Books I read this month

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 […]

My blog through the years

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 […]

Turton Tower

Turton Tower

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 […]

Why I love London

Why I love London

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 […]

Bedtime routine

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 […]

Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong, my favourite tea

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 […]

Behind–the–scenes of blog photography: backgrounds

Behind the scenes of blog photography: backgrounds

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 […]

Chalkboard bundle giveaway

Chalkboard bundle review and giveaway

I like things I can personalize and I was delighted to receive this Chalkboard bundle. There is another bundle to giveaway for one of my readers. I hope you like Chalkboard items as much as I do. All the items look great and I think they would be a very nice gift. When I got […]

The Konjac Sponge

The Konjac Sponge

I got this Konjac Sponge last month and I’ve been using it almost daily. I like it a lot, so I though I should talk about it on my blog. The sponge I have is from Konjac Sponge Company and it’s the French Green Clay Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, at £8.99. The sponge is 100% […]

SoLita Preston

SoLita Preston

A few days ago I was invited to SoLita Preston for the launch of their new 150 cover private dining room. The Solita has four sites in Manchester’s Norther Quartern, Prestwich, Didsbury and most recently Preston. Even though Preston is close to us, it was the first time we’ve been there. The town is lovely […]