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Wandering to the 1930s

Wandering Wednesday is a meme I created after returning from a holiday and longing for another. Of late there have been a number of books that have made me long to book a flight and I am hoping on making some bookish trips when I can, so watch this space they will be documented.

Today I had it in my head that I would be posting a review of a book I have truly loved but for one reason or other my time with said book has seemed a lot longer than expected. Alas that review will done this week I hope, but today I’m going back to the 1930s and I will miss my Nan terribly as this era especially in film would have been something I would have loved to have shared with her. I have such fond memories of Nan over feeding me and then her getting out the Milk Tray alongside a film, quite recently I was given a thank you certificate and chocolates from work and they were Milk Tray it felt like a nod from Nan.

Back to the point in hand these old films remind me of that time I’m so grateful we shared and when reading Holly Hepburn’s Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea I was transported back to my Nan’s front room.

Brief Encounter at the Picture House by the Sea

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen the film and if I have I don’t remember it but when I saw that this would be on the stage I knew I had to see it. The show has a limited run and will now close on Sunday 22nd so today I decided that if I could get a rush ticket for the matinee I would go.

I tried to post this before I went into the cinema to watch an extraordinary piece of theatre and film but the signal was so bad so here it is after the event. Although I feel I have to write my review of my thoughts separately to this post. What I will say is I most definitely need to see the film and I felt like I was back at Once the musical with the pre show entertainment. Thanks to the usher for telling me to stay in the foyer it really did add to my experience and what a gorgeous way to spend a day off immersed in theatre/film and now I’m about to delve back into a book.

I may have also purchased a book that’s not officially out in paperback just yet apart from train stations and airports. I wonder what that could be. I will be attending an event where this book is linked next week.

Are there any other iconic films that I should have already seen?

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Wandering Wednesday: Wandering Alone…

Wandering Wednesday is my very own personal meme where I sometimes travel in reality the rest of the time it’s via a book. I had an idea in my head when I was contemplating posts for this week and I really wanted to bring Wandering Wednesday back, but because the past few days have featured travel type posts I wasn’t sure whether to add another.

As I said when I first mentioned wanting to daily post for the month of June, I also thought it’s a good way to clear my drafts and write those reviews that deserve to be written. I’m going to mention two drafts now just so I actually do them. I have a half written audio review for The Break from Marian Keyes this awesome book had me laughing out loud in the most strangest of places. With this one I listened whilst tidying my room, whilst in the bath and while walking to work and I truly fell in love with the story. The other post is a blogger nomination – I don’t get these very often so I was touched and it’s one of those posts that I have been meaning to give the attention it deserves.

Whenever I thought I wouldn’t wander I contemplated those posts but I just kept thinking about travel. So that brings us to today’s theme.

As I have mentioned a lot recently and after reading Then Now Always I have a deep longing to visit Mojacar. Which for those who don’t know it’s a part of Spain near Almeria. However, it’s not really somewhere anyone else is drawn to which brings me to solo travelling. Now I have a few friends that have embarked on this journey and some that are doing so as we speak. For me I have been on many planes alone and have visited Barcelona with others awaiting me and have visited Ireland alone but I have never been somewhere new alone.

In London if I choose to attend an event or a class or anything alone I’m not fazed. Sometimes if we don’t do things alone we never will. I also think if you keep coming back to something it’s meant to be.

I would love to hear your thoughts? Your own personal stories and generally any advice you can give me. I will be asking Isabelle Broom for lots more advice and tips on Mojacar as she’s the one who instilled this wanderlust in me.

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Wandering Wednesday returns…

So Wandering Wednesday won my poll over on Twitter you can find me there as HayleyTOfficial.

It’s been a while since I posted one of these hmm let’s look at how long it’s been….November was the last time I posted a Wandering Wednesday.

I knew it had been a while but wow….I haven’t done a great deal of actual wandering although just after my birthday I did go to Furteventura for a week. I have friends about to embark on travels and friends who are currently travelling so this winning my poll seemed apt. I haven’t any plans to go anywhere as yet but one place I have wanted to go to for ages is…NASHVILLE

I wanted to go long before I started watching Nashville but sadly I still haven’t made the trip. Nashville is one of my favourite shows that is almost over it’s been such a beautiful journey and I cannot wait to discover the place behind it.

