Last week, I was finally able to tick off a few things from my list of places I wanted to see in London. I had the opportunity to attend an afternoon tea in the wonderful Covent Garden Hotel to celebrate the launch of Rosanna Ley’s newest novel, Her Mother’s Secret. Such a treat! My lovely friend Laura and I decided to travel to London early and explore this fantastic city a little beforehand. I don’t go to London too often, and if I go, I usually go straight to a set place or event. So this time, I wanted to see a few more things. We headed to Elan Cafe first. I had seen so many gorgeous pictures on Instagram and was desperate to see this place. This cute little cafe certainly didn’t disappoint. It was a lot smaller than I anticipated, but luckily we managed to get a table straight away. The atmosphere in this place is amazing! I don’t think anyone left this cafe without having their picture taken – so when in Rome… (or, erm, London)
The food was superb as well. I went for avocado and egg on toast. Yummy!! Afterwards, we took a stroll through some pretty amazing back streets and made our way to Liberty.
And then it was already time to head to Covent Garden for afternoon tea. Meeting Rosanna in person was fantastic. We chatted so much about her new book and even got a small insight into the book she is currently writing.
About Her Mother’s Secret
For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland – the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany – afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea’s failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done?
Despite Colette’s wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother’s flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette’s mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future?
The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret – one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.
Her Mother’s Secret is currently available in hardback, with the paperback version to follow on 14th June 2018.
Thank you so much Rosanna and Quercus for such a brilliant afternoon.
I am so sorry for the lack of activity on my blog recently. To be fair, I don’t really know what happened. I have so many ideas for new blog posts, but have somehow not been able to put them into action. Whenever I started to write a blog post, I came as far as a few sentences and then deleted everything again. Somehow my heart just wasn’t in it. I have just dropped our oldest girl at school (where did the 6 weeks school holidays go???) and whilst our little one is having a nap, I thought I’ll try again.
August has been such a wonderful month for us. I absolutely loved the school holidays. Having both girls home with me was amazing (yes, I did have a little tear in my eye, dropping Morgan off at school this morning).
Meeting my new nephew
We spent the first two weeks of August in Germany (my parents and my sister live over there). Spending time with my family was fantastic and Morgan very much improved her German (I should really raise her bilingual, but I really struggle with this – I am planning a blog post on this in the near future). We explored quite a bit whilst we were over there and had brilliant days out, but the highlight was definitely the birth of my first nephew. Our timing couldn’t have been any better as he was born just a few days after we arrived in Germany which meant, we had plenty of time for those lovely newborn cuddles. Isabelle is only 8 months old, but already I had forgotten how small and fragile newborns really are.
Splashing in the tub
Another August highlight was (and still is) bath time. We started bathing our girls together a few weeks ago, but only during the last few days Isabelle discovered that she is able to splash about and get her sister and herself completely wet. The squeals and delights that are coming out of our two are so heart-warming and make me look with absolute admiration and pride.
I used to do quite a bit of baby wearing when Morgan was little, but this time around I didn’t really get into it. We used a Baby Bjorn with our oldest daughter and I tried the exact same with our baby girl too. But somehow it didn’t feel right. I was always uncomfortable and too hot and Isabelle didn’t seem to be too keen either. And then, I discovered a wrap. I can honestly say that the wrap changed my whole approach to baby wearing. I LOVE it! And most importantly, our baby girl does to. After a bit of practise, it is super easy to tie the wrap. My back no longer aches and having my baby girl so close to me is such a lovely feeling. I don’t get all hot and sweaty either as the wrap has such a lightweight texture. The other day, we went to Sissinghurst Castle (a gorgeous National Trust property). We only found out when we arrived there, that prams were not allowed in the garden. Luckily I had my trusted wrap with me :-). The one I am using is from Fornessi and I can honestly highly recommend this product (this post is in no way sponsored by Fornessi – we bought the wrap ourselves, but I wanted to give them a little shout-out on here as I am so very happy with this purchase).
So this is basically it, our August highlights. What have you been up to during the school holidays?
I know I sound like a broken record, but I am still getting used to the idea that my little girl is not so little anymore, but in fact is now attending “big school”. She is doing so well and I am so incredibly proud of her, but ever since she did start primary school, I was secretly looking forward to half-term. Having her around for the whole week would be wonderful.
Luckily my husband and I both managed to get this week off work and we had made quite a few plans for half-term. So far, we’ve had a brilliant time! We’ve been out and about, have met up with some of her old nursery friends (most of them are not attending the same primary school as she is), met the Gruffalo and had a brilliant time at Drusillas Park. For the rest of the week we still plan to do some pumpkin carving (wish us luck!) and visit a farm – fingers crossed the weather stays as lovely as it has been the last few days.
We also had the 28 week midwife appointment to look forward to. Hearing baby’s heartbeat and the midwife telling us that everything looks fine so far is so reassuring! We cannot wait to welcome this tiny addition to our family in only a few short months.
Here are a few pictures of our first half-term week so far.
She is pretending to be a scary witch on this picture…
I am linking this post with Heledd at Running in Lavender for #MyCapturedMoment.
I was over the moon when I was announced as the Twitter competition winner to meet author Claudia Carroll in an exclusive event at Harper Collins Headquarters in London. The event took place on Friday and was absolutely brilliant!
Claudia is such a lovely person! She is incredibly easy to talk to and we had some very interesting conversations. I am a huge fan of her books and cannot wait to read her newest release, Meet Me in Manhattan, which was published in December.
The team at Avon, Harper Collins had put on the most amazing and delicious afternoon tea for us. In between enjoying this beautiful selection, I had the chance to chat to the other bloggers (it really was exclusive as there were only 3 of us), to some lovely editors and publicists that I knew from Twitter, but had never met in person before and, of course, the brilliant Claudia Carroll herself. The afternoon passed way too quickly and before we knew it, the sun was setting over London and it was time to head home.
I couldn’t get enough of the stunning views we had over the river Thames – absolutely breathtaking! If I would work in that building, I would probably struggle to get any work done, but would instead spend all my time gazing outside the windows.
A huge thank you to the whole Avon team and to Claudia for such a fantastic afternoon!