If We Were Having Coffee (April 2019)

Hello!!!!! I’m back! I’m really sorry I’ve not been around much 😦 I shall explain all what’s going on in this post!

If we were having coffee, today I’d be having a hot chocolate. We’re kind of half way between winter and spring right now and it’s still a little cold! What would you be having?

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve started back at work full time…. and a bit more! Things have been crazy for me the last 2 weeks. I’ve started back at my other job so I basically now work 2 part time jobs and I work 5, sometimes 6 or 7 days a week. It’s safe to say I’m tired right now! Last week I worked 13 of 14 days and I was beyond tired. It’s been a bit mad going from working 1 day a week to working 5+ days!

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If we were having coffee… Although I’ve just moaned about how tired I am I can’t complain! I really do have the best job in the world. Tiredness has made me wobble a little the last week but when I get my sensible head back I realise how lucky I am to have the job which I do.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how my brother has moved out now. I love his little house and he’s nearly fully sorted. It does mean too that soon I will be moving in to his room! I’ve kind of picked my colours and my wallpaper and I can’t wait to get going… I just need my bro to move out fully!

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I finally gave in and bought the Greatest Showman Soundtrack CD. I love it but my Amazon Music subscription ended and I couldn’t justify the expense of renewing it. Anyway, as a compromise I just decided to buy the CD. It now lives in my car for my journeys to and from work!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if you have any news you’d like to share?

So that’s all for my update right now! I will soon be heading to bed but wanted to post a little update to say I hadn’t forgotten you all! 🙂

 

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The Penguin Lessons

I’m back with my latest read! Book number 7 of 2019 was “The Penguin Lessons” by Tom Michell. I first became aware of this book around a year ago now when one of my friends was reading it. She was loving it and really recommended it. It then sat on my Amazon wishlist for a while until during the summer another friend was reading it and told me how great it was. I couldn’t resist it any longer and decided to pick it up!

‘I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time’

Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn’t need is a pet. What he really doesn’t need is a pet penguin.

Set against Argentina’s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom’s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it’s as the rugby team’s mascot, the housekeeper’s confidant, the host at Tom’s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets – in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other…

I absolutely ADORED this book. I read it in around 3 days. OK, it’s not that long a book but it is a great read. It’s also absolutely incredible to think that this was a real story. That Tom Michell rescued a penguin and cared for him alongside many of the people he met during his time in Argentina.

It was also amazing how a penguin could have such an effect on so many people. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m totally captivated by penguins too, but this was different… a complete change in someone.

I don’t really know what else to say about this book apart from it is a great east and heartwarming read which I think anyone who loves animals (and penguins) should pick up!

The Cuckoo’s Calling

It’s time to share my latest read, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). I’m not going to lie, I was really really unsure about this book. It was February’s book club book and it isn’t my usual kind of genre to read. That said though I do enjoy crime shows like Silent Witness. Anyway, I picked this book up second hand as I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like it. But I absolutely LOVED it! I could hardly put the book down, especially toward the end.

In “The Cuckoo’s Calling” we join Cormoran Strike and his new assistant Robin as they attempt to solve the mystery of a young girl’s death.

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

I absolutely loved “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. Although at times it did feel a bit long and there were various points/chapters which seemed a bit irrelevant. But in the end it was an enjoyable read. I also absolutely loved how Cormoran Strike isn’t your usual detective. JK Rowling does a great thing using a physically wounded war veteran as her main character in the story. I also really loved the character Robin. She was relatable and just as confused by Strike as everyone else to begin with, but over time she became a reliable assistant.

My one biggest peve of the book was the ending. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who is yet to read it but the ending was a bit abrupt and I felt like Strike came to conclusions about the ending without the story showing how he came to these conclusions. But still in the end it was a totally shocking ending which I didn’t see coming!

All in all I absolutely loved “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone (I even offered it to my dad). I really can’t wait to read the rest of the series now!

Have you read “The Cuckoo’s Calling”? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to read it? 🙂

If We Were Having Coffee (March 2019 #12)

And before we knew it we were in March?! How did that happen?! Anyway, welcome back to my blog! I’m sorry I’ve been absent the last week or so. Work happened!

How are we all? I hope everyone is well 🙂 I’m back today with a little update as to what’s been going on lately 🙂

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how lovely the weather we’ve had recently has been! We’ve had sunny weather this last week or so with temperatures reaching in the region of 20°C. That’s totally unheard of usually for February! It’s been lovely having warm weather to bask in though!

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m enjoying work. I’ve started back my work at London Zoo and I’m loving it so far.

 If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I worked a day in the zoo gift shop last weekend too. Because of the incredible weather we’ve had the zoo has been far busier than usual during February half term, so I stepped in for the day to help retail with keeping the gift shop shelves stocked up all day. It was actually pretty fun but my feet hurt at the end!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how great it was to meet AnHistorianAboutTown a couple of weeks ago! We had a great time wondering around London together and chatting about all sorts!

