Sunday, 19 May 2019

Oh no! Horace the Hymer is poorly

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz.

A mixed week of glorious sunshine and dreary rain showers so we've enjoyed some time lounging on our pretty riverbank (with a book or six, obviously!) and we've been for some pretty local walks. Roses are blooming here in a fabulous variety of colours and scents, and it's the beginning of elderflower season so I might, finally, get around to making elderflower cordial this year.

We got bad news about our motorhome on Monday. We took it to a recommended local garage last week because the front tyres seemed to be wearing strangely. A mechanic had a look and we've now got the repair quote. Gas struts, ball joints, new tyres ... Yeah, it's quite a lot of money :-(
Fortunately (always look on the bright side?) the garage is within walking distance of our static and we're not actually living in the motorhome at the moment. So it all could have been a lot more inconvenient, although it is still frustrating.



Let's change the subject! I got the Dead Good newsletter yesterday announcing the last chance to make nominations for their annual Dead Good Reader Awards is Tomorrow. Dead Good are a crime and thriller publisher so the six categories are all crime fiction related, hower your nominations can be books from any publisher within the past year. See your favourites recognised and maybe even win £100 worth of crime books as a reward for participating!


And something other than books which always cheers me up is food. This week's Recipe Recommendation is a practically fat-free alternative to feta cheese made from this Simple Vegan recipe. It's actually a marinaded tofu which is very simple to create with just a few store cupboard ingredients. I marinade the tofu cubes for 24 hours in the fridge, then drain them and sprinkle with a little salt. I don't think anyone would be fooled that this is actually feta, but I am loving it's fresh tangy flavour as a lighter cheese substitute in Greek-style salads with chopped vine tomatoes, sliced radishes and black olives.


Giveaways closing soon
22nd May: Win a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Strongman And The Mermaid by Kathleen Shoop. (Hosted at Passages To The Past)
23rd May: Win a $20 Amazon gift card to celebrate the A New World - Conviction by M D Neu blog tour
24th May: Win a signed PB of In The Sun by Mixie Plum
25th May: Win $20 Amazon gift cards and copies of Free Pizza by G C McRae
25th May: Win one of ten print copies of The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow

(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
#Notebooks - Covetable Stationery inspired by my #BookOfTheMonth
COYER Summer Hunt Challenge signup
Book Blogger Hop - Which author would you like to interview?

Literary Flits
Where The Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt review
I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman review
A New World – Conviction by M D Neu Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Bloom Where You Are Planted (Life the Expat way) by Lasairiona E McMaster review
Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada review
Twelve Unending Summers by Cholet Kelly Josué review
In Love With The World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche review

Artisan Rainbow
Seven Beautiful Butterflies Craft Supplies
Seven Anne Boleyn #Tudors #GiftIdeas


Have a great week!

26 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your bad news about your motorhome! The recipe looks awesome btw!

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    1. it's one of the downsides of buying an older motorhome. What we saved upfront, we can now spend on maintenance!

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  2. I have never eaten tofu, but I've always been curious about its taste. I don't see myself stepping away from my feta, though.

    Vehicle repairs are always daunting. Let's hope the repair goes quickly.

    I need to have a look at your review of In Love with the World. I think I will do that now.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Tofu itself doesn't really have a flavour, but it's great at absorbing flavours from sauces and marinades. A very versatile ingredient!

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  3. The salad looks good! Having a motorhome is wonderful but repairs can be very expensive so I'm sorry to hear about it needing work. Thanks for all the giveaway links!

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    1. You're welcome - good luck in the giveaways :-)

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  4. It's always irritating when new things pop up that need to be fixed. Glad you found out what the motorhome needs and are able to get it fixed.

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    1. Yeah, it's a pretty routine thing for the garage to fix fortunately

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  5. I can empathise, it’s coming up to a month of our only car being at the mechanic for an engine rebuild. Im over it and the cost is astronomical. I hope yours is more easily repaired.
    You got a lot posted last week,

    Have a great reading week

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    1. Oh goodness, a whole month would really cause problems. Is it your only vehicle? Ours should be done in a day or so and we can easily walk everywhere we need to go in that time

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  6. Argh! Sorry that your motorhome needs such expensive repair work.
    I'm impressed with the number of posts you did this week though and that feta-cheat looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

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    1. The feta-cheat is great, and so easy. Maybe I shouldn't have blogged it though - our supermarket has been sold out of tofu since ;-)

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  7. Aw, sorry to hear about the motorhome repairs! Everything is always so expensive seems like these days. Sounds like you're in a beautiful area at the moment, though- hope you have lots of good weather and reading this week. :)

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    1. It's unfortunate the repairs need doing but at least we are somewhere beautiful while we wait

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  8. Ugh. Struts. I remember when my husband's car needed the same repairs as your RV. As you say, it could have been worse. My weekly update

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    1. That's the way we have to look at it - could have been worse. At least nothing went bang and left us stranded

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  9. Hmm... I might have to try that feta-fu recipe. I wouldn't mind a lower fat, higher protein option.

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    1. It's a great lighter alternative for salads on hot summer days

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  10. Sorry to hear your motorhome needs repairs. Vehicle repairs are never fun.
    That salad looks yummy!

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  11. Ugh! A big repair bill sucks. :(
    At least you weren't off on your travels when it happened.

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    1. Exactly! The whole thing could have been a lot more inconvenient than it actually is

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  12. That salad looks amazing, I'm hungry again now.

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  13. I am sorry for the bad news! I hope it won't cost too much!Now thank you for the vegan recipe as my daughter has become vegan for 9 months now and is always looking for some new recipe to try! Happy week ahead!

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    1. I've only been vegan five months and love how good I feel in myself, plus all the fab new foods I am learning to make. I'd be interested to discover your daughter's favourites?

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