Friday, June 23, 2017

Middle Aged Lady Night In

Hello to another middle aged lady night in- its cold outside and raining here so it's leggings and sheepskin slippers on and leftover pizza on the couch.   Best of all free television is showing An Officer and a Gentleman. Oh my gosh- young Richard Gere us quite the sight.  I was only 14 when it came out, and it felt like a real grown up movie.  I must have seen it a couple of years later.

So it is nice to have a bit of 80s nostalgia tonight.  Who needs to go out to have fun?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pecking Order

This was a fundraiser movie I saw tonight.  This small documentry follows a small New Zealand chicken/duck/game bird club as they prepare for the National competition.   There is also dissension in the ranks as the aging guys running the show are wanted out by the younger members.

Amusing to watch even if there was an element of cultural cringe, as Kiwis we all know characters like the ones on the screen.  4/5

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Returning Tide - Liz Fenwick

This is a story about families and finding out the truth about what happened seventy years ago in the second world War to drive two sisters apart.  Now at 90, Ellie is helping her loved grand daughter celebrate her wedding at the family home in Cornwall and she is wondering her sister and her wartime love.

I always like a good second world War story, and this one was enjoyable although the flow between the historical story and the current storyline was a little bit stilted for me.  Still it was filled with lots of strong female characters and windswept Cornwall. 3/5

Monday, June 19, 2017

Music Monday- Sign if the Times - Harry Styles

No I am not a One Direction groupie - I am decades too old for that.  I keep hearing this one and have it stuck in my head.  I think it has only 4 or 5 lines, so is easy for an old girl like me to remember.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


A winters afternoon meant it wasn't a hard choice to stay home with the heater on.  I feel that I am constantly trying to watch the programmes and movies clogging up my DVR.

So I tackled this one - Centurion, a take of an unlucky Roman in early Britain.  After being captured by the Picts and then meeting up with the famous ninth legion, our hero a tough looking Michael Fassbender spends much of the movie running, looking dirty and cold.

It didn't really hold my attention too much, and I had the middle aged lady feeling that I may have seen all or parts of it in the past.  3/5.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post Mortems - Carla Valentine

Carla Valentine has written an interesting biography about her career working mainly as a mortuary technician.  If you ever were intrigued about what goes on in the mortuary, then this is the book for you.

Since a young age Carla had an obsession with burials and pet funerals and it is interesting to read about her career working in various departments.  I would worry that doing the same job, that the bodies would haunt my dreams too much.  That it would be too much sadness day in and day out. 4/5

Monday, June 12, 2017

Music Monday - Fading

I keep hearing this song in lots of shops, and on the airplane flight so I looked it up and put it on my playlist.  There doesn't appear to be a video - just the music.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Carpool Karaoke- Ed Sheeran

I watched this tonight.  Ed Sheeran is so good.  He tours here next year and I was disappointed and unable to get tickets to see him.  Still at least I get to watch him here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Orange Blossom Days - Patricia Scanlan

This is one of those books that I fit I into the gentle lady holiday reads.  We get to meet a group of different characters as they buy new apartments in a southern seaside town in Spain.  As the years go on we learn more about their relationships and families.

I did like this read, and with the grey skies of winter here I loved reading about the warm temperatures and sunshine. 4/5

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Travel Man

Choice tv here in kiwi land has a few little shows that make me smile.  Tonight was Travel Man.  Richard Ayoade is a British comedian, who travels with a different actor/comedian to a foreign city and they spend 48hrs exploring.

Tonight was a double episode with 48 hours in Budapest and also St Petersburg.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Dirty Dancing Fail

Is it sad to say that on today's public holiday I was content to stay home after having a busy week.  I also saw that Dirty Dancing was on the tele at lunchtime, so I  did my chores in the morning, made lunch and got ready to camp on the couch.

I was just a simple 18 year old when Dirty Dancing came out and went along with a  bestie to see it.  She may have noticed a tear in my eye as the credits rolled. Since then I have seen it several times, although I think it may have been ten years since I have watched it again.

What was this though - not the original 1987 version, but a 2017 remake - oh no!!!  I did watch a bit if it and it was quite the disappointment.   It was like a high school reinterpretation of the original.  The words and actions there but no magic.   Abigail Breslin was not the right choice to play Baby.  Although she may have been the right age and have had curls in her hair, she seemed  too young and awkward for the role .  The guy who played Johnny also seemed outo of place.  Although he put on the tight pants and got himself a six pack he had none of the swagger, dance skills or natural bad boyness that Patrick Swayze bought to the role.

