Life of Kitty is moving!

Yep, you heard (read?) right. I’ve decided to go ahead and do it… I’m moving to a self-hosted domain. It will be done in the next few days, and I aim to get all my subscribers moved over with the rest of the blog. Keep an eye out!

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Book Review: Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well

image– Nancy Atherton

Upon receiving this book, and looking at it on goodreads, I realised that it was sort of part of a big series. Number 19, in fact, of the ‘Aunt Dimity’ series. I was a little worried about whether I would be lost in all the characters, but I think I managed quite well as the story got going! When given a sequel to review I would usually read the earlier books, but with 18 before this one, I figured that would take too long… This series seems to be the sort of one where each storyline is completely different, with just small points that may be mentioned from a previous one. It doesn’t seem that important to have read them all!

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

When I realised who Aunt Dimity was, it did make me a bit wary. I thought the whole story was just going to be a bit daft to be honest! If, like me, you hadn’t delved into this series before, all you need to know is that Aunt Dimity was a friend of Lori’s mother. Her ghost lives on through a journal, and this is how Lori communicates with her. However, it wasn’t actually that crazy – I was surprised!

This book has a good mystery – though not the kind I’m used to reading – as well as a view into the lovely English village life. Instead of hunting for a killer, Lori is trying to figure out why wishes are coming true. It can’t be magic, right?

Everyone knows everything about each other in Finch, you can’t keep anything a secret, so when Jack turns up, the villagers don’t know what to think.

I for one enjoyed reading about the characters. They all had their own little story, and although we only get glimpses the majority in this book, I imagine each book in the series will delve into each person at one point! They all seemed pretty likeable.

This mystery won’t appeal to all, and if you’re looking for something juicy then keep looking! Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is an easy read, with a small mystery going on. Maybe not as action-packed as the mystery books I would usually read, but enjoyable nevertheless! I may have to read through some more in the Aunt Dimity series!

Summer Book Swap

Everyone loves a new book, right? That book doesn’t even have to be brand new. Going into charity shops just to browse the bookshelves, and find cheap books, is my favourite part of the shopping trip! If my boyfriend and I are in town, we will most definitely end up in Waterstones for a good half hour, just browsing the shelves and looking around. What can I say, I like books!

There’s nothing better than being able to sit down and immerse yourself completely into another world. A world in which is sort of unique to you as everyone will imagine characters or worlds a little differently. You just cannot beat a good book and a quiet place!

Now, the actual point of this post… I’m taking part in a Summer Book Swap hosted by Hayley and Beth. Each person taking part will be given a person to send a book to. Simple, right?

Book swaps, in my opinion, are just really great to take part in. I’ve only actually done one before (and loved it!), but it’s interesting to see the results. You may receive a book that you’ve never heard of, or one that you just hadn’t taken a second look at. This book swap isn’t asking you to go out and buy a brand new book. You could give one of your own, or check out charity shops. The main idea is just to make someone else happy with a good book in the post!

The closing date for this book swap is June 28th, so click on the links to either Hayley’s or Beth’s blogs and join! You really won’t regret it…

Photo Friday #14

It’s Friday already?! Today I’m heading back up to Carlisle for my last weekend at work before I go to Finland. Just 4 days until I’m heading down to London for the flights!

Here’s another guest Photo Friday guest post – I’ll get right into it!

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Hello I’m Louise and I currently study Wildlife and Media at the University of Cumbria. I have a keen interest in horses and wildlife and after university I hope to join an existing equine photography business, photographing wildlife in my spare time, working my way up to start my own business. Here are a selection of my equine and wildlife photos:

1. Great Spotted Woodpecker – I took this photo last summer when at home when I spotted an active woodpeckers nest very close to a children’s park. As we walk the dog past this tree every afternoon I saw the pair of great spotted woodpeckers regularly and even saw the young poke there heads outside! I spent ages looking up at the trees fascinated by the close encounters with these woodpeckers and I hope to see them around again this summer.

2. New Forest Foal – A photo from last summers day trip to the New Forest! This picture was taken in Lyndhurst and I only came across it this year (after picking out a few favourites from the 200+ pictures I came home with last year). The foal didn’t seem to fussed at all by my presence just dozed the whole time!

3. Natural Environment – Again a photo from last summers day trip to the New Forest! This was taken in Beaulieu and was the first stop for the trip, one of my first pictures from the new forest…happens to be one of my personal favourites.

4. Early Rise – Taken last summer, I was out the door at 4am in the morning for this and am very pleased I managed to see about 4 foxes this morning! Certainly gets the adrenaline going, this is my favourite from the day, I heard a rustle coming from behind the bushes so stunk up on the fox…snapped a picture held eye contact for a couple of seconds and then off popped the fox….I then turned around to see another fox behind me, caught me by surprise anyway!

