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Se7en’s Fabulous Fun Post #282 and a Katie Fforde GiveAway…

July 27th, 2015 · 23 Comments

And just like that it is time to get back into blogging and time to bring our faithful readers something to read. I took a two week break, that turned into three, from the internet – I didn’t miss it for a second. In fact I have found it quite hard to get back into it, dare I say. The only thing I missed was interacting with online friends. I have been reading books getting to bed timeously… more importantly getting up with a lot of enthusiasm as our gang started their new school year with vigour. And for some reason with all eight doing school they are bursting at the seams with enthusiasm and loving it – I am all for that. So from a crispy cold Cape Town… here’s something to read:

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A Katie Fforde GiveAway

It has been months since a GiveAway and it is time for a treat. For all the moms reading our blog, who would love a break and just a good old girly read. Something far from the madding crowd of life, nothing you should or shouldn’t be doing… just a book to read and enjoy. If you are that mom, then leave a comment at the end of this post, because this one could just be for you.

A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde and published by Penguin Random House South Africa: I confess that I have just discovered Katie Fforde, and I have been reading A Vintage Wedding, whenever I get a chance to take a little break. In summer I can sneak away to a quiet spot in the garden, in winter it is a little harder for a mother to get away and look busy. Anyway, A Vintage Wedding has been a great escape. The story takes place in a Cotswold Village, you somehow feel that you should visit there. Three gals: Beth, Lindy and Rachel… are thrown together at a social evening and then become firm friends as they start a “Vintage Wedding Company” together. Where one of them is a talented seamstress, and another can’t help herself for planning and finally one of the team is a book keeper and keeps things on track. Together they plot and plan delightful and affordable weddings, one of a kind to suit the wedding couple. The thing is they are all at places in their life where they are ready for a change or new beginning, and who would have thought that life in a country village would bring all that to the foreground. Well it does. They are all on a journey and ready for a change… we get to go on the journey with them. The entire style of writing suggests a good cup of tea and a happy ending. This book is perfect for a much needed break.

We have a copy of this fabulous book with a matching book bag to GiveAway to a lucky reader. This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of Sunday, 2 August 2015, and we will draw and publish the winner after that. I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. This GiveAway is open worldwide. If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away.

We want to thank Penguin Random House South Africa for providing us with a copy of the book to review and another copy to GiveAway to our readers. We were not paid to write this post and the opinions expressed are as usual entirely our own.

Lovely Links from This Week

  1. And because t-parties are so special, this weeks on HandMade Charlotte everything you need about t-parties!!!
  2. This looks like the “Make it Book of Dreams from Super Make it!!!”
  3. As for Chronicle Books: Beach House Craftiness for Kids… Hello somebody send us some summer!!!
  4. The 20 Best Podcasts for Creative Bloggers on Blogtacular.
  5. Anorak Magazine is showing us heaps of things to do in London over their summer holidays. There is a theme here….
  6. On wild Camping on Dartmoor… when needs must!!! I am sensing our family is in need of a trip… anywhere.
  7. And while I was away… My friend at Playing by the Book had a fabulous scoop: An interview with the incredibly talented children’s author/illustrator Michael Foreman…
  8. And the se7en + 1th link:

  9. Hung Up Magazine posted an article on HomeSchooling in South Africa, by none other than me.

A Blast From the Past:

This year we have been posting our Bible Verse of the Week as our Sunday Snippet, but I thought it was time to revive a few Sunday Snippet Posts, happy reading:

  1. 2008: Sunday Snippet: The Bible in 50 Words
  2. 2009: Sunday Snippet: Remember the Sabbath Day…
  3. 2010: Sunday Snippet: Se7en Life Skills Lurking in the Internet.
  4. 2011: Sunday Snippet: Our No is God’s Yes.
  5. 2012: Sunday Snippet: Many a True Word Can Be Said in Prayer.
  6. 2013: Sunday Snippets: The Little Idols We Just Cannot Let Go Of…
  7. 2014: Sunday Snippet: Let Your Tears Flow Like a River…

