DATING & SOCIAL DISTANCING

How do you keep safe when dating someone new?

Dating online like Cardiff dating site is the ideal place to start as while you sit in your own space it is all completed online and with you, in charge, this can go on for as long as you want it too. It gives you the ideal situation to just ask questions, chat and then go on to facetime meets all still in the comfort of your own home.

There is no rush to go out and meet someone new when you can get to know them so much more by chatting in a safe environment. The questions that you have to build up to, you can now just charge in and ask away as let’s face it the worse that can happen is they will not talk to you again.

I find that if you give them a surprise facetime, Zoom or whatever you use then you get to see them as they are, but remember that can be returned but isn’t that the beauty of this, you don’t have to be made up with full makeup sitting in your best clothes when you chat. I think this gives you a quicker opportunity of really getting to know the person.

Then you build up to meeting them in a safe way.

SAFE DATES

If you live by the coast an ideal date is a walk on the beach as there is enough room for you both to keep a safe distance away from each other or make it a romantic sunset venue. You could even take a picnic so you can sit and chill while getting to know the person even more as once you have talked online you already know somethings so you can ask more about their hobbies or work. Walking is good but be careful that you are not too secluded as you always need to be in sight of other people also check the walkways are not too narrow especially in the country.

If the weather is clear then outdoor sitting areas are good in pubs and restaurants but don’t drink too much as you want to stay safe.

If you have to travel a short distance then arrange to meet them there as you do not want to be sharing a car straight away. If you have the same interests like for example gardening then you could meet at the local gardening centre as most have a cafe now so you could meet there.

The world is a very different place now with the arrival of corona but if you think about where you are going and always stay safe then it is possible to meet someone new and start dating. Always use local dating sites like Cardiff dating site as then you don’t have to travel and if you do start a relationship then at least you live in the same area.

So many things are not available at the moment, like for example the cinema or theatre but this does not mean that you can’t date you just have to think outside the box.

Happy dating guys

 

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SAAL DIGITAL REVIEW

PROFESSIONAL LINE PHOTOBOOK

 

When I was asked to review a digital photo book, my first thought was what do I have to put in one as I had just had all my birthday photos printed. I finally decided to just do a selection but, you know what it’s like when you do something and then you have a wonderful idea but it’s too late, yes that. What I should have compiled was a book about all the things I had reviewed on my blog! I admit I did swear a bit when I thought of that. Anyway, that does not take away from the fact that these digital photobooks are excellent in so many ways.

 

I particularly love the use of different materials for the binding, I chose the white leather, I think it looks really elegant and you can just imagine a wedding album finished in this. Plus with the ease of completing this, it would be easy to make your own wedding album.

 

The process of getting your photos into their program is relatively straight forward and there are tutorials to watch about every step. My problem was that I couldn’t find the folder where I had put my photos so, in the end, I made another folder which is simple and transferred them into that. This was on a Mac so serve me right for moving things about, it looks easier on Windows. Although if you leave your pictures where they are supposed to be the job would be VERY simple!

You can put as many photos as you want on each page also pick your colours. I really loved the detail around a photo when you had just one on the page, like below. Again there are many designs to choose from and colours so you can really make this your own in so many ways, or of course the option of leaving it plain.

 

I think this is the best digital photo book I have tried and seen, having so many great things going for it that just made it very individual to the person that is making it.

Two on a page    Three on a page

One on a page

Four in a grid

 

Even when you put three on a page it does not look squashed or cluttered, each page is A4 size but again you can choose which size you would like to have. There are so many options to choose from including spreading the photos over the two pages. It really is amazing how many choices you have but they have also kept the program very user friendly.

 

 

Their customer service is also outstanding so even if you are a beginner you will be able to complete your digital photobook. What an excellent album to hand down to the next generation, we have certainly come a long way since we had photos developed and we had to wait for the postman to deliver them, you would put them in an album but after a few years the photos fell out!

This is an excellent choice, with the cover a perspex design this is going to last a long time and much thinner than an old photo album used to be. If you have some special photos on your devices then this is the best way of keeping them safe and in one place, also they look great on a coffee table for your family and friends to browse through.

Thank you Saal for giving me the opportunity to try out your program and review your PROFESSIONAL LINE PHOTOBOOK.    

 I loved it and will be recommending it to everyone, here is the link to start making your own photobook.

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BEACH READ BY EMILY HENRY – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN ON 18th MAY 2020

TWO WRITERS, ONE HOLIDAY. A ROMCOM WAITING TO HAPPEN…

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a blockbuster movie.
Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

WHAT DID I THINK

Writers doing what writers do, get away from it all, go to the beach if possible and write, but does that actually make you write? These two writers turn it into a competition and write the others genre, easy or not this makes for some fun reading and then you throw a romance into the pot and you have a nice summer read for when your laying on the beach.

