Annual leave, books and home #LittleLoves

Annual leave, books and home

It’s been a little while since I’ve managed to join in with Little Loves. This week, I’ve needed them. On Sunday we took the decision to come home from holiday five days early. Whilst it was a rubbish decision to make, I’m so glad we did. It’s made us realise a lot of things about why we love living where we do. It’s made us appreciate what we have. And we’ve managed to give the children a fun-filled week, even from home. Sometimes being brave isn’t easy, but voting with our feet was the best thing we could have done.


I’m so glad that I’ve made my way through two books and picked up a third. This has a lot to do with finishing work last Friday and a delay in my university feedback. 

I loved The Keeper of Lost Things, such a beautiful read. It’s full of heartbreak whilst full of love. After reading The Miniaturist I had to pick up The Muse. Whilst a slightly darker read, I fell completely into the intrigue, which for me kept the mystery until the final pages.

I’ve avoided reading Jodi Picoult for some time. She was a favourite author for years until I felt a little like I was pressing a repeat button. And that’s not a nice feeling. I bought Small Great Things. I think the break has done me good as I can’t help turning the pages. Annual leave, books and home


I’ve been catching up with some old favourites like Scandal and Nashville, and it was good to see The Good Fight returned. It hasn’t instantly lured me back in but I was think it will be worth sticking with.

I’ve also made it to the theatre twice in the past two weeks. The Motherf**cker with the Hat made its way from Glasgow to Cardiff, and it was a great evening at the Sherman. All But Gone is currently at The Other Room, it’s a  beautiful play and another enjoyable evening out of the home.Horrible Histories Live Birthday PartyAs it’s been a while since I’ve written a Little Loves post, I also watched my daughter turn 9. This involved another trip to the Sherman to see Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy BritainFortunately it was a success, and nine seems to mean I’m in my daughter’s good books more often than not.


I am absolutely loving The Vaccines at the moment, I can’t begin to tell you how much. I haven’t listened to their albums properly before, but something came up on my Spotify encouraging me to ‘listen more’. Compliant as ever, I have been.


Flat pack furniture. I compensated our week away by opening the desk which has been in its packaging for some time. It’s for CM’s rainbow themed room, which has evolved lots since I started it last autumn. Not least because CM decided a cabin bed wasn’t for her afterall. 

I followed the mental distress of building her Ikea Hemnes daybed with building a console desk from Groupon. Even typing the words screams ‘why?’! I really needed a narrow desk to allow the daybed to be extended and this was the only one I found where it has enough space for her laptop and piano/ keyboard. It definitely wasn’t the hour promised on the instructions, but it looks fantastic.

Fortunately I’m not put off flat pack furniture. Just as I was finishing the desk there was a knock at the door. CM’s cloud bookshelf arrived from Vertbaudet. It took less than the hour advertised and looks fantastic.


I finally had a reason to get my latest Joanie purchase out of the drawer. I am absolutely loving this jumper, it’s so comfortable. And, as I’m making progress decorating our bedroom with a coastal feel, I think I’m blending right in.Annual leave, books and home 2

And lastly,

With finishing touches to CM’s bedroom in hand I’m making progress on our bedroom. Albeit we’re a carpet short of a room. I’ve found so many lovely things after deciding to keep our furniture and getting hung up on colour schemes. Inspired by our view of the Bristol Channel and a gorgeous print from Laura Ashley I’ve decided blue is the way to go.Laura Ashley coastal inspirationAnd now, it’s just to enjoy the last few days of annual leave. Of course, London’s calling for most of next week.

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    April 8, 2018 at 10:55

    Sorry to hear you came home from holiday early. I hope everything is ok! I absolutely love that jumper, I also love your print from Laura Ashley and I love the sounds of all of those books! I really want to read The Keeper Of Lost Things next. We really want to get the IKEA Hemnes Day Bed for my daughters room. I too am so fed up with flat back furniture though, so I’ve been putting it off for a little while. I bet your spaces look so great now they’re all put together though. 🙂 x

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    April 8, 2018 at 22:20

    Oh so sorry you had to cut your holiday short, home sometimes is tbe best place to be isn’t it and glad you still got to have some good times. Totally in love with that jumper Thankyou for sharing xx

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    Emma Farley
    April 8, 2018 at 23:33

    I didn’t realise The Good Fight was back until it was three episodes in and stayed up late to catch up – totally worth it.

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    April 11, 2018 at 10:49

    Sorry to hear that you had to cut your holiday short, but it seems that it was the right decision for you all. Love that jumper! Enjoy the rest of your annual leave xx

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    April 11, 2018 at 12:45

    I know just what you mean about Jodi Picoult’s books. I was obsessed with them back before I had my girls and read loads in a row. Then I started to notice a formula to them and was completely put off. I’ve not read one since! Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book and try Small Great Things.
    Hope this week is being good to you xx

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