Books, books and more books….

Two weeks of sheer relaxing is certainly a dream so to while away the time, I started reading some books.Generally I am an avid reader and enjoy reading anything and everthing I can lay my hands on but being on holiday my mood was obviously jolly and relaxed so I chose to start off with some light reading.

Some of the books I ploughed through are:

The glamourous double life of Isabel Bookbinder by Holly Mcqueen.-This book is so hilarious I was rocking with laughter.The book is about Isabel  who has a mundane job of measuring column inches at the Saturday Mercury Newspaper.But Isabel has set her heart  and dreams of  being a succesfull novelist.The story unfolds as Isabel who is totally hopeless but  funny, charming and totally accident prone  trys hard to activate her dream.The events and disastrous blunders she creates in the process are very comical and makes wonder reading.

Pandoras Box-by Giselle Green-According to legend when pandoras box is opened, it reveals dark secrets and terrible consequences.This book is highly charged and morally complex.As the story unfolds, the chapters skim on topics of 1st love, relationships, divorce, terminal illness, guilt and euthanasia.A very interesting book and  well worth a read.

Hidden by Cathy Glass-Again this book is more of a serious read, a poignant and shocking memoirs of a foster carers relationship with a young boy whose good behaviour and polite manners hid a deep and terrible past.

Dancing in the dark by Maureen Lee-A young girl Millie Cameron is asked to sort out her  deceased  great aunt Flo’s  belongings. The story spans over three generations .It unfolds secret relationships, illigemate siblings and much more.The startling discoveries  unveils dark family secrets  which lead to shocking conclusions pointing to Millie herself.

And mum makes three byLaurie Paige-Sam Frazier a rugged and forbidding man who loses his wife in childbirth ,left with a new born baby daughter to care for the story is about a paternal love, scandal and a marriage of convenience.

Silent Honour by Danielle Steel-Set in 1941 in a vivid background of war and change.”Hiroko” an 18 year old japenese girl who lives in  Koyoto, Japan is sent to  study and live  with her American born Japenese relatives  in  California. The story is about  how Hiroko  struggles to settle in. She is bound by strict Japenese traditions and cultures  and learns  to fend for her self in an alien country. The story unfolds when war is declared , Hirokos struggle to be accepted, being sent to war camp, then prison.Love, tragedy and hardship and a young womans struggle to survive.This is an amazing book and well worth  a read.

Daisy Dooley does divorce by Anna Paternak-Daisy Dooley realises on her honeymoon that she has made a mistake, the man she has married is the wrong choice.After trying hard at the marriage they finally get divorced. This book is funny, sad, and hilarious  in places and makes really light reading.  Daisy Dooleys life after divorce is portrayed in a humorous and touching manner showing that life is not as it seems .

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri-This bookI have read before but its so good I felt like a reread.The story of Gogol born in an Indian family in suburban America.Its a novel that explores concepts of cultural identity, of rootlessness.A story of tradition, heritage  and family expectations. A very compelling read.

Well these are some of the books that I managed to read on holiday and on my return.Hope some of my blog visitors will want to go and read them too and post their views  here on what they thought  of them.

Published in: on July 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm  Comments (4)  

The beach..

Later we decided to locate the beautiful beach.In the scorching heat we followed the path to the gardens .To our amazement the path winded through beautifully kept gardens and then stopped abruptly at the top of a flight of steps, sporting an arrow pointing to the beach…..Umm this is going to be hard work, we had the most awesome views of the ocean but to get to the beach we had to descend a long flight of steps.

We began the descent,huffing and puffing we finally reached the bottom to be met with the most beautiful golden white sands and the bluest ocean we had ever seen.The climb down was most certainly well worth the effort.

Having spent almost two hours on the beach it was time for well earned icecreams and then the long climb back up to the hotel.Feeling like mountaineers we began our ascend, huffing and huffing once again we climbed thesteps .1,2 ,3…………….. and finally to the last step; number 134!!! My innermost thoughts were “Oh my god, I am going to have to do this everyday!!!”I guess the consolation was that the views were so spectacular the climb was well worth it.

Soon this twice daily trip to the beach became a steady routine, progressively we got faster and better at tackling the steps and I am sure it certainly helped us to  work off the vast number of calories we were consuming daily. .

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 11:59 am  Comments (5)  

1st Impression…

Eventually the plane was boarded and we were on our way, Our vacation had  truely commenced.The short flight to Portugal went really fast and we soon landed.We reclaimed our baggage and were finally on our way to the hotel.The short drive took us through little portugese villages clustered in orange and lemon groves with white painted villas dotted around green lushious greenery .The temperature was already in the 90’s although it was barely mid morning. As the coach winded past the coast we caught sight of the beautiful turquoise, blue ocean and the white waves kissing the sunkist golden sands.What a spectacular sight.

Having checked in we settled in had lunch and napped considering we had commenced our journey at 2 am that morning.

Late afternoon and it was time to explore, our hotel was magnificient, set on the cliff tops amongst immaculately kept gardens and having spectacular views of the oceans.We discovered tennis courts ,gym, spa and best of all an enormous swimming pool.Wow I thought I am going to love this place.

to be continued…

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 11:51 am  Comments (2)  

The countdown begins…

The countdown has begun , nearly time for the summer vacation.So exciting but so much to do.Checklist to make, packing to do,  to clear out the fridge and vacum the house, change the bedsheets….Phew what a lot to do.Why cant I be like some of my friends? They throw  items  into their suitcases the night before they are going to fly.Why worry about the piles of dirty washing in the laundry basket or the laden fridge whose contents will have rotted upon their return.Their justification is why go on holiday stressed isnt it better to tackle these jobs when you return and are totally refreshed????…..No I would hate that , when I am away I want to return to a spotless house, fresh new smelling bedsheets and a squeaky clean fridge already stocked with my favorite goodies  courtesy of my guardian angel ie my sister!!!

Finally house  is in order, suitcases  packed and stowed away, passports and tickets checked and double checked. Set the alarm and finally  time for bed .But I toss and return and have nightmares about missing my flight and losing air tickets.Finally when I eventually drop off to sleep I am woken by the shrill ring of my alarm clock, I glance at the clock its 2 am, wish I could snooze  and then realise I have a plane to catch.So like a zombie  I begrudingly pull my self out of bed shower and dress.My angels are super excited at being woken at this early un- godly hour and will not stop chattering, they say its more exciting when you go on holiday at such an early hour!!! Finally feeling tired,  but excited we lock up and  are off on our way.  Of course with the usual ritual of “Did you switch of the water , the iron, the hair straighteners??Did you close the bathroom window, did you tell the neighbours , Have we got the tickets???” ……..”Yes yes! MoM stop panicking is the response .” So I shut up and  finally we are on our way!!. ….Just as we turn the corner , “Oh  did we…..” but before I can finish there is a chrous “No mom just chill !!!! everything is safe and secure and we have our passports and tickets!!!!”

to be continued..


Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 9:36 am  Comments (2)  

Away-on vacation…


Its vacation time again, and I am off on my summer holidays this time to sunny Portugal.I will not be updating this blog for approx  3 weeks.

In the mean time ,please keep visiting and maybe taking the oppurtunity to reread some older posts you may have missed and of course please dont forget to leave me comments ,feed back, praise and also critisism if you have any!!I would also appreciate any suggestions on new topics you may want me write about.

Thanks to all my regular visitors who continuously inspire me to keep writing in this blog!!

See you soon with new fresh posts on my return.

Published in: on July 6, 2008 at 8:54 pm  Comments (6)