on a bit of a roll at the moment with books


I’m not sure if there is something in the air, but of late I’ve found myself reading blogs and tweets about inspiring children to read. This prompted me to pen a blog that started with my love of reading as a child, and how I found myself so engrossed I wanted to join the characters. Escapism at it’s best.

My children no longer need me to prompt them towards reading, and oddly I’m not sure if I really did do that for them, which in itself seems daft considering how much I love a good book.

So now I wonder how children are being inspired to read, and how we (society) can make sure they do. Is it as simple as utilising iPads, downloading books instead of apps and games? Or do we remove technology from their lives and put into their hands a book?

Inspiring children to read requires a great teacher. Somebody who makes the book a magical space where anything can happen and usually does




Books and where I am today

I put some thought to  my reading influences, and quite surprised myself  with regards to what I read/have read from childhood to current day. One thing is for sure, I am most certainly not a snobby reader.

Link is below, or click on the photo to see Enid Blyton to Jeffery Archer to Paula Hawkins and more. :)





Roger Federer – Table Tennis and Moet – great fun

I’m a big fan of Roger Federer and watched a fair few of his games. But equally I love watching some of the fun things he does for adverts and the like. This one with Moet and Table Tennis really made me laugh. Clearly a set-up, but great fun.

Disclaimer: I was not asked to post this by Moet & Chandon, but should they wish to offer a bottle or two for advertising, I, err, well, um, I don’t think I will  be refusing

Bacon is the devil . . . and much more

Nigel Slater was on the BBC4’s Women’s Hour this week, and my golly did he strike a chord with me. I’m not a full on foodie by any means, but yet I despair at times at what should and shouldn’t be eaten.

I have asked myself if it is time we went back to eating the basics? I’d like to, and I have to admit time is a factor, but then I have to remind myself to  “Get off the couch, you lazy moo.”

Below is some of what he had to say:

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Great South African Bake Off – growing on me – #bosomjiggle

You know, the Great South African Bake Off has really grown on me

bake off michaela

When it first aired I cast judgement on no matter how often the bakers are told to produce identical cakes/rolls, not one is able to do so. Now I find this rather endearing, and I feel the urge to cheer the bakers on as they roll, ice and flop their way through each episode.

I have wondered if the bakes are not traditional enough for SA Bakers, which might be causing some of the problem, but now I can’t really make my mind up on this. Any thoughts?

There is no favourite in our house, rather an affection for them all.

And how was this comment about a bosom jiggle made my Tjarrt – priceless

On your marks, get set, BAKE

Spot the mistake

While I was away on my holiday I had a birthday. Yay! I’ve gone back a year instead of forward. New policy :)

Anyhoooooo, the resort we stayed at made me a cake. Hubby and I were told to not leave our table, but to please wait. We did, and look what they presented.

Hmmm, can you spot the mistake?

cake wrong name

Which female author would you vote for?

On my other blog I try to post things which are female related, only because the blog is about a woman and it seems logical to follow the theme (is that nuts?). Anywhooooo, I thought this post was worth sharing as I know there are a lot of readers out there. Please go see, and let me know who you would vote for. And if you are in the UK, maybe you can vote at the BBC site

books to vote


Do you remember only having to order Coffee?

Standing at the counter, gazing up at the endless choices available to me at a coffee shop, I find myself wishing for a time gone by when all I had to do was order “coffee, with milk and sugar please.”

I think Tom Hanks sums my conundrum up quite nicely.

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self.
—Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail