Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recently Read - When I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly

When I Wasn't WatchingWhen I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the whole I really enjoyed this book, there was enough suspense to keep me wanting more.

However, at times I felt it was turning into a romance/erotica book and I was worried it was going to lose pace a bit. It soon picked up again and was a very good read.

Eight years ago, Lucy and Ethan Randall’s little boy, Jack, was abducted and murdered by teenager Terry Prince. A moment’s distraction had ripped a family apart – and with the loss of their son came the collapse of the Randalls’ marriage. Tortured by memories, Lucy was left to battle her grief while raising her remaining son alone.

Now, Jack’s killer has walked free, giving him the second chance at life that little Jack never had. Lucy’s wounds newly opened, her world is turned upside down a second time when another child goes missing – and she can’t shake the suspicion that Prince has struck again.

When DI Matt Winston, the same officer who found Jack’s body, is assigned to the case, the echoes of Lucy’s past grow ever more insistent. Bound by their tragic shared experiences, Matt and Lucy grow closer – and become fixated on bringing the culprit to justice. But now history has repeated itself, answers seem even further out of reach. And for Lucy, it’s time to face her ghosts, and ask the most terrible question of all: can she ever really forgive herself?

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Ways To Make Your Home Child Friendly

It isn’t easy raising a family, and whilst everyone seems to be an expert on baby-proofing your cupboards, sockets and tables, it seems no one is there to help when they outgrow the baby stage and the troublesome toddler emerges from the cot.

No matter how harsh extended family members can be, it is your home and raising your children in a house that they can call their own is a privilege they will never forget. So treasure those precious moments getting home contents insurance to make sure your families treasures can be protected for as long as your protect your family.

Cleaning products

Cleaning products and many chemicals that are kept in cupboards under the sink become a new fascination for the newly curious toddler. The low cupboard is accessible and the bottles are often bright and inviting. Prevent potentially dangerous accidents by keeping any hazardous cleaning products or chemicals in high cupboards out of reach from your troublesome toddler.


Your latest enemy with your toddler will be their newfound mobility; the excitement of a baby’s first steps will quickly wear off when the ease at which they can get around makes them hard to pin down.

Windows are a new issue you may have to face. With their curiosity and mobility, seeing outside and climbing around is a must, so keep your windows closed to prevent them from falling or closing on your child, and keep them locked to stop curiosity permitting a burglary.


Once again a toddler’s ability to move up and down stairs means your child will often be at risk of falling. Placing gates at the top and bottom of any long sets of stairs in your house will make sure you toddler doesn’t trip and hurt themselves; it also helps you keep an eye on your child and know where they are at all times.


Insuring your house from any potential child damage will not only help protect your home but it will also help your stress levels in those difficult toddler years. You’ll be protecting your home from damage whilst simultaneously protecting your own sanity.

Don’t let the trouble years get the better of you. Cherish time with your family and make your home a little safer with these tips.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tattoo Art Exhibition

I recently visited Somerset House Tattoo Art Exhibition...

An exhibition presenting original artworks from 70 of the world’s most influential tattoo artists including Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth, Rose Hardy, Chris Garver, Ami James and Mister Cartoon, curated by fellow tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe and publisher Miki Vialetto.

Each artist has been commissioned to create a completely new work for the exhibition on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface of skin.

The resulting collection ranges from oil painting, watercolours and traditional Japanese silk painting to paint layering on real skulls, airbrush and bronze sculpture. Time and all it infers (such as life and death) is a classic, common motif in tattoo art, expressed through a vast variety of iconographic combinations. For example, the popular inkings of butterflies, blossoms and the handled cross signify life, while memento moris such as skulls or the goddess Kali denote death. Many of these symbols are also present in the original pieces displayed.

I took photos of the pictures I liked the most:

Gran Canaria Holiday

Myself and one of my daughters spent a week in Peurto Mogan, Gran Canaria.

It was hot, sunny and very very pretty!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cuteness Aged 2 Years & 8 Months

I think my Grandson just gets cuter every week..

...I'm one very proud Granny!

Recently Read - Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Because She Loves MeBecause She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Brilliant, had me gripped from the start - and I didn't guess the twist! Thank you!

This book had me up way too late for a work night as I was just wanting to read a bit more to find out what was going to happen next, and when I did put it down I couldn’t sleep as it was going round and round in my mind. The characters were so ordinary, so believable and real to me it was like I was worrying about them.

Plenty of shocks and surprises and just when you think you’ve got it all, theres a dramatic twist

A lot of books I just *read*, this one I devoured!

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.

But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth...

Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recently Read - The Lives Of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

The Lives of Stella BainThe Lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a young American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in the exclusive garden of London's Bryanston Square, residents August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge, a cranial surgeon, quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide in France, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

I generally love books by Anita Shreve but this one.. well, I swerved between loving it and being bored.

I would say mostly it was an enjoyable read, but not as brilliant as some of her others.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Anyone Remember "Rent-A-Cassette"?

As I was browsing through Spotify this evening, deciding what music to listen to from the choice of millions of tracks, I thought back to my teenage years.

In my early teenage years the only music choice I had was the radio. One music station which faded in and out as the reception was so poor.

When I'd saved enough pocket money I bought myself a cassette player - remember those!?

It was a mono player, no fancy speakers it must have sounded very tinny but it was amazing at the time.

Trouble was, cassettes were expensive and I only had one - Rod Stewart, so I soon got bored.

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It was then I came across "Rent-A-Cassette" advertised in a magazine.  It was perfect for me - for a few pennies a month I had access to lots and lots of music. They posted out a cassette of my choice each week which I kept for a few days and if I liked it a lot I could keep it at a knocked down price. It seemed so modern and trendy!

Anyone else remember "Rent-A-Cassette"?

I also remember the hassle of winding and rewinding the tape to get to the right track? The tape getting twisted and stuck in the little wheels, pulling out and sometimes even tearing?  Having to clean those little wheels with some alcohol and cotton buds..

How times have changed - thankfully!

But it makes me wonder, how will people obtain and listen to music in another 30/40 years!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Recently Read - The Ugly Man by P.D. Viner

The Ugly Man (Short Story) A Dani Lancing StoryThe Ugly Man (Short Story) A Dani Lancing Story by P.D. Viner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very enjoyable short read.

It was gripping and quite horrifying at times, but most of all I'd describe it as a rather sad and tragic tale of an unloved and lonely man.

The whole country baking in a heatwave. And in a sleepy Derbyshire village a man, known locally as the Ugly Man, walks into his local with a claw hammer and in front of everyone brutally murders the young woman behind the bar.

For Patricia Lancing, juggling the demands of being a wife and mother alongside her desire to get recognition as an investigative journalist, this could be the case that makes her career...

If she survives it. 
From Amazon

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