My Sunday Photo 10/04/2016

This is one of my sisters photos from the CN Tower in Toronto, where they have snow at the moment in April! Mind you we were driving home from Tescos yesterday and it started hailing really heavy here in Cornwall.
A view from the CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
It was taken at sunset. I really love the atmosphere and blue colours in this photo.
I hope you are all having a great weekend, and it’s not to cold where you are. 
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A visit to our new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay

We have been going to our local Caffe Nero on Boscowen Street in Truro every Saturday morning for a while now. Unlike Costa the staff are a lot more friendly and will have a chat with you no matter how long the queues are. 
But this branch of Caffe Nero is beginning to get a bit tired and is not very pram friendly – must consider this now we have baby girl! It’s hard to manoeuvre the pram between the tables without giving some poor old chap a knock spilling his coffee! 
Anyway they have opened up a new branch just a few weeks ago a couple of streets away from the old one on Lemon Quay. We have asked and they are keeping both coffee shops open. The new one is right opposite a huge Primark that is due to open in October, a perfect spot for business it seems! 

This new branch of Caffe Nero has been designed just amazingly. The decor inside has that perfect relaxing feel, and with a wide entrance door and a great layout of the tables and chairs inside it’s very pram or wheelchair friendly. 
They have an enormous book shelf on the back wall filled with all sorts of wonderful books you can read whilst have a coffee or tea -with cake of course! 
They have lots of bright sparkly hanging lights as you can tell from the photos! 

I love the idea of this long table and chairs – great for larger families or groups of people out for coffee and cake. I must mention the floor tiles they have put in, they are very pretty and give it a homely feeling. 

I just love all the different tables and chairs they have used. This one above is my favourite it’s very pretty and makes you feel quite posh sitting in it. 
I have to end the review with showing you a picture of the great big scrumptious hot chocolate I always have when I visit Caffe Nero and a toasted panatone with jam – sorry I ate that before I realised I didn’t take a photo of it! 
My only disappointment was that my husband came back to the table with the hot chocolate and it didn’t have any marshmallows on it, but I will let them off this time as they had a lovely new barista in training.
My husband had the pain au raisin and the latte with sprinkles. 

Overall I would give the new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay in Truro a 4 out of 5. I couldn’t give it a 5 out of 5 due to the missing marshmallows – sorry they mean a lot to a sleep deprived new mummy! 
It gets a 5 out of 5 for the stunning interior design though. A very chilled out relaxing space- perfect for a wet Saturday! 

Happy Saturday!



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Word of the Week 08/04/2016 – Immunisations

The weeks are flying by! This week baby girl turned 2 months old and time for the dreaded immunisations. It’s all that’s been on my mind all week. I’ve been thinking silly things like what if she gets a temperature? Will she have a fever with them? Or worse what if they make her really ill? 
So my Word for this Week is Immunisations
immunisations

Wednesday night, the night before her immunisations baby girl slept for 6 and 1/2 hours. Her longest night time sleep yet! It didn’t stop me waking up numerous times throughout the night checking on her though. I kept thinking is she OK? Is she hungry? Is this normal? It’s really unlike me to be so on edge, but since I’ve had baby girl I have turned quite neurotic. I used to be really laid back- isn’t it funny how motherhood changes you? 
Well going back to the immunisations, I woke up yesterday morning really nervous, especially as I was going on my own as my husband was at work. Her appointment was at 9:50 so plenty of time I thought to get ourselves up, get ready and give baby girl a feed. It would be this morning that baby girl wanted a really long feed after her really long sleep. She was still feeding at 9:00 so I had to quickly dash around when she had finished and put her coat on, hat, booties and into the car seat which she hates! Then run around putting the bins out as Thursday’s are bin days! 
I am someone who likes to be early for appointments so hate being behind (before I had baby girl I was out the house in no time, now it feels as if it takes forever!). Anyway we finally got in the car to head to our local doctors surgery, with it being still the school holidays the traffic was very light, and we were there in no time at all. I was also lucky to grab the last parking space available. 
We arrived a few minutes early so saw a couple with their baby go in first. OMG the crys that came from the baby that I heard in the waiting room was piercing and totally heartbreaking. Not something a new mummy wants to hear, when you are next in line! 

