I have this book coming this week and I can't wait to get my mitts on it. Perhaps there will be projects that I can also do with the kids or maybe I will keep it to myself, devour it in my own time and enjoy it completely or go mad and throw it at the wall. A review will come later.
Another gift for my birthday is, Call the Midwife. I love this book infact I plan to get more of Jennifer Worth books. I love the history and facts behind the stories. Actually some of it is a little hard to believe and things like back street abortions were happening late into the 50's. It is incredible to read how far antenatal care has progressed in a short period of time and how the pill reduced birth rates and how social changes happened and affected people.
Written in my grandparents era, it makes me wonder how women survived childbirth at all and survived some of the conditions placed upon them. Having read this book it makes me sad that my grandparents are not alive today so that I can ask them questions on their childhood, health care, conditions they lived in and so on. After reading this book I understand now why the elderly think we have it so easy and we do in many ways. We have bathrooms, running water, telephones, washing machines even dishwashers. However, it is also sad that family life and values have changes considerably and neighbourly tasks are somewhat a distant memory, we are lucky if we smile at ours or even get a smile back at times (well with at least one of them).
This is a great book to read and dare I say, better than the BBC series. A book that should be read at schools, it is all very well to read about all the Kings and Queens but even better to know what happened pre and post war.
So I got a new bag for my birthday by Cath Kidston and I love it. It is small, compact and it fits all the things I need for my daily errands. Not only are their bags and accessories to die for but fashion and kids items too. The cowboy wallpaper takes me back to my childhood, my brother had something similar in his room. So don't throw out your chintz because it is in style and looks amazing (but don't overdo it).
Go to the website, check out one of the stores (which I have yet to do).
What a birthday!!! Well, I went down with the flu the day before, not your average flu but a full blown body aching, sweating, could not cool down kind of flu. Managed to meet up with my friend and go for lunch the next day, then came home feeling tired then the next day I could barely move. I did however, get some homemade birthday cake and some lovely presents.
So I very unsatisfactory birthday but it was my day and I got what I wanted and a bit more!
I have been job hunting for a few months on and off but now is the time to get serious with it. I have applied to quite a number of jobs and so far only had one interview and I am waiting to hear if I will be invited back for a second interview. I would like this job very easy commute and it is in central London and to top it off the job is exactly what I am looking for but in my line of work it is not just all about experience it is about personality fit too (like most jobs but mine more so).
I have also seen jobs closer to home, which would be ideal, some are paying what I would get in London, except the travel money would end up in my pocket opposed to the transport industry's account, therefore more income for me for which I would like to buy a house, eventually.
Fingers crossed I will get something sooner rather than later. It is quite frustrating waiting to hear when you are in need of work but currently the job market is on the side of the employer so they can be more picky and bide their time for the right person.