Getting BBQ ready with John Lewis

Few summer smells as lovely as a BBQ at work...

Waaaaay back at the end of May, before June kicked my butt (everyone who is a teacher or who knows a teacher will tell you, June and September are just too busy for words!), I was lucky enough to go to a really fun event hosted by John Lewis at the Loft in London.

The beetroot salad made by Ed was stunning!
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A Little Trip to Newcastle

I love travel, wherever it takes me. Whether it's near or far, I love getting out of town and exploring, taking in new sights, or revisiting a favourite spot.

A couple of months ago it was the latter, when Matthew and I headed up to beautiful Newcastle for a weekend. It's a city we both know well and adore, and with it being only a few hours away by train and a base for many of our family and friends we like to get up there fairly frequently!

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Exploring Amsterdam with Canal Cruises

One of the great treats of living in London is how close we are to such a wide variety of destinations. While I enjoy flying off to places further afield, it's also delicious to hop on a plane and in an hour or two and be somewhere completely different!

Last month Matthew and I did just that and headed over to Amsterdam for a couple of days in the Dutch capital. We'd both visited before, but this was our first time visiting together.

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The gorgeous weather we are currently enjoying is both making me look forward to our adventures in Northern Europe next month and think back fondly to our time in Italy earlier in the the year. I'm sure I'll be sharing about both visits for a good long time, so if you like travel posts, you're in the right spot. If not, I'll try to make sure there's plenty of book / food / London / home stuff too!

I've written already about our lovely trip out to Burano, and today it's time to share a few shots from our visit to another of the islands of Veneto, the charming little isle of Torcello. Further out from Venice than the more famous Murano and Burano, it's still a beautiful little spot, and riding out on the vaparetto across the waters of the Venetian Lagoon was a treat in the spring sunshine.

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Book Review: Do Not Become Alarmed

I love a good page-turner.

The kind of book you look forward to, that keeps you gripped during your commute, that makes you long for bedtime and a chance to tuck into another chapter or two.

My most recent reviewing read, Do Not Become Alarmed (Penguin, releases 6th July) is exactly that kind of juicy read. It spent far too long on my TBR pile, but as soon as I actually picked it up and dove below that blue cover I was taken on quite the journey by Maile Meloy. This book is entertaining, but also considers so big issues - family, travel, privilege, and I was often kept on the hop by the twists and turns of the narrative.

The blurb on goodreads summarises the book far more succinctly and skillfully than I can, writing this after an evening of reports, so I'll use that to set the scene. Man, I love goodreads.

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Return of the Poppet

Ello hoomans!

It has bin a whiles, so I thoughted I would write oo all a little letter ere on Clur's bloggy-thing. She are busy at the moment with reportehs for the itzens and getting finished with the school year, so is a sooper time for me to log on and send oo all some friendlehs. Good hevens, I are clever.

All is well in the katzen realm at the moment. Last week we did have some noisehs and bangs and we had to be banished from the kitchen an the dining room while a noo hooman did do some fiximating. That was okay until then was wets and bangs and flashes in the weather outside! Maffoo and Clur did quickly get us in and dried and we had a sits with Clur in her lair. Leela was not happeh - she does not like the thunders!

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