Awww I am a bit sad as I'do been looking forward to this one.  Still lucky I've got a good book to read.  1/5

Saturday, June 03, 2017

The Button Maker's Daughter- Merryn Allingham

In the warmth of May 1914, Elizabeth Summer is taking stock of her options.  After the season in London and two proposals of marriage declined, she is happy to return to the family mansion.  Here she can paint and wander in the gardens with her brother and his young friend from school.

With rumblings of war, a disgruntled uncle and parents who are determined to marry her off Elizabeth senses that change is coming  then she meets Aiden a young architects assistant, who has dreams of heading to Canada.

With echoes if Downton Abbey, I still quite enjoyed the book as the character Elizabeth is likable and seems to want more for herself, a future as an artist and to be free to vote and to marry whoever she wants.  It is hard to imagine how our own lives may have been so different living a century ago and how much for dom we take for granted. 4/5

Monday, May 29, 2017

Music Monday - The Decemberists

I really like the Decemberists, and enjoy this acoustic performance with just three of their songs.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Zero Dark Thirty

I hadn't seen this one before and thought I would give it a watch.  It basically givers the tracking down and capture of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.  Not a cheery watch, I somehow felt very unmoved by this drama, and thought it boring and overly long.  I am not a fan of torture scenes and so struggled to watch the beginning of the movie.  A 2/5.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus is based on the same named 1994 novel written by Stephen Fry.  Ted Wallace is a poet who hasn't written any poems since 1984, and now has been fired from his critics job.  A fan of a good whiskey, he escapes to the country to visit his godsons family after he is given a task to seek the truth behind some rumors.

Although there is an eccentric group of characters and a smattering is witty jokes, this movie was a bit of  a let down.  Both myself and the friend I went with managed to nod off in the warm cinema, so that may have contributed to our difficulty in following the story.  Sadly only a 2/5.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

I know that I am about three decades too old for this silliness, but it was sitting on my DVR and I felt like something mindless on Friday night.

You all know the drill - a bunch of misfits have to save the universe.  There is lots of running around, fights and flying before a big fight scenes at the end.  Chris Platt makes a likeable muscly good guy with some good dance steps.  Of course at its heart it is a tale of friendship.

I do know that the next movie is out at the cinema right now.   I couldn't bear to sit in the midst of 500 teenagers so am quite happy to wait until it comes out on my apple TV.   3/5

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Missing Series 2

The Missing series 2 centers around Alice Webster, who disappears from a British garrison based in Germany in 2003.  Her parents Gemma and Sam struggle to carry on with life and are shopping ked when a young girl turns up and collapses in town, claiming to be their lost daughter.

Meanwhile French  detective Julien Baptiste is still on the trail of missing French girl Sophie Giroux, who disappeared at the same time.  Unwell and retired from the police he is convinced there is a connection, and travels to Iraq and Germany to find clues to what happened to her.

So a bunch of great actors - I like David Morrissey and Keely Hawes who play the parents and a good story.   There were a lot of characters though and the shifting timeliness did get me a bit muddled at times.  I also felt a bit flat after the series, it's all a bit grim with little joy.  I like my UK dramas with a little bit of humor or fun to balance it out.  3/5

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso

Well I don't know about this one.  The author says it is not a memoir or a how to book, but then proceeds to tell you about her life and how she set up her business.

Always being a bit of a rebel, she sets herself up selling vintage clothes on ebay making it into a multi million dollar business before she is thirty.  With no college education or business background she was motivated and worked really hard to look after her customers and increase sales.

You have to admire someone who can build this big a business without any debt.  She does also offer some good advice about how to do a good interview, how to succeed as an employee.

I wasn't so hot on the chapters when she talked about how she ripped people off and shoplifter to get money.  And somehow I was left with the impression like I was getting shouted at while I was reading. 3/5

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lost Book Of The Grail - Charlie Lovett

Arthur is in his forties teaching English at Barchester University.   In his spare time he attends church even though he has lost his belief in God and searches through the libraries manuscripts to find clues about the Grail.

His life is changed when Bethany Davis arrives.  A young American, she has arrived with a mission to digitize the library manuscripts.  With a pent for computers and modernization will she be able to bring Arthur into the 21st century?

