c April 2017 | Garden, Tea, Cakes and Me

V The Second Generation - Book Review & Nell Makes Giveaway

V The Second Generation Book Review Sci Fi book reading challenge
Reading and Apple Crumble cupcake go so well together 
Four months into the year and I have only just closed the book on my first read of my 2017 Reading Challenge. Having been unwell I have neither had the energy or focus to read a book, flicking through a magazine was the best I could manage until recently. I picked up and read my first book of the year in April - yay! If you love the Rainbow book mark in the photo above then keep reading as I have a giveaway for you to win a handmade crochet bookmark from Nell Makes.

So, onto my first book of the year, V The Second Generation by   Kenneth Johnson.  Some of you may recall a science fiction tv mini series in the 80's called V. An alien race that look human visits earth in 50 huge mother ships asking for help and in return they will exchange medical advancements and healing the earth of the damage caused by humans. But it soon becomes apparent the visitors are more reptile than human, and are here to harvest the earth of its vital resources including humans. 

I read the book of the mini series back in the 80's along with many of the subsequent follow on books. I even have the dvd of the tv mini series. Can you tell I really enjoyed V! So when I realised Kenneth Johnson had written a sequel I was eager to find out how the fight for earth had gone. I should say that you do not have to have read the original book to enjoy this book.

V The Second Generation by Kenneth Johnson
The book is set 20 years on from when the Visitors first arrived at Earth. The fight by earths resistance army continues but they have suffered significant set backs over the years. The visitors have raped the planet of its water, oceans have been depleted travel harbours and ports around the globe are unusable. A new generation of humans know no other life than Visitors occupying earth, they work alongside them. A new species of humans and visitor children have grown up, half breads or 'dreg' they are disliked by many humans and visitors alike - but can they unite the two species together. 

There are plenty of new characters in the book and also some of the original characters both resistance and visitors that I loved to hate. Can a message sent out to space by the resistance on Earth make a difference to the fight they face 20 years later. As the saying goes 'My enemies enemy is my friend...but are they. Never one to give too much away as I would not want to ruin any book for someone. I will say yes the fight continues and you will be drawn into resistance plans to save Earth and the human race from destruction. 

This book is a great sci fi read, if you have not read the original  'V' book I recommend it you do not need to read it before the Second Generation book but you will enjoy it all the more. You will also not have to wait 20 years to read the sequel. Having finished the book I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews it received, totally uncalled for in my opinion.

I scored this book 4/5 on Goodreads.


I am just starting my next book, which has been languishing on my bookshelf for a few years. I have no idea how my reading challenge will progress this year, but I am just going to read and enjoy what books I can, when I can. 


Review & Giveaway Handmade Crocheted  Bookmark from Nell Makes
As a way of celebrating ticking the first book of the year from my Reading Challenge, I am running a giveaway. You have the chance to win a handmade crocheted bookmark of your choice from my talented friend Nell Makes

I have been using one of her colourful and cute Rainbow bookmark clips, not only in my latest read but also in my bullet journal, and whilst doing some holiday planning and research. They are just the cutest bookmarks made up of tiny crochet stitches. 

Nell Makes has created a range of beautiful crocheted bookmarks, not only the wonderful and colourful rainbow bookmark (my favourite) but also other fun designs - an owl, unicorn, watermelon (I carried a watermelon, yes are you saying that too!) and more. 

If you want to buy one or see her other designs please do visit Nell Makes Etsy page or Nell Makes Facebook page where you can also see the many other some beautiful crocheted items she makes along with felt greetings cards. 

Giveaway time! To win your choice of crocheted bookmarks from Nell Makes I have a competition running on my Garden Tea Cakes and Me Facebook page, so be sure to pop over and enter today.
Crocheted bookmark Nell Makes Etsy

You can keep up to date with my past and present reads by visiting my Goodreads page, see the link in the sidebar on the right hand side of your screen. 

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Gardening Catch Up April

So not only has it been some time since my last blog post it has been months since I shared a gardening related post. I am still, yes still, recovering from my chest infection, I am making progress however I find the unpredictability of the fatigue impossible to make any plans - so I don't! 
Robin in Apple tree

The gardening springing into life has been a delight to see, and has made my green fingers itch for the want of seed sowing! I sorted through my seed tins a few weeks ago from the comfort of the kitchen table.  I may be a little behind with my seed sowing but at least I have a planting plan.
Forget Me Nots April Garden

For the last few months my sister has been very active in the garden and has happily asked for me to add to her to do list - luckily for me.  The two raised vegetable beds have been dug out and had new compost added, ready for a bumper year of carrots, kale, beans and courgettes. The greenhouse is usually my domain, but when you need a little help, you need a little help, so my sister kindly set up all my seed trays and compost. I literally strolled from the kitchen door into the greenhouse and sowed my vegetable and flower seeds - my green fingers satisfied.  
April Garden Shropshire Greenhouse
Copper Beech Tree, Acer and greenhouse
It is a few weeks later and the Saturday of Easter weekend and I have picked up my camera and taken a stroll into the garden. There are photographs galore!   
  • The seeds in the greenhouse are mostly growing well, there are some tender plants including the sweet peas from Sarah Raven being protected from those chilly nights. 
  • The blossoms on the plum tree have vanished, the pear tree blossom is past it's best but the blossom on the apple trees is just bursting open. 
  • The Acer is now in full leaf, the Bluebells are flowering and the fronds of the ferns are unfurling. 
  • The Copper Beech tree, which dominates the bottom of the garden is a week away from being in leaf.
Gold lace Primula
Gold Lace Primula

Alpine Planter

Greenhouse April seeds

Greenhouse April seeds cosmos

Blueberry flowers
Blueberry flowers

Pear Tree Blossom
Pear Tree Blossom

Apple Tree Blossom
Plum Tree Compost bins
Plum tree & compost bins

Woodland flowers bluebells primulas

Ajuga reptans 

Fern Frond

Fern Fronds

Garden tree swing

Ladys Mantle

Clematis Pixie Sensation
Clematis Pixie Sensation 

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