Merry ♡ Christmas 

Wow. What a year it’s been.

I just want to say a very quick Merry Christmas.

I’m signing off for the festive period now.

When I return it will be in the New Year.

And 2017 is looking crazy already. Crazy in a good way.

New job. New house (fingers crossed).

And the blog?

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see 😉

Enjoy this time to relax and unwind with your loved ones.

Missuswolf Merry Christmas Rocking Horse Tree decoration Unsplash
I’m going to deviate from character here and coo ‘oh wow it’s Baby’s First Christmas for us’.

Haha. It certainly is Baby’s First Christmas and I’ve been the most unprepared I’ve ever been for Christmas in my life. Ooooops.

Obvs I am excited but it’s taken me twice aslong to do anything. Thank god for online shopping as I get pram rage.

Thank god for the nursery trials this week too (which were successful yeay). It meant I could run around the shops shackle-free and buy cards and presents.

And Thank You for sticking with my ramblings these past few months. Possibly the hardest months I’ve experienced. Ever.

So I’m off to pump Prosecco through my veins for the next week.

Cheers – here’s to 2017.

Bring it on.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Images from Unsplash and Pexel 

Pinteresting My Way To Christmas

Missuswolf Christmas Table Decorations - cinnamon sticks, wreath,

Friday 21st October 2016

What better way to get organised for Christmas

than by using Pinterest?

For those of you who know me, I’m a complete and utter planner who loves lists and a good old spreadsheet.

I have a Christmas Spreadsheet (don’t laugh) which lists all people I need to buy for. It then has what I’m buying them, from where, how much, when I’ve ordered it and when it’s been delivered.

There’s also a box to complete to say I’ve wrapped it.

Yup.

Each year, the same template is used and the content is deleted. I also have a spreadsheet for my Christmas savings. I try to save £20 a month to contribute to Christmas – so come December there’s a handy £240. I copied this idea from a very good friend. (Although this year the saving hasn’t been quite as good with me being off on maternity. Ooops).

What does all this have to do

with Pinterest?

Well, my friends, I’ll tell you.

This year, I’ve created a few Pinterest Boards to do with Christmas.

The first one being Christmas Presents To Buy.

How does it work?

I go on the internet to browse for a particular present. I find it and I Pin this to my Christmas Presents To Buy Board. I make a note in the description area of who it’s for.

If the website doesn’t have the Pinterest sharing facility, I usually save the image and Pin it. I then copy the website link to my saved Pin (if there’s an easier way than this please let me know!)

Missuswolf Pinterest to Christmas - example of Christmas Pinterest Board

I’m not that organised – only got two presents on so far! But you get the idea.

That way, I’ve got the image of what I want to buy and the link to the website.

Missuswolf Pinterest example of Christmas Present to buy on Pin Board - Elsa DollTada!

This is so that when it comes to ordering, all the presents are listed in one area. With the link at my fingertips.

No need for my spreadsheet (sob!) I’m sure I’ll still use it. Even if it’s for the satisfaction of ticking things off.

So while I’m in the ideas gathering stage, I can pool everything in one place.

It means I can spread the present buying out.

I usually do it all online anyway. I’m a bit of a Shopping Scrooge and can’t handle the Christmas Crowds. Much rather sit at home. I don’t think it’s appropriate to venture into shops in my PJ’s while drinking Baileys or Mulled Wine anyway.

And if you don’t want everyone seeing what you’re buying (in-case you’re followed by who you’re buying for) you can mark the board secret.

Hurrah!

I’m going to apply the same principle while shopping for a Christmas Party Outfit.

And for any presents that I want. Although I may make this board public in-case anyone wants to buy me one ;-).

I used Pinterest a couple of years ago to source ideas to make my Christmas table decorations.

 

Missuswolf Christmas Table decorations

Missuswolf Pinterest Christmas Table Napkin decorations

Missuswolf Christmas Table Decoration set up for Christmas

The lovely Samantha Rickelton over at North East Family Fun has set up a board called North East Parents for any days out/activities and family ideas. I’m going to keep my eye on this one for any Christmas themed posts coming up too! You can follow this here.

Happy Pinning!

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

Christmas Themed Read

TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2013

I know I am a couple of months late (or a fair few months too early depending on which way you look at it) I just wanted to share with you my Christmas themed reads.

In December, I vowed that I would only read books of the festive variety and this is now my new tradition.

Here is what I managed to read to get me in the Festive mood….

