Thursday, 30 June 2016

Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson

Hi guys,

The Sky is everywhere featured on my summer books reading list. It is an absolutely beautifully written book. 

I picked this book up because I loved the cover and it is also part of the Zoella book club. When I read the back of it, it reminded me of Sarah Dessen and her style of writing, which I absolutely adore.

All mothers should buy their young daughters this type of book - I think it just provides them with so much emotional support. They reinforce that its okay to be weird, an emotional wreck and to not have a clue who you are and what you should be doing. 

You can get your copy here. Or you can buy the whole bundle from the Zoella club here.

Blurb ... Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This book makes you laugh out loud and sob all at the same time. I actually read this book sat in one sitting. It isn't the longest book, it is a shorter one and the story doesn't take place over a very long period either. Lennie's character was absolutely true to itself to the end. This book carried me along with her through all of the embarrassing moments to the heartbreaking times too. I think the other part for me is that Lennie is missing some quite key characters of her family unit but she isn't actually missing them - her other members of her family more than make up for this and their relationship is so heartwarming. I think out of all the books I have read this year, this is definitely a stand out for me! 

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Lake District: Grange Over Sands

Hi guys,

Our final visit when in the lakes was to Grange Over Sands. The camp site we were staying in was quite close by. Grange Over Sands is right by the sea (you can see in the title) so on a sunny day, the views would be really incredible. It was quiet when we were there, I think some of this was due to the horribly rainy weather, but we had a lovely time anyway. We went for a walk through the ornamental gardens near the seaside. They were especially beautiful.

There were a lot of memorials and pretty fountains dotted around the park. We took our time walking amongst them to have a look at the different memorials. 

My sister.

I asked this little duck very nicely to pose and he did for a few shots. 

The other highlights of the trip to Grange over Sands were the little individual stores and boutiques. We visited a few little gift shops and purchased a few bits including a Joma Jewellery bracelet. 

There is also a gorgeous artisan chocolate shop, we also purchased quite a few little items from here. 

We took a walk through Grange Over Sands and this was quite nice. We stopped for lunch in a little cafe/pub on the side of the road and called in a little pet store for some treats to bring home for the doggies.

All in all, Grange over Sands is a lovely day - I just wished we could have seen it in a bit better weather, we might have stayed that bit longer!

What is your favourite place to visit in the Lakes?

Rachael xox

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Lake District: Kendal

Hi guys,

So when we were in the Lakes recently, we also visited Kendal.We managed to visit Kendal on a beautifully sunny day - it was so picturesque!

We walked through town, and over a bridge and then upto Kendal Castle. It is free admission, you literally just walk into the ruins. If you enjoy walking, you can probably find a routed walk to take you through the ruins. There were families having a picnic inside the ruins which was lovely to see. You can walk through a bedroom and although it isn't in the best of shape, the framework of the castle is still there.

Kendal town centre is also very pretty with a mixture of high street brands and boutiques. We shopped around a little and then went for lunch. Kendal was so busy as it was a Sunday, but we then found a pub on the way back towards our caravan site, It was a place called Romneys. You can stay there too so we have bookmarked it for future reference. We got the carvery and it was absolutely perfect. We all got the carvery and the place was lovely. We sat on a raised platform and near the bar was an under the floor wine cellar which was such a good novelty factor.

It was a very child friendly atmosphere with a little beer garden too. Highly recommend if you are in that area.

Check it out here

Have you been to Kendal?

Rachael xox