Book Tour | The House that sat down trilogy


Today I am involved in the book tour for Alice May's The House that sat down trilogy the ominous edition featuring all 3 of her books in one. 

Hello and welcome to a small extract from The House That Sat Down.

This excerpt is taken from ‘Restoration -more tales from the house that sat down’, the second novel in The House That Sat Down Trilogy.

It comes at a time when the family are awaiting the initial arrival of their building team. Having lived in a tortuous form of suspended animation in their garden for six months, they are about to face the prospect of clearing away everything that is left of their beautiful cob cottage before they can move forward with a rebuild. 

Such a stage in any project can be heart-wrenching but, as in many instances in life, saying goodbye to the things which anchor us to the past can clear a way forward to establish a fresh new future.

‘We had been assured that the building team would arrive at 9am on January 2nd, almost six months from the day that the walls had fallen. I remember that I couldn’t quite believe this stage would ever happen.

At that time, the front and side walls of the main damaged section - of what was the oldest part of the cottage - were encased in thick sheets of black plastic and were propped up with a random selection of scaffolding poles, wedges and strong-boys, some inside and some outside. These props were attempting to prevent any further slippage, but I was pretty certain that incremental movement was still merrily underway. Amazingly, the beautiful thatched roof appeared totally unaffected by the almost complete lack of support from two of the walls beneath it.

As I had sat there, waiting for my promised builders, I had found myself wondering exactly what sort of state the house would be in, under all that plastic, having been abandoned for so long through the cold wet months of the autumn and early winter.  The smell emanating from beneath the protective covering was a disturbing one of overpowering damp and rot.
The black sheeting effectively hid the extent of the damage to the casual observer, but beneath all the plastic were two huge cracks, one in each of two main supporting walls, that ran the full height of the building from the ground to the roof. One of the cracks, when I had last set eyes on it before the plastic encased it, was large enough for a fully-grown person to walk straight into the house (followed closely by a friendly dog of unknown origin). Windows hung at odd angles or had fallen out completely, old lathe and plaster internal walls were destroyed, and ceilings had come down. Hidden in the all-encompassing darkness created by the plastic sheeting, over in the far right-hand corner of the ground floor were the remaining treads of that magically morphing staircase I mentioned.
We took huge risks in continuing to use the potentially unstable single storey extension - with its little bathroom right at the back of the house - during the months that followed. In effect, a very real game of Russian roulette was played on a daily basis. The whole ‘home collapse’ scenario had successfully redefined what constituted sensible behaviour for all of us and we quickly became fairly blasé about spending time in what was effectively part of an old ruin, one that might come tumbling down around our ears at any moment. We grew to be quite comfortable living with one eye constantly on the nearest exit, ready to escape in seconds if needed. A habit which, I can assure you, never really leaves you once it is learned!’

I do hope you enjoyed this
Love Alice
The House That Sat Down Trilogy by Alice May is available from Amazon

Accidental Damage – tales from The House That Sat Down
Restoration – more tales from The House That Sat Down
Redemption – moving on from The House That Sat Down


Wooden Personalised Christmas Eve Box


Christmas is my favourite time of year and we have many family Christmas traditions in our house. Every year we love to visit Santa at his grotto, get out the winter/Christmas books and watch Christmas films etc. But my favourite tradition has to be the Christmas Eve Box.

Growing up my sister and I always left out a drink and mince pie for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer. We also were able to open one gift on Christmas Eve. 

Christmas Eve boxes are a great alternative to opening a gift. It's a great way for breaking up the anticipation of the next day by having a selection of small gifts and activities to keep your child/ren occupied. 

NEtrophies sell beautiful personalised wooden Christmas Eve boxes in various sizes, so you can fill them with festive treats such as pjs, hot chocolate, festive crafts and your familys favourite Christmas film. 

The boxes can be engraved with your child/rens name as an extra social touch. The boxes are a wonderful keepsake and are also great for storing Christmas items in once the festivities are over.

NEtrophies have so many wonderful designs for you to choose from. Prices start at £19.99.

* We were sent a Personalised Christmas Eve Box in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


A sneak peek of the Smiggle 2019 Advent Calander


I will be sharing with you a few items that are inside this years Smiggle Advent Calander. 

Within the last year we've been loving Smiggle and their range of stationery products. We love their fun and funky designs and all their products are excellent quality.

For Christmas your favourite Smiggle advent Calander is back for 2019 with their best countdown to Christmas yet! We recieved their Countdown to Christmas advent calendar last year and loved it. So when given the opportunity to get this years one to share with you I jumped at the chance.

Unlike last year where I showed everything that was in the calander i have chosen this time around to only show a sneak peek on what you can expect. Smiggle do have the complete list of items included in the advent calendar which you can find here.

So what can you expect from the 2019 countdown to Christmas calander? Like last year you can expect 25 doors filled with stationery goodies. The Calander retails at £28 although as of writing this they have a online only offer for a limited time.

The items included in the calander are all limited edition with 8 of the products being exclusive to the calander. 

The calander is aimed at ages 6 plus and like last year there is a chance to find 1 of 30 lucky tickets inside and win a HUGE Smiggle shopping spree worth £500!

As you can see I've opened up some of the doors so you have a sneak peek at what is inside. The items are all colourful and fun. My favourite from the sneak peek has to be the cute burger shaped keyring notepad and the scented stickers. I have actually opened up the whole calendar and can confirm that there are a wonderful selection of pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, a  keyring,highlighters and more. As usual with Smiggle all of the items are bright and colourful with quirky designs.

The items in the calander are useful and a great way for filling up your childs pencil case.  I can definitely say I prefer this years calander and your child wont be disappointed.

* We were sent the Smiggle Advent Calander in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are 100% my own.