Which comes first, the book or the film?

Like the age old debate of which came first, the chicken or the egg, so do we now discuss whether to watch the first watch the film or read the book.

Although it’s not really a discussion because obviously you should read the book first. Continue reading “Which comes first, the book or the film?”


Postcard from San Francisco

I did not much enjoy San Francisco. It was hyped up to us so much everywhere that we went and by everyone that we met but when we got there it was either boring, if you were just walking up ridiculously steep hills looking at the houses (I mean really – who thought it was a good place to build a city? It’s like living in a giant skate park), or overly touristy, if you went down to Fisherman’s Wharf.

We also got attacked by mutant seagulls while we eating calamari and chips. Continue reading “Postcard from San Francisco”

Recipe: Sweet Potato Ratatouille

I don’t particularly like ratatouille. And if that’s not the stupidest way to start a recipe for ratatouille then I don’t know what it is.

When I planned this meal in my head it was really more of a vegetarian chilli. But I only own one saucepan and needed that for the rice so this got chucked in the oven instead. It turns out it’s a fine line between chilli and ratatouille and you cross it when you cook it in the oven. And change your mind about putting the kidney beans in. Continue reading “Recipe: Sweet Potato Ratatouille”

This week I’ve been reading… The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Read this book, my mum said. It’s really heart-warming, she said.

Heart-warming? Heart-warming?! I started tearing up on about page 50 and cried pretty much continuously until the very end. Continue reading “This week I’ve been reading… The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows”

This month I’ve been…

I’m really bad at these monthly wrap-up posts because the end of the month always comes as such a shock. It’s really only just clicked that we’re in the last week of April and so now might be a good time to start on my wrap-up post. At least that’s a bit better than doing what I usually do – waiting until I see loads of other people posting them to remember and having to churn something out in the last half an hour of the month. Continue reading “This month I’ve been…”

Postcard from Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana

This is such a cliché of a photograph. But you can’t go to Oak Alley Plantation and not take a photo of the Oak Alley. That’s like people going to the top of the Rockefeller Center and not taking a photo of the Empire State Building. Or going to Venice and not taking a photo of the Rialto Bridge. Or going to Piza and not pretending to push the tower back upright. Continue reading “Postcard from Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana”

Recipe: Make-ahead satay noodles

For the past four weeks I have had a sausage roll with salad for lunch at work every day. Every single day. For four weeks.

But I do this with food. I go through a period where I can eat endless amounts of one meal and never get even slightly bored. And then one day I’ll wake up and just won’t fancy it any more.

The granola phase for example Continue reading “Recipe: Make-ahead satay noodles”

The Classics Book Tag

I was sort of tagged to do this post by Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog. Well, I saw the tag on her blog. But I immediately knew I had to do it. I haven’t done any tags in ages because as much fun as they are to do they tend to have a heavy YA focus which isn’t a genre I read that much of. Classics however, now that’s a different story.

If I had to choose only one genre of book to read it would without a doubt be classics. Which is a bit of a sneaky choice really because classics aren’t really a genre – they cover all genres, they just happen to be old. Continue reading “The Classics Book Tag”

Postcard from Regent’s Park, London

Sometimes a photo fades from being a way to recall a memory to nothing more than a pretty picture. And others even years later can still take you back to that spot and that time and make you live it all over again.

This photo is the second type and I’m so happy it is because it was taken on one of my favourite ever days. Continue reading “Postcard from Regent’s Park, London”

Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Funniest Books

I love an opportunity to reminisce about things that make me laugh. Because once I’ve found something funny odds are years later I’ll still be giggling at it – old jokes and Friends repeats and these ten books below (some of which haven’t had to stand the test of time yet but I’m confident they will). So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was right up my alley. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Funniest Books”