This post contains gifted items
Happy Shakespeare Day everyone! Without a doubt one of the most important figures in both British history and in worldwide literary history, on the 23rd April every year he’s celebrated, and today I’m working with Viking to celebrate him in my very own way.
I have some really strong memories attached to Shakespeare, all in very different ways. I can still vividly recollect sitting at my desk in English class as the teacher went round the room getting everyone to read a paragraph each – I can still feel that dread and fear in the pit of my stomach, knowing it would be my turn soon, and I can feel the fire of embarrassment sweeping through my face as people heckled “We can’t hear you” as I quickly tried to read my paragraph to get the moment over and done with. But, I also have memories of a brilliant, sunny weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon last year for Ben’s birthday, visiting Shakespeare’s old haunts and being wowed that a man from such humble beginnings over 400 years ago is still such an important part of society today. I also had the pleasure of spending an evening watching the Royal Shakespeare Company performing The Merry Wives Of Windsor with the wonderful Grace last year (read her review of it here), and I think watching it being performed is definitely my favourite way of hearing his stories, although I am going to try and read some of his stuff soon and see if my brain can cope with it yet!
Anyway, Viking contacted me and said they would like to challenge me to create something in honour of the big man himself, and being an absolute stationery addicted fiend I jumped at the chance!
This is a sponsored post. Contains gifted items.
There has been a lot going on in my life recently. Actually, there’s been a lot going on in my life for the past 2 years or so – I feel like I need my very own cliff-hanger score, like the duff-duff-duffs at the end of Eastenders. Sometimes it has felt like I’ve been stumbling from one stress to the next, with barely a moment to breathe inbetween, but through it all I’ve had one constant (well, four, if you count the animals) – my Ben. Throughout the worries, the illnesses, the tears, the raging anger, the bed-rest and rehabilitation, he’s been there for me every single step of the way, never faltering in his support of me.
I’ve always considered myself a very independent person, never relying on anyone other than myself, but just recently whilst I was signed off sick I was dealing with something particularly horrible and after spending an entire day in meltdown, I realised my heart and mind only stilled when he walked in the door. I guess this is what people mean when they say someone is their ‘rock’ – something I’ve never understood before. Having someone to call home rather than somewhere is something entirely new to me, but it’s pretty special and I will always be grateful to him for loving me.
Don’t worry, this post isn’t a schmooze-fest of love declarations – in fact, I want to talk to you about some items that I was sent for Ben, kind courtesy of Samuel Windsor.
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As I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts recently, at the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to take more time out for reading. It’s such a good way of switching off and clearing the mind, and I wanted to stop wasting so much time online scrolling social media endlessly. So, I set myself a Goodreads challenge – albeit a slightly ambitious one of reading 52 books this year – and I also set up my online book club. You can read more about that here, and if it sounds up your street, you can join here.
When I’m looking for something new to read I tend to base it on recommendations. I have a whole folder of screenshots on my phone from where friends have shared the books they’ve loved and I’m adding them all to my To Be Read list. So, with this in mind, I thought it made sense to share my Recent Reads each month, and let you know what I have thought of each of them – the good, the bad and the ugly. Hopefully one of you may find a new book for your list!
Happy March everyone! Spring doesn’t arrive for another few weeks but with the way the weather has been recently you would think it was already here! (Not that I’ve any idea what the weather is like as I’m still stuck indoors). That said, as lovely as it is to have clear blue skies, a gentle breeze and the temperature in the high-teens and early-twenties, I can’t help but be slightly worried about what this all means. Global Warming is happening right before our eyes.
So far this year life has been pretty quiet as I’ve been on bed/sofa rest but I went to the hospital earlier this week and I have completed stage 1 of healing and am now embarking on stage 2 which is all about the quality of the final heal. I’m allowed to put my foot down on the floor now but can’t bear weight on it yet – that’s something I’ll be working on over the next 6 weeks or so and hopefully in a couple of months I’ll be able to walk without the need for crutches. Fingers crossed! To be honest, I didn’t realise it was such a long process; I think I thought it would be a few weeks and I’d be up and about, but that’s not the case. It’ll all be worth it in the end though if it’s worked.
Jacamo very kindly sent us these items free of charge in return for our thoughts. All opinions are, as always, 100% honest and our own.
Isn’t it strange how you can sometimes find yourself with a preconception of what a brand, place or event is and then find out that you had it wrong all along? Well, that’s exactly what’s happened to me, having had the opportunity to collaborate with Jacamo on this post.
When I was approached by Jacamo to ask if they could send a couple of items out for Ben to wear, I was pleased because – 1) A brand wanting to work with little ol’ me, after all this time of being off the blogging wagon and desperately wanting 2019 to be the year I get back on it, and 2) I thought it would be nice for Ben to have a little treat as he’s always so supportive of my writing and blog, and he’s been an absolute angel waiting on me hand and foot while I’m still on sofa/bed rest after surgery.