I really enjoyed this book, Charlie Lovett can tell a good story and the combination of history, antique books, Arthurian lore and Grail hunting is particularly compelling.   4/5

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Lion In The Living Room - Abigail Tucker

Abigail Tucker takes us on a journey in this book, to discover how cats have taken over living rooms and houses round the world.   It was interesting to read about how cats were mainly brought inside to catch rats, but in reality have little interest in them.  She discusses how cats are creatures of habit and want their meals at set times which explains why my cat will be ready for her dinner each day at 4pm.

There was a fair amount about shelters and the amount of cats killed each year, staggering numbers and hugely sad to think about.  I think that I wanted a little more from this book, somehow there was very little about the benefits of having cats as pets and the reasons why so many people world wide love their furry companions. 3/5

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Scent of You - Maggie Alderson

This for me was a nice middle aged chick lit read.  Instead of having a twenty or thirty year old main character, our protagonist Polly is a grown up girl with grown children.

A perfume blogger who also teaches yoga, Polly is forced into deciding what she wants her future wants to look like when her husband David leaves her for a research trip.

Although the book was a bit filled with cliches - the model mother, the nosy best friend and the horsey double barreled named handsome ex from college, there was enough of a story to keep me entertained throughout.   3/5

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Bone Field - Simon Kernick

A young girl goes missing 21 years ago on a holiday in Thailand, but there are secrets about her fate just waiting to be revealed in this fast paced thriller by Simon Kernick.

Without giving the plot away there is lots of baddies, an earnest but flawed cop (are there any other kinds of police?), a tough heroic private eye, tough street guys, scared woman, guns, knives, chasing and gangs.

This book reminded me of early Lee Childs and Peter James and look forward to the next one, especially as this ended on a cliffhanger.  4/5

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Walks With My Dog

Being on a tight budget I cannot afford such fripperies as Sky tv, so have to search the channels that free TV offers to find some quality shows, where documentaries are hidden at odd hours.  Anyways I have found this BBC one Walks With My Dog.  On each show a couple of UK celebs take you on a little walk round a part of the UK.  The scenery is delicious and they talk to some interesting folks on their journey.

It is relaxing watching and makes me feel zen and with a deep yearning for a little scruffy dog and a worn khaki jacket. 5/5

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Where She Went - B.E.Jones

Melanie Black wakes up in a strange bed next to a new man and wonders how she got there and so begins this unique take on the old murder mystery.  It kept me guessing most of the way through and I couldn't wait to sit down and read each new chapter. 4/5

Monday, May 01, 2017

Monday Night Laughs - Zoe Lyons Live at the Apollo

After a week of being sick and the first day back at work I could do with a laugh before bedtime.  Zoe Lyons - Live at the Apollo.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Grace Notes - Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal has been one of those actresses who I lived in the roles I have seen her in, the fantastic Peg Bundy in Married with Children to the tough mom Gemma on Sons of Anarchy.  Yet I knew nothing if her private life, so for me this book really showed me who she is.

In a series of essays she talks about the times and people in her life.  Her parents who died while she was young, her relationships with various men, her singing career, acting and then writing and her deep deep love with her children and husband.

  For me there was a real poetic quality to her writing and the stories about her kids and partner were just a joy to read.  4/5

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ambulance Girls - Deborah Burrows

Lily Brennan is a young Australian who is working in London during the Blitz.  As well as transporting the injured and wounded to hospitals around the city, she helps to search bombed sites and rescue the trapped and wounded.

When her partner David Levy goes missing she wonders if he has been involved in foul play, there have been whispers round the station and she is suspicious about several of her colleagues motives.

I enjoyed this light read which transported me to the streets of London.  4/5

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Between Two Worlds- Tyler Henry

If you are familiar with Tyler Henry's show, then you know what the majority of this book is about.  It is always a little strange to read a memoir written by a 20 year old, as they have only a limited life experience.   Tyler tells us about his early years and how he first discovered his psychic abilities.

This book reinforced for me what a nice sweet boy he is, and how he uses his skills to help people heal and grow.  He does spend a fair part of this small book explaining what he believes which is interesting, discussing what he thinks happens when we die and how our love continues, even when our loved ones have passed. 4/5

Monday, April 24, 2017

Music Monday - Fresh Eyes

I keep hearing this song everywhere at the moment.   I watched the video at the weekend, such a lovely message.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Working Class Boy - Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes is an 80s rocker from Australia, that I was lucky enough to see perform in his heyday as he opened for U2.

