What have I read so far… 2022 edition ๐Ÿ“š

Hi guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

We are halfway through 2022 (HOW!?!) So I thought I would do a halfway round up of what I have read so far…

So far…

Harry Potter and the Philosphers Stone: Minalima Illustratred edition

I know what you’ve done by Dorothy Koomson

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Her majesty the Queen investigates… The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett

Trust me by T M Logan

The Sanitorium by Sarah Pearse

The Land of Stories: An Authors Odyssey by Chris Colfer

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Love, Locked down by Beth Reckles

Nalas World by Dean Nicholson

This was a man by Jeffrey Archer

Midnight is a lonely place by Barbra Erskine

Walking on Sunshine by Giovanna Fletcher

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

The Summer Fair By Heidi Swain

The Baby is not mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Donor by Clare Mackintosh


1. My Favourite book so far: ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’

This is an absolutely fantastic book. It had me at the synopsis – never have I sent a synopsis to so many people because it sounds SO good. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I didn’t want to put it down. The characters and their relationships were lovely and it was a great reading experience.

2. The most gripping so far: ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Tim’ & ‘The Hunting Party’

These were both brilliant books for making you say ‘Just one more page’. There was lots of drama, lots going on and lots to keep enticing you to the end.

3. My Least Favourite so far: I know what You’ve done.

Simply because I didnt find it as gripping as Dorothy’s other books and I found the characters less likeable. It did have a good few twists though.

4. Easiest to read: ‘Love Locked Down

It was weird reading a book about the madness that was the beginning of the pandemic but it was quite cool reading about something that you’ve actually been through in a relatively light hearted way. I liked the variety of characters.

5. One I would recommend: ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time.’

The time loop and just the sheer depth of the plot ans suspense made it a fantastic reading experience. I really enjoyed her writing style.


What have you been reading recently?

What has been your favourite book so far?

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

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This lady speaks the truth and this is the change that we need to see.

‘Be the change that you want to see in the world.’ -Mahatma Gandhi

1926 – 2022 ๐Ÿ–ค ER ๐Ÿ‘‘

As we all know unfortunately our Queen died on the 8th September 2022.

I was completely and utterly shocked – we all knew at the impressive age of 96 that it was an unfortunate inevitability… but somehow it just seemed like she would always be there, like she always has been.

It still seems unbelievable to write that even now, on the 21st September, 3 days after her state funeral.

How can someone who is such an intrinsic and integral part of Great Britain be gone?!

She was a constant throughout all the hardships and dramas (The COVID Pandemic being a particularly poignant one) as an unwavering source of comfort and support to the nation, to her people.

She served with such honour, pride and distinction, and alot of us held her with great affection, I know that I did, so it is a sad time now that she has passed away.

Grief is the price we pay for Love’ – Queen Elizabeth 2nd

I was heading down to London the weekend after The Queen had died, for a pre organised event and I was actually really pleased to be able to take the opportunity to pay my respects to her, at Buckingham Palace, the Queens London Residence.

It was a wonderful show of shared grief and respect and I’m sure she would have been deeply touched by the affection shown to her.

London really did pay tribute to her and it was lovely to see that happening around the country and the world too.


Me, My Husband and My Father in Law watched the funeral together on the Bank Holiday Monday.

It was a beautiful occasion for a thoroughly well deserving Monarch- 70 years in any job is unbelievable really.

Our longest reigning Monarch. I will remember her fondly, in particular her kind smile, her wicked sense of humour, her colourful attire, her Corgis and her care for this country.

RIP QUEEN ELIZABETH 2ND

๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ˜”

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

Italy 2022 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Visiting Venice.

Hi guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

Italy is our favourite country to visit and out of all of the places in Italy that we have been, Venice is my favourite.

If I could recommend one place for people to go – it would be Venice. It’s beautiful and so unique.

Shall we take a look at what we get up to!?


Day One

22.07.22


Being up for over 24 hours wasn’t the most fun ๐Ÿ™ƒ but it was worth it to really make the most of the first of our four/five day trip.

We arrived in Venice at about 10/10.30am and I was honestly in a bit of shock, my eyes genuinely couldn’t believe that I was actually there again.

Last time we visited Venice was for our first wedding anniversary!! in 2016.

And of course, a lot has happened since, including a two year long global pandemic (who the hell would have ever guessed that would be around the corner) so consequently we hadn’t been on a plane since 2019 when we visited Rome (another MUST SEE city for its Italian awesomeness, food and history.

My brain couldn’t comprehend that we were actually there, in the beautiful city of Venice – Honestly, at the real height of the pandemic I really did have those thoughts of ‘What if this is it? What if we can never leave this country again? Was our last holiday our LAST holiday for the foreseeable future?’

It really was a crazy time wasn’t it!!?

So to actually be back on Italian soil, in my most favourite country was so special and I am so very grateful that we got to visit it again.

