The Year in Books :: March 2015

Another month over already and we are back to books again.  Not that I am complaining, obviously!

Let me tell you what I have been reading over the past month as part of Laura’s The Year in Books project over at Circle of Pine Trees.  You can find more information about the project by visiting The Year in Books page over here.

February was another good reading month for me, I read three books as well as bits and pieces from The Lord of the Rings which I am slowly rereading this year and absolutely loving again.

I Capture the Castle

I read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith first off last month.  I had read this one many years ago and remembered small parts of it (the opening line is quite memorable!) but thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Mortmains again this time around.  It was funny, heartwrenching and warm and I would read it again in a flash.

Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets


Next up was Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica Fox.  I found this memoir just OK – it was a good story but it was slightly spoiled for me by being a little strung out and slightly repetitive in places.  It did make me want to visit Scotland again and I loved the parts in the bookshop (obviously).

The Butterfly Club

Lastly I won a copy of The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson from Goodreads (I have to admit to not remembering I had even entered the giveaway) and I enjoyed reading this one too.  It was a cute story about friendships and family, fairly standard Jacqueline Wilson fare but none the worse for it really.  There was some good information about butterflies in this one and as always the illustrations by Nick Sharratt were wonderful.  Not something I would have bought for myself, but an enjoyable read in any case.

As for March I haven’t really thought that far ahead if I am honest – and wouldn’t you know it, it has sneaked up on me and is already here, so I had better get thinking I suppose…

I have always found that if I plan to read something in advance, the chances of me reading it are actually quite small – I think it might go back to school days and always being resentful of prescribed reading, who knows.  I do know that I didn’t read The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson like I thought I might last month.  I am not sure if I would have enjoyed it more if I had just picked it up when I felt like it, but I do know at the moment I do not think it is a book for me.  Maybe I will try it again some other time.

I am attempting to read a book for a new book group in town too this month, and I am quite sure that this time it is the book and not the prescribed read that is the issue.  The book is The Shack by Wm Paul Young, and I am not into it in the slightest, so much so that my journeys into Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings seem to be getting much more frequent… I am hoping to get some more of it read before we meet, but I am not holding out a lot of hope for that one.

What have you been reading lately?  Anything you would recommend for me at some point?

Organdie. x

Photography Projects

So, Friday is upon us already. This week has gone so quickly!


I have been thinking about my photography lately, and although I said to myself that this year I wouldn’t really take on any challenges like a photo a day or the year of film, I am actually craving a challenge. Or at least some structure to my photography.

Any ideas?!

Organdie. x

First week at the shop

Well the first week at Saltmarsh and Samphire has zipped by! We have had a wonderful time.

Our opening day was a great day – lots of people came in to see us and we sold a few things into the bargain which was brilliant.

big open

We have found that even sitting in the shop in the slightly quieter moments during the day is lovely.  I think it is a great space and I am so pleased to call it my own – and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year and beyond!





Organdie. x