Potager Garden is probably one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I’ver ever had the privilege of having lunch. Created from an abandoned plant nursery, Potager Garden is made up of a series of greenhouses and out houses situated amongst beautiful gardens. The cafe has some of the best vegetarian food I’ve tasted, and all the fresh produce is sourced locally or on site! Continue reading “READING PLACES: Potager Garden”
It takes a lot of courage to write a book. It takes even more to write a book about an event that completely changed your life. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that was as honest about life and grief as Decca Aitkenhead’s All At Sea. The Guardian journalist lays out everything for the reader, the good, the bad and the not very pretty as she reflects on the life and death of her partner. In 2013, Tony drowned while on a family holiday to Calabash Bay, rescuing their eldest son who was swept into the sea by an unexpected wave. Continue reading “REVIEW: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead”
It’s my birthday and I’ll buy books if I want to. Today, I’m no longer feeling 22. I am officially 23 which sounds alarmingly adult since I still feel emotionally and mentally 18 most of the time. Weirdly, it’s the first time since I was 18 that my brother and I will actually be in the same room on our birthday. I’m used to hogging the limelight after four birthdays apart but I suppose I can share it just this once.
My family are all converging here this evening, but before then I thought I’d share my nout quite presents. My mother kindly gave me some money last month that was to buy something special for my birthday. I was good and bought a geometric skirt from Monki but then I did what any book addict would do and spent the rest on books. Here’s what I got: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Birthday Books”
When you’re a serious reader sometimes you need serious reinforcements, and honestly what’s better than a zesty biscuit to refresh your weary mind? Lemon flavoured bakes seem to have slowly infiltrated my life but I can’t bring myself to mind all that much. The recipe for these tasty little numbers can be found on Martha Stewart’s website. Get your mixing bowls out and try them! You won’t regret it.
Libraries, libraries, libraries. Who doesn’t love them? My to be read pile, thats who. I lessened the stack a little while I was on holiday, but when I got back the library craving was strong. And I caved like the pitiful book-lover that I am. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind (and I was on a tight schedule) which meant I picked up a mix of books. Some that I’ve been wanting to read, some I haven’t heard of at all: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Library Loans (2)”
Falmouth’s beaches are something to be proud of, and I know the summer is technically over but they are worth a visit all year round. Gyllyngvase beach (lovingly known as Gylly beach by locals) is a place I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked to when I was at university. Through first and second year I was suspicious of the outdoors and that meant no beach for me. Last year I made up for it. Gylly is the perfect place to read when the sun’s out, but it’s not just a place to sit and relax. It’s also home to a number of water sports (which I won’t embarrass myself by trying to name). Not only that, it has an amazing café with the softest blankets to wrap yourself in if you fancy sitting outside summer or winter and great food. If you don’t like watching the sea roll in, curled in blankets with a hot chocolate or a Cornish Rattler then clearly you haven’t been doing it right!
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
“A lifetime isn’t enough to know how a person will behave.”
The Miniaturist is one of many books that has fallen victim to my ever growing to be read pile. I bought it a year ago after my tutor recommended it along with some of 2015s other most successful novels. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to get around to it. I think for me, half the excitement is in getting a new book and then once I’ve got it I’m off to compulsively buy more. I’ve also turned into a library fiend of late. So I buy books and then leave them to fester, which doesn’t seem like the most sensible idea now that I think of it. Anyway, my summer holiday was a chance to shrink down the pile and The Miniaturist was top of the list. Continue reading “REVIEWS: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (Summer Reads Pt. 2)”