20 Things About Me

I am really enjoying my blogging journey so far, but haven’t really told you anything about myself, so as one of the blogging everyday in May challenges I thought I would give you a list of 20 things I asked myself about me. So here I go!
  1. What is my favourite food? Chocolate – chocolate is a food isn’t it?
  2. How old am I? 32 – I was 29 for a couple of years as I didn’t like turning 30.
  3. What is my favourite vegetable? Peas
  4. Do I remember my first day of school? No – I never went! The teachers assistant came round looking for me, but my dad told her I wasn’t going in today because I didn’t want to go to school, but I’ll have her there tomorrow he told her!

  5. Can I swim? No – I hate water
  6. What is my favourite movie actor? I love Kevin Bacon! – Footloose rules!
  7. What is my favourite Disney film? Tough choice, between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast
  8. What is my favourite colour? Always used to be purple but love pink now too.
  9. My favourite book is ….The Stand by Stephen King, I have so many books to choose from but it is always this one.
              

  10. What do I do for a living? I would love to blog for a living but so does most bloggers, but to earn money I cut cheese and ham all day long with the occasional cooking of chickens, gutting the odd fish and selling a steak!
  11. What is the last thing I bought? 6 free range eggs – Top tip, always find the brownest eggs as they have the yellowest yolks.
  12. What was I doing at 7am this morning? Slicing 1.5 kilos of salami, you wouldn’t believe how hard that is on your shoulder!
  13. Do I know how many books I own? no, I have never counted. Must be about 300 I reckon. I have to move a piano from my dining room to make room for two more book shelves. 
  14. What was the last song I listened to? Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, I love it in the car driving to work at 5:30 am to wake me up!
  15. What was my best subject at school? Science – A total nerd!
  16. My favourite TV shows are….. Too many to name! All the Amercian one’s like Grey’s Anatomy, Grimm, Arrow, Flash, The Following (love Kevin Bacon!), Bones, Friends….. I will stop now as I would be here all day!
  17. What is my shoe size? I have enormous feet, size 8/9 and can never find shoes to fit properly. Lucky I wear men’s steel toe cap boots for work.
  18. Did I have a pet as a child? I had a couple, Daisy the cow and Mushy the rooster.
  19. What are my favourite perfumes? Kim Kardashian and Miami Glow by JLo.
  20. What is my proudest moment? When I married my husband, it was a really hot summers day, even the soles on my wedding shoes started to melt.
There you have it, 20 things about me. I hope you have enjoyed reading. To keep up to date with more posts on my blog follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook
Rachel xx

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Short Story Review – Edward’s First Love

I was asked by the lovely Jay Moussa-Mann if I would like to review her short story Edward’s First Love. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to review a short story as I rarely read them and have never written a review on one before. 
When I first read Edward’s First Love I thought how moving the story actually is. It’s about one of the founders of the Stockton-Darlington railway, called Edward Pease. Edward was a woollen manufacturer from Darlington who realised that a railway line from Darlington to Stockton was needed for future improvements to the industries. The night the line was due to open in 1825 something happened in Edward’s life, meaning it would never be the same again.
                       

It is a beautifully written Victorian tale that shows huge sadness, and no matter what you are doing at present, or what you have going on in life, your priorities can change immediately.
“They will come tomorrow, presenting it to the world, to the people. There will be excitement and joy and wonder. Is it wrong that I care no longer for this venture?”
There are lovely comparisons between locomotives and how the author describes the situation Edward is in. I don’t want to spoil you with too much of the details of what happens in the story, but before, Edwards first passion was locomotives, and his goal of creating the Stockton-Darlington line was all of a sudden very unimportant.
image taken from http://shortstorysunday.com/2015/01/18/edwards-first-love-by-jay-moussa-mann/
I believe the authors purpose of writing this short story is to tell us that there are more important things in our everyday lives than materialistic things. This is the message I received from reading through it. 
It is a worthwhile read, if you have some spare time. It’s one of those stories that engages you and gets you thinking. I have read it a few times over to fully understand the whole picture.
I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.  Edward’s First Love
Rachel xx
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Edward’s First Love to review free of charge, all the opinions expressed are my own.

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#MySundayPhoto 3/5/15

My Sunday Photo – this is down at Malpas in Truro. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place, one of my favourites, gorgeous when the tide is in. When the tide is out it looks really different!
Rachel xx

My Word of the Week 1/5/2015

I cannot believe Friday has come around again so quickly! So as it’s Friday that can only mean one thing! Word of the Week time! I am joining up again with the amazing and fabulous at thereadingresidence Word of the Week linky! #WotW
My word for this week is Excited. I have been excited this week for a couple of reasons. The first being that I was contacted by bakerdays.com asking if I wanted to review a cake for them! This was my first time i have been contacted to review a product for my blog, so I jumped up screaming from my chair in excitement! I mean of all things it had to be cake! My second favourite food after chocolate of course!
Excited
The second thing I have been really excited about this week is joining up with another linky. Its the Blog everyday in May challenge #BEDM. With working full time, It is going to be a huge commitment but I am totally up for it! Also as today is the first of the month this post counts as my first May entry!
The third bit of excitement in my life is of course it being Bank Holiday weekend! I work Saturdays so for me having Sunday and Monday off is a mini break! My husband has been away this week with his work for a couple of days so having this weekend together is something we are both looking forward to and treasure. Roll on 3pm Saturday when I finish work for the weekend!
I hope you all have an exciting and fantastic Bank Holiday weekend!
Rachel xx

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#MySundayPhoto 26/04/15

The are the gorgeous flowers I won this week over on Twitter with InterfloraUK on Wednesday. They are simply stunning! I had them delivered for my mum.
Rachel xx
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My Word of the Week 23/04/15

Reflection
Last week I loved joining up with thereadingresidence fantastic Word of the Week linky for the first time so I have decided to join in again. I love the idea of summing up your week with just one word, its like a little diary of your week!

So my word of the week is Reflection. I have decided to use this word as I have been looking back over my blog this week and reflecting on how much I have achieved over the past couple of months in starting up my new blog. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve worked hard to build it to where I want it to go and what I want to achieve from it. My husband said to me a while ago why don’t I go for it and become a blogger, I always have something to say! So I took his advice and went for it!

I think one of my main decisions for starting up was due to my work situation. I have recently been demoted due to management restructure changes and wanted something else outside of work to focus my brain on. I have always been a huge book lover, (this came from my mum) and love to potter around outside in the garden, so why not write about things I love? I cannot really pinpoint exactly when I started entering competitions, although it was a few years ago! but I do know it started through Twitter. Retweeting a competition tweet was so easy and once my first win came I have never stopped! 

On Sundays my husband and I always take the dog for a walk down to Malpas by the river in Truro. Its one of my favourite places and I always like to reflect on the previous week on what we have been up to. 
A couple of weeks back I took this photo of the cement works down there as the sky was so clear and the water so still that it showed the most perfect reflection in the water, so very appropriate for my word of the week: Reflection. #WotW
Rachel xx

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