5. By the sea – Taken at Maryport in Cumbria on a day trip out whilst family were visiting me at university!. I spotted a large group of oystercatcher by the seas edge and couldn’t resist laying down and shuffling closer to get a few snaps.

6. Seal – Who could resist this face? Taken on a day trip to the Farne Islands, this seal popped its head out the water and kept its eye on the boat (either posing or wondering what the hell we were all doing). I used a 5DMark 2 borrowed from the university for this photo along with my own 300mm.

The majority of photos are taken on my own Canon 500D with a f.4, 300mm.

If you like my photos feel free to check more out at either : http://www.louisegroomphotography.co.uk or http://www.facebook.com/louisegroomphotography

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So yep, Louise is on my university course and well, aren’t these photos awesome!

(Interested in doing one of these posts? Contact me!)

Introducing Charlie…

I heard about a competition that Pet Health Info were running and well, I just had to join in! Writing a post about my pet and why I love them? Easy!

All images taken from my instagram/facebook so I apologise for the bad quality in some…

So, Charlie is my very fat cat. On my first day of Year 7 I came home to see a tiny little kitten, hiding behind anything he could. We couldn’t decide on a name for a few days, flicking between Harry and Charlie mainly… Thankfully, we settled on Charlie. Not long after, Charlie went for his ‘op’ and we discovered that he was actually a she. Can you imagine a girl kitty called Harry?! At least Charlie was fairly unisex!

In September this year we will have had her for 10 years – that’s making me feel old! Her birthday is the 4th July, and I think I only really remember that because of the American Independence Day…

Anyway, here are some of the things that make Charlie, Charlie.

She likes to sit/sleep in awkward places, especially when I am on my laptop and not giving her attention. Many times she has just plonked herself down in between me and my laptop when it is on my knee.


She also likes to sit on me and other people. Myself and my dad seem to be her favourites, but I think my dad wins because he’s the one that feeds her the most…


She will lie with me whilst I read. It’s really comforting, lying down reading and having a cute, snoring, kitty beside you!

Then there was that time when I tricked her with a treat so she would stand up she posed with me.

And of course, it’s tiring being a cat…

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This has been a cat appreciation post.

Pet Health Info is a website which offers pet health advice and information, at no added cost! There’s plenty of information whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, fish, birds… the list goes on!

This competition is in conjunction with BloggerOpps and Pet Health Info.

Book Review: Long Time Coming – Edie Claire

image Sometimes I will read a book, and I’m only half way through it when I think that I need to review it on my blog.

Now I’ve never read any of Edie Claire’s books, though I have seen her name before! I have to say, I honestly didn’t expect much of this book, I thought it would just be your average romance. However, it is so much more than that! I was completely hooked, and it did keep me guessing throughout. Some things were easy to figure out, and you know, you figure it out before the character does, but it doesn’t take away from the story. The main ‘mystery’ was a little surprise. I was getting close to guessing, but I didn’t get it completely.

Synopsis:

Though veterinarian Joy Hudson is now an accomplished and well-established professional, all the trauma of her senior year in high school comes rushing back when she returns to her hometown to help care for her aging father. The memories she tried to erase about her best friend’s tragic death, and the boy she blamed for the accident, suddenly seem very fresh — especially because that boy is now the handsome town doctor who makes his interest in Joy abundantly clear. Even more troubling is Joy’s mounting suspicion that someone is either trying to spook her or kill her. It will take all Joy’s courage to attend to past and present dangers.

The main characters were really likeable in my opinion. I mean, Joy does get a little annoying and you do want to tell her to get a hold of herself, but it works. Everyone had a back-story, so they had something interesting behind them. I also really liked how it was about Joy going back to her home town and seeing high school friends again. It’s great to see how people can grow up and change. You get both a little of the high school days as well as the present.

There’s a little paranormal activity in this story, but don’t let that put you off! I think it’s really quite subtle for the most part, and fits well with the storyline. I didn’t actually realise it would have the paranormal in it (I didn’t read the description/page properly before reading!) so was surprised, but not turned off with it.

Anyway, I was completely hooked on this story and I will definitely be reading some more of Edie Claire’s writing!

Harry Potter Studio Tours… aka, the best ‘attraction’ ever.

I visited London with my boyfriend from 20th July – 22nd July this year, with one plan in mind… Visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour! We stayed in Watford, about 10 minutes away from Watford Junction, thus we could easily get onto the Potter bus (which takes you to the studios!). Thus bus had a little talking intro as it was driving, which was pretty cool. It really got us excited aha!

I’ll put these under a read more as I have quite a few photos. Also, do not read if you don’t want to be spoiled!
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