A Busy Few Weeks

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May is turning out to be a busy month for me. I went to Barcelona for the first bank holiday weekend and had a fantastic time. We all enjoyed the beautiful buildings, the amazing food and the break from normal life.


At the moment I’m rushed off my feet organising a second-hand toy/clothing sale and a summer fair for my boys’ school. Hopefully both will raise lots of money so we can buy laptops for the children.

Things are also busy on the family front. This weekend we’re celebrating my Granny’s 90th birthday and the weekend after that my in-law’s Ruby wedding anniversary. It is great to see so many big milestones in the family. 

All this helps to explain why I haven’t got any books to tell you about today and why I probably won’t have many more for the rest of the month. The problem is compounded by the fact I’m craving long books at the moment. I’m currently immersed in the wonderful A Tale for the Time Being and want to complete A Suitable Boy soon. I may want to read a shorter book after that, but for the next week or two I predict a review shortage around here.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. I can’t blame you one jot for letting your reading slide & take a back seat based on how busy you’ve been! As you know, my reading has plummeted to abysmal levels—these days, I’m happy if I read 2 books per month! It looks like the trade off has been more than worth it, however! When we head towards Spain, I’ll be emailing you for travel tips! :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Steph, Two books a month is great with all the things you are doing. I don’t think I read two books in the entire year I went travelling! Feel free to email me when you are nearing Barcelona. I’m not an expert, but I’m sure I’ll be able to give you a few tips :-)

  2. Sandy says:

    Hell, I’d take Barcelona over blogging! I’ve always wanted to visit there. Enjoy your family time and read your long books and have a ball!

    1. Jackie says:

      Thanks, Sandy!

  3. What a great getaway for sure. Thanks for posting the photos. (Life does have a way of getting in the way of blogging, but its a good thing as well).

    1. Jackie says:

      Diane, It is great when life gets in the way of blogging, but it would be nice if I could build up a bank of posts in advance so I have a little buffer zone. Glad you like the photos.

  4. Hey Jackie, hope you enjoy all these events, nice to celebrate things, and glad you enjoyed Barcelona, I loved visiting there a few years ago. Enjoy your reading.

    1. Jackie says:

      Thanks, Lindsay!

  5. JoV says:

    It’s wonderful to see you visiting Barcelona. We went there last year and I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the city is.

    Le Seu is beautiful. I think we should all forget about the pressure of posting review and read BIG and LONG books instead!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jo, Glad you enjoyed Barcelona too. Shame I didn’t have more time to sit on the beach reading lovely long books!

  6. stujallen says:

    wonderful snaps Jackie ,all the best stu

  7. Ifi says:

    Oh Barcelona! Lucky you. I lived there for 3 years and loved every minute of it.
    Such an easy and contained city. Nice to see pictures. I love it that you share your private life with us.

    1. Jackie says:

      Ifi, I can see why it would be a great place to live – it seems like such a clean, friendly place. I’ll try to include a few more family photos in the future.

  8. Jeanne says:

    “Immersed” sounds like you’re liking A Tale For the Time Being better than I did. I’ll be interested to see what you think of it, when you’re done.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jeanne, I finished the Ozeki over the weekend and although I think I enjoyed it more than you I agree with much of what you said.

  9. Teresa says:

    Would love to visit Barcelona but going to wait until the children are hungrier for culture and then I can do the Shadow of the Wind walk! We finish up for summer earlier here in N Ireland so we’re off to Portugal a ten end of June. Can’t wait for some much needed sunshine. :-)

    1. Jackie says:

      Teresa, I recommend going without children. They did enjoy it, but it is a very cultural city and there were a lot of places we’d have liked to see that we couldn’t go with the children. Enjoy your holiday in Portugal!

  10. Sounds like a great holiday!

    I remember SO well the NCT sales (I helped organising them – is yours an NCT sale too?) and the school fair. It definitely keeps you busy. Good luck!

    1. Jackie says:

      Judith, Ours isn’t an NCT sale, but since I used to organise those we borrowed a lot of the ideas from them. It keeps me very busy!

  11. I can’t *believe* that church is still under construction! It was under construction when I was there in 1994!

    Barcelona is beautiful though – glad you had a good time!

    1. Jackie says:

      threegoodrats, I think it will be under construction for another decade or two yet! I’m not sure it will be the same without the scaffolding!

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