Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Boy or Girl? The guessing continues....

We visited hubby's Aunt Julie last week and the first thing she said was 'Give me your hand....' she then got a needle thread and held it over my palm. We had to watch to see if the needle went round in circles or back and fore..... the result? The needle went round in circles, which apparently means I'll be having a little girl.
  
I had a scan this week too, and while I was there the sonographer wanted to practice her 4D scanning skills as they had a great profile shot of baby. Obviously I said Yes! It was amazing to see little Fidget's face, and now I keep being told it must be a girl because it looks like me. :) 
 
We have decided that s/he seems to have a Davies nose....which may not be a great thing. ;) 
The Results so Far
Girl: 5  -  Boy: 3
 If you know of any other predictors I can try, let me know!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Novel in the Viola [Book Review]

I have recently finished reading my third book from the Richard & Judy book club - The Novel in the Viola
by Natasha Solomons. 


Started: 11th July 2011
Finished: 25th July 2011
Rating: 4/5

This wasn't a book I would have looked at twice if it hadn't been on the reading list, and it was the one I would have probably left til last if it hadn't been on offer at the till in WHSmith. I know they say don't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes you just can't help it. 
Despite all of that I really enjoyed this book! It's set during World War 2 about a girl called Elise Landau who is made to leave her home in Austria, where she is quite well-to-do, to become a serving girl in England.

I did come to really feel for Elise who had to leave her family and move to a strange place, and thought that Solomons really managed to bring all of the characters to life, without lengthy descriptions and back stories. The plot was slightly predictable in some places, but it didn't spoil it for me. I also thought the book ended well. I was not disappointed and nothing was left open or unanswered.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

'Babymoon' to Padstow

About 3 weeks ago, hubby and I went to Padstow for a little stay to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary & get away from work and the stuff going on in the house. And to spend some time just the two of us chatting and planning life with baby.

We stayed in Molesworth Manor in Little Petherwick, which was less than 5 minutes drive from Padstow. It's  a gorgeous little Bed & Breakfast, clean, quiet and very welcoming. The owners are lovely and there was plenty for breakfast, including homemade muffins every morning - and they had rooibos tea!! We would definitely recommend it, if you're ever planning to stay in that area.

Front of Molesworth Manor
I took the opportunity to use my camera a bit, although I didn't use it as much as I probably should have don, and even Matthew had a go. Here are my favourite photos.


Pescadou was the restaurant we ate in on our first night. We both had a lovely meal and was the start of Matthew managing to sample 14 different fish & seafood in 4 days! We had a lovely view, sitting in the window looking out over the harbour (marina?) and people watching.

Pescadou Restaurant in Padstow

View of the harbour/marina/boats
We did plan on trying Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, but were unable to book a table on our first night, though we were told we could just turn up and try to get a seat in the bar area. However we strolled passed it on our first day in Padstow and had a look at the menu and, to be honest, there wasn't a huge amount on it that I fancied and it was pricey. The two course lunch menu was £37 each.

We did find all of Rick Stein's other eateries - his bistro, cafe and fish and chip shop - and decided to try to get a table for lunch in his bistro. But first, Matthew wanted to sample his fish & chips. (I will say the chips were lovely!)

Matthew sampling fish & chips from Rick Stein's chip shop. 
We visited the Lobster Hatchery & saw some HUGE lobsters....


....and some really tiny ones!



And we visited the Lobster Maternity Ward. (I really hope it's a bit different in Singleton!!)



Finally, here we are in Rick Stein's St Petroc's Bistro.


Yes, I did have a small glass of wine - with plenty of water!

Matthew's Scallop Starter - Mmmmmmm.....
I had a Pigeon Salad to start, and we both had 'Pasta alla Norma' for main course because it's a recipe Matthew made a few weeks previously and we wanted to see how it compare. Rick's was nearly as good as Matthew's .... ;)

I think this is my favourite photo of the trip.


All in all we thoroughly enjoyed. It was relaxing and we did very little - the most taxing part was choosing where to eat next. There are some gorgeous little shops (as well as some touristy tat) and it is a nice place to visit. I think we stayed a day too long, as we must have walked around the centre of Padstow at least 12 times. I am a little disappointed to didn't try a traditional Afternoon Tea, but we were usually having our afternoon nap by about 3pm. Though I did have some Vanilla Clotted Cream ice cream and Clotted Cream fudge - both were delicious!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nautical Themed Bathroom (101 Things No. 86)

After weeks of planning & doing our bathroom is now finished, and I think it looks great. Like a proper grown-ups bathroom. :)

Storage

Nautical decoration & driftwood from Padstow

Built in bath & new towels

The other end of the bath & the cross stitch that started it all

My lovely, huge shower

Sink & wooden accessories

View from the door
That's one thing crossed off my 101 Things list anyway.....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Poison Tree (Book Review)

Next on my Richard & Judy reading list was 'The Poison Tree' by Erin Kelly.