I didn't know anything about his early life except that he was born in Scotland, and when I was in a bookstore I thumbed through his autobiography and was instantly hooked.

In this book he writes about growing up poor in Glasgow with an alcoholic father.  Things didn't improve once the family moved to Adelaide Australia, it is real Angela's Ashes hunger, violence and poverty that surprised me.  Such a shock to think about how rough it was for him when he was younger and I felt for him as a young child.  I didn't like the teenage Jimmy much though, break ins , drugs, drinking and horrible amounts of violence. 4/5

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Middle Aged Lady Movie Night - Eight Days A Week

It is a while since I had a middle aged lady night.  It had been a busy day full of chores with washing out on in the autumn sunshine, the hoovering was done, bedding stripped and lawns mowed.  A trip to the post office, Library and supermarket all visited.  I then went off your meet a friend for dinner.  We tried a new restaurant Ombra which was tasty and worth the visit.

It was nice to get home in time to pull the curtains to keep the warmth in.  The movie I chose tonight was Ron Howard's Documentry Eight Days A Week.   Set around the touring years of the Beatles mainly from 1962-1965.  I have always loved the Beatles, but haven't listened to them in a while, but this wonderful movie makes me want to listen to them all over again.

Such a delight to see these four talented chaps as handsome and cheeky young men as the play in front of crowds of screaming teenagers.  Watching the movie it made me realize how short their time together was, maybe that is a reflection of my age, but when I was younger it felt like they had been round forever.  I wonder if teenagers today even know who they are?

Much as I love the pop songs if their youth, it is the songs like Blackbird, Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds that give me the most joy.

So I am going to load up all their tunes tonight so that I may listen to them tomorrow.   5/5

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Movies Film Festival

 Our weather was a bit cloudy and cool, so it was nice to catch up on the movies and shows crowding my DVR.  I quite enjoyed The Longest Ride, a romantic movie adapted from a Nicolas Sparks novel.  Scott Eastwood is nice to look at even if I am not a rodeo fan. 4/5
 American Sniper has been on my go to list to watch for some time so I was glad I got to sit down and watch it.  I did come away feeling a bit meh about it, a bit too much for me, too many guns and violence. 2/5
 Won't Back Down was one on the TV at 1am that I recorded and knew nothing about.  Maggie Gyllenhaal is a young single mother that is trying to get help for her young dyslexic daughter but keeps encountering obstacles at her local school.  She finds help from one of the teachers, played by Viola Davis and both woman try to motivate other teachers and make the school a positive learning environment to help all the kids.  4/5
I didn't know anything about this one either but once I saw Nicholas Cage and John Cusack I was interested.  Set in Anchorage Alaska, a young woman manages to escape from a man who has kidnapped and assaulted her.  As she helps police with the case it soon becomes clear that she was not the only victim. A bit gritty and grim it made me sad to think of all the young women killed by this serial killer, and how they must have suffered in their last days.  3/5

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Mother's Promise - Sally Hepworth

Alice is a single mother to Zoe, when she gets a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.   With Zoe suffering crippling social anxiety Alice initially tries to hide her condition, but as things progress she realizes that she must fill Zoe in and find some help. With no reliable friends or family available or Zoes father on the scene they have to accept help from Alices nurse and social worker.

I did enjoy the story although I could not help but feel a bit annoyed with Alice, as she seemed to have her own social issues.   It helped to read the authors explanation of why she wrote the story after thinking about what would happen to children in her own family if something happened to the parents.  She also wanted to explore what would happen to those people who are alone without any support. 4/5

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Extreme Measures - Jessica Zitter

Jessica Zitter is an Intensive Care Specialist Dr who also works as a Palliative Care Dr, and in this books she talks about her experiences working in the hospital and the lessons she has learned.

She is able to talk about some of the hard choices that people face when they become critically unwell.  Do we do everything we can at any cost?  What does that really mean and do patients and their families understand the consequences of that decision?  What would doctors choose to do when they attempt end of their lives?

Such an interesting book - one that I think everyone should read and talk about with their family and friends. 5/5

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Their Finest

Easter break is the perfect time for a movie, and as school holidays have begun this was one movie where there were no punters under 35.  Set in wartime London, a trio of scriptwriter are given the task of helping write a new stirring patriotic script, to be immortalized on the silver screen.

