Saturday, 22 July 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Spotlight on Sanditon

About a month ago I saw a photo here on Instagram from Ruth and it intrigued me. See also her blog post here and Julie Kirk's blog post here who co-hosted the 'Summertime Jane Austen Book Club'.

I have always loved reading Jane Austen and as I hadn't read this book I decided to join in. I managed to find a second hand copy on Amazon and threw it in my suitcase to take on holiday.

Did I enjoy it? Yes.

Did I notice where 'Another Lady' took over? No. However, having said that I don't know if it was because I had got back into the 'Jane Austen' style by Chapter 11 (when Another Lady took over) or whether it was because her style was slightly different, but I did find that I enjoyed the book much more from then on.  

It was very much in the Jane Austen style and although I haven't read her for a few years I really enjoyed the plot and the characters - in fact I became very engaged with the characters and wanted the heroine to find her hero and the villain to get his come upppance. Whether they did nor not I will not tell, just in case you want to read it too!

If you fancy looking on Instagram for comments about the book then these are the hashtags:

And on that note, if you do fancy reading this then let me know and the first person to ask for it I will 'sanditonalong' (see what I did theree!!) to you in the post - UK only though I am afraid as it is a hard back so to post abroad will be prohibitive!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Portugal!

Last week Hugh and I spent a very pleasant 4 nights in Alufiera Old Town. This will be our only holiday this year as Hugh started a new job in April and this has resulted in him having fewer holiday days to take this year which is a little sad, but at least we managed to get away to the sunshine!

We arrived Monday at 1pm and checked into the hotel - a beautiful view from the balcony.
We spent the afternoon on the beach.

Tuesday we went for a walk to the Marina and recreated a photo from our first visit 7 years ago on the steps leading to the church.
In the evening we went out for a Mexian meal and of course had to try on the sombrero which was on my chair!

Wednesday we went for a walk around the Old Town and then spent the afternoon on the beach.

Thursay we went for a very long walk all along the beach, walking in the edge of the sea and collecting shells.
 I got Hugh to take this photo of me as I have a couple of cactus embellishments I need to use up!
 In the evening we had a fantastic Italian meal.

Friday was our last day and after checking out we went for another walk to the Marina
before returning to the hotel for a well deserved cold Coke Zero and to sit and read our Kindles.

We arrived back in the UK just after 11pm. A very relaxing break and it seemed much longer than 5 days/4 nights.
And I wore my bikini again - never thought I would wear a bikini but Slimming World has given me so much confidence in myself. OK, I may not be superslim but I like how I look and I am happy with that!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Spotlight Sunday! RunOrDye!

A little bit late with my blog post today as Hugh and I returned from Portugal late Friday night - more about that next week!
Today I wanted to share some photos from RunOrDye which Penny and I took part in last Sunday. 

We were fortunate and the day was beautifully sunny and warm at Penshurst Place in Kent. 
We arrived and registered by 9am and then joined in the warm up by the stage and had an official photo taken!
Penny had registered us as front runners which meant that we were right at the front for the off at 10am. I like this official photo where Penny and I are dead centre of the crowd!
We did do some running and some very fast walking. We got wonderfully covered in dye!

We were really pleased to knock 10 minutes off our time from last year and to do the 5k in 50 minutes. 
We will be registering again for next year and hope, with more gym work, to be able to run all of it - maybe?!