A Little Bit Lately #25

June 27, 2016

A LBL 25

Please read my first A Little Bit Lately post to find out what these are all about, although I’m sure you get the idea. These have been inspired by Sometimes Sweet’s Currently posts so check her out if you like it!


I finished the Name of the Wind recently and have started on the next one in the series, The Wise-Man’s Fear. They are super long, and fantasy so not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m really enjoying them. I have just finished reading Pride and Prejudice again, I love it more and more each time I read it. I watched the old BBC series again recently and fancied have another read of the novel, I’m always surprised how easy it is to get into. I have literally just picked up The Girl on The Train and read the first few pages, so far it isn’t at all what I thought it would be but it looks good. I hope it lives up the hype. I’ve got a whole load of books in my TBR pile over summer so I wrote a separate Summer Reading List post about them if you fancy a nosy.


It should go without saying but I’m going to say it anyway – Game of Thrones! It has been amazing this season and I’m so excited and slightly nervous for the finale tonight. I’m also loving the new series of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. I thought the last one wasn’t the best but I am loving this new one, they seem to have got the humour back into it which makes it weirdly easy to watch despite the subject.


After missing most of Glastonbury over the weekend I’m catching up on a few of the sets from that, listening to bits on the radio and iPlayer. It’s not so easy to just have on in the background when noisy little ones are in the house. I’ve just got PJ Harvey on at the moment and she’s seriously amazing, would love to see her play live. In fact would love to go to Glastonbury one day, not too keen on the mud though!


I finally paid a little visit to Leaf in Liverpool and oh my, I was in tea heaven! It is a gorgeous cafe dedicated to tea. I’ve been wanting to visit for a while but I don’t think I appreciated just how amazing it is. I went in with my mum and brother before we met up with some family for lunch so we limited ourselves to tea and cake but it is the very best tea and cake I have had in a long time. Julia from Rainbeaubelle has been recommending it to me for so long and I was all set to try her favourite, the lavender grey, but then I saw vintage chai and got distracted! Seriously check it out if you are in Liverpool – the whole menu looked incredible and I plan to work my way through all the tea.


It’s feels a bit strange to be almost carrying on as normal on my blog without mentioning the EU referendum. Although my blog isn’t at all political it is actually something that is very important to me. I was brought up discussing politics over the dinner table and my parents were always very open about who they voted for and why. Politics doesn’t sit very well in my family blog but this is something a bit different as I believe it will affect my children for many years. I woke up on Friday and was hugely saddened by the result and I am still frustrated. In the worst of it I just felt so horribly worried for my children’s future whilst being so helpless and that has been the hardest thing for me to get past. That’s why I shared the photo at the top of this post, as I sat in Leaf at the weekend and chatted to my family about it all that little phrase seemed especially poignant, ‘where there’s tea there’s hope’. I desperately want to be hopeful but I’m not quite there yet.

Some bits of life lately over on my Instagram 

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  • Julia @ rainbeaubelle

    Aw so glad you went to Leaf! I know just what you mean about the worry after the referendum, it’s so uncertain. Tea is always the short term answer! Xx

    June 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I agree, a good cup of tea helps! I love Leaf, I will definitely be going back there xx

      July 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Sarah Christie

    Ah Hayley I am not an overly political person at all, but I have faith that no matter what happens, no matter how it want things will work out, we live in modern times. The ugliness of it all has made me so very sad, thats the worse of it. Next time I read a book I am going to refer to your reading list rather than Amazon as I always think ooh that sounds great and then forget, The Girl on the Train is great I really enjoyed it. I hope you are feeling more comfortable about it soon xx

    June 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Sarah, it’s so nice to hear other people being rational about it. The nastiness has been awful on both sides and I’m glad that within my group of friends I haven’t seen any of it. What a crazy world we live in at times! I just finished Girl on the Train last night and loved it, like everyone said I just couldn’t put it down! I can’t remember the last time I read a book so quickly 🙂 xx

      June 29, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Well said Hayley. I woke up hugely saddened too. But I am trying to feel the hope going forward. Yes GOT has been amazing this season…the last 2 episodes have been the best things on TV in ages. Monday nights are going to be boring! 🙂 xx

    June 29, 2016 at 10:00 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Yes, the last two episodes have been especially brilliant! I will be sad this Monday when it isn’t on, I may watch them all over again! xx

      July 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    How do I not know about Leaf???!! I was in Liverpool the other week looking for somewhere for a cup of tea. Now I know where to go!! I’ve only just calmed down about the referendum. I think the result was atrocious and particularly the reasons why many seemed to vote to leave the EU. Never have I been more ashamed to be British.

    June 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Ooh Rachel, you would love Leaf!! It’s very trendy but totally Instagram-able, bloggers meet up? 😉 I had a headache for two days after the referendum just trying to sort my head out – I was actually really shocked and it’s scary going forward. Everytime I calm down there seems to be more to get worked up about!

      July 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Notmyyearoff

    That cafe sounds amazing. I plan on visiting Richmond tea rooms soon. It’s meant to be really quirky and nice. The EU Brexit stuff has been all bleurgh and completely stunning hasn’t it? I haven’t been able to stop watching it but, as you say, it’s making me really worried for the future of my boys. Nothing seems to make one bit of sense about it. Oh my GoT!!! And I absolutely love the BBC pride and prejudice series. My mum and I must have watched it together about 6 times back when it came out 🙂

    July 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply
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