Monday, 30 September 2013

Welcome to Dartmoor Diaries

Hello and Welcome to my new home!

From this point on, my moors-mummy blog is no more  :(

It was fun but it was never what I wanted it to be and so there are times when you just have to bite the bullet and start again and so here I am.

I am gradually updating everything, different accounts that you forget about that you have related to the blog and so I hope people can still find me!

So this blog, Dartmoor Diaries, is for the new me, the person I never really was as moors-mummy. But this time I am going to do things a bit differently. Well that's the intention anyway! I am so lucky, I really am blessed to live where I do, in a lovely little town on the edge of Dartmoor and so this blog will show you more of what we do as a family on the moor. It will also more importantly, have another focus.  In July I lost my job as a teacher, at the moment we are living off one income, it can't last and so as I wait for the supply agency to ring, moors-daddy and I will be tightening the purse strings.

We are transforming the garden over winter, we have already taken down the playhouse (rotten) and stored it to burn on the wood burners! The slide and swing have moved to the lawn ready for the 13ft square that was for the boys, to house a greenhouse, a shed and some raised beds so we can grow our own!  I can't wait, I have always grown beans, peas, potatoes and a few other little things in pots and tubs but a proper vege patch was always a dream.  We are currently trying to blag a greenhouse from Gumtree or Preloved, so fingers crossed someone close wishes to part with theirs soon.

We are also transforming our spare room.  Our little two share, leaving us with a small bedroom that until a few weeks ago housed (just) a double bed. My brother in law has just moved to the middle of Dartmoor and we have donated the double bed to him, so at the moment we have an empty room (I say empty - it seems to have things added to it each day!) but the plan is to make it into a den for the boys, with a sofa bed and a TV so our nearly 10 year old isn't forced to watch Peppa Pig on his return home from school!

So I hope, that along with a few other things which I will introduce you to along the way, the new blog will follow us as we save money, cut back and start our new venture of living off what we have and spending very little as well as showing you what lovely little independent shops we have in our town.

I am also hoping to get my camera out a bit more, show you why we love living here and what the south west  and Dartmoor has to offer. 

So that's the plan... 
Welcome to Dartmoor Diaries! 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013







Book Review - One Cold Night by Katia Lief

I started it on Sunday - I finished it on Monday.  That good, I couldn't put it down.

I had never heard of Katia Lief. I discovered her in the Kobo bookstore, a bargain at 98p.  Something caught my attention (the cover again), this time mysterious, dark yet inviting.

I downloaded it.

To be honest my genre of literature has rapidly turned to chick lit, there was a time when I read anything and everything, but lately I hadn't moved from my new found comfort zone.

The story is about Susan and Dave, Susan is a chocolate shop/factory owner  and Dave a detective in the police. They live in New York with Susan's adopted sister, Lisa, who 15 years her junior had come to live with them to attend a singing/drama school in the city.

A happy go lucky life until......One Cold Night.

Lisa wants to find her birth parents and Susan offers a revelation (predictable from the onset) and from then on the story changes and moves fast, drawing you in. Lisa vanishes and the story then follows the detectives and Susan and Dave as they piece together what has happened to her.  Dave becomes immersed in the case, due to not having solved a similar one exactly 12 months previous to this one. Exactly the same, a girl similar in age and features to Lisa taken from very near her own doorstep. You know there is a link between the two girls but the authors telling of this story is fantastic and it really does have you wanting to find out exactly what has happened to Lisa and the girl before her and to find out whether Lisa and her survive. There are a few clues,  a trail of blood and a footprint but Dave knows if this case is going the same way as the previous one, then their time is limited before something dreadful happens to her. Even at the end when the outcome is found there are still twists and turns in this story up to the very end that weren't predictable and really had me on the edge of my seat.

It is again another book that is beautifully written and describes the scenes and characters really well, making it feel like you know these places and people.

I really don't want to give this story away, but I will definitely be reading more of this authors books and this is definitely one to be read!

Another 5 Star book on Goodreads from me!