Book of the Week

My South African ABC, illustrated by Sandy Lightly and Published by Penguin Random House South Africa. This is a lovely ABC book for the young South African Reader or friends on the far side of the world who would like to get more familiar with all things South African. It is full of beautiful bright illustrations… The theme is very South African and the pages feature South African animals, birds, plants and destinations. For example the N-page” has: naartjie, Nguni cattle and Namaqualand. Each page also has a quiz question on it, with answers at the back. And for folk that aren’t sure of their South Africanisms… there is a glossary at the end of the book as well as a list of the places mentioned in the book and relevant contact numbers.
We want to thank Penguin Random House South Africa for providing us with a copy of the book to review. We were not paid to write this post and the opinions expressed are as usual entirely our own.

That’s us… Hope your weekend has been a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all… Don’t forget our Fabulous Fun GiveAway… Leave a comment to win a copy of Katie Fforde’s “A Vintage Wedding” and a Book Bag.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Debbie // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Aah, reading just for fun … Amazing what little escapes books can give us – this one sounds delightful.

  • 2 Cassey // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Katie Fforde is always such fun to read. You should – cause you’re new to reading her – check out Cat. It’s the first book in a series she wrote about 4 sisters, Cat’s one stays with me because she followed the Tour de France.
    Cassey´s last blog post ..Bits and pieces

  • 3 Jo // Jul 27, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I love a good “girly” read! I’ve read a lot of Katie Fforde, and this one sounds lovely too!

  • 4 Cindy // Jul 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I have recently “gotten back into reading” and now I’m desperate for things to read.
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Behind The Scenes Of A Mixed Race Family – Melissa Marangoh

  • 5 Nita // Jul 27, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Would be nice to curl up with a KFf and a blanket πŸ™‚

  • 6 Susan // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Would love to try new author and love the title. Thanks for opportunity to try to win!

  • 7 tami // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love Katie Ffjord. She writes such easy readers. I love losing myself in a book where I don’t have to think about a million things and I can just enjoy it like a piece of chocolate. πŸ™‚ xx
    tami´s last blog post ..Out and About: July

  • 8 Aneesa // Jul 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Im a brand new tired momma. Would love to win this for some girly time πŸ™‚

  • 9 Annette // Jul 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Well I have to admit that Katie Fforde is a new author to me too but this book sounds right up my alley. I often seem to spend my days reading kids books out loud. So something to curl up in front of the fire to read on an Aussie winter night would be perfect!

  • 10 Tammy // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Ah to read again…. i am trying!

  • 11 Marcia (123 blog) // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I do read Katie Fforde and I have not read this one but I do love the settings in the English countryside – too fun and makes me want to go on HOLIDAYS πŸ™‚
    Marcia (123 blog)´s last blog post ..A winter/ autumn photowalk in the nick of time

  • 12 Delene // Jul 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Oh that looks lovely. I am definitely needing a new book to read. This would be lovely.

  • 13 aunty muffin // Jul 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Sounds fun!

  • 14 Linda B. // Jul 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    The book sounds lovely! I need some more fun, light reading and always love your author suggestions.

  • 15 sue // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I love a new Katie Fforde!

  • 16 Corli // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I would love a bit of light relief in between packing with all that free time between 2 and 4 am! Or read it on the plane! Ha ha ha!
    Still, I would love to read it sometime.
    Corli´s last blog post ..rock rocks!

  • 17 Esda Dippenaar // Jul 28, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Wo7ld be nice to win a little something to read. Just relaxed reading

  • 18 Hettie S // Jul 28, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Ooh just in time…. night time reading is getting a little low

  • 19 Cindy B // Jul 28, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I would love to win this book… Proudly a bookworm

  • 20 Anita // Jul 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Please enter me. A light easy read sounds great.

  • 21 MrsFF // Jul 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve never read any of her books and this just sounds like my type of book
    MrsFF´s last blog post ..Silent Sunday… Again

  • 22 Alesha // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    If I’m not too late, please enter me. The book sounds lovely πŸ™‚

  • 23 Se7en's Choice of Fabulous Weekend Reading... - se7en | se7en // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:13 am

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