In March I read 5 books, the first 4 books in The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory and a book about Fermat’s Last Theorem.
I’ll start my post with the first 4, as I loved them so much. I only planned to read 2 of them, but I was so eager to read another page and another chapter that I finished the books much faster. I have two more books in this series, after that I will continue with The Tudor Court series.
The books are fictional, but follow the historical truth. As I didn’t study in UK, most facts were new to me. I imagine the 1400s history was taught in school. Even if you know the history and how “it ends up”, the books are still exciting to read. After reading each book, I looked online for more information. I would gladly read them again.
I started my blog ancaslifestyle 5 years ago and through the years I had a few design changes. As this year I made another change, I had a look back and I’ve decided to talk about how my blog changed and evolved in this period.
The designs do look rather different, although the logo is similar in the last 4 changes.
My husband and I took advantage of this lovely weather and we went to visit Turton Tower. The tower was built in the 1420s as a defensive structure. It’s believed that the there were people living in the area from pre-Christian times. After 100 years an additional building was built for living accommodation, but it wasn’t attached to the tower.
By 1620 the family was in debt and they had to sell the Tower and lands to Humphrey Chetham. Even so, they lived there for another 20 years. The family was Royalist and Chetham supported Cromwell during the Civil War, I imagine that was awkward.
The Chetham family and their descendants had the tower until the 19th century. The Tower was rented and it went into disrepair. In 1835 James Kay was the owner of the Tower. He transformed the Tower into a Tudor-style manor house. One of his sons inherited the Tower. At his death, Turton Tower was bought by two sisters in their 60s. Sir James Lees Knowles was the next owners and used the tower as a weekend retreat. His widow, Lady Nina Knowles, gave the Tower to the Council for the benefit of the people of Turton. From 1952 Turton Tower was opened as a museum.
I had this post in mind for a while, as part of the Why series on my blog. After what happened a couple of days ago, I made a slight change in my posting schedule for this post: Why I love London.
I heard about London for the first time when I was in year 2 at school and I’ve stared learning my first foreign language. We had lovely books filled with pictures with Big Ben, Westminster, Tower Bridge and Greenwich. I had a lovely teacher and it was fun. I went to London as a tourist and with work for the first time 4 years ago. I loved it. It was amazing to see Westminster, Big Ben, Thames, Somerset House, Mayfair, Greenwich. Since then I’ve been to London dozens of times and I can’t wait to go back.
I already blogged about most of the things I will mention in this post; they are in my travel section – London.
I’ve been nominated by Llinos to do the Bedtime tag. I wanted to make it a little different, so I write about my bedtime routine in detail, while I answer all the questions in the tag. I’m not nominating other bloggers, so if someone wants to join in, leave me your links as I would love to have a look.
My bedtime routine is the same, regardless if we went out or we had a cozy night in, the only difference is that if we are going out I’ll remove my makeup. At home I don’t wear any makeup. Also, the hour might be different too.
Describe your usual bedtime routine.
I will always brush my teeth and clean my face. Only after that I would change into my pyjamas. After that I will apply lip balm, eye cream, night cream. After that I brush my hair and plait it, it’s too long to let it loose. Next thing I do is I would pop into bed, where I would apply hand cream. I would read a few pages and then go to sleep. It’s a simple routine.
Lapsang Souchong, the story of my favourite tea started many years ago. One of the main characters in a book I loved as a teenager was drinking Lapsang Souchong, I remembered the name because I thought it’s strange. I forgot about it until last year when I went to the Twinings shop and I got a lot of teas to try from them. A smoky Lapsang was one of them. I just had to try it and I’m glad I did, as this is my favourite tea.
Before moving to UK I didn’t use to drink tea as most of the tea I was familiar with was herbal. Now I drink tea regularly, Lapsang Souchong daily and I do enjoy other teas as well. Although I still don’t like herbal teas.
The Lapsang Souchong I drink is made in the Wuyi Mountains, in the north of the Fujian province and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea is made with wood from pine trees. It’s still made in the same way as hundreds of years ago. It dates from the 1600s.
I’ve read two stories of how the Lapsang Souchong was made. One said that the smoking of the leaves was made to speed up the process of the drying. The second story says that thugs demanded money from a farmer, when he wasn’t able to pay, they set the sheds on fire. The farmer and his men put the fire off, but the smoke dried the leaves. When he tried to sell the tea, the Dutch trader loved the new tea and he asked for smoked tea every year. I’m not sure which one is the correct one, but both of them are very interesting.
I have at least a cup of Lapsang Souchong every day, usually two or three. I like it so much, without any milk or sugar. I brew it for 4 minutes, as I prefer a stronger taste. It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure. It has a strong taste and it’s smoky.
I wanted to do a Behind–the–scenes post for a while. Now I’m thinking of two posts for blog photography, one dedicated to backgrounds and another one dedicated to props. I’m not sure if I will continue with something else, but if you have any ideas, leave me a comment, I would love that.
As a food blogger, I need a lot of backgrounds for my pictures. I can’t have the same background of my solid wood worktop in every single recipe, it would be strange. I obviously don’t have 4 more wooden tables with different colours lying around in the house, nobody does. Hence the need for backgrounds.
I would use the same backgrounds for this blog too, as you can see in my post about the Chalkboard bundle, The Konjac Sponge and ASDA Wonky Veg Box.