We wandered around before checking into our lovely hotel (we always stay at the same one) and freshened up. We basically did lots of exploring and wandering around (to find pizza).

https://www.hotelcanalgrande.it/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=GoogleMyBusiness


Day Two

23.07.22


On our second day in Venice we did a walking food tour. We have done one of these before so, being seasoned visitors to Venice, this time my Husband created his own walking food tour (with the assistance of Trip Advisor).

It was really fun and nice to try out some different spots. We visited the most amazing Gelato shop. The flavours were insane. Our particular favourites include the ‘Opera’ which was hazelnut and chocolate, the Strawberry Cheesecake and the Pistachio and Amaretto Cherry.

We visited our favourite place for dinner ‘Al Bari’ which is situated just behind our hotel. I have SO missed the food here. It was amazing.

Absolutely INSANE ๐Ÿ˜

The food was delicious – I am going to pop up a separate post because there are too many delicious things to showcase in amongst this little diary of our trip.


Day Three

24.07.22


Having wandered around many times over the last few days we discovered that Venice has a Natural History Museum which we hadn’t visited before.

With the addition of a English Speaking Audio Guide we really enjoyed all of the different exhibits. It was cool to find something we hadn’t done before.

We decided to get some food from some of the little eateries that we had passed on our walk, on day one, on the opposite side of the canal to our hotel. There were lots of yummy things to try and it was cool to have a bit more of a look that side of the canal.

In the evening we played some games and went on a nice little stroll around the canals, it was fun to wander and see what we would find. I then did my usual early evening routine of sitting outside the hotel, right on the Grand Canal and reading my book as the sun set. Heaven.


Day Four

25.07.22


Our final full day saw us take a lite adventure down the canal to one of the furthest points, St Marks Square! (Via Rialto) so that we could enjoy the amazing view from the bridge properly.

It was cool to go to St Marks again, we enjoyed a nice stroll around the whole square, in the hot sunshine.

The weather has been amazing.


Day Five

26.07.22


This was our final ‘day’. We had our flight to catch at around 2pm so we only really had until midday to spend in Venice.

We decided to head to Academia Bridge as we hadn’t been for a while, maybe even missing it out on our previous trip a few years back.

As we wandered around we discovered a little ferry that will take you across the canal, which is cool. So we have managed a ‘Gondola’ ride every time we have been now ๐Ÿคฃ I mean, it was a less fancy one and was definitely less than 5 minutes but, we’ll count it haha.


We had a great time in Venice, and as I said it is my most favourite place to be. A great start to the summer of 2022 โ˜€๏ธ

Have you been to Venice? Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend Chill โ˜€๏ธ

Hi guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

So this weekend I have been flying solo as it were, because my husband has been away to see family (unfortunately I had driving lessons so couldn’t join) so instead I filled up weekend alone with all the things I love to do!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of ‘me’ time every now and then but I am quite a social person – being a twin I don’t think I’m really programmed to thrive on my own ๐Ÿ˜‚

So I did a mixture of both – Here’s what I got up to!


Saturday

Starting the day off with a driving lesson.
Then I went for a swim at our local swimming pool.
A lovely walk along the Waterfront.
Ice cream stop!
The cinema with my Niece, to see Minions.
A play, followed by dinner at my Sisters house.

Sunday

Another driving lesson.
Lunch with a view, with my friend Dan.
My awesome Animal Crossing: New Horizon Birthday pressies.
A walk in the sunshine ๐ŸŒž
& an iced latte stop! ๐Ÿง‹
Enjoying the sunshine with my book.

A strange but lovely weekend.

How did you spend your weekend?

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

A very exciting book club meeting ๐Ÿ“š

Hey guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

So something pretty awesome happened this month and if you are a bookworm like me you’ll definitely appreciate how cool this is!!!

On a book club page on Facebook I read this Synopsis…

‘It’s every parent’s nightmare.
Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.
You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your teenage boy is in custody and his future lost.
That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake . .. . . and it is yesterday.
Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and you don’t have a choice but to find them . . !’

This book is called ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time.’ By Gillian McAllister.

Never have I read a synopsis and thought OMG I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW – it intrigued me so much!! I also immediately sent this synopsis to so many people because I knew they would think the same!!

I put this book forward as a suggestion at Book club last month… everyone went for it and I subsequently tweeted about it being our chosen book on my Twitter page for this blog… and then this happened…

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I never thought the author herself would tweet me asking to join our meeting. I was shocked!!

After lots of sorting out (and stressing out behind closed doors by me ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™ƒ) it all went off really well.

Gillian was lovely to chat to and was really eager to answer our questions and listen to our thoughts on her book.

It was interesting listening to everyones views and perspectives on the book, with her added into the mix. It was also great to get some background information on how she came about her ideas and the thinking behind certain areas of the plot, the chatacters etc.

It just added a different dimension to our usual meetings and it was fascinating to get a real authors perspective on something you’ve just read (and thoroughly enjoyed!) As well as the writing process as a whole.

I’m so glad I was able to organise it successfully and that everyone really enjoyed themselves.

I already know that I will be scouring my local library for some more of her books asap.

The power of Books, Blogs and Twitter ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒŸ


Have you read the book? Or any of her other ones?? What did you think??

