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Ivy Lane: Summer: Part 2
Ivy Lane: Summer: Part 2
Price: 0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertaining, 27 Aug 2014
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I'm enjoying the Ivy Lane series. I'm not overly keen on the publishing books in instalments idea, although I was intrigued to see if/how it works. So far, I would say that It seems to work fine with this story - each story ends satisfactorily and the details to remember for the next one is fairly easy to keep track of. I'm looking forward to the last two parts and not worrying that I will have forgotten any complex plot details.
The whole story centres on Tilly Parker. In Part 2, Tilly is continuing to settle into her new surroundings and beginning to enjoy life with her new friends at Ivy Lane garden allotments. This instalment follows the shenanigans at the allotment when a TV crew arrive. Tilly's hidden past still lurks in the background of the story.
So far, this is a light-hearted read. The characters are entertaining and easy to warm to. I'm interested in finding out what happens to Tilly, and what the big secret is, but also find the other characters equally as interesting.

The Peddars Way: Walking the Norfolk Long Distance Path by Robinson, Bruce, Robinson, Mike (2006) Paperback
The Peddars Way: Walking the Norfolk Long Distance Path by Robinson, Bruce, Robinson, Mike (2006) Paperback
by Bruce, Robinson, Mike Robinson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant book, more enjoyable if you can relate to it, 26 Aug 2014
The first thing to mention about this book is that it's not a guidebook for The Peddars Way trail.
One of the best books for the route instructions is also written by Bruce and Miike Robinson - The Official National Trail Guide for The Norfolk Coast Path and the Peddars Way - and will give you all the information required to walk both trails.
Bruce Robinson has been walking the Peddars Way since the early 1970s, long before it became a National Trail. This book is a personal collection of Bruce and Mike's favourite experiences on the route, celebrating the first two decades of the Peddars Way.
My view on this book is that it would make a nice memento for anyone that's walked the trail, or anyone that lives in the area and regularly walks on it.
Having walked the trail fairly recently, I could relate to some of the content of this short book. It's a combination of photographs, history, and a collection of the authors favourite sections of the Peddars Way.

I Cant Begin to Tell You
I Cant Begin to Tell You
by Elizabeth Buchan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.11

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WW2 and the resistance movement., 26 Aug 2014
The story in I Can't Begin to Tell You gives a good insight into the work of the Danish resistance during WW2.
The first setting is Denmark. British-born Kay Eberstern lives with her family on her husband, Bror's country estate. This part of the story follows Kay's involvement with the Danish resistance, turning her back on her marriage and putting them all in danger.
The other side of the story is set in England and covers the work of the morse code signal team, helping to code and decode messages to agents in the field.
I've read many war themed novels, but very few that cover the resistance work in as much detail as this. This is a good novel with lots of detail of the secret work, and the people involved - it really highlights the risks that some people were prepared to take.
The story is well written, well researched and felt very realistic. The slow-paced plot-line is fairly easy to keep track of, but it's a long novel and I admit that I was flagging a bit towards the end. On saying that, there's a scene at the end of the book that left me feeling completely stunned.
On the whole though, this is a very interesting and moving read. The author has done a good job of creating an authentic atmosphere, an atmosphere where the reader can really sense the fear during this very dangerous time.

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More
Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More
by Annie Sloan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to be creative with Chalk Paint, 21 Aug 2014
A detailed book that demonstrates how to upcycle furniture plus various other decorating projects.
The first section shows you how to create your own colours by mixing the different colours from the Annie's Chalk paint range, and what colours work well together.
The various projects are shown with step-by-step instructions, some are more adventurous than others.
If you want to achieve a certain look, this book is great to turn to for ideas.

Ask Me Another! Lincolnshire
Ask Me Another! Lincolnshire
by Julia Skinner
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Lincolnshire quiz book, 6 Aug 2014
This little book gives a brief insight into the local history and heritage of Lincolnshire.
The questions are in sections and cover the following subjects - Lincolnshire Dialect Words & Phases, Sport, Arts and Literature, Folklore and Customs, History and Archaeology, Trade and Industry, General Knowledge - Lincolnshire and Famous People. Each section is illustrated with old photographs of various towns in Lincolnshire and show how they used to look in times gone by.
This book provides a short spell of entertainment - it takes about 30 mins to get through the book.
I never remember stuff that I learn from quiz books, but that's probably a good thing. It means that I can re-visit this book in the future and be just as clueless as the first time.

