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As it's Valentine's weekend - how about downloading my book - Love and Chocolate Biscuits, sit on the settee, drink in hand - sounds perfect! Bubbly and down to earth Polly struggles with two ever-present issues in her life. Her weight (she can't resist a ‘choccy biccy') and her love life (she can't resist dating, particularly on the internet). Then she meets charming, handsome and wealthy Mark. Is he a catch, or is there a catch? (in Polly's world, there always is). Maybe she should stick with wooing cyber-Romeo Tim instead? Against a backdrop of hilarious dieting and dating disasters, and with help and guidance from her friends, Polly starts to wonder if perhaps she should give up on men altogether. But as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens... It's also available in paperback and hardback at Amazon! . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍 #valentines #valentinesday2020 #romancenovel #romancebookstagram

Not everything that happens on Valentine's Day is all flowers, romance and chocolates... sometimes there are tragedies and crimes committed, a crime of passion you might say. http://rainingcatsandblogs.home.blog/2021/02/12/the-not-so-romantic-side-of-valentines-day/ . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍 #valentines #valentinesday2020 #valentinesdaymassacre

Writing for Children Diploma This assignment was to show cause and effect - a consequence of an action, event or decision. This was my last assignment for module 2. I've enjoyed writing these stories and am pleased with the marks, but I have a feeling it's gonna get a bit tougher! http://rainingcatsandblogs.home.blog/2021/02/02/module-2-assessment-cause-and-effect/ . . #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblogging #childrensbooks #creativewriting #creativewritingcourse #writingforchildren #writingforchildrendiploma #centreofexcellence #newblogpost

So true 🤣😂😅 . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

Writing for Children Diploma Create a fantasy story for the 8-12 years age range. Even though the theme is magic, it must still be believable. The story should be approximately 1,000 words. I was excited to do this assignment – a chance to let my imagination go wild for a while! . . #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblogging #childrensbooks #creativewriting #creativewritingcourse #writingforchildren #writingforchildrendiploma #centreofexcellence #newblogpost

Now this sounds like my type of exercise - the only exercise I get at the moment is running up and down the stairs to get myself a cup of tea, coffee, lunch, elevenses and my mid-afternoon snack! . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

Writing for Children Diploma Create tension for a character through an event that puts the character under pressure or causes a dilemma. Create a 500-word sample of writing that depicts the problem and the escalating tension. As this was my first assignment, it was a little daunting.... http://rainingcatsandblogs.home.blog/2021/01/12/module-2-assessment-creating-tension/ . . #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblogging #childrensbooks #creativewriting #creativewritingcourse #writingforchildren #writingforchildrendiploma #centreofexcellence #newblogpost

As this is Raining Cats and Blogs thought I would share this with you.... Stay safe! . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

So, starting my course on writing books for children diploma - Assessment 1 - explain why you would like to write children's books and what your overall goal is for taking this course - To follow this course - link is in bio. . . #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblogging #childrensbooks #creativewriting #creativewritingcourse #writingforchildren #writingforchildrendiploma #centreofexcellence #newblogpost

I signed up for a course for Writing Books for Children diploma during the first lockdown, but I didn't get very far because, ironically, I was working on my own children's book. But I have decided to try and finish this course, so I will be publishing my work assignments and feedback(!) in the hope of inspiring any would-be writers out there! To follow this course - link is in bio. . . #bookblogger #bookblog #bookblogging #childrensbooks #creativewriting #creativewritingcourse #writingforchildren #writingforchildrendiploma #centreofexcellence #newblogpost

It’s time for New Years resolutions so have you ever started something with enthusiasm, only to find it unfinished in a drawer years later? Link in bio. . . #unfinishedbusiness #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram #randomthoughts #projects #writersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #ukbloggers #bloggersuk

As a very crappy 2020 draws to a close, I am sure that our resolutions are very different from those we made at the end of 2019…. simple ones like go out with our friends for an evening, have a meal with the family, visit loved ones are probably high on everybody’s list this year. So, where did the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions begin? https://rainingcatsandblogs.home.blog/2019/12/31/new-year-resolutions-why-did-it-start/ . . #happynewyear #happynewyear2020 #happynewyears #blogger #ukblog #ukblogger #ukbloggerstyle #newblogpost #blogpost #newpost #bloggingcommunity #blogginggals #newyearresolution2020 #newyearresolution #newyearresolutions