At it's heart though is the story of young Welsh woman Catharine who is finding it hard to survive and doesn't expect to find love.

At first I didn't think much of the story but was impressed by the lovely scenery and perfect rumpled costuming.   As the story developed it became more endearing and charming.  4/5

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Rolling With The Punchlines - Urzila Carlson

Urzila Carlson is a South African born New Zealand comedian who has been popping up on our screens the past couple of years in a variety of shows.  Although she writes a little bit about the comedy, this mainly a story about her difficult childhood growing up with abuse and poverty.

I really enjoyed this book, she's a good story teller and I felt like I was just listening to a good friend chatting.  She doesn't have to throw in lots of absurd cheesy jokes to enhance the humor, her telling of the stories us entertaining enough. 4/5

Friday, April 07, 2017

That Sugar Film

Maybe this one wasn't the ideal movie to watch before Easter weekend.   It certainly made me back away from the biscuits and have some fruit instead.

Basically this Aussie documentry maker Damon  Gameau , who lives the good life without a lot of sugar decides to take on the average persons diet of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day.  At first he thinks it will be hard to do, but as he discovers sugars are in 80% of products at the supermarket.

Without eating junk food, sodas or sweets he consumes sugar through juices, yogurt, cereals, bread and ready made meals.  The effects of weight gain, fatty liver and foggy brain happen rapidly but are also reversed once he returns to his normal eating.

A movie that we should all watch, not too long and presented in an easy way to consume the information.  4/5

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover

I know this seems a silly thing to say about a fiction book, but it just seemed all a bit too made up for me.  Lily Blossom Bloom is a girl who has grown up in a home where her father continually physically abused her mother.  After escaping she heads to Boston where she dreams if being a florist  (cue the cheesy name).

There she meets Ryle a handsome Neurosurgery registrar who falls in love with her.  Somehow it all felt a bit too TV movie for me.  I didn't feel like the characters were real. 3/5

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Innocents

This was one I had ticked off to see at the 2016 film festival, but life intervened and I had to skip it.  Todays weather forecast was predicting rain, so a bestie and me met for some curly fries and a drink and a seat at the cinema.

This movie is based on a real story.  It tells of a young French red Cross worker who is asked to assist with a difficult labor of a young woman at a Polish Convent.  While there she uncovers a secret that the nuns have been trying to keep quiet from the locals.

I did enjoy most of the story, although we had been warned it was somewhat grim.  It was a bit bleak and I did nod off a bit half way through.   3/5 nods from me.

Never Put All Your Eggs In One Bastard - Peta Mathias

Peta is a TV host/chef/author from New Zealand who has written several books over the past 20 years and appeared on many shows showcasing her travels and the food and people she encounters.

In this her latest book she has made it a memoir telling us about her early life growing up in Auckland, and leading onto her latest venture of rebuilding a house in rural France.  It just all felt a little flat for me.  I think I needed more amusing stories, instead it was a little dry. 3/5

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Voyage of Their Life - Diane Armstrong

What an interesting compelling read this one is.  This book tells the journey if the over crowded and worn out boat, the Derna which travelled from France to Australia in 1948.  Aboard were 545 passengers, mostly survivors from the war seeking a new life in Australia or New Zealand.

The author was just a young girl who was with her family on board and she tells the amazing stories of many of the passengers.  It still shocks me to hear what these poor people endured in concentration camps, in gulags, hidden in convents, holes in the ground or hidden in attics.

Interesting  to hear too, about their lives in Australia and New Zealand and how hard they worked.  This us one of those books that I will think about for a long time. 5/5

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deepwater Horizon

So this was the last of the movies that I saw on my recent flight.  Deepwater Horizon is a biopic about a real life accident on the oil drilling right in 2010.  A series of events led to a huge explosion and fire that left 11 workers dead.  It is a bit of a grim watch, but it does a good job of honouring the teams aboard.  3/5

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Manchester By The Sea

I had wanted to see this one at the cinema but never got organized enough.  So it was the first choice on my recent flight.  However I wished I had watched something else, I was quite bored.  1/5

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Night School - Lee Child

We travel back in time with this one to meet Jack Reached in 1996.  I can't really explain much more about the plot because I couldn't really follow it myself.  It is a departure from his usual formula and for me, it seemed to be written as some sort of set up to follow into another story line. 3/5

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Liberation- Kate Furnivall

Caterina is trying to survive in Sorrento, Italy in 1945.  The war has ended and British and American troops are in Naples trying to restore peace to the war devastated city.  Caterina has taken over her dead father's business to try and support her young brother and grandfather who rely on her.

