A Few Book Recommendations

44 Scotland Street
A novel, based in Edinburgh, tells the story of a student called Pat and her intriguing relationship with her roommates at 44 Scotland St, alongside the story of a child prodigy who is expelled from school after just wanting to be a normal five year old boy.
 
Suite Francaise
A spellbinding story set in 1940 of a group of parisians living under (and escaping) Nazi occupation in France. Alongside a small village full of snobbish aristocrats rubbing shoulders with bolshy farmers. Women either resisting or succumbing to the charms of the German soldiers, however, amidst the mess of war, there is hope and love. Also a major motion picture!
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Set in a small village in the English countryside, Major Pettigrew, a true Englishman, sparks up an unexpected friendship with a Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. A tale of romance with twists from culture and tradition, a true page turner!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Set in the 1940’s, a Londoner visits (German-occupied) Guernsey after having exchanged letters with those on the island during WWII. Also a major motion picture starring Lily James!
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My kind of movie night

INGREDIENTS:

Father of the Bride (one and two)

Somethings Gotta Give

About Time

Hitch

The Intern

The Holiday

There’s Something About Mary

Sleepless in Seattle

Its Complicated

50 First Dates

Bridget Jones’s Diary

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Along Came Polly

METHOD:

  1. Choose a movie from the ingredients list above
  2. Grab a warm cup of tea
  3. Find some Popcorn from the pantry
  4. Snuggle down on the sofa with a soft blanket
  5. Press that play button!
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My secrets to calmness

Here are a few ideas on how to de-stress during panicky and overwhelming times in our lives…

ONE MINUTE TO CALMNESS

Water that house plant of yours whilst taking five deep breathes in and out.

FIVE MINUTES TO CALMNESS

Have a piece of fruit alongside a warm cup of tea.

TEN MINUTES TO CALMNESS

Go for a brisk ten minute walk! Better yet, take a furry friend with you and try and be totally present by focusing on your breathing (and your furry friend) whilst you walk.

THIRTY MINUTES TO CALMNESS

Call your mum, or your sister, or your friend – and chat without having to ‘schedule them in’ for a quick chat – take your time and talk!

ONE HOUR TO CALMNESS

Unplug from social media (and better yet your whole phone/laptop/anything electronic) and spend one hour doing the forgotten chores in your home – try and allocate 10 mins per space – you will find you even get in a little workout by working fast!

A FEW HOURS TO CALMNESS

Pop on a fabulous Spotify playlist (I recommend Glen Miller), run yourself a bubble bath and light a candle… now grab your book and have a nice long soak!

ONE DAY TO CALMNESS

Engage in a new or forgotten hobby! If you’re struggling, try something creative… you may find you enjoy knitting or perhaps arts and crafts!

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