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I really enjoyed visiting the Lego Safari at RHS Wisley yesterday. Some of the animals were incredible and seeing how many bricks they’re made of and how long it took to make them! It actually moves to work in April, so I can’t wait to see how they set it up.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I enjoyed my trip up to Liverpool at the start of the month. Me and mum went to see Liverpool Vs Bournemouth and Liverpool won! Thankfully it wasn’t as cold as it was the last time I went!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if you have any news you’d like to share? 🙂

 

A Day in London

I live incredibly close to London. Only 25 mins away on the train so I don’t really go to London at all… apart from to work!

However last week my fellow blogger An Historian About Town came over from Canada to visit the UK and after 4 years we finally met! An Historian About Town was actually key to the beginnings of my blog! She was the first ever person to stumble upon my, what was then brand new, little blog and since then she’s helped me with its growth and allowed me to bounce many ideas off her!

So, back to our day out! AnHistorianAboutTown was desperate to visit The Queen’s House in Greenwich and she was desperate to visit Cath Kidston with me! So after meeting at London Bridge we headed out to Greenwich for a wander!

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I’ve never actually been out to Greenwich before and immediately we were both amazed by how peaceful it was out here. An Historian About Town even asked me if it was “still London”!

We wandered around The Queen’s House and admired some of the paintings, particularly the Armada Portrait! But neither of us particularly liked the mask that was opposite it!

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After finishing at The Queen’s House we decided to have a little walk around Greenwich Park and up to the Observatory. Unfortunately we didn’t go in to the Observatory but one day I will! The views from the top of the hill were pretty impressive and I pointed out a few landmarks! IMG_4142Photo 12-02-2019, 12 13 28

From Greenwich Park we headed back toward the DLR and stopped off to see The Cutty Sark on the way. I’m not very good with my early history and had to keep telling An Historian About Town that I didn’t know! I’m a rubbish tour guide!

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Then the shopping started! I was incredibly well behaved and didn’t spend much money but An Historian About Town may have spent a bit! 😉 Our first stop was the new outlet centre that’s opening in the O2. Of course we visited Cath Kidston and I absolutely loved watching AnHistorianAboutTown getting so excited about all of the shop! 😀

Afterwards we headed to Oxford St and did some shopping there! I was quite surprised though actually how pleasant it was walking along Oxford and Regent Street on a Tuesday afternoon! Not too busy!

All in all, I had a wonderful day out with AnHistorianAboutTown! And got serious polar bear envy when she was talking about Winnipeg Zoo! She even bought me my own Starbucks Winnipeg mug after I was admiring how beautiful hers was! It’s now on my shelf with all my display mugs! Thank you for a great day, and maybe see you again next week AnHistorianAboutTown!

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A Weekend in Liverpool!

If you follow me in Instagram, you may have seen that I was in Liverpool last weekend! I was lucky enough to attend the Liverpool Vs Bournemouth football match at Anfield and me and mum decided to make a little trip of it… As per usual it involved shopping!

So in this post I thought I’d share with you what I bought last weekend as well as a couple of photos from Anfield.

On Saturday morning me and mum spent some time at Cheshire Oaks outlet centre. Although it is a long way from us here, I think Cheshire Oaks has to be one of my favourite outlets. It’s massive but also contains a good variety of both high end brands and your more classic high street brands.

After a couple of hours at Cheshire Oaks we headed over to Anfield for the football. I never used to be a fan of football but now I quite enjoy sitting down to watch a match (especially if it’s Liverpool). The match was great and was a really vital one for Liverpool to win! There was a great atmosphere in Anfield and thankfully Liverpool won! 🙂

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So moving on to what I bought over the weekend. I bought a couple of bits from Cheshire Oaks outlet and also from the Cath Kidston St. Neots Factory shop on the way home.

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So first up is my Liverpool FC hoodie. It was such a lovely jumper and I couldn’t resist it! It is a grey colour and has little pink details and it’s kind of glittery too and I love it! We picked this up in the Liverpool store before the match.

I also picked up a couple of bits from the Superdry store at Cheshire Oaks. The T-Shirt was £9.99 and the hoodie only £18. I loved them both from the second I tried them on and at that price I couldn’t say no!

From Cath Kidston at St Neots I picked up the little washbag and Tinkerbell pyjamas. As I start back at work again this week on overnights I wanted a little washbag basically just for toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. As I have to carry this all up to London with me I wanted as small as possible so this was perfect. The Tinkerbell pyjamas I couldn’t resist. They cost me £30 and I love them! IMG_4120

Next up I want to talk about these shoes! I’ve never had a pair of Toms shoes before but I saw these in Cheshire Oaks and loved them. I have a few dresses which I’d love to wear with leggings but my issue is that I don’t really have any shoes to go with them. I picked these up as I think they’ll go nicely with some! One day too I think I’ll get a navy pair but I honestly couldn’t resist these!

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My last 2 purchases again came from Cath Kidston in St Neots. OK, so I really didn’t need any more pyjamas but I saw the Snow White ones too and I couldn’t say no! They cost me £33 and were too cute!

And finally I bought the Tinkerbell dress. It was the bargain price of £15 and fitted lovely when I tried it on. It is also super soft and comfy!

So all in all I had a lovely weekend away and bought a few bits and pieces! Have you ever got some good bargains from outlet stores?