A Book Review – Salisbury Square by Geoff Le Pard

I love it when I come across a book which, not only did the front cover picture have me intrigued, but the plot kept me gripped.   Salisbury Square is a real page turner.

IMG_2401You can’t help but feel sorry for Jerzy Komaza, the main character of this quite dark thriller. He’s on the run from his home in Poland, having severely beaten his father while trying to save his sister.

He’s hoping to meet up with his old friend, Jan in London for help and to find work, but things go from bad to worse as we’re taken into the depths of London which most people, gladly would normally never see.

His meeting with Jan throws up some disturbing realisations and his life gets more complicated as he meets a young girl called Suzie who, he feels he has to help and protect as she is a vulnerable, homeless drug addict who is reliant on a violent boyfriend.

Then there’s Ola, Jan’s cousin, who becomes involved to the point where she is also in danger and Jerzy feels he must help her too. The problem is, can Jerzy trust Jan, Ola or Suzie?

Salisbury Square is a fast paced thriller, which keeps you turning the pages.  For me personally, to enjoy a book there has to be an interesting plot and I have to care about the characters, this doesn’t disappoint.

I can thoroughly recommend Salisbury Square.  It is such a well written book and I couldn’t put it down.

If you’d like to know more about the author and see all his books including his latest, ‘Apprenticed to my Mother’, then please take a look at his Amazon page Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Over 50 & Thriving – I’m a Guest

I have been a follower of Sue over at Sizzling Toward 60 & Beyond for quite a while now and felt honoured to be asked to be a guest for her ‘Over 50 & Thriving series‘.  I love her blog.  It’s always so positive and gives you a lot to think about when it comes to enjoying and embracing your mid life years.

If you’d like to read my guest post, you can click here: ‘Change your lifestyle & Thrive’.

Please leave any comments over at Sue’s, Thank you 😊

Wordless Wednesday – Anyone for an ice-cream?

The Full Moo – This beautiful boat is an Ice-cream shop 🙂

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The Ice-cream seller cruises around York on the River Ouse selling ice cream to boaters and people on the banks.  Isn’t this a fantastic idea? 🙂

 

A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

Since selling up and moving onto our boat October 2017, it seemed to take quite a while to get ourselves settled in, which meant it took quite a while before going out  for a cruise, although we did have our first Winter on the boat, survived, loved it and were toasty warm.  Jon was also busy doing quite a bit of maintenance work on the boat which included booking her in to dry dock to get her bottom blacked – sounds painful, I know, but it’s just something that needs doing every few years, consisting of the boat being out of the water in order for us to check the hull, do any repairs or welding jobs and re-paint.  We were booked in for the end of July 2018, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spend early July cruising up the Selby Canal and the River Ouse towards York and maybe beyond and as our neighbours were on their way to Knottingley to have their bottom blacked, we thought we’d join them for the first part of our slow meander.

The first leg of the journey would be a days leisurely cruise from Rotherham to The New Junction Canal just past Barnby Dun, where we’d be mooring for that evening, but it was to be a disappointing start for us. Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start”

Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise

Last Sunday saw the sun shining again, so we packed a picnic and headed to Rother Valley Country Park.   Set in the Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the park has 4 artificial lakes, nature reserves and plenty of recreational activities, including a water skiing/wake boarding cable system, an inflatable obstacle course, a water sports area, including hiring of paddle boards and various types of boats, there’s also a sailing club and a separate lake solely for jet skiers. There are also plenty of lovely walks to enjoy  around the lakes and nature reserves and also some biking routes. Continue reading “Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise”

A Failed Gym Routine, Healthy Swaps & Carb Education

Over the last year I’ve made a few changes to my life.  I sold my business and my house so that myself and Jon could move onto his boat, which after being on board since last October we feel totally settled and feel it was a positive move, but after things have now settled down, there is one other major change which I have noticed has taken place, mainly for myself – my fitness and my health. Continue reading “A Failed Gym Routine, Healthy Swaps & Carb Education”

