i’d found them

This is my current read Its about 148 diaries found thrown away in a skip back in 2001 i think it was.  How i’d love to have found those!  Its my dream to find old diaries, documents, journals and photos at bootfairs and the like.  I am such a nosy parker into the past and peoples lives, its true. But…

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book review

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Well i finally finished it! Anyone would think it was a 400 page chunker not an 80 page novella its taken me so long but, the truth is… I didnt really enjoy it! It was fascinating from the African/Namibian heritage side of Binti’s character but the actual plot in space with the aliens was PANTS!  I never cared about any…

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book review, books

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

I got fed up waiting for a special book to arrive (which should be here today) yesterday and began reading this instead Its one of three books from the SF Masterworks collection of classic Science Fiction that i was uber kindly sent by Stevie over at Orion/Gollancz books. This was first published in 1975 and i just adore the old…

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book hauls

February book haul

I managed to accrue quite a few books this month, take a squiz at this lovely lot Some were kindly sent to me and others I bought myself including some I got for my birthday last week. More on them later as I read them. via PressSync

book review

Planetfall by Emma Newman

For some reason 2017 wants me to read more Science fiction/fantasy books, dont ask me why but it does!  I’m not arguing though when Planetfall is so bloody good!   I reckon that this is an excellent book to begin with if you are just starting to read SFF. It has just the right amount of excitement, suspense, thrills and…

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bird watching

Are you taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

One of my favourite things to do when im not reading or researching is just watching the birds that come and go in the garden.  Im convinced its very theraputic and good for the soul. I spend far too much money on feeders and  food for them to help them through the winter until they can find food themselves again.…

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book, Book Beginnings on Friday, book openings

Book Beginnings on Friday

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Today i’m taking part in Book Beginnings on Friday, which is a bookish meme hosted by Gilion over at Rose City Reader The idea is that you share the first sentence or thereabouts of the book you’re reading along with any thoughts or first impressions you have on it.  I’ve not taken part in this…

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