Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Related imageLast night I went to see Sarah Millican at the Hammersmith Apollo. She was so funny I was crying at points. She’s rude, crude, dirty and freaking hilarious. Although she says she never does adverts, I wonder if she would change her mind to do an advert for Always?

On Friday we had a party at school to celebrate the royal wedding. Although, this did just seem like an opportunity to have a dance on the field in the sun but I don’t hear any complaining about that! Seeing six year olds dancing is the funniest thing, and I was completely blown away by a few of my children doing the worm!

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

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Bout of Books | Day 5

Image result for claude on holiday5:30pm – We finished Claude on Holiday as a class today.  These are lovely stories which are a nice introduction to chapter books for the younger children. They are about a small, plump dog called Claude who goes on adventures with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, who is a sock who smells like cheese. In this adventure, Claude packs his suitcase with items he thinks he might need to have on holiday, including; squirty cream, underwear and sun cream. The children loved the pirates, the skull island and the things Claude packed for holiday. The pictures included lots of details, many of which are very funny. I personally wasn’t very impressed with the image of the lifeguard being distracted by pumping up a woman’s balls, who was holding them in front of her like giant boob. Yes, my class of six year olds did notice and shouted it out.

4-stars

On Monday I mentioned our lion who goes home with the children, called Aslan. When they bring him back we read what they have written about their adventures with him. Today was the second return day of the week, so we read the two page spread about how the child took him on the trampoline and swimming. In class you forget just how little they are until you see the delight on their faces when they get to take Aslan home, or a picture of them fast asleep cuddling him.

Page Count: 787


Challenge: Space Scavenger Hunt

Mercury – Favourite short story/novella – The Slow Regard of  Silent Things


Venus – Favourite book with female protagonist – PS. I Love You

P.S. I Love You
Earth – Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title – The Name of the Wind

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Mars – Favourite book with a red cover – Scythe

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)
Jupiter – Favourite tome over 500 pages – Crime and Punnishment

Crime and Punishment
Saturn – Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title – Noughts and Crosses

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
Uranus – Favourite book set in winter
Neptune – Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water – Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
Pluto – Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

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Moon – Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth
Sun – Favourite book set in summer
Space – Favourite book set in space


bout of books 22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, 14th May and runs through Sunday, 20th May in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Bout of Books | Day 4

Plaques and TanglesA few years ago I went to see Plaques and Tangles at The Royal Court Theatre. If a script is available, I will always buy it over the programme.

Days before her wedding, Megan discovers she has a 50:50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Whilst pregnant she’s offered a genetic test to find out if she has the gene. But does she really want to know?

This play can be a bit difficult to follow as it is a jumble of past and present, with some scenes having both Older and Younger Megan.

Ultimately, it was as heartbreaking to read as it was to watch, especially near the end.

4-stars

Page Count: 725

Challenge: Read Alikes.

If you liked… A Court of Thorns and Roses (my review)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

You’ll like… 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Image result for maria v snyder poison study

Grave Mercy  by Robin LaFevers

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutoski

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder


bout of books 22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, 14th May and runs through Sunday, 20th May in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Bout of Books | Day 3

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I’ve been in a reading slump for the past few months. I’ve picked up at least 5 books and ended up putting them down. My way around this was to re-read one of my favourite books. I managed to finish The Name of the Wind whilst in my favourite reading spot… the bath. I forgot how slow this book is but once you get to the point where he goes off on his own (around 100 pages in) it gets so much better. It literally has everything you want in a book; music, magic, love, grief, complex characters, literary appreciation and friendships.

5-stars

Plaques and TanglesA few years ago I went to see Plaques and Tangles at The Royal Court Theatre. If a script is available, I will always buy it over the programme.

I don’t usually read plays for pleasure but this one was crying out at me. Days before her wedding, Megan discovers she has a 50:50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Whilst pregnant she’s offered a genetic test to find out if she has the gene. But does she really want to know?

I’ve only read about half of it so far but so much of the play is flooding back to me.

Page Count: 610

5:00pm – Today we managed to read a few more pages of Claude on Holiday, the whole of Winston Was Worried and some of a space book. AND the children watched some Michael Rosen poems and performed a total of 8 different poems as a class. Not bad, eh?

Winston Was Worried is about an over-dramatic dog who has a splinter in his paw. He keeps repeating that ‘there’s nothing worse than having a splinter in your paw’ and ‘everything bad always happens to me’. He is completely oblivious to all the bad things that are happening to his friends, like; being taken away in a dustbin lorry, being stung by a bee and being snapped at by crocodiles. His splinter falls out without him noticing and suddenly his tooth hurts. When he finally arrives at the vet with ‘nothing is worse than a wobbly tooth’, he finds all his injured friends.