I enjoyed the first half of this story but it seemed to take me a long time to get through the last part. 3/5

Friday, March 17, 2017

So I got to see this one on a recent flight.  I had read the book when it came out several years ago, a bestseller for weeks.  It is the story of Lou Clark who in need of a job, applies to be a caregiver to Will Traynor, a young banker who had been paralyzed after an accident years earlier.  As a friendship develops, they become inseparable but Will has a plan of his own.

I found this one a nice piece of light watching.  Emilia Clark was a delight to watch and provided the perfect mix of airiness and drama that the character needed.  4/5

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Street Cat Named Bob

With a longish flight home last night there was time to watch a movie. I had read the book when it came out.  It tells the true life story of James Bowen whose life as a drug addiction changes when he gives up the drugs.  With the help of a kind social worker, he is able to get a council flat and he gets a visit from a ginger tomcat who makes himself at home.

Soon Bob and James are inseparable and become famous with clips of them together watched by millions on YouTube.

I really enjoyed this one, showing that love can come in many forms and from different creatures.   It was also awesome that the real Bob got to play himself in the movie as well as a cameo from the author.   5/5

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Darling, I'm Going To Charlie - Maryse Wolinski

This is a small but moving memoir about a wife of 47 years, missing her husband.  Georges Wolinski was a satirical journalist who was murdered with eleven others at the Charlie Hedbo Magazine offices in Paris in 2016.

At the core of this book is a love story, of the couple that spent all their time together, of love notes left any time they spent apart.  4/5

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Taken 3

A middle aged lady night in meant there was a load of washing already on the line, and a sink full if dishes soaking.  So with a bowl of ice cream and the candles lit, I sat down to tackle a movie from the DVR.   Taken 3 seemed a good choice  - who doesn't love a bit of Liam Neeson?

This one for me was a bit of a dud.  It seemed to be lacking in any cohesive story, just a series of car chases and shoot out scenes.  A bit of a worried looking daughter and two obviously bad guy cops.  All I could think throughout though, was that Liam looked bone tired like he just needed a good lie down on the couch and a good burger and fries.  Thank goodness it is the final of the three part franchise  - you have a rest now Liam.  2/5

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Constant Queen- Joanna Courtney

I am enjoying this series from Joanna Courtney, about the three Queens who were involved in the fight for the English crown in 1066.  This story is about Princess Elizaveta, born in Kiev who falls in love with a Norwegian Viking.

However she is not the only one seeking handsome Haralds heart, will he marry the Nordic Tora or never return home, continuing to plunder riches from wealthy cities across Europe.

I felt sacked into this historical novel, althou5it did take me a long time to read it. 4/5

Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Monday- Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran

Oh I am loving this song so much this week.  No big fancy effects from Ed, just talent and a guitar wins every time.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

St Vincent

After weeks of packing and moving , and a day of chores I decided to sit down and watch a movie this afternoon.   St Vincent is one of those independent movies that tells a simple tale of how sometimes family is not only the people we are related to, but the people who come in on our lives.  Vincent us the cranky old neighbor who provides care for Oliver while his mum works.

An entertaining 4/5 watch for me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Sleepwalker - Chris Bohjalian

The Sleepwalker didn'the keep me awake at night wanting to read it.  Mum Annalee goes missing overnight, which her family blame on her longstanding history of sleepwalking.  Her daughter Lianna seems to be the only one who really wants to know what has happened, as she saved her mother once before.   Maybe she could save her again? 3/5

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Story - Jo Malone

I have a couple of books to catch up on, it has been a hectic week or two moving house and trying to make the most of the nice evenings.  Being tired I only manage a page or two before sleep.

Jo Malone, the famous London Perfumer ticks all the boxes in her autobiography.   A simple childhood with money struggles, hard work, opportunities, health struggles etc.   I always like to hear about some one from humble beginnings becoming so successful, it gives all of us hope that we just need that one great idea and lots of hard work.  4/5

Monday, February 13, 2017


I have been hearing good things about Kedi a documentary about the street cats in Istanbul.   I was lucky enough to visit this amazing city in 1994, so I really would love to see this one.

Is there anything you are looking forward to seeing?