Have you seen Dolittle? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy it? Find out my thoughts on this film, including why Robert Downey Jr chose the Welsh accent... link in bio . . #filmreview #filmreviews #filmreviewer #filmblog #filmblogger #newpost #newpost😍 #newpost❤ #dolittle #dolittlemovie #drdolittle #reviewfilm #Review

This is very clever - read the titles starting from top left 📚 . . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

NEW POST!! We were getting a bit bored with our cooking habits so decided to give @simplycookcom a go - find out how we got on in our Beef Rendang post!! Link in bio! . . #simplycook #cookingathome #beefrendang #beefcurry #cookingblogger #cookingblog #foodblogger #foodbloggersofinstagram #foodblogging #newpost😍 #newpost❤ #newpost #foodblog #recipetesting

This week is Anti-Bullying week. Bullying happens all the time, not just in school but also in the workplace, at home, anywhere! A list of names being left in your school drawer of people who don’t like you….. That’s not bullying, is it? Being told you’re ugly constantly…. That’s not bullying, is it? Having eggs thrown at you on the way home from school… That’s not bullying, is it? Having to hand over your lunch to a classmate every day…. That’s not bullying, is it? Wrong! If you tell yourself that you're not being bullied, if you think of excuses why these people would do these things, if you don’t tell anyone then maybe it will go away, if you don't do anything then they'll get bored - this won’t work! School days weren’t a happy time for me, they weren’t the greatest days of my life and I know this is the same for lots of children today. But I let them win, I went home for my dinner, didn’t go to college, became very isolated and it has affected my ability to trust people as some of the bullies were supposed to be my friends…. You’ve got this – tell someone about it, stand up to the bullies and please don’t let them get away with it! . . #antibullying #antibullyingweek #antibullyingcampaign #antibullyingday #bullying #bullyingawareness #stopbullying #stopbullyingnow #unitedagainstbullying

Oh ho! . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍

Take a look at my Halloween section of my blog - including Halloween Shortcuts, Twins who have murdered and my favourite Halloween comedy films - link in bio . . #Halloween #halloween2020 #halloweenblog #allhallowseve #allhallows #witchesofinstagram #witchyvibes #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

It's always that odd sock, knicker etc., that you find in obscure places. I remember once, I had just put a load in the washing machine when the front doorbell rang. I answered it and it was a male friend dropping something off. A few minutes later he left and as we walked back to the front door, to my horror there was a pair of my knickers hanging on the door handle which had obviously caught when I brought the washing down!!! He didn't say a word, but each time I see him now, I can't look him in the eye!!!. . . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

Enough said! . . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

As my blog is called It's Raining Cats and Blogs - what number cat are you today? I am number 7 - struggling to keep awake today! . . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress

A new blog post about doors 🚪- famous and fictional doors - take a look 👀 it’s surprising what there is to know about certain doors! Link in bio... . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍

Whose partner does this? "We've run out of coffee pods, can you order some on Amazon?" Me: "Yes, okay, I'll do it now." NEXT DAY: DOORBELL RINGS: AMAZON PACKAGE ARRIVES: "What the hell have you been ordering now?" Me: "Uh, coffee pods....." . . #amazonprime #amazonhome #firstworldproblems #nextdaydelivery #amazon

So last night this spider was climbing up the wall, Tia, our dog, looked at it and did nothing at all. Phil asked Tia, when are you gonna earn your keep? And not just lie there and fall asleep? Meanwhile the spider is crawling quite quickly and fast, Up the wall and…. into a glass! “Gotcha” said Phil with a satisfied grin, “Blimey it’s big, it just squeezes in.” So we took a photo for you all to see, That we all think it’s big and not just me! . . #spider #spiders #spiderpoem #newpost😍 #newpostup❤ #blogger #bloggingcommunity #poemsofinstagram #poem #shortpoems #poemoftheday #poemsociety💖

Throwback to when the only decision in life was whether to put the cream on first or the jam 😀 . . #decisionsdecisions #decisions #torquay #torquayharbour #staycation #staycation2020 #scones #sconesandtea #sconesjamandcreamyum

My favourite music is Abba - a bit of kitchen dancing is always good for the soul! What’s your goto music? . . #abba #kitchendancing #blastitoutloud #musictodanceto #musicforthesoul