I’m hoping to start the New Orleans Noir book so hopefully next week I can be in New Orleans, another place I would love to go to. If you enjoyed Wandering with me this Wednesday then please leave a comment.

Also if you have any fabulous book recommendations where I can wander feel free to also leave those below.

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Wandering Wednesday: It’s been a while. 

Good evening wherever you are in the world. I sure have missed my meme. Sadly I haven’t had time to delve into the New Orleans Noir but I promise I will have something to share with you next week. 

Of late my minds been wandering a lot I have been making some small changes to feel better about myself which started with some selfies and moved onto a haircut. I’m trying to make more time for me. 

Today I ended up staying in my pjs (I actually believe I did the same thing on Sunday) ssssh although I don’t get that many chances to do that. It gave me time to spend some time doing me stuff. It started with watching Friends my that show is timeless I still find myself laughing out loud- I obviously posted the cover reveal thanks to Rachel and then I spent some time looking into the future, before immersing myself in Man Up 

A film that I watched a while ago. It’s funny and heartwarming showing that as humans we should take more chances as the wrong turn could be the right turn. It’s a comedy romcom but essentially it’s just telling each and everyone of us exactly what we already know. Live in the moment. I’m now to repeat a line from the film “Fuck the past.”

Do you have a mantra? Does it help. 

Sorry for the lack of sunshine although I’m longing for it as London is pretty cold right now. 

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Wandering Wednesday…short and sweet..

So sorry that I have been quiet my reading has hit a slump but I’m doing what I can to try and change that. 

So I wanted to talk to you briefly about something that will feature over the next coming Wednesday’s.

I found this treat when I was looking after the Blackheath store and I just had to buy it. It’s a series of classics that were written in and about New Orleans. A place that I still long to visit so come next Wednesday I hope to have read a few of these stories and I can share my thoughts then….

Until next time…

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It’s Wandering Wednesday….where am I taking you. 

Happy Hump Day. Here at Hayley Reviews it’s Wandering Wednesday, yes it’s back so sorry for the lack of Wanderlust Wednesday’s. 

So sorry for the delay I actually started typing this on my bus to work but it’s been a super hectic day, once again. 

At the moment I’m not the happiest bunny and that makes me wander….it’s starting to get cold in London Town the only plus side to that is Pumpkin Spice lattes and good old Irish Coffees….

From Irish Coffee it brings me onto what I will talk about now. I have been a lover of Ireland since I was small, always longing to visit and devouring holiday brochures. Often using the Emerald Isle as my subject for school projects. From a young age I had lusted over visiting the Blarney Stone.

In November of 2015 that dream became a reality. I went over to Cork to see a Derek Ryan gig – which was out of this world I love a good old acoustic set it blew my mind. What also made me smile was how lovely people were. I went out alone but I didn’t feel lonely. 

While I was there I was determined despite the rain to climb to the top of the Blarney Stone and kiss it and make my wish…I’m not scared of heights not really but it’s a weird feeling when you get to the top and as you dangle over and kiss the stone – it’s an adrenaline rush like being on a rollercoaster. 

As it was the lead up to Christmas I couldn’t resist taking a pic of this Christmas tree in the middle of the shopping area. 

Seeing as I went over to see the lovely Derek Ryan I thought I would include him.

The gig was at the beautiful Ballymaloe Grainstore just outside of Cork. 

I’ve been to Cork a few times but actually getting to the Blarney Stone was a special solo event and I loved every single second of it. 

If there’s anything you would like to see on my blog or specifically on Wandering Wednesday then please do get in touch. 

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Wandering Wednesday #HolidayEdition

I have finally sent the email to who I have for #FriendFriday if I have missed you please give me a shout.

