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Happy thoughts

Happy thoughts

{1} Holiday planning — Though it’s still early days, my friend Å and I have started planning our holiday to Italy in September. I love Italy and can’t wait to get back! We are touring the North, flying in to Milan and heading for Lake Garda and Sirmione. Trips to Verona are on the list, possibly along […]

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Jojo Moyes // The one plus one

Jojo Moyes // The one plus one

At the heart of the book The one plus one is the inspiring, incredibly funny and sometimes sad story of Jess, a single mother who, without financial or custodial support from her estranged husband, can’t make ends meet. Despite working two jobs she can’t provide for her daughter Tanzie and her husband’s son Nicky from a previous relationship. […]

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How champagne and sparkling wine is made

How champagne and sparkling wine is made

Last week I persuaded a friend to join me at a wine tasting organised by Stella magazine, where we learnt the difference between and how to make the different types of sparkling wine, including champagne. Our teacher was the knowledgeable and incredibly charming sommelier Ingvild Tennfjord.     Hailing from Bergen, she made us all laugh as […]

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Jeannette Walls // The glass castle

Jeannette Walls // The glass castle

Credit: Amazon.co.uk   The autobiography The glass castle by Jeanette Walls is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read – and I don’t normally like biographies.   It is the fascinating and heart-breaking life story of journalist Jeanette Walls. She was the second oldest of four children, born into a highly intelligent […]

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The dressmaker and Tout sweet!

The dressmaker and Tout sweet!

Photo credit: Amazon   For the last few days I’ve been reading the book The dressmaker by Elizabeth Birkelund (is she of Norwegian decent, perhaps?) Oberbeck. While it was lovely to read about fashion and be in the mind of a supposedly unbelievably clever designer, the book’s simple dialog and lack of depth didn’t quite […]

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