In this world of doom and gloom at the moment, smiles and laughs are hard to come by, so here are two moments from yesterday that made me smile: Being sat in the sonography room with my daughter during her scan and being told that she is having a girl, a sister for Harry! Facetiming my husband and telling him he was getting a granddaughter and the tears of joys he shed. What two moments made you smile yesterday? . . #positivevibes #smile #smile😊 #newgranddaughter #goodnews #smiling #newbaby #newbabygirl #bloggerstyle #bloggingcommunity #rainingcatsandblogs #ukblogger #sotonbloggers

On my travels in Cornwall I came across a couple of inspired business names - take a look at my post for other clever business names - https://rainingcatsandblogs.home.blog/2019/08/05/clever-shop-names/ . . #newblogposts #newblog #newpost #blogger #bloggeruk #ukblogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #funnyshopnames #bloggerslife #sotonbloggers #sotonblogger #bloggingcommunity #blogginggalsuk #wordpressblogger #wordpressbloggers #bloggersofwordpress #cleverbusinessname #cleverbusinessowners

It’s surprising what you see on a walk around a village in Cornwall . . #cornwall #ape #walk #walkingaround #staycation #blogger #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerstyle #travelblogger

Time for a road trip - a week in Bude, Cornwall with @philwilliams7468 and @amy_alice_shepherd and Harry! Cream teas, pasties and fish and chips here we come! . . #bude #cornwall #travelgram #staycation #pentireholidaypark #blogger #travelblogger #travelblog #travelbloggerlife #newpostup❤ #newpost #surfsup

Today is International Literacy Day - I'm just about to start reading the Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman - what book are you reading or what is your favourite book? . . #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #nationalliteracyday #books

I have made many cakes in my time 🎂 but nothing like this! 😱. . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍

Take a look at this short story by my very first guest blogger, Natasha, whose blog, @neutral.words is well worth a visit! . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍 #newblogger #guestblogger #guestblog #neutralwords #ShortStory #fiction

From the Last Supper to the last meal served on the Titanic - my latest blog is all about famous meals - take a 👀 . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #newpost #newpost😍 #newblog #foodblogger #foodiesofinstagram #meals #famousmeals

A day out at Marwell Zoo - getting out and about after lockdown 🦒 🦓 🐘 🐅 Check out my review - link in bio. . . #blogger #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #bloggersofinstagram #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #newblog #ukblog #daysout #daysoutwithkids #marwell #marwellzoo #zoolife #zoos @marwellzoo

Exciting news in the Raining Cats and Blogs household - we are gonna be grandparents again! . . #newgrandma #newnanny #newgrandchild #newbaby #excitingnews

Last night hubby and I decided to watch the film Jaws. I can remember when I saw it for the first time, I went to the cinema with my mum and dad, I was about 11 at the time, they had seen it already and had decided it was okay for me to watch it. I remember that they kept looking at me, especially the part when Richard Dreyfuss goes underwater to look at the wreckage and the man with the eye missing pops out from a hole in the boat, to say I jumped so high I almost landed in the row in front is an understatement! They laughed at my reaction so much that they were told to be quiet by other cinema goers! Now 45 years later and I am watching the film from a totally different perspective. Instead of just watching the film and shouting inwardly, "Get out of the water! Get out of the water!" I am now appreciating the music score, the music is amazing, it was written by John Williams and received an Academy Award. Obviously the main title music is iconic, but take a listen to the rest of the score, simply stunning. We both noticed the distinct lack of swearing in this film, proving that you don't need a lot of expletives to carry a story, just where it has the most impact. The speech made by Quint about the SS Indianapolis would have gone over my head back in 1975, but today, it resonated with me so much that I had to Google it to find out more. It's true, only 316 survived out of a crew of 1195, most having been attacked by sharks! Obviously it wasn't as scary as when I first saw it 45 years ago, but that music, the simple alternating pattern of two notes (E and F, if you want to get technical) still brings shivers up my spine! Just an afterthought: if they ever decide to do a remake, I have the perfect actor for the part of Chief Brody - Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead!! . . #bloggerstyle #bloggerlife @andrewjjlincoln #blogging #bloggersofinstagram #bloglife #ukblogger #ukbloggers #bloggersofinstagram #ukbloggersquad #ukbloggergirl #ukblog #jawsthemovie #filmreview #andrewlincoln #filmpost