LAST CHRISTMAS

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it? Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

My thoughts…Enchanting Christmas Story,

December just gone I vowed that I would only read Christmas Stories during that month to really get me in the mood for my favourite time of year. Last Christmas did not disappoint; it was an enchanting tale that flicks between the previous Christmas and the present one, flowing in between the settings of Shropshire, London and Hope Christmas. It was a feel good read that was well written and really got me in the mood for Christmas.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

Twelve days and counting…

It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the All I Wnat for christmasChristmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

My thoughts…

I read this as part of my ‘read only Christmas themed books’ in December agreement I had with myself.
I truly loved this book, especially how it was written in diary format. I related to the character’s straight away and I loved how different they were from each other, yet they were all brought together and fit so perfectly into each other’s lives.
Chloe is the most complex of them with her starting out as a bitch who you really despise (the first meeting Bea has with her I felt my blood boil on Bea’s behalf as she rudely chats on her mobile phone!) But it’s wonderful to watch her character develop and blossom.
The story isn’t all about the joys of Christmas, there is heartache in there that the Author does an excellent job of provoking such emotion from the character to the reader.
I actually read it more or less in time with the counting down of the diary as it starts twelve days before Christmas so it truly added to the experience.
A must read to settle down to on the cold winter nights

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolOne of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like…and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas

My thoughts…

This was the third book I read in December as part of my Christmas themed reads for that month.
I have seen the film versions (the Disney version was watched year after year when I was younger). As an adult, I really wanted to read this book and it did not disappoint. I have a few Charles Dickens downloaded to my Kindle to explore as we touched upon his writing in my Creative Writing Class.
It is written in such classic English Language which adds the whole Victorian theme and it really is a book that makes you sit back and think, not to take things for granted. Which is a perfect message for that time of year especially.
I will read this every Christmas from now on – it was a pleasant way to round off my reading for not only that month, but for that year.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Liebster Award

MONDAY 24th DECEMBER 2012

Happy Christmas Eve!

I have been chosen by the amazing Andrea Buginsky over on Andi’s Realm to receive the fabulous Liebster Award! So thank you very much Andrea!

This is an award bloggers give to introduce blogs you might not have found already that we think are completely awesome. Here’s how it works. You post the picture of the award to your blog:

You give 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you. Then you think up 11 new questions and nominate 11 new blogs – and you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you.

Here are 11 random facts you may not know about me:

Newsround1) I was once a Press Packer with BBC’s Newsround

2) As a Press Packer, I was a runner up in a competition where I had to audition in the Blue Peter Garden for a News Feature – Twice

3) I love Jazz music. I listen to it when I write (as I am now)

4) I love mice pies and have been through about six boxes since November (gulp!)

5) When I was little I had an imaginary friend (some say it may have been a ghost) called Jenny, with black hair in pigtails

6) I became an Auntie for the first time this year wohoo and I love my lil nephew to pieces

7) I LOVE pizza – especially Asda create your own pizzaPizza

8) I have two tattoos

9) I once went quad biking

10) I once went white water rafting

11) Re the above two – done once – don’t really fancy doing again

Andrea asked me the following questions

The Hunger Games1) What is your favorite book?

The Hunger Games. It was the first book in a long time which I could not put down. The idea and concept behind really fascinated me, yet actually frightened me at the same time. The book has a lot of elements of your own fears inside and what it would truly feel like to fight for survival.

 2) What kind of books did you originally want to write?

I always knew I wanted to write a Chick-Lit novel of some sort but my burning passion since I was a child has been to write adventure stories – born from my reading of The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Nancy Drew. The Ruby of Egypt has been my starting block in that area which I intend to vastly expand throughout my writing career

 3) Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Total plotter. I am the Queen of lists and plans in my everyday life to the point of OCD therefore it was bound to trickle through into my writing.
 4) Do you listen to music while you write?

As mentioned in my fact list, I certainly do. I listen to Jazz music which I find comforting, soothing and relaxing – putting me in the right frame of mind to escape and write.
 5) If yes, what kind?

I either listen to Jazz FM through the Sky Radio Channels or Jazz 24 online

6) What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza!

 7) Who is your favorite author?Marian Keyes

It would have to be Marian Keyes. She has the right balance of humour in her novels as she tackles some pretty serious and sensitive issues in her novels, but they are dealt with sensitively and with the right about of light-heartedness that they make for great reads. Genuine laugh out louds and sob your heart out books all in one.
 8) What is your favorite movie?

Ohh I’m not really much of a movie buff, I loved Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit, but then I love Christmas themed films like The Holiday, Elf, Love Actually. Can’t pick a favourite.
famous-five-01-19919) What was your favorite book as a child?

The Famous Five. I had to pick this particular book cover image as this is the one that I had and  it brings back so many memories. I loved the adventures that they got up to.
10) What is your favorite holiday?

In terms of holiday period – definitely Christmas. In going abroad, I have loved every holiday but will most definitely be returning to Florida again. Loved it.

11) What is your favourite colour?

Purple

As a recipient it is my honor to nominate the following 11 bloggers:

Author Michelle Betham

Author Kerry Richardson

Blogger A  Mummys View

Author Sylvia Stein

Author Jim Cantwell

Author Denise Stanley

Author S.I Hayes

Author Joyce Strand

Author Lee-Ann Griff-Vinson

Author Sheila Deeth

Blogger Book Reviewer Heather Cranmer

I think all of your blogs are excellent, and you highly deserve this award! As my nominees, these bloggers will share 11 fun facts about themselves on their blogs, as I’ve done above.

