Monday, 30 April 2018

WIN a relaxing spa break in the North York Moors

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Songs for April


  • The Jesus and Mary Chain - April Skies 
  • Deep Purple - April
  • Queen - April Lady 
  • Aretha Franklin - April Fools 
  • Simon & Garfunkel - April She Will Come 
  • Tony Bennett - April in Paris
  • Frank Sinatra - I'll Remember April
  • A-ha - Soft Rains of April
  • Nat King Cole - Lost April
  • Soul Asylum - April Fool

National Days for April - Today is Honesty Day

  • 1st April - April Fool's Day
  • 2nd April - Children's Book Day
  • 3rd April - Find a Rainbow Day
  • 4th April - Tell a Lie Day
  • 5th April - Caramel Day
  • 6th April - California Poppy Day
  • 7th April - No House Work Day
  • 8th April - Zoo Lover's Day
  • 9th April - Winston Churchill Day
  • 10th April - Sibling's Day
  • 11th April - Pet Day
  • 12th April - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 13th April - Scrabble Day
  • 14th April - Dolphin Day
  • 15th April - Rubber Eraser Day
  • 16th April - Orchid Day
  • 17th April - Bat Appreciation Day
  • 18th April - Juggler's Day
  • 19th April - Garlic Day
  • 20th April - Look Alike Day
  • 21st April - Astronomy Day
  • 22nd April - Jelly Bean Day
  • 23rd April - Lover's Day
  • 24th April - Pigs in Blankets Day
  • 25th April - Penguin Day
  • 26th April - Pretzel Day
  • 27th April - Tell A Story Day
  • 28th April - Superhero Day
  • 29th April - Dance Day
  • 30th April - Honesty Day

Win one of five midweek breaks at Bluestone in Pembrokeshire

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My Book of the Month for April - She Did It - Mel Sherratt

My book of the month for April is by Mel Sherratt with 'She Did It'.

This is the first Mel Sherratt book I have read, despite having once upon a time actually worked with the talented lady! Now I have read this one, I am ready to devour her every output. What a read this is!!

I won't spoil it for you, as its got some serious twists and turns, and the end - wow! What I will say is that the plot revolves around two main characters - those being Tamara and Esther. Set in London and its surrounding area, its about the present, but totally moving due to the past to an inevitable face down.

Its interesting in that despite being a rotten apple, one of the characters is revealed to have been treated very badly indeed in the past, and both have their share of skeletons in the cupboard.

Tamara may well have status, but her money is running short. In Esther, she sees a capable, enthusiastic new employee that opens up the career opportunites she needs. In Tamara, Esther sees a gullible woman, willing to employ her despite her fake references and hidden agenda.

Even within a setting where its clear that all is not going to end well, and the term friendship is perhaps not the most appropriate description of their relationship with each other, its still shocking how things develop.

This is a great psychological thriller, well written with a fabulous story arc and great twists. Highly recommend this and off to read more from Mel. Great read.

Win an Inntravel holiday for two to Piedmont, Italy

Win an Inntravel holiday for two to Piedmont, Italy

End of the month - that means comps!!

Last day of the month. That means lots and lots of closing competitions!!

It also means I become entirely anti-social for the entire evening, giving my other half total control of the remote!! Its a win win situation!!

I really hope that I win this time. I've had a few small wins last month, but who knows !!

Here's hoping this month is better luck! I may even share the odd one or two with you. Why don't you try your luck?

WIN £5,000 to invest in an investment company

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My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Inside the Venue - Part II


Each hallway was lined with thick patterned carpets


There were real fireplaces polished up and detailed with ornaments


Stately carved chairs dotted about everywhere add to the elegance


I adored these love chairs


Huge wooden doors welcome you inside


Beautiful urns are there to great you on arrival


The whole place is full of atmosphere and history


In the original wing, a beautiful wooden stairs case winds its way to the first floor


The original wing has such class 


Wonderful mirrors adorn the walls


Chandeliers hang suspended from the ceilings



There are even suits of armour! 


My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Our room









My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - Inside The Venue Part 1


Hoar Cross Hall is one impressive building


Dark wood, library shelves lined with books


Huge windows dressed with elaborate furnishings


Leather sofa's


Beautiful tables and chairs


Dark wood floors and chaise longues


Plush carpets underfoot


Glass tables and comfy seating


Fabulous lighting



My Travels - Hoar Cross Hall - The Grounds Part II


Around every corner was another beautiful statue


The weather could not have been better



This beautiful bench was the perfect spot for the best views



The hall loomed up as we walked back




The trees reminded me of Harry Potter


The whole place felt magical




Statues of deer and stags adorn the front lawn




Kissing statues - so romantic



It was so well looked after



This is the raised glass dome for the spa below