I sometimes wanted to shout at these two as there is a lot of wasted moments spent wondering will they or won’t they get together and what is he hiding. It all becomes clear and I will leave you to read it and see if you got it right.

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LONG SHACKLE COMBINATION PADLOCK REVIEW

TOUGH & DURABLE 

Long shackle combination padlock

It is always a pleasure to review well-made products that last, as we seem to be living in a throw-away society at the moment which I feel needs to change if we are going to combat the ever-increasing amount of waste the world produces.

I find these number padlocks to be easier to use than the old key ones, how many keys have you got in the drawer? I used to lose mine so it was all a bit of a pain. These you just have to remember the four numbers which I find even easier than passwords. Or you could just write down your numbers somewhere safe.

I have put one of these on my small shed/box in the garden and the other one we used to lock up the bikes on our last camping trick. They also have a years warranty so that is brilliant. They had a good soaking during the last storm and still worked really well. The other thing I like about these is that they appear not to rust so no replacing them in a years time.

Whatever you have that you need to protect then these padlocks are the way to go, strong, durable and easy to use. Even I could work them out! lol

Customer service is excellent as there is an email address to contact them if you have any problems, I wish everything came with a contact email as that would make life even easier.

Five stars from myself for a great product.

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BLUE COFFEE BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS

There is nothing better than a delicious cup of coffee but how do you find one?  So many brands, types and flavours it really is a minefield. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, I sometimes really want to ask them, what it is called when I get given a smooth, slide down, velvety, tasteful coffee.  Or throw away the bitter, aftertaste one. Are we getting fussy or just too much choice?

I was thrilled to hear about this subscription delivery service for delicious types of coffee, your coffee comes in a blue box that is packaged and presented really well.  It may be a plain blue box but the contents are explosive!  It is all sealed for freshness, plus you get a card telling you all about the type of coffee they have sent you.

I received two in my box so after I had read all about them I still could not decide which one to try first.  In the end, I just picked one and the next week I tried the other one, I just could not wait. I wasn’t happy about waiting a week but I broke the cafetiere so had to wait until I could purchase another one!

I really liked the cards you get as they tell you all about the coffee, this one is made with coffee cherries. It’s like a lesson in coffee receiving these parcels. I liked the taste of this one, probably because it had the taste of black tea, smooth and rich in taste. There is even a map of where about’s it is grown on the cards. Well sealed bags that actually reseal very easily, I do sometimes have problems especially with the cheese bags, very annoying.

Next was the cocafelol, I wasn’t sure what this was going to taste like as I like butterscotch and lemon but I am not a fan of nuts or nutty flavours but again I was surprised as the flavours are not overpowering so you don’t get one strong flavour coming through.

I really like this idea as it gives you the opportunity of tasting different flavours and blends. You have the option of choosing your preferences such as strength of the coffee, what type, as in beans or ground and the frequency of delivery. These pouches of coffee are fairly big and I know they would last me a long time.  I love the information cards about the coffee, it really opens up the world of coffee and all it entails.

If you would like to try a box or subscribe to this super idea I can offer you a £3 off voucher, please just quote KWW3 on your order at https://www.bluecoffeebox.com/

Happy coffee drinking everyone

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ONE TO WATCH BY KATY STAYMAN-LONDON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY TWO ROADS ON 7th JULY 2020

25 DATES. 8 MEN. A NATION WATCHING.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SHE FALL IN LOVE.

OMBEA! Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Insta followers – and a massively broken heart. Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Ben! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Although Bea has sworn off men altogether when Main Squeeze asks her to be its next star, she agrees on one condition: under no circumstances will she actually fall in love.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea finds herself in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Twitter wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men – and herself – for a chance at her own happily ever after.

Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as a lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama and Malala Yousafzai to Anna Wintour and Cher. When not writing or travelling, Kate can be found obsessively ranking Taylor Swift songs, laughing loudly with friends over really good bottles of wine, and of course, watching reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I was always a fan of the reality shows when they first began, they have got a bit old hat now but that did not put me off this book, in fact, I was looking forward to it. This is from the contestant’s point of view and having 25 dates is not easy, what could go wrong?  Funny, soppy and emotional, you get a bit of everything with this story. Just right for a summer read on the beach. I loved Bea and of course, her blogging and this was a bit different so kept me reading all day in the garden. Which date would you have picked? I do think she chose well in the end and if you want to know who, then click on the Amazon link and get it quick.

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SUMMER TRAVELS

With the effects of corona still interfering in a lot of things here in the UK, many are looking to travel in Britain and that is what we are doing. You don’t even have to go very far as once you get in the relaxing holiday mood you can chill just about anywhere.

Jodie and Alfie have come with me and we are parked in Deal right by the beach, there is a cycle path so they have bought their bikes, I will be sitting reading and writing while they are off to get supplies.

It’s at times like theses that you appreciate what is on your doorstep. Also it’s close for the rest of the family to come find you, Billie and family spent three days with us on the beach and swimming.