A day of contrasts

I awoke this morning really early, to the sound of very noisy birds, singing & twittering to their hearts content, not caring at all that there are people trying to sleep on this boat. I was quite excited because today I was travelling to London.   Continue reading “A day of contrasts”

A Pooch Surprise

Back in March I wrote a review on ‘The PoochOnezee’.  I originally wrote the blog post because I genuinely loved the product which I bought for Rosie, our Collie who loves puddles, water and mud and although I love walking Rose, the aftermath has never been much fun, having to use so many towels to dry and clean her in order to save my car and home from the splatter, so I was delighted after buying a PoochOnezee because it ‘did what it said on the tin’.  It’s brilliant so I wanted to shout out about it, but I wasn’t expecting the surprise which came through the post after I wrote the review. Continue reading “A Pooch Surprise”

Knocked sideways!!

For the last 3 years or so, I’ve had a little niggle in the groin area.  I have generally managed to ignore it for most of the time, carrying on with my dog walking business, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing and walking, being too busy to do anything about it and hoping it would just fix itself.  Since selling my business and knowing it hadn’t just gone away, I thought I’d pop into the Doc’s to see what they had to say… Continue reading “Knocked sideways!!”

A Good Excuse to go back to Canada!

Going to Whistler last year, was supposed to be a one off ‘special’ snowboarding trip for us and although we had a great time, we certainly didn’t think we’d be going again soon as it was a little on the expensive side, but of course it was fabulous and it left us feeling that we’d just love to see a lot more of that beautiful country, so of course we would have to add more of Canada to our never ending travel wish list or so we thought.. Continue reading “A Good Excuse to go back to Canada!”

An Unexpected Day in London

I was in London for a flying visit to meet my youngest son from his three months away in Canada, but as I woke up excited in my hotel room, looking forward to seeing his face, the morning soon turned out to be a disappointment to hear that his plane had been cancelled and he was now due the next day.  So, there was a day to kill… a tootle about London it was to be then.

It was nice though, because it meant I had a bit of (very rare) quality time with my eldest son Continue reading “An Unexpected Day in London”

Mud? Who cares!

For as long as I can remember I have been around dogs.  I grew up with dogs and as soon as I left home and was able to care for one myself well, I didn’t hesitate.

Dogs have been a major part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without them.

I have spoken in previous posts about selling up to live on a boat, well the business I sold in 2017 was a Dog Walking and Petsitting business which I set up and ran for four years and if we hadn’t made the decision to move away and live on our boat, then I’d still be there dog walking and Continue reading “Mud? Who cares!”

#Throwback Thursday! It’s time to sell up and live on a boat!

(First posted 5 Mar 2017)   This was more or less a year ago now and when I think back to the amount of work which went into actually achieving this I’m really quite amazed it only took a year.  From selling a business and a house, to packing up, I wrote another post on de-cluttering, storing everything we couldn’t take with us to the boat, then moving on, (doesn’t actually sound a lot does it?) What a year!! Just made me smile when I read this again, we’d just come back from our first visit to Canada and during that holiday had made a BIG decision…   It’s time to sell up and live on a boat

 

 

 

 

The Annual Bloggers Bash Writing Competition 2018

As I’ll be attending my first Annual Bloggers Bash in May this year I thought I’d give the writing competition a go too.

As there’s another exciting event happening on the same day as the Bash, the theme of the writing competition is ‘Royalty’ and there’s a maximum of 300 words per entry.

So here’s my first EVER, flash fiction short story competition entry… Continue reading “The Annual Bloggers Bash Writing Competition 2018”

Amazing over 50’s – Suzanne

I’m very excited to introduce a new series of guest posts to my blog:

Amazing over 50’s

I’ll be inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are proud to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work, achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride.

I’m so pleased to introduce Suzanne from Lifeatno22.com as my first guest to this series. Continue reading “Amazing over 50’s – Suzanne”