The Wedding Date, The Witcher and half-term #LittleLoves

February 28, 2020

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This month has tested me in so many ways. With my wellbeing on the edge of coping at times. I’ve attempted to maintain that graceful swan-like appearance throughout the thick of things. Whilst crumbling when I’m alone with my thoughts finally catching up with me. Thank goodness for long car journeys, although the sight of a woman crying behind the wheel might have looked a little odd to passing motorists.

Overwhelmingness aside (not sure if that’s a word), it has been a month for family and friends in a whole host of different scenarios.

This month’s #LittleLoves…


  • We Met in December – A story that unfolds over the course of a year. Meeting in December as they move into a shared house. Jess and Alex each have an instant attraction to each other, however, never quite let their feelings known. Follow them throughout the year as the story flips back and forth between them. As they walk around London discovering the hidden treasures, change careers and navigate romantic acquaintances.
  • The Wedding Date – I read this book on a whim and actually decided that I wouldn’t enjoy it as I read the first chapter. Having loved a film of the same name, I assumed that this would be a rip-off of the storyline. Which whilst it has some similarities in that a girl has been dumped and she needs to attend a wedding and of course, requires a date. It follows a different path to the film I know and love. Falling in love with the characters and longing to discover what distraction Jake is escaping from when he agrees to be Samanthas date.


  • The Witcher – An American fantasy drama series produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. One that I am watching with What The Dad Said, who has advised me that it is similar to Game of Thrones. Having watched the first season, I am starting to understand the storyline, although could benefit from re-watching to affirm the things that happened. Sadly, the second series isn’t going to be released for at least a year.
  • Hospital – Returning for a new series on BBC2, I have been once again following the highs and lows of hospital life. Whilst watching I’m always acutely grateful for the free at the point of access care that we have available to us. Although it is clear that it struggling with the increasing numbers of patients and ailments that they see each and every day. It also makes me miss my time in the NHS. That opportunity to ensure that the patient journey goes as swiftly and smoothly as possible. Taking the time to make sure the finer details have been thought about to prevent readmission.
  • Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State – There has been much speculation regarding universal credit in the press and on social media. Watching this BBC2 series has opened my eyes to the new system and just how difficult and frustrating it must be for all those who are attempting to access the benefit.


After discovering the different stations available on Amazon Music via my Echo Dot last month whilst I work. I had a sudden thought as to whether I would be able to add the app on my phone and listen in the car. Which, of course, I can – always a couple of steps behind on the technological front. So lovely to hear a wide mix of songs on the All 90s and All 00s stations. I’m tired of listening to the same songs on similar Spotify playlists when I’m driving.


Between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, our wet weather wear and wellies have paid for themselves ten times over. It’s certainly been a blustery month. However, as the saying goes ‘ there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’ so we have wrapped up against the weather and made the most of it.


With Roo away during half term on a school ski trip, it gave me the perfect opportunity to tackle her bedroom. Which on the surface didn’t look too bad, however, I soon managed to find missing socks, rubbish and cups hidden around the room. A typical teenagers bedroom to be fair, however, a little yuck at the same time. Rearranging of the furniture and the addition of a new IKEA MALM tall drawers unit for her hair and make-up needs (life as a teenager!) seems to have made the room look and flow better. However, we really need to update her curtains and bed linen to ensure that it is looking the best it can. Fingers crossed it stays looking good!


Half term was slightly different without Roo coming along on our travels. It felt very strange to only have two children with us and I kept thinking that I’d lost one of them. Despite the weather, we made the most of our days away from the usual school routine with trips to Willows Activity Farm, Diggerland Yorkshire and ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure.

  • Sarupa Shah February 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Sounds like you have had a very busy time – and don’t those storms just keep on coming – even today we have had hail stones twice – though now the sun is out and cold but blue skies for now! Will check some of your TV recs out!

  • Natasha Mairs February 29, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I never knew the second series of Hospital was back on. Loved watching the first series, so must catch up with this one.

  • Jenni March 1, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Oh bless you, hope you are feeling less overwhelmed now! We met in December sounds like my kind of book

  • Rebecca Smith March 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds like you got up to a lot in the half term! I keep meaning to check out The Witcher!

  • Rebecca Smith March 1, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    We definitely made good use of our wet weather gear with these storms too! So sorry that the month was so testing for you.

  • Mellissa Williams March 1, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I didn’t realise you could do that with the app in the car – I am always listening to music on my Echo!

  • Rhian Westbury March 2, 2020 at 8:43 am

    I blooming loved The Witcher, we watched it over the Christmas break but it’s such a long time since season 2, I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I agree the storyline only made sense with my other half explained it as he’d read all the books x

  • Susan Mann March 2, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    What a lovely post. I must watch The Witcher as I enjoyed Game of Thrones. I too have recently discovered the Alexa channels and had fun listening to one while decorating. Sorry it has been a testing month, hope March is a bit easier xx

  • Kara Guppy March 2, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    We loved the Witcher, such a great series although it did confuse me at first. I love my amazon music too and always have it on

  • Jess Howliston March 3, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    My kids have loved the wet weather and all the puddle jumping they have been able to do lol!

    I caught the universal credit program and agree it was a real eye opener wasn’t it. We also paid a trip to IKEA (I love IKEA!!) and always find they have so many awesome storage solutions for any room/problem.

  • Laura March 5, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Sorry to hear that this has been a month of overwhelm, I too resort to long car journeys when I’m struggling to maintain the brave face.

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