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SOHO KILLER BY LINDA REGAN – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HEADLINE ACCENT

The second in the hard-hitting DCI Banham series by acclaimed actress Linda Regan.

When a group of young women working in London’s sex trade become involved in a murder investigation, they come up with a story which results in the wrong person being convicted.

Now, twenty years later, that person is out of jail – and somebody has started killing the women involved in the case. With the threat of blackmail hanging over them, the remaining women arrange a meeting – but it’s anyone’s guess if they will all make it there alive…

Stymied by the complex relationships between the people in the case, DCI Banham is perplexed – and his personal life isn’t offering any respite, for he’s rapidly falling for his deputy, Sergeant Grainger – a woman who does not want to mix her private and professional lives.

 

WHAT DID I THINK?

WOW, this was really good and I did actually stay up reading it until I fell asleep and the book ended up on the floor. I met Linda last year at the Rochester book festival organised by Lisa Cutts, a lovely lady who is not only an author but an actress as well. I think Linda will go in my top five crime authors and I look forward to reading her other books. This was a gritty crime, I do love them, with a great storyline and characters that really fit the parts. I didn’t get the killer right but hey I’m getting used to that, I think these authors remove all clues from my books! lol.

When you have a few murders it can sometimes be obvious who the killer is as you are running out of characters but not this book, it still keeps you hooked in there and it did not even enter my head who it turned out to be!

So pleased I met Linda and will now look out for her books.

 

Linda Regan, born Linda Mary Drinkwater, is a British actress and author, who has appeared on television, film, radio and on stage. She is best known for her role as Yellowcoat April in the British holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi!.

The crime novels I write, are police procedural, they feature a murder division based in South London, where crime is pretty tough. I write how it is – although all my work is fiction.

My latest book is called The Terror Within.  It has just come out, and thankfully, receiving great reviews. If you are a crime fan I hope you may get it from the library, or if you buy books, perhaps order it from your local book shop, or direct from Amazon. The story takes place when a street riot turns into a hostage situation and lives are at stake as the clock ticks to crunch point, and the hostage-takers demands aren’t being met. It is published by Headline/Accent.

 

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INVISIBLE GIRL BY LISA JEWELL – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CORNERSTONE DIGITAL ON 6th AUGUST 2020

LONDON: On a fine avenue of grand houses, big cars and electronic gates, lies a neglected urban wasteland.

It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting…

When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.

Owen Pick is invisible too. He’s thirty-three years old and he’s never had a girlfriend, he’s never even had a friend. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares about him.

But when Saffyre Maddox disappears from opposite his house on Valentine’s night, suddenly the whole world is looking at him. Accusing him. Holding him responsible.

Because he’s just the type, isn’t he? A bit creepy?

INVISIBLE GIRL: A story of secrets and injustices, and of how we look in the wrong places for the bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks) as well as I Found You and Watching You. Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was brilliant but then Lisa’s books always are, they get you and pull you right in and nothing is as you expect it. I loved the surprises in this and everything went together so well. Great characters that all worked well together. Will Saffyre be dead or will they find her? What are the secrets that Owen holds and could he have done these things, maybe he didn’t remember? A good five stars from me for this one as it was great.

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THE DEADLY HOUSES BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BYJOFFE BOOKS CRIME THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES ON 14th JULY 2020

 

Discover the hottest crime thriller this summer.

Readers can’t put down THE DEADLY HOUSES!

If you only read one book this summer, make it this one.” Martha B.

“So much going on that you do not want to put this book down for one minute.” Michelle D.

Exceptional thriller that has tons of twists and turns that sucks you in right from the get-go. Best one yet.” Erin S

“A totally gripping and original storyline.” Ray G.

EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT ACTION WITH ONE SURPRISE AFTER ANOTHER

 

 

Eighteen months ago, a young boy cowers downstairs as the police try to stop his father from brutally assaulting his mother.

Now that man and three other domestic abusers have banded together to get revenge on the people they blame for taking their families away.

A ring of brutal men working together against the police. And they have someone on the inside.

CAN DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES KEEP THEIR FAMILIES SAFE?

DON’T MISS THE MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR!

Charlie Gallagher was a serving UK police officer for more than ten years, starting as a front-line response officer, then as a member of a specialist tactical team and as a detective investigating serious offences.

His books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories. The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I am a bit biased as Charlie lives in the same town as myself so have met him a few times, he also speaks at my writing group occasionally. BUT aside from all that, his writing is absolutely gripping, you will end up with bags under your eyes as you cannot put it down!  This series about Maddie Ives is what true gritty crime is all about and believe me it does not get any grittier than these books.

Trying to solve these crimes is not easy, I even miss the clues, are there any?  The team of detectives work really well and you can feel the support coming through the words, they really do have each others back. This I feel is the best book yet from Charlie, roll on the next one.

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