Life Update

Tea & A Catch Up #1

Behold, my very first Tea & A Catch Up, in which I talk about blogging, reading and life in general, with the hope that you’ll have a warm beverage to hand as you give it a peruse (I certainly do. Yorkshire Tea, forever and always).

So it’s been around 2 months since I got started on Passports & Paperbacks, and I’ve already determined that blogging is definitely for me. It gives me an excuse to write on a frequent basis, get all of my thoughts out in one place and most significantly, I’m able to discuss things that I love with people who also love those things! Truthfully, I’ve been urging myself to try the whole blogging thing for a long time, and now I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. Soon, I also hope to make a post about how blogging has improved my productivity, so watch this space.

Rufford Old Hall, c. 1530.

Speaking of productivity, February was a very slow month for me. This was largely down to the fact that my boyfriend and I left our current base in Ontario, to spend four weeks with my family in the UK. The weather was typical for the time of year: grey, drizzly, generally miserable. But despite the rain, it was a relief to escape the icy temperatures of the Canadian winter. For one thing, we were able to spend a good deal of time outdoors, which I had sorely missed.

Much of our exploring was restricted to the North of England, visiting cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, and Chester. We also spent a good deal of time in the Lake District National Park, easily one of my favourite places in the whole world. You can read more about the lovely B&B we stayed at, and the beautiful walk we embarked on, here. On the whole the visit was very laid back, and most of our time was spent in the company of family, friends and my moody, but loveable, cat.

Hiking in the Lake District National Park

I only managed one blog post whilst I was in the UK, and read a lot less than I normally would but hey, I was having a wonderful time. I’ve now returned to Ontario feeling energised and eager to keep busy, so I suppose a break was just what I needed! In the few days since our return, I have delved into the massive tome that is Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It’s as wonderful and addictive as I knew it would be, so I expect I’ll be writing an enthusiastic review very soon.

I have also returned to the task of researching a book that I am hoping, I may be ready to start writing before the end of the year. But as discussed in my New Beginnings post, I’m trying to not put too much pressure on myself. It’s hard to judge just how much research I will need, and as a History graduate I am determined that any Historical Fiction I attempt will be as accurate as I can make it. It’s been an enjoyable process so far and rather makes me feel like a student again.

In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for the snow to thaw and the promise of milder days from the coming spring. I am eager to venture a little further north in the coming months, and will hopefully be lucky enough to explore one of Canada’s national parks.


2 thoughts on “Tea & A Catch Up #1

  1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying blogging so far! 🙂
    And I’m glad you’re enjoying Voyager. It’s definitely high on my to-read list after that cliffhanger of an ending in Dragonfly In Amber!


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