Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge: February

This month I've started one book, decided that it's a bit of a thinker, a dip-in-and-out-of type book, so moved onto something completely different!


A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax

I remember Ruby Wax as a comedian, initially in Girls On Top in the 80s and through all her stand-up and presenting roles. Now she's taken her own experience with depression and her Masters degree in Cognitive Therapy from Oxford and written a book about Mindfulness. I haven't managed to get very far into the book because it keeps making me question things, like "What is my version of happiness?", "How can I deal differently with those situations from my past that mean nothing but appear in my head at 3am?" and "How can I remind myself that I'm content with the majority of areas in my life when I feel like I'm not?". See what I mean? Lots of brainwork going on!

Anyway, so far I'm really enjoying working on my mindfulness but this book will have to be carried over!

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson

I picked this up just over a week ago because I liked the cover, and then I read the synopsis and was intrigued. It's actually a "young teens" book if we're labeling it and it deals with serious family issues like parents splitting up and abusive relationships in quite a soft, empathetic way that'll help the reader's understanding of them. The story itself is interesting and easy to read and just a really pleasant experience!

Have you read any of these? I'd love to know what you thought! Find me on goodreads and let me know what you're reading too!


Friday, 16 February 2018

The Giant Lanterns Of China At Edinburgh Zoo

Allan and I don't usually give Valentine's Day much thought, but this year it just so happened that Edinburgh Zoo was hosting a Giant Lanterns Of China event and one of the few remaining dates with tickets still available landed right on the 14th February.


I had seen some pictures on Instagram and I'm a sucker for pretty lights, so we bought a couple of tickets (children under 3 go free) and chose the revisit option so we have reduced price tickets to visit the zoo during the day before the end of April.

We packed the girls and lots of cosy clothes in the car and drove down. We had a quick picnic in the car (because the food ain't cheap in there!) and headed in. I was so glad that we picked a quieter day because we managed to view all the lanterns at our own pace and didn't have to squeeze our way in to see them.


Against the dark evening all of the lanterns were amazing, but I especially liked the peacocks, flowers and the dragon. Sorsha loved the lions and zebras. They also had a large area of light depicting the different animals in the Chinese zodiac. Allan is a rooster (which is so accurate!), Willow is a monkey (also very true!), and Sorsha and I are a couple of goats!


My absolute favourite display wasn't a silk lantern at all, it was the Qilins (chee-lins) who were made of thousands of individual glass bottles.


Towards the end there's a stage for regular performances by acrobats including plate-spinning, juggling and...well...acrobats! After standing in the cold for a while we decided to get a couple of hot drinks and dried up cakes in the cafe, hang the cost! Whilst I was at it I threw away some money by buying a spinning top that had lights and music because Willow was mesmerised by it. Needless to say it broke after one use.

Apart from that it was a really good event and the whole family loved it. If you can get tickets (I think only a few dates this month were still available when I checked) it's definitely worth seeing just make sure you wrap up warm!


Friday, 2 February 2018

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge: January

At the beginning of this year I set myself the goal of reading a book a month. This doesn't seem like much but I have barely read a cereal box in the last year, let alone a book!  This month I've spent my spare time reading a book rather than my phone and completed two books!


The Image Of You: I Thought I Knew You. But You're A Liar by Adele Parks

This is my first Adele Parks book and I found it really easy to read. Unfortunately I guessed the plot quite early on which spoiled it for me and meant that the middle chapters dragged. But I think the idea of the book is good so if you don't guess the storyline, this should be an enjoyable read.

The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This book is a lovely read and so full of charm and detail that I could visualise every detail. I loved the characters and how their stories intertwine, and the stories of all the found items. There's a real romance to this book that made my heart happy.

Find me on goodreads and let me know what you're reading!


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