Finding Time to Unwind

At this time of year I seem to wake up tired in the morning and fall into bed exhausted. This year I have promised myself that my New Year resolution (not that this is an actual resolution as I always break them in the first ten days!) will be to reorganise my time to give me a chance to fit in some quality leisure time. Languishing in front of the TV while finishing emails on the laptop is not what I call quality leisure so I have have come up with a list.

1) Read more. I am an avid reader, enjoying anything from sci-fi and fantasy (more dragons than Christian Grey, although…), and crime novels to proper good old-fashioned chic-lit. My Kindle has been fired back up and I am on the hunt for new authors and titles to get me started. Any recommendation would be gratefully received.

2) Cross stitch. I used to love cross stitching having taken it up years ago when I worked nights as a way to keep myself busy during quiet periods. I don’t really have the patience for large pictures but smaller pictures, cards or maybe even a sampler for my new home would a good idea. Yes, I could really see myself doing something like this again.

3) Social Fun. I work from home full time so I don’t get the staff room chats and work nights out I did in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home but just occasionally some adult conversation is a must. Social media fills this gap pretty well however I am looking for something new, and something that I can do while in my PJs (I’m not at the get dolled up and go out on a night stage yet). I do love a bit of the old bingo so I will probably be having a bit of a flutter and some chatter on a site such as I’m a not big better however if I did find myself winning a few pounds I might indulge myself and buy myself a new fluffy dressing gown (living on the wild side).

Ok, these aren’t as exciting as taking up white water rafting, abseiling (really, why?), or learning to salsa however they are a big step up from my not doing anything just for me  and are things that I can enjoy in the comfort of my own home while wearing fluffy slippers.

I keep telling people that they need to take time out to rewind at the end of a busy day and relax and I believe it could be time for me to start taking my own advice. What do you all do for leisure? Do you watching films? Knit? Climb walls? I’d love to know.

Watchman William, Ghost Detective #Book Review

I’ve posted many times about how Kieran is a keen reader and loves to explore the world and new ideas through books. We are regular library visitors and have a great time choosing and reading books together. Every so often we come across something really good (or as Kieran says “cool”) and this book is right up there on the coolness scale!

For age 5+ this is the exciting story of Thomas and his ghost friend William who together are a dynamic (and at times amusing!) crime investigative team!

Kieran turned 5yrs in July and I’m told at school is above national average for reading. He couldn’t read this book independently, reading parts on his own but needing us to read the majority with him, however he understood the plot perfectly and enjoyed it all. It has been a favourite bedtime story adventure, chapter by chapter. As a parent I would recommend this is a fun book which kids will be itching to pick up and continue with. Kieran’s opinion:

I like this book, it’s really cool. I like William, he’s not a scary ghost, he’s Thomas’ friend and they are detectives. Some bits are funny and I liked the people in the book. I can read some bits on my own but Mummy & Daddy help with all the hard words. I like all the clues in the book, I think I could be a proper spy now!“. This is high praise. trust me.

Watchman William – Ghost Detective (Diana Shaw) has a RPP of £5.99 and is available from major retailers and on Amazon (currently reduced!).


“I’m William and I’m wearing these clothes because I was a night watchman at the time of Good Queen Bess. I’m a ghost you see!”

With his young friend Thomas, and a great detective for inspiration, William sets out to investigate mysterious happenings in and around hardleigh manor, all with a little helps from his readers…

Can William stop the bucycle thief? Who is causing the sabotage at Hardleigh Hotel? Floods, false trails, enormous exploding marrows and suspect upended in pig swill – all in a day’s work for William!

Loaded with clue summaries, suspect lists and lots of action, readers can pitch in with the detective work and help William and thomas in their efforts to become great detectives.

Published by Inside Pocket.