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Review: Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries was one of my favourite reads in 2023, so I was giddy when the sequel, Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands dropped through my letterbox. Things I loved about the first book, if you need a recap: The way the book blends historical fiction, fantasy, folklore, romance & mystery Our…

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What Worked and What Didn’t In My 2023 Garden

My first year of growing veggies has overwhelmingly been a success. When I tell you I would have been happy with a single tomato, I really mean it. I went into my first garden season with the lowest expectations, I just wanted to try things and have fun, and that is definitely what happened! Mostly…

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Staying Grounded in Times of Chaos

My days right now look like a rinse and repeat of wake up, go to the house, come home, cook dinner, shower, sleep. It’s full on as we work towards our September 7th renovation deadline, and so anything other than that laundry list of activities is off the table. I am not hanging out with…

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May in the Garden

May in the garden has been such a joy. It feels like every day I stepped out into something new in bloom. May is undeniably spring in full swing, but something about watching our neglected, overrun garden burst into life felt extra special, more than just the gifts of the season. We’ve been slowly trying…

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Stay: The Brown Acropol in Athens, Greece, with Jet2

This blog post has been created in collaboration with Jet2. Amongst the house purchasing, renovating, moving chaos, travel wasn’t really on our 2023 bingo cards sadly. However, Jet2 have recently launched flights to Athens, and when they appeared in my inbox offering the chance to take a little Greek city break, I just couldn’t say no. We were able to choose early morning flights…

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Review: A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, Samantha Shannon’s much anticipated prequel to The Priory of The Orange Tree, A Day of Fallen Night. Set five hundred years before the events of The Priory of The Orange Tree, A Day of Fallen Night is divided into four view points, Glorian, Dumai, Tunuva and Wulf….

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My Simple 2023 Reading Goals

In a world where booktokers are setting 300 book reading goals, setting modest goals for a new year’s reading can be intimidating. This year though, I’m focusing in hard on what will make me happy, not what will look impressive to brag about on Twitter. Set a tiny Goodreads goal. In an ideal world I wouldn’t set one at…

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Review: One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

Book gifted by the publisher. When a book is pitched to you as a gothic fantasy romance, inspired by fairy tales, with a woman who needs to unleash her inner monster, well you bump it to the top of your TBR immediately. If you’re looking for an atmospheric and spooky read, pick this this up…

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