My Sunday Photo – August 20th, 2017.

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Do you talk to yourself when you take photos? No, just me? I don’t even talk, I sort of make strange noises of appreciation. An “oooh” here or an “aaaah” there, if the light is particularly lovely or there’s a butterfly. I get some funny looks, I can tell you.

Luckily, when I snapped this one I was all on my own because there was a definite “oooooohhhhhh” when I went to the bottom of the garden of the converted barn we’ve been staying in for the last few days  (more about that on Wednesday) and this was the view.

The fabulous thing is that the image hasn’t been tinkered with at all. This is just exactly how it was. What a privilege to witness it.

To see what other people have been taking photos of this week, please click on the camera below.

I also have another brilliant Behind The Book post tomorrow with the award-winning writer Kate Field so please do pop back.

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My Sunday Photo – August 6th, 2017.

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Every year the Bishop of Norwich opens his private formal gardens in the city centre on select days to raise money for different charities.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the four acre site on several occasions and it always takes my breath away.

As we were coming back from a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago, Mark said: “Look, the Bishop’s Garden is open. Shall we go?”

Usually I would jump at the chance but a gentle pitter patter of rain was hitting the windscreen and the dark clouds overhead indicated that it might not be a short shower (and none of us had raincoats). However, not one to pass up an adventure, I said we should give it a go – especially as it was to raise money for Samaritans, Norwich.

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The gardens are something of a secret, surrounded by high walls so you’d never normally know they were there. Apparently there has been a garden on the site, although not like it is today, since about 1100AD when Bishop de Losinga began to build the cathedral and palace. There’s a history here.

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While Freya was more interested in listening to the Broadbeat Choir perform, we did manage to have a wander around the various areas, including a nose in the greenhouse.

My favourite was the wild flower labyrinth, which Freya also loved racing around to get to the centre (more pics of this on Instagram).

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Photo wise, the light was a challenge for my limited skills but it was still a lovely way to spend an hour or so.

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There are two more chances to visit the Bishop’s Garden this year on September 3rd and 10th. Admission is from 1pm – 5pm and is £3 for adults. Children and wheelchair users are free. If you’re in Norfolk it’s well worth a visit.

As always I’ve joined in with the awesome My Sunday Photo link, run by Darren at Photalife. Please click on the camera below to see the other submissions.

One last thing, please pop back tomorrow where I have another excellent Behind The Book interview for you, this time with “indie” author Julie Stock.

Wishing you a fab week.

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Book Review: Single For The Summer.

cover111373-mediumThank goodness I was in the comfort of my own home while reading Mandy Baggot’s new book, Single For The Summer.

Had I been on a bus or a train, I would definitely have been that annoying woman people moan about on social media by constantly guffawing.

There was no keeping it in though; it’s a laugh out loud kind of funny, full of little quips (there’s even a reference to Donald Trump), weaved into a feel-good romance, perfect for the beach.

Here’s the blurb:

Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.

When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer.

But then she meets the gorgeous restauranteur Andras…

To keep his overbearing mother off his back, Tess agrees to pretend to date him. But as the two spend time together, Tess begins to realise that this fake relationship is starting to feel like the best one she’s ever had…

While I have been reading and enjoying some new authors lately, it’s so lovely to go back to a familiar favourite.

Even though Mandy’s books always feature different characters and stories, I already know I love her writing style and that I’m in for a treat – and Single For The Summer is certainly that.

Tess’s six-week rule, which results in some truly cringe-worthy situations, comes from having her own heart broken.

Witnessing her slowly heal makes for some really touching moments, especially when they are set against such a beautiful backdrop.

As it says on her website “Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu” and that shines through in this book where we are taken on a lovely tour (thank you Andras).

Having holidayed there myself, I was able to picture the warm, sandy beaches, glistening azure sea and green, rugged mountains perfectly but even if I had never visited, Mandy’s descriptions would have been enough.

If you’re looking for a book to take away with you, I’d recommend this one – as long as you make sure you sit far from other people while you’re reading (just in case your guffaws are as loud as mine).

Format: Kindle.

Price: £4.99.

My rating: Four and a half stars.

With thanks to Ebury Digital (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.