A Living to Die For
A Living to Die For
by Diana Philo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The struggles of a farming family, 4 Aug 2014
This review is from: A Living to Die For (Paperback)
Set in the 17th century, this story follows the misfortunes of a hard working farming family. The Blackwell family suffer a hard country life and live in fear of the head of the household.
Fred Blackwell is violent and abusive to his wife and children, and most evenings the family wait for him to return home full of drink. One night things come to a head and this leads to life changing consequences for all concerned.
This is a short, fast-paced story and the reader gets a good feel for rural life at this time. Country living was hard and this family's plight worsened due to family issues and family resentment.
A well written, easy to read and compelling story. I look forward to reading more by this Lincolnshire author.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Black Death Challenge Walk (John Merrill Challenge Walk)
The Lincolnshire Wolds Black Death Challenge Walk (John Merrill Challenge Walk)
by John N. Merrill
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars 26 miles around the unspoilt Lincolnshire Wolds, 2 Aug 2014
The Lincolnshire Wolds " Black Death" Challenge Walk is a 26 mile circular walk that starts and finishes at St James church in Louth. The route takes in the villages of North and South Elkington, Kelstern, Burgh on Bain, Donnington on Bain, Withcall and Raithby, and also passes the sites of 7 medieval villages - mostly depopulated as a result of the Black Death.
John Merrill suggests that his challenge walks can either be done in one day or over a couple of days.
An attractive feature of this walk is that the half-way point (Burgh on Bain) is on a regular bus route - Louth to Lincoln, so it's easy to organise over two days, especially if you live in Lincolnshire. It's not really suitable to do the walk over a weekend using the bus service as buses do not run on Sundays - we did it over a couple of Saturdays and it all went to plan.
Most of the route is on tracks, fields and minor roads - all very easy to follow apart from one footpath down the edge of a field which was very overgrown at the time we walked down it. I can live with the odd footpath not being mown, our dog is not too keen, though.
There are many highlights on this walk - the stunning views, peaceful country lanes and footpaths, pretty villages, the medieval village sites, especially the stunning location of Biscathorpe - delighted to see what was a derelict house near Biscathorpe church has been renovated and turned into holiday accommodation.
The only lowlight on this walk is the short section of main road near South Elkington, the road doesn't feel like a short stretch when you have a hill to climb and a bend to negotiate, especially with a dog in tow.
The instructions in the book are straight forward, although we had the relevant Explorer map to refer to.
All in all - a lovely walk in a lovely location.

Trespass Vasp Bum Bag - Sapphire, One Size
Trespass Vasp Bum Bag - Sapphire, One Size
Offered by Little Skiers
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Trespass Bum Bag, 21 July 2014
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I've worn this bag a few times now and I get on with it fine. It felt quite bulky when I first put it on, and I kept having to move it around my waist to get it in a comfy position but after 3 - 4 days of walking long distances, I adapted to wearing it.
I also wondered if the water bottle would get in the way when trying to access the big pocket, but I didn't have a problem.
This bag has enough pockets to carry essential items such as phone, money, keys, small snacks, sunscreen and dog poo bags. The water bottle holder is good idea - it's great to be able to carry water when I'm out walking on a hot day and remain hands free.
The quality is good - the bag, straps and clasp seem well made.

Just Vitamins Cod Liver Oil & Multivitamins 120 Capsules
Just Vitamins Cod Liver Oil & Multivitamins 120 Capsules
Offered by Just Vitamins UK
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quantity, good price, 9 July 2014
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I've looked at vitamins in various shops, and it's not that easy to find this product at a reasonable price. Sold separately, cod liver oil capsules, and multivitamin capsules, are easy to find at a cheap price, but not the combination product.
I begrudge paying a fortune for vitamins and suchlike, mainly because if I buy them for myself I never remember to take them, and it's just a waste of money.
I bought these for my husband. The quantity and price are good, the packaging is different, and even better, my hubby always remembers to take them.

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step ways to makeover your home for next to nothing
Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step ways to makeover your home for next to nothing
Price: 7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - love the paint, 8 July 2014
Feeling a little nervous about trying some of the various techniques using Annie's Chalk paint, I signed up for one of the Annie Sloan workshops (Techniques 1), and came away raring to get started on transforming a piece of furniture.
This step-by-step guide is really like doing a basic course in a book. The book is really useful to refer to when trying the various techniques, and attending the workshop has given me the confidence to get started.
The various projects shown in here has also given me some new ideas on what bits of furniture to look out for.

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