Wow! 20 years of marriage… it’s not super long but it’s a good length of time. It has not been plain sailing all the way, but we have had our moments and we have journeyed together through it all.
We don’t do big celebrations, never have done. So it was our usual quiet celebratory dinner out. The husband chose a brand new restaurant to try, like super brand new; they were only opened a week or two ago. The food was nice. The service was a little slow but considering it was just two persons managing front of house and they’re new, it’s ok.
This summer it was back to normal programming for our annual visit to Singapore. No more tests or quarantine, just need to be fully vaccinated (3 jabs). And because the last week of school for the Son was project week and he could do that anywhere, we went early and stayed for 4 weeks.
Besides the usual; time with family and meeting friends, eating favourite foods and shopping, part of this trip was about preparing for the Son’s move to Singapore next year to do his military service. At least, we tried to make a start by clearing some space in the cupboards so he can have somewhere for his stuff.
We definitely enjoyed ourselves and it felt good to be able to freely meet up with people again. Here are some photos:
I bought this book on a friend’s recommendation and she was so right to recommend this book to me. I really liked it.
I love how magic is portrayed in the story. It is not just a tool to make things happen, it comes from somewhere deep inside of you, it requires that you give of yourself in some way, not just this mysterious force that only some can have or control.
Felicity Juniper Pickle and her quirky family sparkle into my mind as I read about them and their lives. Felicity collects words. She wants so much to stay in Midnight Gulch, where her Mama’s family is from but Mama has a wandering heart. She has been told there was magic in Midnight Gulch. She finds out that somehow she and her family have a strong link to this magic. But can this magic help keep them in Midnight Gulch and allow Felicity to, at last, lay down roots and make friends?
I enjoy how the history of the town is so linked to its people and how family plays such an important role in all their lives. Natalie Lloyd‘s writing is so easy to read that you forget you are reading; it feels like someone is actually telling you the story. Her characters are wonderfully colourful and full of heart. Felicity’s word collection is so interesting and includes amazing words such as “spindiddly”, a tongue-satisfyingly made-up word.
I won’t give away the ending but I do want to say that this book highlights the need to cherish the words we say to each other.
This book deserves every award it has received and it has quite a few! I hope you will add this book to your TBR list.