Sunday Coffee & Blog Hop #7


I’m delighted to say, I survived my stay at the ominous murder castle. Although the pedicure and foot treatment was borderline criminal, the whole experience was pretty amazing. Ashdown Park Country Club is in the middle of a forest, so it was incredibly peaceful and quiet.

Probably the biggest disturbance in the whole mansion was me trying the get into our room after half a bottle of champagne and a gin&tonic, and getting defeated by the door. Enough said!

I don’t how many of you guys have watched You Rang M’lord?, one of my favourite TV series of all times, but the whole atmosphere reminded me of it. I shit you not, they must have had someone ironing The Times here as well, because it was crispy as fuck.

All in all, it was a fun weekend, and we are planning to do something similar again in the near future.

I’m back home now though, in the nice and warm, and have some fun posts you may have missed.

I know, members of the book police love to tell people what they can and can’t read, but it doesn’t mean we have to listen to them. Kat over at Novels and Waffles loves reading YA books, even though she’s in her mid 20’s. * gasp * We have a true rebel here, ladies and gents! I say, you go, Kat!

I do enjoy the occasional contemporary story, but have lately neglected this genre so much, I don’t even know what’s going on anymore. Malanie’s here to the rescue though, and her beginner’s guide to contemporary fiction has some really intriguing stuff for all kinds of readers.

If it’s sci-fi inspiration you are looking for, Imyril has 10 great books to get you started with.

Depending on where you live, winter can be cold and miserable. While I prefer just going with the flow and read dark and gritty stuff during this season, you might fancy some more cheerful and fluffy books. Fear not, because Sophie’s got you covered with a list of cheery books, that will hopefully make you all fuzzy and warm, at least on the inside.

After making your way through all those lovely recommendations, of course your will need to track your books somewhere. Kaleena, Queen of Spreadsheets, is a true mastermind when it comes to handy tools for bookworms. Have you downloaded your copy of her amazing blogger spreadsheet template yet?

I must admit, I sometimes feel myself like a damsel in distress. All I want is for someone to swoop in and save me. Nothing wrong with that, we all need a little bit of help sometimes. When it comes to fictional women though, they are often only one thing and nothing else. Marta at The Cursed Books listed a few tropes some of these ladies fall into, and they are nothing short of sexist. Tropes exist for a reason. They portray certain type of people, but when the only people that exist in stories are just the embodiment of a cliche or trope, some authenticity is definitely lost there.

Blogging is fun, but can become overwhelming for some of us. Drew’s 15 tips for bloggers is a nice reminder for all of us that we should just enjoy ourselves. If we can’t even enjoy our hobbies, what’s the point?

What were you up to this weekend?


  1. Oh how nice! I’m taking note of this place for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ The usual drill for me, reading books, painting, eating ๐Ÿ™‚ Started Winter Of The Witch and Once Upon A River and loving both. xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, nice! Painting is so relaxing! I used to do coloring/painting in coloring books and would always chill me out. Maybe i should take up the habit again.

      Glad to hear you are enjoying Once Upon a River. I’m planning to read it next year ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha… the only murder that happened was what that woman did to my poor feet ๐Ÿ˜€ My friend got a really nice massage tho with hot & cold stones โค


  2. ahhhh norrie tysm for featuring me ilysmmmmm โค โค โค โค โค ND LOOK AT THOSE AESTHETIC PHOTOGRAPHS!!?? they remind me intensely of "If We Were Villains",,,, a book I've made it my personal mission to convince you to read bc you'll love it with your entire heart

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wow, nice castle to go have a weekend break in, even if you never got into your room, who cares: champagne, right?

    Ooo, love links, I’m gonna grab a coffee and go have a surf and read. Ta! Oh, and loved the photos.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha ๐Ÿ˜€
      Someone said it looks like the Harry Potter place… i haven’t seen the movie so can’t verify, but sounds less daunting than murder-castle ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  4. What a fun weekend that must have been. Really loving the look of that castle! ๐Ÿ™‚
    My weekend was full of climbing, coffee drinking and one rather unsuccessful Christmas market visit – I seriously cannot do Christmas markets this year – too many people, too much noise… hang on a second, am I getting old?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope your week has started well, I’m wishing for Friday already he he.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ah… i haven’t been to a xmas market this year. For very similar reasons… i can’t do people in such large quantities ๐Ÿ˜€
      I can really recommend this place. It was proper deserted this time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ahhh that atmosphere of Ashdown and everything, ahh, I love it, it makes me want to write stories about it haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you had a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Thank you so much for including my post here ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, um, A MURDER CASTLEEEEE???? I just got chills. I tip my hat to you, because I’ve got a seriously weak stomach when it comes to scary things and excuse my while I run a million miles in the OPPOSITE direction haha.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha ๐Ÿ˜€ Others compared it to the Harry Potter house, so i guess that’s a more friendly way of looking at it.
      My friend and i had a great time tho, cooking up all sorts of stories of how the mansion is haunted or who could have committed what crime. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Ahh! I am glad you survived! I hope your fingers & toes are okay from the manipedi. ๐Ÿ˜› I am laughing at how you fumbled about trying to get into your room after too many drinks lol! The photos are just gorgeous but I definitely see how you got that eerie vibe!

    Thanks for sharing all these lovely posts. I always find something enjoyable to read through your blog hops!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I was just looking yesterday, all my toenails are different shapes. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ So yea, i don’t think it was a winner! But the place was awesome, so the whole trip was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.