19 Dec 2011

Free cross stitch chart: Un Noël à Paris

Please download the free chart from Les Brodeuse Parisiennes website or from below

14 Dec 2011

Five books in 2011

I still remember clearly what I have done last Xmas. Now this Xmas is coming. Time flies faster when I'm getting older. It's the first time I'm thinking about to do a new year solution. Then it came into my mind. I want to know what I have read in 2011.

1. 'A special relationship' by Douglas Kennedy 18.01.2011

The book is about a woman (Sally) who had a difficulty pregnancy, delivery and postnatal depression. She gave up her job and relocated to a foreign country to start a new life. It was tough for her, but happy ending. As a mum and a foreigner like Sally, I enjoyed reading the book.

2. 'Shopholic & Baby' by Sophie Kinsella 14.05.2011

It is a funny book and one of the author's shopaholic series. There is the typical British humour all the way through the book. I got relaxed to read it at the end of the day.

3. 'One day' by David Nicholls 21.09.2011 

When I read the book, I was actually thinking it might be a movie soon. And now, it is. Many girls dropped tears in the cinema. I haven't watch the movie yet. But I was touched by the story between Emma and Dexter. People talk about the movie something like a soul mate. I'd like to say whatever you are now happy or not,  the book might remind you someone who is deep in your heart, the one you remember always. And quite likely, he/she is just a friend who you admired and kept no touch.

4. 'Mini shopaholic' by Sophie Kinsella  23.11.2011

This is the author's new book after 'Shopaholi & Baby'. When I saw it at the local library, I didn't hesitate to take it with me. But I was a bit bored when I read it. Becky's silly crazy ideas are too bad to laugh. 'It's just a book.' But best of all, it's a happy ending, like always. I think her next book should be in California then. After reading many books about British, I fancy a bit change.

5. 'Calling Romeo' by Alexandra Potter 15.12.2011

Actually I haven't finished this book yet, but it's just the matter of one or two days. It's a girly book and good to read during holidays. I finished big half of the book during my journey between Germany and the UK.

All the books I read above are from the library. I've been good using the library facility for 8 years, both in the UK and Germany. In England, it's free and there are more new published books, but each person has the limited number books to borrow, e.g. 12. In Germany, you can borrow as many as you want with about 15 euros for a year, including magazines. But the books are slightly older. They all do foreign language books, English and French in Germany (a town library). And in England, they do German, Indian(don't know which language exactly), Thai and French (also a town library). In the big city libraries, there are also Chinese and Japanese books.

Too many books, too little time.

5 Dec 2011

Sofa Arm Cover

I finished my Germany course and now have more time to tidy up the rooms. The sofa arm was covered by an old blue bed sheet as my husband likes lying there to watch TV. It's much better now, isn't it? The flower fabric was the left over from the cushions. They are matching now. I'm happy with the result. 


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