Welcome to shout-out #5
It’s time to share something that’s had an impact on you during the week.
1. Lockdown fun…in song
This video made me smile for many reasons. Thanks to my sister-in-law for sharing, and for tagging my sister in it, as she was in lockdown (again).
2. A writing challenge that turned into one of my favourite ever posts
I wrote a poem!
After having a chat with some other bloggers about where we come from, one of the group shared a template she had used a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of putting my memories and thoughts down, sort of following the template guidelines. Anyway it’s something that made me smile and I’m proud of my efforts. You can read more here by clicking this link – and maybe you’d like to join in:
3. Jimmy has done it again! Meanwhile in Australia Part 13….
4. Books I’ve loved lately
Hamnet -by Maggie O’Farrell
Blurb on Goodreads: Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker’s son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.
Suffice to say – I loved this book! It transported me wholly and solely back in time, it was a perfect example of ‘time travel’ by reading. The writing was mesmerising and so descriptive, the characters realistic and the premise of the book had me hooked from the first page. The family dynamics and living arrangements were an eye opener. And the main theme of grief was so well done, I couldn’t help but be caught up in it all. Honestly the best book I’ve read so far this year.
Sam Bloom: Heartache and Birdsong by Bradley Trevor Greive, Cameron Bloom and Samantha Bloom
Have you read this one or the earlier book Penguin Bloom about a mother of three boys who had a tragic accident while travelling overseas and became paralysed as a result? It tells the story of her comeback from the brink of despair thanks to a baby magpie – so, so good!
This is a true story and so honestly written – it made me cry more than once! It’s now been made into a movie with Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jackie Weaver and Rachel House.
You can keep up to date with all the books I’ll be reading in 2021, by clicking on my 2021 Reading Challenge page, where list what I’ve read and also my star rating. I also give links to the books in Goodreads, in case you’re over there as well 🙂
What’s my Shout-out Saturday all about?
Shout Out Saturday is where I invite you to join me by leaving a link or a comment, to something that has had an impact on you recently.
We need all the good vibes we can get at the moment, don’t we?
You can read more about #ShoutoutSaturday in this post I wrote last year.
You can leave a link to a post on your blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or simply share some good news, something you’ve read, or watched or just drop in to say hello. Join me for #ShoutoutSaturdayTweet
Anything really – it’s up to you!
Thanks again for all your support, here’s wishing you a great week ahead!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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