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!
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:
#Notebooks - Covetable Stationery inspired by my #BookOfTheMonth
COYER Summer Hunt Challenge signup
Book Blogger Hop - Which author would you like to interview?
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
Seven Beautiful Butterflies Craft Supplies
Seven Anne Boleyn #Tudors #GiftIdeas
Have a great week!