King Henry VII at his birthplace, Pembroke Castle

Following the success of my recent post about Anne Boleyn, today I’m turning the focus onto her father-in-law, King Henry VII. I’ve previously written about how my interest in Tudor history began by growing up close to Henry VII’s grandfather’s home on Anglesey.  Today we are celebrating the unveiling of a statue of Henry VII at […]

14 Jun 2017

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A free short story: One Evening at a Ball

Today I am absolutely thrilled to unveil my brand new short story, entitled ‘One Evening at a Ball’.  It’s a regency style romance, when romantic entanglements at Mrs Groves’ ball come to a head, but will everyone find a happy ending? If you, like me, are a fan of Jane Austen, then reading this story […]

12 Jun 2017


Once Upon a Time Tag

  Today I will be doing the Once Upon a Time Tag after watching Lynsey and Sandrine’s Youtube videos. Like them, I am a big fan of the show! First of all I will answer the questions from Lynsey’s video. How did you discover OUAT? Years ago I remember seeing it advertised on Channel 5 […]

8 Jun 2017


The Spring Reading Tag

Welcome back to Tag Week!  Today it’s the Spring Reading Tag which I saw on Youtube on The Book Olive’s channel. Here’s the qs and my as… What books are your most excited to read over the next few months? Currently I’m most excited about reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. […]

7 Jun 2017


The Glasses Tag

Welcome back to Tag Week!  I first saw this tag on MeMyselfandEm and decided to do it myself.  Here are my answers to the Glasses Tag. 1. How long have you been wearing glasses? I shamefacedly had my first ever eye test when I was 16, and that’s when I began wearing glasses as the […]

6 Jun 2017


Self Care Tag

This week is Tag Week here on The Lilac Linnet!  There will be a new tag post Monday – Friday.  Today I’m kicking off with the Self Care Tag, which was created by LikeKristen on Youtube. Here are my answers to the questions: How do you define self care? It’s about doing something nice for […]

5 Jun 2017

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Maggie Reviews: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Today it will be me, Maggie the guinea pig, taking over the blog with another Maggie Reviews post.  Did you remember the carrot?  If you missed the first post, catch up now. The latest book which I read along with Mum on her lap is The Siren by Kiera Cass.  This had been on Mum’s […]

1 Jun 2017


2017 Crochet Projects

Crochet is a favourite hobby of mine, but it’s one that is very much driven by my mood.  I may not pick up my hook for months at a time if I don’t feel like it.  But when I do, it’s difficult to get me to put it down! Here’s a look at the projects […]

31 May 2017

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Murder mysteries to get your teeth into

Recently I have been reading cosy murder mysteries at an alarming rate…  If you want a quick read, perhaps a historical setting, and of course a compelling whodunnit, read on for my picks. If you want a mysterious Scottish castle… Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne Duchlan Castle is an imposing fortress in the […]

30 May 2017