Random Moments

So you think you’re Harry Potter?

October 17, 2014

Well dear readers, I actually am!

Confused? Read on.

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I’m currently having my leadership skills developed at work. And as part of this process we’ve all been put through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Basically a test that will spookily, accurately tell you what your personality type is. There are 16 different personality types according to the Myers and Briggs ladies and each and every one of you will fall into one of the 16 categories. Don’t like labels? Being put in a box? Tough because it’s happening.

The basic principle behind the theory is that each one of us is programmed, pretty much at birth, to prefer to react to a situation in a certain way. Your friend’s over the top reaction to you not having spoken to them in a few weeks. Someones incessant need to argue over everything. Leaving packing to the day of your flight, only to realise that you don’t actually know where your passport is. These may all seem like odd ways to behave to you, but actually, for that person, they are completely normal. Because we’re all different. Or different in 16 different ways. Whatever. There are basic differences in the way people prefer to use their perception or judgement. Continue Reading…

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Love Joules

October 15, 2014

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Intarsia Jumper | Bee shirt | Women’s pyjama bottoms | Men’s pyjama bottoms | Amelie Floral pillowcase | Women’s cable knit hat | Women’s wellibobs

I remember as a small child attending our local country fair and being drawn to the marquee with the pastel coloured fleeces and wellies. Who’d have thought back then that the Joules clothing brand, regularly spotted at country shows and equestrian events, would have stores in towns and cities across the country today. Interestingly it was the foot and mouth crisis back in 2001, meaning all country and equestrian events were cancelled, that forced Joules to start selling their clothes in rural stores and more traditional retail facilities. Continue Reading…

Random Moments

Here come the brides

October 13, 2014

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On Friday I witnessed two of my favourite ladies make a life long commitment to each other. I have known Eli since university. I have known Eli since before she came out as gay. And since she started dating Fran, she is the happiest I’ve ever known her. Continue Reading…

Bloggers' Book Club, Good Reads

Bloggers Book Club #5

October 9, 2014

The husband's secret blogger book clubOur members have spoken and the next book club read is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. It’s currently just £3.85 on Amazon for the paperback and £1.99 on the Kindle.

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Unfortunately our next chat won’t be a live one. Apologies to those that provided me with their availability. Your readers in chief can’t get their act together and be available on the same dates. So the chat for The Husband’s Secret will take place using the Skype chat facility at 8pm Tuesday 27 January 2015. Stick it in your diaries now.

We will look to hold a live chat in London during April or May.

If you’ve not already joined the Bloggers’ Book Club, but would like to, please sign up to our mailing list. We keep all members updated with regular emails.

Alice and I already have our theories as to what the husband’s secret may be, hopefully it’s not just that he has three wives. Snore.

Random Moments

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile

October 8, 2014

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I’m going to stop sitting on the fence over this and declare that autumn is officially my favourite season of the year. Nature’s final swan song before winter closes in and marks the end of another year. Crisp, fresh mornings. Early evenings awash with golden light. Evenings cool enough to light a fire, snuggle up under a duvet with a hot chocolate or a beverage spiced with cinnamon. Perhaps even something mulled. Oversized knits and chunky boots. Mittens, bobble hats and knitted scarves. As the trees drop their seeds, my pockets fill up with conkers and acorns. Walking through fallen leaves, playfully kicking them in the air, is surely something none of us will ever grow out of. Apple picking, pumpkin carving, sparklers and fireworks. I’m thankful to live in a country of seasonality, in a world where change is beautiful. And one in which someone invented the toffee apple.

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My birthday at the Old Oak Gypsy Wagon

October 6, 2014

I’ve been 30 for just over 2 weeks. We had the last of the celebrations on Saturday night and now I need to avoid alcohol for a good few weeks. I’m sure I was sweating gin at our korfball match yesterday.

So now I’m thirty. And whilst my friend isn’t enjoying the milestone, I’m loving it. I genuinely feel like I have a whole new chapter ahead of me. I’m enjoying saying ‘I’m in my very early thirties.’ But let’s face it, you’re here to read all about my little break in lovely Wales, so I’ll stop going on.

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The place we stayed in was incredible. I think it’s up there as one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. Located on a remote Welsh farm, just outside of Llandysul, this is the Old Oak Gypsy Wagon. Continue Reading…