I have been coming to Dymchurch on and off for years with my family and it never fails me. We have been pretty lucky weather wise today was a beach day the sand was a tad wet but dipping your toes into the sea has to be one of the best feelings ever. This trip we have managed to go for a swim at our pool on camp, get on the steam train and climb to the top of the lighthouse the views were something else and it was worth a little ankle pain. My 2 and 4 year old nieces did amazingly. 

I have managed to get snippets of reading in and I have enjoyed what I have read. I’m reading The Missing Twin and One of us is Lying. I haven’t started a new audio read I did hope to do some blogging whilst by the seaside but that hasn’t happened just yet. 

Just a little update. If anyone would love to see something specific please get in touch I am especially eager to do more on my YouTube channel so any ideas are welcome.

Until next time….

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Wandering Wednesday #8 Inspiration on a rainy day….

Happy Hump Day it’s Wandering Wednesday here at Hayley Reviews. 

I wasn’t sure if this post would happen today and then I was struck by inspiration at the sound of the rain pouring. 

I’m sorry for the two days of silence Monday was crazy and yesterday I was at a funeral originally I was going to have something ready to just post but that never happened but hey here I am.

The rain had me thinking so here I will ask some questions and I would love you guys to post your answers in the comment box.

On a gloomy rainy day like today what would you like to be doing if given the chance? 

For me if I’m not at work on a gloomy and rainy day I love to sit and read or watch a film. With endless cups of tea or coffee although when it’s winter time I love to squeeze in a few Irish coffees they are my fave treat. Although I am partial to them whilst on holiday too.

This one was taken in Salou last year I believe. 

Where would you rather be? 

Now when it’s gloomy here in London I long for the sunshine….it’s 23 in Salou and not a raindrop in sight.

Where would you love to go?

There are a few places I am longing to visit. Nashville (although I hear there will be direct flights from London to Nashville next year) that has put the biggest smile on my face. New Orleans is another destination I would kill to visit. And a place I have always thought would be my ideal romantic destination is Mauritius. I would also love to visit Rome. Oh and since devouring Then Now Always I’m itching to visit Mojacar.

If you could live and work anywhere else where would you choose?

I have a love affair with Salou so that would definitely be a place I could live and work. Also maybe New York given the right opportunity. Or maybe just to the seaside as it’s always better beside the sea. 

What’s your dream trip???

I won’t be answering that as I have kind of mentioned it but I would love to hear from you guys. 

If you would like to guest post on Wandering Wednesday or to join Friend Friday I will be sending out emails hopefully tomorrow then please do leave a comment with your email address.

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Wandering Wednesday: Guest Post Isabella May takes over Hayley Reviews

Happy hump day – here at Hayley Reviews Wednesday’s are for wandering. Last week for the first time since I started this little beauty there was no time for wandering. I didn’t want it to just be me hashing up any old posts on travel so it made sense to take a break.

Today I have a guest post from a wonderful author who I’m super jealous of as she currently resides in Spain like helloooo anyway without further ado I welcome Isabella May….

The Novel with Twenty-Two Travel Destinations…

…Or the Book That’s Trying to do too much?

I’m a debut author with a passion for travel. Actually, ‘Itchy Feet’ could have been my middle name. So naturally, when I began to write (or more accurately, play) with the idea of a novel about domestic violence, cake, publishing and spirituality, I just had to add travel to my brainstorming sessions.

Which is probably how my book’s title, ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ was born. I mean, what else could I have called it?

Kate Clothier is a jet-setting businesswoman.

At least that’s the successful image she portrays to the outside world. But behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy. If it wasn’t for cake… and a more than regular dose of travel… she’s not sure how she would have the strength to get out of bed in the morning.

Kate works in Foreign Rights…

A special area of publishing which sees her on a plane at least every six weeks to visit clients or attend book fairs; add to that her spontaneous booking of holidays and city breaks, and it’s not hard to see how the book racked up a grand total of twenty-two totally unique destinations! Everywhere from the picturesque and mystical Glastonbury – where Kate lives, very much against her will – to Bologna, Singapore to Oslo, Frankfurt to Lisbon, New York to Venice, Bruges to Krakow, and a whole host of other diverse spots in-between.

