Monday 27 July 2020

Mailbox Monday & Life This Week - July 27th

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Life This Week is a meme created by Denyse Whelan Blogs where bloggers share snaps of what is currently happening in their lives.

Happy Monday!

What has been happening over the last two weeks!

We have been staying home and staying safe this week. So not much happening but it gives us time to slow down and recoup.
I've used the 'stay at home' time to catch up on same knitting projects.

I made this hoodie jacket for my grandson. I bought the wool when we were all in lockdown and most wool stockists were stripped of wool so I didn't have a great choice with texture or colour of wool. I'm yet to buy buttons to finish it off.

This is my first attempt at a topsy-turvy doll. I hope it looks more like a doll and less like a turtle when I add the dress and face. 😀

I have been knitting squares for charity in South Africa. I make them from left over balls of wool and also any odd balls I can pick up at op shops. They are easy to make and I can knit them while watching TV.  It takes 35 squares to make a blanket. I've knitted 16 so far but you don't have to send enough for a full blanket they are happy to accept any amount of squares. Once they receive the squares they are made into blankets by volunteers. You can learn more about this on the website.

Books received over the last two weeks:

From the publisher:

Bluebird by Malcolm Knox
A house perched impossibly on a cliff overlooking the stunning, iconic Bluebird Beach. Prime real estate, yet somehow not real estate at all, The Lodge is, like those who live in it, falling apart.

Gordon Grimes has become the accidental keeper of this last relic of an endangered world. He lives in The Lodge with his wife Kelly who is trying to leave him, their son Ben who will do anything to save him, his goddaughter Lou who is hiding from her own troubles, and Leonie, the family matriarch who has trapped them here for their own good.

But Gordon has no money and is running out of time to conserve his homeland. His love for this way of life will drive him, and everyone around him, to increasingly desperate risks. In the end, what will it cost them to hang onto their past?

eBook giveaways from the author:

Wasp Season by Jennifer Scoullar
When Beth’s marriage ends, she’s determined to build a new life in the country for herself and her children. A quiet life lived closer to nature. She thinks she’s achieved the impossible – a civilised separation, a happy home and a cordial relationship with her estranged husband, Mark. There's even the promise of new love on the horizon. But when Mark tries to change the rules, Beth’s peaceful world is turned upside down.

Disturbingly, she also discovers that European wasps have invaded her garden. Beth’s obsession with them and their queen holds up a distorted mirror to the human drama. As the chaos in Beth’s life gathers momentum, connections between the two worlds come sharply into focus. The lives of Beth and the others are neither separate to, nor safe from, the natural world.

Tempt Me by Kally Ash
After returning home from work one night to find his wife gone, Max Parker is left to raise his infant daughter alone. So when a work opportunity arises that sends him across the country, he jumps at the chance of getting a fresh start and a break from all the drama.

Gianna Borello is a model student. Living in New York, she thrives on her academic studies, making her blind to almost everything and everyone else. But an opportunity to get an internship at her dream job is almost derailed when she agrees to meet her roommate's new boss who promises her a short-term nanny position.

Temptation comes in many forms.

I would love to hear what books you received in the mail lately! 


  1. Great knitting. I follow a charity in south Africa where we make dolls, either knitted or sewn to a pattern. It's such a worthwhile cause. They go to kids who've lost their parents, and especially to aids.

    I love the sound of Tempt Me and the cover.

  2. Oh that hoodie jacket is simply adorable. How kind of you to be knitting squares for charity in South Africa. Enjoy your new books!

  3. I've tried to learn to crochet but I just couldn't get past the learning hump. Am jealous of those who managed to persevere because hand made stuff looks so much nicer.

  4. Beautiful knitting! I love the squares idea too - great cause and wonderful way to use leftover yarn. I've been knitting baby blankets recently. Easy to multitask - which I seem to do a lot of lately. Enjoy your new books!

  5. I tried to learn knitting when I was pregnant, many years ago; it did not go well! However, perhaps I wasn't patient enough.

    Enjoy! Your books look good, too. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. You are so talented. That hoodie is beautiful. I can't wait to see how the doll turns out.

    Neat books this week. I should add Wasp Season and Tempt Me to my wish list.

    Hope you have a nice week.

  7. I love the knitted stuff! I’m terrible at crafty things. Good luck with your projects!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. That hoodie jacket is adorable!! You are very talented.

    ENJOY your week and your books.

  9. I love to see your knitting projects and it is so nice to help with those squares.
    All of your books are new to me. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  10. That hoodie is gorgeous. Every time I see knitting I'm tempted but then I think of all the wool I had to get rid of last time we moved and know I'll end up with more UFPs (unfinished projects). Hope you're having a fab week.

  11. Staying home has been good for you with this lovely lot of crafting!


    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek #199. Next week, the optional prompt is Food. Hope to see you there. Denyse,.