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So there I am in a Christmas hat from the launch party for Blog On Toys and what a night it was! Big thanks to This Mummy Rocks and Unconventional Kira for staying with me on the dance floor to the bitter end! I am feeling my age right now and have discovered muscles that haven’t been used since weekly discos at uni!
The featured post this week is this brilliant post from Magical Mama Blog. I had no idea that there were such differences in the design, shape and cut of children’s clothes! I wish I’d known when I had my eldest!
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Most of us have a favourite colour. I am extremely lucky that my wonderful husband loves purple too so I never have to compromise!
I knew straightaway that purple would be the colour scheme at our wedding and even planned to wear a purple dress for most of the lead up to the big day. My bridesmaids wore light purple, the page boys had dark purple waistcoats and ties. I chose purple ribbon for and Lego bricks for the wedding cake.
It was only 6 weeks before the wedding that I decided to decorate the room. I had originally thought that it was an expense we could do without but as the day got bigger and expectations seemed to increase as well, I decided that I wanted the decor to be a little bit special too.
I bought some purple balloons and a helium canister so Chris had a job to sort those out those on the morning of the wedding.
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I considered decorating the room myself (with help, obviously!) and picked out some gorgeous items on Amazon but then changed my mind and booked a company through Facebook to make my life easier 🙂
To save a little money, I opted to use the black chair covers that the venue provided for no charge and add a lilac sash. I then organised for half of the chairs to have white chair covers and purple sashes.
The night before the wedding, the supplier sent me pics as she worked and my heart actually leapt with excitement as the venue was transformed. It looked like a proper wedding!
I am so glad that we decided to decorate the venue as it really did make the day extra special!
Almost 2 weeks ago (where on earth has that time gone???) I headed to Oxford to attend a special event with Sky One to celebrate the launch of A Discovery of Witches (it started on 14th September!)
I arrived in Oxford early to do some exploring and managed to pack in a lot of sightseeing into just 2 hours! I visited Oxford Castle which was also a prison and if I’d had longer I would have gone on the guided tour. I climbed the Mound to get a view of the city.
I ventured into the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centres then back onto the streets, avoiding the many bicycles!
I had a peek through the doors of some of the colleges. I was a little disappointed not to be able to visit Keble College where my great uncle attended, but it was a little too far away from the centre of the city and I was running out of time.
I popped to the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs. I wandered around the cathedral grounds. So many beautiful sights!
One place which was poignant and appealed to the historian in me was the memorial to Cranmer, Ridley and Latimer who were burned at the stake by Mary I. This links back to our trip to Carmarthen and the unfortunate story of Bishop Ferrar.
I can definitely imagine our family having a weekend away to Oxford as there were so many places I’d love to visit including the Museum of the History of Science and the Museum of Natural History.
Have you been to Oxford and are there any unmissable places that we should visit?
Nathan and Katie are hiding. From the world, but also keeping their feelings hidden from each other. They have been through a tough time together after Nathan’s twin brother was revealed as a vicious murderer before attacking Katie and then being killed.
Suddenly, it is revealed via a blog that Cameron’s crimes were based on murders that Nathan had described in a teenage journal and one of their former colleagues is murdered and they become the main suuspects.
Nathan and Katie return to their previous lives to try to find the real killer but can they trust their police colleagues, friends or even each other…?
This book was enjoyable but, be warned, there are grisly passages which have the capacity to shock, particularly the description of the murder right at the start.
The main characters are likeable: you want them to resolve their problems and move on with their relationship.
There are many references to events that took place in the past so I had a feeling that I was missing part of the story by not experiencing it with the characters. This is the second in the series so I wish I’d read the first book before this one but there was enough information to make the plot, narrative and character motivation easy to understand.
Will I be reading more from this author? YES!
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Title: The Goodnight Song
Author: Nick Hollin
Publication Date: SEPT 17th
What would you do if someone used your deepest secrets to commit the darkest crimes?
When the cold, lifeless body of a policeman is pulled from the Thames in the early hours of the morning, it appears at first glance to be a terrible accident.
But when old diary pages predicting the exact details of the crime start appearing online, ex-criminal psychologist and owner of the diary, Nathan Radley, becomes the number one suspect in the most terrifying murder investigation the London police has ever seen.
Nathan’s partner, Detective Katie Rhodes knows that he is innocent, because she was with him the night of the attack. But as more extracts are posted, and more bodies begin to surface, how much longer can she ignore the connection?
The trail leads Katie from one dead end to another, until a tiny clue buried deep within the pages leads them to a new suspect; someone dangerous, someone close, someone they trusted…
A nail-biting and unputdownable thriller that fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will adore.
From bookbinder to gardener to forensic analyst, Nick has enjoyed an extremely varied working life. At home his interests are equally diverse, but nothing beats books. Collecting, reading, writing, they have always been a passion in one form or another. A graduate of Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing Masters, he’s fulfilling a long-held dream of being published and hopes to be at this for a good while yet. He lives in Cambridgeshire with his partner, young son and cat.