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Page: Count: 662

Challenge: Show me your precious


bout of books 22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, 14th May and runs through Sunday, 20th May in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Bout of Books | Day 2

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

5:15pm – I managed to complete My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece just before bed last night. It was absolutely wonderful and so heart wrenching. Jamie’s sister, Rose, died in a terrorist attack five years ago. The grief teared their family apart, leading to his mother having an affair and moving in with her new partner and his father becoming an alcoholic. When their mum moves out, Jamie and his family move to the Lake District for a new start. Except Jamie’s finding it hard to settle in to school with someone bullying him, his dad is still drinking and it’s got worse and his older sister has a secret boyfriend which she’s trying to hide from their dad. Jamie spends his time waiting for his mum to come and visit, wearing his Spider Man t-shirt everyday in the hope that she’ll surprise them. A wonderful book with strong themes on friendship, grief and family.

5-stars

Current number of pages read: 288 pages

 

Challenge: Year of You – Share a book released the same year you were born.

Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)


bout of books 22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, 14th May and runs through Sunday, 20th May in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

Exterior of the Temperate HouseMonday feels like it was a long time ago. But here in the UK, Monday was a bank holiday. And what a glorious bank holiday it was too. The temperature was in the mid twenties and there was beautiful sunshine. Our friends came over so we all went for a picnic in Kew Gardens. They hadn’t been before so it was nice taking them around. They had also just opened up the restored Temperate house so it was exciting to see all the restoration work they had done.

In class week we’ve started poetry. Who better to show them than Michael Rosen? I played them a selection of videos of him performing his poetry. They LOVED chocolate cake. And I can’t think of a better sound than 30 giggling children.

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This week I also started and complete the series Safe on Netflix. If you liked Broadchurch or Big Little Lies you will love this. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would have binged watched this in an evening. It has Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) in, both of which were brilliant. Dexter’s Michael’s British accent will grow on you, although I think he practiced it based on Benedict Cumberbottom.

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Sunday Smiles

sunday smiles

My Sunday Smiles

We’re in May and the sun has finally decided to show it’s face. Hurrah! It’s be absolutely glorious this weekend. We decided last minute to go into central London on yesterday and have lunch and cocktails next to the Thames. Then we wandered to Forbidden Planet. They didn’t have the books we wanted so we consolidated ourselves by having liquid nitrogen ice cream from Chin Chin Labs. I love that they’ve opened up a new(ish) store in Soho as it means I don’t have to weave my way through the crowds of Camden.

 

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

April Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

I hope your April was as wonderful as mine. I got married at the end of March and went on honeymoon and had a party in April. I topped my magical month off by going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for the fourth time! Unfortunaley my car broke (it was incredibly scary breaking down on the M25) but we’ve managed to get a lovely new(ish) car called Fifi.

Books Read in April.

Blood For Blood

Blood For Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) – Ryan Graudin

Clean

Clean by Juno Dawson

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Wedding and Iceland

Sunday Smiles – Quiz

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Reykjavík

Iceland


Books I Bought In April.

I’ve put myself on a book buying ban so I can work my way though my massive pile of unread book. I was very good and didn’t buy any in April!

Currently Reading: 

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)


Looking Forward To In May…

  • Seeing Sarah Millican.
  • My Parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Updating my scrap book, photo frames and wedding album.
  • The sun coming out some more!

How was your April?

Sunday Smiles

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My Sunday Smiles

 

We went to a quiz yesterday run by our school’s PA. The Quiz Master also writes questions for TV programmes like Pointless, so it’s always brilliant and completely packed.

This years theme was Fun and Games so all the rounds were named after different board games and the answers would like to the game. Eg. Battleships (the odds were also names of battles and evens were also names of famous ships), Card games (all linked to suits and games that you can play with cards) and Operation (all contained body parts). It’s incredibly clever and lots of fun.

Questions included things like:

Operation – all answers will contain a body part

1.This tea is named after a Prime minister.

2. The 33rd element on the periodic table.

Card Games

3. Meghan Markle is an actress in this TV series.

4. Heath Ledge received an Oscar for this role.

5. A fictional detective in the 1930’s novel The Maltese Falcon.

(Answers below)

What’s made you smile this week?


Sunday Smiles is a weekly meme created by me at Tumbling into Wonderland Books. It runs every Sunday. Want to find out more or join in the fun? Check out the details here.

