February brings with it the end to January - the longest month ever (or at least it feels like it!) There is hope and promise that spring will soon be here. Here are some of the things that I have been loving this month - my February favourites.
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I finished Cilka's Journey - and it was well worth the read. It really opened my eyes up to things that happened after the war and it was very interesting. There is one more book in the 'series' Three Sisters which is another retelling of a true story from the time and I'm looking forward to adding that to my reading list.
I'm currently halfway through reading The Familiars by Stacey Halls - it is brilliant so far. It tells the story of a young child bride, pregnant for the fourth time and yet to produce a living heir. She finds help from a midwife called Alice and the story follows them through a time where wise women were considered witches and life was dangerous for women. I have always been fascinated by the history of this time and this book has re-ignited that interest for me. I also loved her other novel The Foundling, and I am adding her new book Mrs England to my ever growing to read list.
We finished watching Marchella - and it was brilliant, I would definitely recommend. I have started to watch The Tourist but unfortunately I haven't felt brilliantly well lately so keep falling asleep on the sofa before I can watch the next episode! I did manage to stay awake long enough the other night though to watch The Eternals which is on Disney+ and I absolutely loved it. It is a film that is clearly setting the scene for future films and I can't wait!
Clothes wise I haven't been out of leggings for much of the time still - they are just so comfy and perfect for wearing around the house, and I haven't been anywhere else really! I did buy leopard print dungarees from Turtledove London in the sale though - I already have them in black and love them. I just need to buy a long sleeve neck t-shirt and / or black jumper to wear underneath them now.
I have also been wearing this beautiful locket necklace I was given by Astley Clarke which is stunning. This is the Deco white sapphire cosmos locket in yellow gold vermeil and it is stunning. It can be personalised and inside is a tiny photograph of us as a family - this is done by Astley Clarke so it is perfect for the size and you don't need to fiddle about yourself doing it. I also had the back engraved with our family name. It is a really special piece of jewellery and hopefully will become a family heirloom to be passed down. The photo inside can be replaced if you wanted to in the future too. Astley Clarke has a beautiful range of locket necklaces in lots of other designs too.
I've been making a couple of slow cooker meals for my hubby - there are some great recipes on Sarah from Taming Twins' website. Obviously I'm a vegan but my husband eats anything so I've found these slow cooker meals brilliant as I just have to throw everything in, I don't need to touch the meat and I can just leave it. It's earned me some wife brownie points!
I also made these vegan beetroot chocolate muffins and these healthy vegan chocolate cornflake cakes this week. Hopefully I'll get a moment to write up the recipes on my food blog!
This month and much of January has been marred by illness in one way or another. I've been having headaches again on and off so I have bought these KOOL 'n' Soothe gel patches that stick on your head and the back of your neck as I have found a cold flannel really helps ease the migraine but it's a bit difficult to go about daily life with a cold flannel balanced on your head!
We've also finally been hit with the dreaded Covid - Miss J came down with it at the end of January, although luckily no one else in the house caught it. She really wasn't well for a few days but is much better now thankfully.
Anyway, see you again next month!!