Anyway we were next up. 

baby and me
I was sensible enough to put little trousers on baby girl today so all I had to do was pull them down for the nurse to jab the injections one in each chubby thigh. I have never heard baby girl scream like that before it was a painful cry that made me well up and nearly burst into tears myself. I just managed to hold it together for her and tried my hardest to calm her down by talking and cuddling her tight. Bless her chubby cheeks with tears rolling down her face. 
As soon as I put her back into the car seat she fell asleep. We went straight home afterwards and I was advised by the nurse to give her 2.5ml of Calpol to stop a high temp/fever from coming on as she had the new Meningitis B vaccination which can cause these. It’s the first time baby girl has had Calpol and it was a huge mission to get it down her throat! She was a little grumpy for the rest of the day and slept loads more than usual only waking up to feed. Just before bedtime she seemed back to her normal self and slept again for 6 1/2 hours. – Mummy getting a good nights sleep! 
So there you have it my Word for The week is Immunisations. 
I hope you have all had a great week! 

rachelbustin
The Reading ResidenceA Cornish Mum

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Book Review & Giveaway- The Traitor’s Mark by D.K Wilson

I read The Traitor’s Mark by D.K. Wilson last year and recently came across another copy so I am offering it up in a little giveaway. It’s a great historical mystery novel set in Tudor England and based on a real unsolved Tudor Mystery.
The Traitor's Mark by D.K Wilson

Book Description:

The Real Crime: Hans Holbein, King Henry VIII’s portrait painter, died in the autumn of 1543. A century later a chronicler reported that the artist had succumbed to plague, yet there is no contemporary evidence to support this. Suspicions have been raised over the centuries, but the truth behind what actually happened remains a mystery.

Our Story: Young London goldsmith Thomas Treviot is awaiting a design for a very important jewelry commission from Hans Holbein. When the design fails to turn up, Thomas sends a servant to track Holbein down, only to discover that the painter has disappeared. 
In his hunt for Holbein and the lost design, Thomas is led into a morass of dangerous political intrigue, Spanish spies and courtiers that is more treacherous than he could ever have anticipated . . . 

My Review:
A really fantastic read, good characters, with a great setting. I love any books set in the Tudor period. The Traitor’s Mark is well written, describing how people used to live during those times. I love the fact that there is an element of real life to the book it gives it that special feeling. There is a perfect sense of mystery in the air while reading it. 
I didn’t feel as if I was missing anything with not reading the first book in the series, this could have easily been a standalone novel. Its an intriguing read for people with a love of history and mystery.
I gave The Traitor’s Mark by D.K Wilson 4 out of 5 stars

Paperback 400 pages
Published 1st August 2014 by Sphere
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April Bucket List

This is going to be my first ever bucket list post. I keep a blogging planner/journal jotting down plans for posts, books I need to read and review, social media stats and site visit numbers, so I thought why not bring everything together and write a post on my aims for the coming month. 

Books to read and review
1) Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon
2) The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
3) When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Increase social media followers

My current numbers from March are: 
Twitter 1996
Facebook 233
Instagram 279
Pinterest 238
I have always used Twitter the most so lots of room for improvement on the other channels.
Blog statistics for March 

Site views 1589
Blog visitors 679
Posts published 12
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
My site views for March were fantastic for my little blog due to running my 1st Blogiversary giveaway. 
My aim is to run at least one competition a month to try and encourage new readers to come and visit. 
Carry on improving the layout of my blog – I have started arranging the pages at the top of my blog but need to carry on with further tabs to make it easier to navigate around the different subjects. 
To try and leave the house more! – hard with a newborn, takes forever to get ready in the mornings! 
I hope you all have a good month and the weather continues to improve! 

Twinderelmo

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Looking back over March 2016

I had meant to write this post a few days ago, but I have been so busy with baby girl I didn’t realise the end of the month was here! So here it is – looking back over the month of March.
March has been a great month for us. My husband had his birthday and a week off from work. This gave us a really great first family week together. We went out and did something every day. This was great for me as I haven’t been able to drive due to my c-section.
March Roundup
We went out for lunch to our local Brewers Fayre, which was not the best experience I had as a breastfeeding mother, you can read about that Here.
We went for some lovely walks around where we live. Popped down to Hayle for one of the best Cornish pasties around at  Philps, then drove down to Marazion to eat them overlooking the sea and St Michael’s Mount. That’s what I call lunch with a view!

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