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How Are Things?

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Hi everyone?  How are things?  It’s been a quite while since I posted here.  I originally planned to go away for a couple of weeks but I’ve been away now for well over a month!  Things are a bit hectic in my life at the moment, not exactly what I expected, given the plans I had for this blog.  But unfortunately I’m going to have to take some more and extended time away from blogging.  I’d like to keep up with the blog but the truth is I’m barely managing to deal with things that are happening in my offline life at the moment and blogging just takes too much time right now.  I haven’t had much time for reading and haven’t felt like reading much either due to some issues I have with my eyesight recently.  I’ve not been very well which is a big part of why I’m taking a lot of time away 😦

I’m not disappearing completely.  You can still stay in touch with me via email or social media if you want to, and while I said I’m not reading much I have been keeping up some of my reading and review writing in this last week.  I’ve posted these on amazon and might do so on Goodreads too but putting together blog posts just takes too long for me at the moment, even with a template, though I might put up the odd occasional post or share another’s if I can.

I want to thank everyone for all your support and the lovely messages I’ve received from many of you.  I’d like to stay in touch with everyone and I hope you aren’t disappointed if I leave for a while.  I’m not sure about when I’m returning, I’m just concentrating on getting through this tough patch and recovering my health at the moment.  I hope everyone is well and your blogging as well as personal lives are going well.  Take care and let’s stay in touch ❤ 🙂 🙂

….Oh and I have one left over blog post (it’s been sitting in my drafts for weeks-forgot about it!) I’m going to put up right after this one  so you have something to read while I’m away 🙂

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#BookReview: My Town by Angela P. Arrhenius #MPBooks

My Town book coverTitle: My Town

Author/Illustrator: Ingela P. Arrhenius

Publisher: Walker Studio

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: There’s so much to see in town!
Take a walk and discover all the sights in this colourful picture dictionary.  Can you spot the people who are wandering from page to page?
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Time for a Break?

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It’s been a few days since my last post but the truth is that I’m struggling and haven’t really been around for some time.  Many of you might have noticed I’ve been sort of missing on most of my social media accounts.  I’ve been putting out automatic posts on the blog and occasionally replying to comments, but I really haven’t been well lately and I’m so sorry for not being around.Read More »

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#BookReview: The Bees – Down in the Garden by DC Swain & Anna Bonita #MPBooks

The Bees Down in the Garden book coverTitle: The Bees (Down in the Garden book 1)

Author: DC Swain

Illustrator: Anna Bonita

Publisher: Cambridge Town Press

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description:  Down in the garden beyond the apple trees,
is a fading blue hive, full of busy bees…
Join the bees down in the garden on a day of fun, danger and adventure in this beautifully illustrated picture book.
With a whimsical story and crisp, original illustrations, this is a story your children will want to read again and again.Read More »

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#BookReview: Where’s Wally? Games on the Go! by Martin Handford #MPBooks

Where's Wally Games on the Go book coverTitle: Where’s Wally?  Games on the Go!  Puzzles, Activities & Searches

Author/Illustrator: Martin Handford

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Puzzle, Activity book

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Description:  Perfect for Wally Watchers on the go!  This travel activity book is packed with truly terrific puzzles, quizzes, mazes and searches – plus a bonus fold-out Wally board game.  The fun never stops with Where’s Wally?Read More »

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#Photography: A Cool Stream #Photo #Art #MPBooks

It is very hot in the UK at the moment and for many today may well be the hottest day of the year (and even since records began).  For those of you affected, like me, stay cool, hydrated and in the shade.  I hope you all stay well and just to cheer up anyone who may be feeling a bit miserable from the overly oppressive heat, here’s a photo I took a few weeks ago in London (before the grass began to dry out) of a cool stream…or is it a brook?  I don’t know what it is, but the sound of the water trickling in an otherwise quiet location is wonderful.  😎😎😎

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A cool stream – Image © My Peacock Books

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#BookHaul: Late Walker Books July 2018 #MPBooks

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a book haul and also a while since I’ve been properly active in the blogging community, apart from a few pre-scheduled posts.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve put out during my absence, including the recent (and very first on this blog) author interview.  I’ve not been very active lately due to health issues.  I don’t want to bore you guys, but I’ve not been very well lately, been having a lot of doctor appointments and, well, I’ve just been very unwell 😦 .  It’s affected my blogging, and I want to apologise to everyone who’s been waiting for reviews from me, I’ll be getting to them as soon as I can.  I don’t know how long it will be until I’m fully well again, but I just wanted to give you an update in case anyone was worried why I’ve sort of disappeared off social media and that ❤

In the meantime, I wanted to share this wonderful book post I got a couple of weeks ago from the very kind people at Walker Books.  It’s a little late but these are books that have all come out this month and I’ll be reviewing them here as soon as I can.  Let me know which books out of these interest you 🙂

Here are some picture books (descriptions from Walker Books email to me):

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Lots of lovely picture books! 😀

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