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 6 Year Wedding Anniversay to us ๐Ÿ’—

Hi guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

So some of you may know, many of you will not, that I started this blog back in 2015 (what ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) to document our wedding planning.

Well, here we are 7 years later on our 6th Wedding anniversary.

Time really does fly!

11.06.11

11.06.16

11.06.22

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We celebrated our anniversary at Waveny River Centre.

We stayed in a Glamping Pod for 2 nights over the weekend of our anniversary. It is lovely there, we really enjoy it and all the facilities are great. We have been a few times now, staying in various accomodations, the Pods are definitely one of my faves.

We forgot our swimming stuff this time so we couldn’t use the pool (Rookie error!!) But we did discover a Ferry and a whole new walking route with a Suffolk Wildlife Trust centre/cafe halfway round – that was great!

We did end up a little sunburnt though! Oops.

We had great weather, chilled out and had some lovely breakfasts whilst we were there.

We also stopped off at this lovely Farm Cafe ‘The Broken egg’ which we love. It does the BEST cream tea – so it was great to have that again!

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

The Platinum Jubilee ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘‘

Happy Platty Joobs day everyone! I hope you are having fun celebrating this special occasion in British History!

Friday 3rd June 2022

(& if you aren’t – I hope you are having a great Friday anyways)

I love the Queen so I thought it would be fun to have a little afternoon party to celebrate on the Official Platinum Jubilee day.

So, I organised an Afternoon Tea Garden party at my parents house, for all our immediate fambizzle to attend.

And it was great fun!


There was lots of decorations!

There was lots of food!

I even made the Official Platinum Jubilee dessert – Lemon & Amaretto Trifle. Pretty chuffed with how it turned out to be honest!! & we had a laugh ceremoniously bringing it to the table with the National Anthem haha ๐Ÿคฃ

And lots of fun! Hanging out, enjoying the treats, listening to music and making crafts and playing games with the kids.


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ‘‘

Harry Potter Birthday Haul โšก


Hey guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

So, its finally happened – I’m in my 30’s ๐ŸŽˆ

It was our 31st Birthday earlier this month and I thought I would share with you some of the cool Harry Potter bits that I got given.

Let’s go!

Some of these recipes look super cool – I do love baking so fingers crossed I can do them justice. They will be fun to try nether the less.

These two items were on my list, from my husband. The Triwizard tournment top is really cool and understated and I love that you can choose your Hogwarts house (Gryffindor ofc) and get your name on the back.

The fourth HP film is one of my faves too.

I also loved this little Niffler badge, its so pretty and cool! Plus, Nifflers are adorable.

Have you seen the new Fantastic Beasts film?? It’s great!!

I also got this cool illustrated copy of the book ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’. I love these illustrated versions, they are such a cool item to add to my collection.

The illustrations are beautiful and I find them way more interesting to read than the originals now ๐Ÿ˜‚

And finally, I got a really cool Hogwarts house towel. This is ideal for when I go swimming at my local pool.

Fun Fact: My Hogwarts House on Pottermore, last time I did the quiz, was Ravenclaw.


You can’t beat a little HP Haul!

Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

Book review ๐Ÿ“š

Here is my April Book Club Book Review.

The Hunting Party By Lucy Foley

SYNOPSIS

A group of old Oxford friends celebrates their annual reunion at a lodge in the remote Scottish Highlands. With an impending blizzard on the way, the nostalgia ends abruptly when one of them is murdered.

THEMES

โ€ขFriendship โ€ขJealousy โ€ขBetrayal

PROS

โ€ขShort Chapters, my favourite kind โ€ข Very gripping, interesting Chapters โ€ขYou learnt lots of new information about the characters here and there which added to the twists and turns of the book – and there were a few!!

CONS

โ€ขThere are a lot of different characters that make up the friendhship group, in this story. It got a little confusing at the start remembering who was married to who, who was bestfriends with who, how did they meet etc. I made lots of notes on the back page of the book.

Would you recommend it?

Yes / No ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Rating out of 5 Stars?

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Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi guys ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter.

I have very much enjoyed the break and in true Roseanne’s blog fashion I thought I would put together a little Easter Diary.

So, heres what I’ve been up to.


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๐•„๐• ๐•Ÿ๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•‹๐•ฆ๐•–๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•Ž๐•–๐••๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•‹๐•™๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐”พ๐• ๐• ๐•• ๐”ฝ๐•ฃ๐•š๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•Š๐•’๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐”ผ๐•’๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•Š๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐••๐•’๐•ช


๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐•‹๐•จ๐• 


๐”ผ๐•’๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•„๐• ๐•Ÿ๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•‹๐•ฆ๐•–๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•Ž๐•–๐••๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐•‹๐•™๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•ค๐••๐•’๐•ช

๐”ฝ๐•ฃ๐•š๐••๐•’๐•ช

How did you spend your Easter Weekend/ break?

I hope you had a good time ๐ŸŒˆ


Until Next Time,

Roseanne ๐Ÿ™‚