Started: 2nd July 2011
Finished: 10th July 2011
Rating: 4/5

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It's not one I'd have picked up under normal circumstances, but I'm glad I did.

The book is narrated by Karen Clarke and we get two stories running side by side. The present, where we know that Karen's partner is just coming home from a sentence in prison, and the past, where we hope to find out exactly what's happened.


The story is told in the present, with the past being told from Karen's perspective as she tries to explain how they got where they are now. The present is full of worry, secrets and paranoia, while the past is carefree & fun, re-living the main characters' summer just after university and before 'real life' takes over.

Throughout the whole book you know something has happened & that Karen has secrets, and the suspense is built up throughout. There are no particularly clever twists and turns, but I loved the way the story built and it made me want to keep reading.

I wasn't particuarly fond of any of the main characters, but am not really sure why....something just didn't click for me. I just felt a bit sorry for them.

I thought Erin Kelly did a great job & I will definitely read her next book.


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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What I'll be reading in July

What are you reading?

I've been meaning to add to this blog meme by @muddleduck for a while and this month it ties in very nicely with my new found reading lists.

Here's what I hope to read in July.

I am currently reading this from Richard & Judy's list:


Next on my bookshelf is this, also from Richard & Judy's list:



I also have this half read on my iPhone that I would like to finish soon:



And I think that's more than enough for July! :)


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Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe (Book Review)

When I get the chance I am a prolific reader. So I did manage to read this book in 2 days while on a break to Padstow with hubby.


Started: 29th June 2011
Finished: 30th June 2011
Rating: 5/5

'Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe' is the story of how Issy sets up her own cake shop after being made redundant from her job. It includes all that you'd expect from a 'chick lit' book - man troubles, pushy best friend, annoying adversary & the 'will she, won't she' vibe.

It is very easy to read & a complete contrast to 'When God was a Rabbit'. I very much enjoyed the story, largely because I would love to set up my own cupcake shop.

Every chapter starts with a recipe, all sound delicious, either handed down to Issy from her Grandpa Joe or written by Issy or her friends. The recipes written by her grandfather have a real bittersweet tone as she is trying to capture the details while he can still remember then. 

I really identified with the main character & could align all of her friends with people I know. It's a good, easy, summer read. One I would definitely recommend...especially if you like baking.


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Monday, July 04, 2011

Boy or Girl?

Let's play a little game.

My little one is due in just over 10 weeks (Eeeek!!) and while I don't want to know what the sex will be, I can't help being curious.  My daydreams and dreams tend to be equally split between dressing our daughter in pinafore dresses and playing with Slyvanian Families, and dressing our son in dungarees and playing with Lego.

The general consensus at the moment is that I will be having a little boy. Hubby is adamant it's a boy and everyone who looks at me says 'Boy!' I think I am not at the point where I'll be a little surprised if it is a girl and have taken to calling Fidget 'he'.

I have found a few online predictors and old-wives tales that claim to tell you what the sex will be, so as a bit of fun here are the results so far!!

Chinese Birth Predictor
Source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk

Result: Girl
Why: I'll be 29 when baby is born, and he/she was conceived in December.

Source: http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/genderpredictor/
Result: Boy
Why: I was 28 at conception in December.

Baby's Father's Family
Source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk/
Result: Boy
Why: Apparently it's as simple as looking at your husband's siblings. More brothers = son, more sisters = daughter. Hubby has 2 brothers & 1 sister.

Boy or Girl Quiz
Source: www.goodtoknow.co.uk
Result: Girl
Why: Answered mostly b's (8 out of 14)

Source: www.babycentre.co.uk
Result: To close to say!
Why: based on quiz answers.

Cravings
Source: Old Wives' Tale
Result: Girl
Why: I've been craving sweet stuff over savoury.

Bump position
Source: Old Wives' Tale
Result: Boy
Why: Bump is low and 'all front'


The Results so Far
Girl: 3  -  Boy: 3