Answers

  1. Early Grey
  2. Arsnic
  3. Suits
  4. The Joker
  5. Sam Spade

Iceland

We went to Reykjavik for our honeymoon in April. I’ve decided to do this post in two parts. Part 1 was the city of Reykjavík (here) and Part 2 is trips and sights outside of the capital city.

Reykjavik is the main city on the island, holding over 2/3 of the total population. Although there were a few interesting things in the city, it the rest of the country that you really go to Iceland for. It has some of the most stunning and varied landscapes and beautiful natural attractions. We stayed in Reykjavik and only stuck to the west and south coast.


Blue Lagoon

This was an absolutely amazing experience and quite possibly my favourite thing we did while we were in Iceland. It needs to be booked in advance, as my parents unfortunately realised when they went to Iceland last year. I was told by a lot of people that you have to shower naked in front of everyone and this made me very apprehensive. I’m am super please to say that there are cubical and you can close the door so no one can see you *huge sigh of relief.*

When you book a standard ticket, they give you a wrist band, a towel, face mask and a free drink. You put the wrist band on and this opens your locker and pays for any extra drinks or face masks you might purchase. There are separate male and female changing rooms, with a small lockable cubical to get changed in. You then shower naked before you go into the pool. There are two ways into the pool, you can access it from inside or you can go outside before you then go into the water. We were really lucky and the water was around 38 degrees. I’ve heard that some people experienced it cooler than that. It was very surreal as the water was blue, with steam rising off, and the lagoon was surrounded by snow! You then have a bar in the middle and you drink your drink whist in the water and can apply free face masks. You can spend as long in the water as you want

I would definitely recommend going here.

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Whale Watching

We went to Iceland in April which the the beginning of the whale watching, although we were informed that you can see wildlife all year round. We were lucky enough to see a Minke whale, a pod of dolphins and porpoise! If I were to go to Iceland again, it would definitely be in July as that is when the puffins and humpback whales are abundant.


Vik

This is the famous black sand beach, know to the locals as Reynisfjara. This beach was just incredible, as you go around the corner you keep seeing something new; black sand, caves, basalt stacks and huge waves. It may look familiar as it was used as one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.

As we were approaching the guide told us a story about the rocks in the sea. According to folk law there were two trolls who saw a ship wreck so went out to pull it in for their supper but found that the wreck was a lot heavier than they expected. Just as they were approaching the beach the sun rose and turned them into stone.


Waterfalls

Iceland is full of so many beautiful waterfalls. We visited Gullfoss whilst on the Golden Circle tour, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Skógafoss was really cool as at the bottom the spray was so cold it has turned into ice on the rocks. There was also a beautiful rainbow coming off of the bottom. You could walk up the side of it but I had a bad leg on the day and there were a lot of steps! You can usually walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, unfortunately as it was so cold the spray had iced over the paths and made it very dangerous so they closed off the path.


Golden Circle

This is one of the most popular tours in Iceland, with very good reason. We only did the half day tour, which was just about enough time but I think I would have prefered the whole day as I would have liked a little more time to explore Þingvellir.

We did the express tour which was Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothemal area.

Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia spilt and drift. It was an incredible place to walk and I would have loved to have spent more time there.

Gullfoss was an incredible waterfall, although absolutely freezing. You can see the waterfall from above and go down the steps so you are next to it.

The Geysirs were a lot of fun. It shoots hot water 20m into the air every 5 minuits. It was a lot of fun waiting for it and trying to capture the photos.


Northern Lights

We went at the end of the Nothern Lights season, so we weren’t holding out hopes high. We were picked up at 8:30 and spent hours standing outside, in the cold, staring at the sky. We technically saw a bit but it really wasn’t much. The company (Greylines) allows you to keep going for free until you do see it, with your details saved for 2 years. To capture it you need to have a decent camera and no flash. The amount of idiots who kept putting flash, or torches on was very infuriating.

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Glacier

On our way down to Vik we dropped people off to do a glacier hike and we had a change to go closer when we went to pick them up. Seeing Sólheimajökull was eye opening. The tour guide informed us that 70 years ago the glacier came all the way out to the car park, which was a good 7-8 min walk away. We then stood next to the lagoon, which was the edge of the glacier, and she explained that the lagoon was not there 5 years ago.

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 If I were to go back to Iceland, it would definitely be in the summer so I could see the humpback whales and the puffins. I would also do a glacier walk.

Have you been to Iceland?

What would you love to see/do?

See my other travels, including Paris, Barcelona and Rome, here.