19th February 2018 by - No comments

I think that everyone must have in their minds eye an image of their perfect home.

A place, a haven for themselves, their family and loved ones.

Since I was a little girl I have loved drawing pictures of my ‘forever home,’ and country cottages seem to be where my heart lies.

A pretty country home with a picket fence, cute and cosy. Especially old houses, because they hold so many stories.

So when I saw the lovely cover of Veronica Henry’s The Forever House I just had to read it!

The Book –

Hunter’s Moon is the ultimate ‘forever’ house. Nestled by a river in the Peasebrook valley, it has been the Willoughbys’ home for over fifty years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there.

But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets – and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past.

An irresistibly feel-good story set in the Cotswolds from bestseller Veronica Henry, all about why home really is where the heart is.

Verdict –

Another wonderful story filled with the most interesting characters by one of my favourite authors.

Hunter’s Moon sounds like the most wonderful house set in the breathtaking Cotswolds.

I love how it intertwines modern day with the past in the natural way only a very good author can.
Perfect read for the beach, in bed or on a long journey.

Available on Amazon & in all good bookshops now!

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13th February 2018 by - No comments

We are in sunny Antalya for the half term holidays! It was such a wonderful treat waking up late and seeing blue skies and sunshine.

The sun just lifts your spirits, making the world look so sparkling and fabulous!
I took a long walk by the sea this morning. Breathing in the fresh sea air, it was so invigorating!

Every time I come to Antalya there are places I love to visit.

Ataturk’s home in Antalya is one of my favourites, and a must see for anyone visiting Antalya!

The Museum –

Atatürk’s House (Atatürk Evi ve Müzesi) is a museum that displays the visits the first president of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, made to Antalya in the 1930s.

The current building is an exact replica of the original house where Atatürk stayed and the exhibitions inside are very interesting.

Displays include original items of Ataturk’s clothing, books, furniture.

The museum is located in the center of Antalya right beside the ‘Kale Ici’ area by the port.
It is open daily and entrance is free.

A Must See –

The importance of Ataturk to Turkish people cannot be put into words. He is not only the founder of the Turkish republic, he continues to be an inspiration to Turks of all ages.

This museum is small but must be seen to just get a feel for what type of person this great leader was.

There is no oppulence in his residence. No glittering gold furniture or antiques that would be seen in the Ottoman palaces. The rooms are well furnished but sparce. Elegant and understated.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a man of the people. He was well groomed and took pride in his appearance.

A must see when in Antalya.

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5th February 2018 by - No comments

I have never been hugely into politics, but I do like to keep up to date with this complex world that we live in. I like to know who is in charge of ruling our country and other if only to figure out why they make the decisions they make.

Politicians are very interesting indeed, they have very difficult jobs, and so much responsibility.

The same can be said about journalists. Without journalists, newspapers, news channels, how would we know anything about politics and the world we live it. In many ways I feel the journalists have the tougest job of all. Conveying the ‘correct’ news to us all so that we know the truth.

There are some instances however when the politicians do not want the public to know about the truth, thats when the problems arise.

The Post is based exactly on this, a newspaper tries to expose the wrong doing of the politicians, and the politicians try their best to stop it from being published.

The Movie –

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Verdict-

This movie is based on a true story. The cast is top class – Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep.

It is very political though. The first hour was quite difficult to comprehend at times. But make sure you sit it through to the end when things get clearer. A good movie.

Lets see if The Post gets an Oscar! I think it deserves one for sure.

It can be seen on the big screen now at cinemas Nationwide.

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