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April has been a really busy month full of adventures and lots of good things. Almost every weekend has been filled with fun, it’s been tiring but well worth it. I set myself a few challenges this month, one of which was to publish a blog post every day in April and I’m happy to report I did it ! It’s not something I could do every month but it was a great way to get back in to writing.
Here’s our April monthly round up.
April Monthly Round Up
We made good use of our National Trust membership this month visiting both Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank Mill. We pay £10 per month for our membership, parking and entry the houses and gardens costs more than that for one visit so it’s well worth the cost for us.
The kids did an Easter trail at Dunham Massey and we learnt all about the rights of the child at Quarry Bank.
Over the Easter holidays we went to our local library and museum both of which had fun free events running. There was an egg hunt at the library and a craft session at the museum. After the museum we went for ice-cream and drinks at a local cafe.
On Good Friday we were invited to review Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester, we had a fantastic time it was so much fun.
On Easter Sunday we had an egg hunt at home followed by a barbecue in the sunshine, the weather was amazing the whole weekend. The kids spent so much time in the garden over the school holidays which was so nice.
For our final adventure of April we travelled to Drayton Manor Park, this was a review trip for Buyagift who provided us with the family ticket. We had an amazing day, the rain stayed off and the park wasn’t that busy so we got to go on lots of rides. I have a full review of our experience coming up next month.
April hasn’t been a great month for reading, I only managed to finish two books. I’ve been so busy with work, blogging, days out and general life stuff that reading has taken a back seat. This makes me so sad as I love reading, it’s one of my favourite things to do. I think I’m going to set myself a challenge of reading 50 pages a day in May, this usually gives me the push I need to get back into reading.
I started the month with a thriller called Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan, the book follows Margot Lewis, a teacher and part-time agony aunt for the local paper. A local schoolgirl goes missing then Margot receives a letter from another girl who went missing twenty years ago. Solving the puzzle might save someone’s life but could cost Margot her own. I was a little disappointed with this book as I guessed the twist very early on and found the story predictable.
Taking a break from thrillers I read some fantasy instead. I chose The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner, it tells the tale of sisters Liba and Laya, a family secret and the magical heritage they never knew existed. It’s a rich fairytale fantasy and so well written. I really enjoyed this book it was the perfect break from my usual genre of thrillers.
The kids and I have been reading ESIO TROT by Roald Dahl at bedtime, can you believe I had never read it before. We borrowed it from the library along with another lovely book called How Not To Be A Twit And Other Wisdom From Roald Dahl.
We have also been working our way through the lovely package of books that we got from The Picture Book Post Club. Hachette Children’s Group send us some titles each month to enjoy, it’s such a treat for the kids. There was a great selection this month including The Little Green Hen and a special 30th anniversary copy of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.
I feel like I’ve hardly watched anything this month, that’s not a bad thing it’s just unusual for me. Here’s what I have been watching in April:
Line of Duty seasons 1-4 (rewatched the entire series, it’s even better the second time around)
Line of Duty season 5 (best season ever, Stephen Graham is the best actor ever)
Game of Thrones season 8 (not enjoying this as much as I thought I would)
Flea Bag (what an emotional roller coaster)
Sabrina season 2 ( better than season 1 but still confusing me)
I also have a 30 day free trial of Hayu TV at the moment (signed up through Oh My Dosh! for cash back) so I’ve been binge watching all the true crime shows on there.
I’ve listened to so many podcasts this month, I have them playing while I work which has been a lot lately. I’m really in to true crime at the moment so have been listening to Casefile and They Walk Among Us.
We recently got an Amazon Echo Dot and I’m really enjoying being able to request music whenever I want to. I’ve been listening to Billy Joel, George Ezra and the Power Rangers theme tune (not by choice, thanks Jake).
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