CD Review – ‘Aurora’ by Rastaban

Genre: Tribal FolkReview:This is one of my Castlefest CDs, and you may recall that in my review post I complained that I just couldn't enjoy this CD after seeing the band live. Well, my 'gig hangover' has passed and I am now not only listening to this disk but loving it.I don't really know where to start so I'll do [...]


Getting into the autumnal mood

Well, if you know me well then you'll probably have noticed that I've been unnaturally down recently (and with good reason!). Today, however, I decided to pull my mood up through whatever means possible so had a morning of 'cello playing, which felt like heaven, and am spending my evening painting.I felt in the mood [...]

Book review: ‘Runemarks’ by Joanne Harris

Rating: 3/5 starsSynopsis:"Seven o'clock, on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again...Maddy Smith was born with a rusty-coloured runemark on her hand - a symbol of the old gods and definitely cause for suspicion. For magic is dangerous. Or so everyone thinks. [...]


Book review – ‘Highwayman: Ironside’ by Michael Arnold

Rating: 4/5 starsPlot:"England: 1655.A nation reeling from the turmoil of bloody civil war. An island in the iron grip of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate.The forces of King Charles have been utterly defeated. The sovereign is dead, his supporters beaten, humiliated and scattered. But it is not just former Cavaliers who find themselves hounded by the new [...]


Family cooking time!

The last couple of days have been family bonding time as we've been cooking at all hours. Well, lets be honest it's been more like "get out of my kitchen while I do my bit" time but the fact is that we've all been cooking fairly non-stop.So what's this been in aid of? Darling father [...]


I did it!!

Only going to be a quick post as I don't really have that much to say but, for those of you who are interested, I thought I should say that today was the day of The Singing Lesson.So, from the title, you can probably guess that I didn't chicken out last minute. Even better, my [...]


Book Review – ‘Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman’ by Lilly Fang

Rating: 3/5 stars (and a little bit more)Plot:"Welcome to the Festival of Roses, a world full of magic and romance. Every year during the festival each boy leaves a flower at the door of the girl he believes is the "fairest of them all." Naturally, Snow White gets dozens of flowers, while her younger sister Rose [...]