Thursday, February 25, 2010

Friday book review

"The Wonderful Weekend Book: Reclaiming life's simple pleasures" by Elspeth Thompson
ISBN: 978-1848540460

Because I really loved the book "Homemade" (by Elspeth Thompson & Ros Badger) I just had to get my hands on this book as well in the hopes that I would find another similar gem. However this book is very different to "Homemade", there are no gorgeous photos to gaze at and no 'project' ideas to get you thinking creatively. Instead it is a book that is jam packed with all sorts of ideas for doing something new so that you hopefully end up with a more enjoyable weekend.

There are simply heaps of suggestions in this book, some of which I've come across before but a lot that I would probably never have thought of. The chapters are helpfully sorted into things you can do year round, things to do in each season, having guests, cutting down on chores and making the most of Sundays. My advice for making the most of this book I would be to read it with a notebook next to you so you can jot down anything you want to look into in further detail later (I didn't do this so now I'm going to have to re-read the book soon). You may also want to skip to the chapter for the season you are currently in so that you don't miss out on doing anything that you will then have to wait another year to have a go at.

I found this book to be great for having next to the bed and reading a short section each night as otherwise I found myself getting a little drowned in too much information. There are hundreds of links to go with all the different ideas mentioned so there is plenty of opportunity for finding out more about anything that takes your fancy. This is a great book that I can see myself constantly refering to over the years as I'm always short on ideas for what to do at the weekend. However if you aren't a UK resident then this book won't be nearly as helpful as it does refer heavily to UK places and seasons.

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