For a travel enthusiast, ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ is a bit like taking a cruise.

But not in the fuddy-duddy, elbowing-one-another-off-coach-seats kind of a way, nor the sequin-attired-blue-rinse-perm kind of a way besides, I promise! Rather, ‘Pavlova’ will offer you a flavour of each of these cities (and its one token town): 

You will be transported to Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore where you will soak up not just the Campari and Blood Orange, but also the sights, sounds and smells – as well as the males who are somehow able to carry off fetching daffodil-yellow slacks.

‘We quickened our pace, only to slow it right back down to catch the scent on the air. Pretty little Amaretti morsels capped with snowy icing sugar peaks, and Torta di Riso di Bologna – the city’s take on rice cake, selling out by midday the eve of Good Friday – streamed out the doorway of a bakery.  

“Mmm,” I said, fluttering my eyelids. “How can Daisy pass this lot by without as much as a drool?”

“She’s a boring twig who exists on green tea and goji berries, Kate; that’s how.”

Steph tossed her hair over her shoulder like a scarf and we reluctantly carried on.’

Excerpt taken from ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’

You will actually be able to feel the sweat that is Singapore’s Club Street on a humid August night, trickling from your brow. You will adopt a sudden and insatiable hankering for Pasteis de Nata after my words have whisked you off to Oporto’s petrol-blue tiled streets. You will make a mental note to try out Bristolian Seed Cake next time you are in the southern city. You will never again make the mistake of missing another Glastonbury Festival – mud, noodles, hash cakes and all. And you will remain ever curious as to what really goes on at an international book fair!

Travel, culture and international cuisine will always be a backdrop to my novels…

I just love them too much to leave them to one side. In fact, as I type, I await my publisher’s verdict on my second novel: a book choc-full of cocktails, Glastonbury (again… well, it is totally under-represented in the literary world, after all), Mexico and Prague! 

And when we write about what we love, somehow everything magically weaves together to form a tale that’s pretty unique. In an industry awash with the predictable and commercial, I’m always in awe of the paths and spinoffs travel opens up to us, when we let it have its way with our words…

But make no bones about it: this is a story (in spite of its gorgeous landscapes and delectable patisseries) with the potential for Marmite Divide. You see, ‘Pavlova’ debunks the misconception that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time: sometimes it is quite the opposite. Not only that, but ‘Pavlova’ offsets the violence with a much-needed injection of humour. Not for controversy’s sake, but because from experience, seeing the comedic side of a serious situation, living a second ‘external life’, can be an effective and much-needed coping mechanism.

Kate is one of the lucky ones.

Firstly, she is ‘allowed’ to travel. Believe it or not, in many an abusive relationship, the goalposts are frequently narrowed to the point that the perpetrator (female, as well as male), will not even let the victim leave the house. Of course, if Daniel had the slightest inkling that each of Kate’s trips away were also to collate proof in a ‘scientific experiment’ that she can attract another man, he’d make it his business not to let her go.

Male interest aside though, it’s really the characteristics of each of the cities she visits which really fuel her attempt at liberation… not before a continuum of procrastination can be overcome though.

The only question is: Will she escape for good, and will she escape for good before it’s too late?

 Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).
She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!
Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… you can find out more and purchase it here – http://mybook.to/pavlova and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

You can follow Isabella May on her website and social media here:


Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Thank you Isabella for taking the time to stop by at Hayley Reviews I look forward to reading your debut…

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Wandering Wednesday 

Wednesday’s are still one of my favourites. I have had lots of inspiration on and off for my midweek meme. In thinking of what to say today I was drawn to my original WordPress blog www.hayleyslilworld.wordpress.com it’s still there but I don’t really use it anymore. In thinking of Wandering Wednesday’s it made me think I have been to various places over the years including Ireland, Spain, New York, Florida, California and the West Coast to name a few. A conversation last week with a friend over a place in France made me remember that I had documented it for my blog so here It is.

How beautiful is that castle???……tomorrow the blog is all planned I am hopefully featuring two lovely ladies for their publication days, keep a look out on Twitter as I may well run a poll for Friday.