They will also answer the following 11 questions:

1) What inspired you to start writing/blogging?

2) What is your new year’s resolution?

3) If you could be in someone elses shoes for one day, who would that be and why?

4) What is your favourite season?

5) Where has been your favourite holiday destination?

6) Where do you see yourself this time next year?

7) What has been the highlight of your writing/blogging experience so far?

8) Do you prefer coffee or tea?

9) What is your favourite song?

10) What has been the most influential book you have read, that has really caught your attention and made you think?

11) What has been your highlight of 2012?

Thanks again to Andrea for nominating me.

Xmas Men

Have a wonderful Christmas

Love Missuswolf xxx

All I Want For Christmas – Amy Silver

SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012

All I Wnat for christmas.jpg2Continuing on from my Christmas themed reading, I have just finished Amy Silver’s enchanting All I Want For Christmas.

The story follows Bea, Olivia and Chloe as we count down through the twelve days of Christmas. I love the way this is written as it is in diary form using the days as Chapter headings, with little sub headings throughout of times throughout the day and whose life we are peering into and at what time. It is cleverly written, with the character of Bea written in the first person and Olivia and Chloe in the third. They are three very different characters whose lives interestingly intertwine.

Synopsis

Twelve days and counting…

 It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the Christmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

 When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

 But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

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A lovely Christmas read to curl up by the lights of the Christmas tree too with a mug of hot chocolate.

All I Wnat for christmas

Get your copy here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Last Christmas – Julia Williams

THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER 2012

In the wee small hours of what felt like the longest night shift ever, I finished reading Last Christmas by Julia Williams. Now you see, myChristmas tree locker at work is bursting with books that I have accumulated from my colleagues and recently I decided to pile them in some sort of Missuswolf Order; that order being along my mantra of ‘themed reading’.

Yup, in October I decided to read a Halloween related book and in the process of coming to that decision,  I sorted my locker out whereby I discovered, to my delight, there were three Christmas books in there! Yipee! They instantly got promoted to the top of the pile in preperation to be read in December; Last Christmas being the first victim, which I finished devouring in the early hours.

Synopsis:

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it?
Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

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I found this a very enchanting tale of four people whose pathways slowly intertwine amidst the comparisons of laid back village life and hectic city living.

The story jumps back and forth, between this year and last year, dropping hints as to what may have occurred in between for that character to be in a particular situation at that point in time, however the author is careful not to give too much away so as to leave the reader intrigued.

It’s a feel good read that is perfect for snuggling up nice and cosy wrapped in your throw, sipping a mug of hot chocolate as you snuggle down by the Christmas Tree. Perfect for relaxing amongst the chaos of Christmas.

Get your copy here

Now onto my next Christmas read, hmmm what will I choose, maybe I should ask The Christmas Men…

Xmas Men

Love Missuswolf xxx

A Piece of HeART

THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER 2012

Personalised heARTWORK from your heART! Made with ❤ & totally unique to you!

Looking for Halloween treats and Festive presents?

Well look no further than the fabulous A Piece of HeART! A very good friend of mine, who has a special way with words, has created this magical business making personalised  frames and keyrings with messages from the heart. They are amazing and make ideal gifts.

She currently has a Halloween theme ongoing so if you would love a special reminder of your very own halloween party…why not order a cute little piece of heart.

For ANY HALLOWEEN Keyrings Ordered…Proceeds will be donated to the Halloween Charity night that she attends & split between their chosen charities!

Another project that she has just started work on are her Christmas designs, so if you are looking for a stocking filler, why don’t you get a cute little keyring? Or an annual keepsake frame that you can display year after year (I know I’m putting my order in!)

A Little Snippet into A Piece Of Heart’s Heart….

You currently have some fabulous Halloween pieces displayed on your Facebook page – what’s your favourite time of year?

CHRISTMAS!!

If you could be a Disney Princess which one would you be and why?
I’d be SNOW WHITE or Belle….belle or snow white??? Or tink if she was a Disney princess. Or aerial I want to be a different one each day of the week!! Ahhhhh toooo hard!!

What is your favourite book that you have read?

To Kill A Mockingbird

What is your favourite movie?

Tooooo hard!! Tooooo many!!
Peter Pan, Stardust, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman the list is endless

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A Piece of HeART recently featured at the engagement party to Geordie Shore’s Vicky and Ricci, involved in the design of the dessert table alongside Symphonyin Sugar and a personalised Frame to the happy couple. Congrats A Piece of HeART!

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And guess what? She does international orders too! Delivering a print to none other than AUSTRALIA today!!

Take a peek at these fab frames she has made for me; a TimeLine for my flat and a personalised frame on the birth of my nephew as a present to my sister.

Check out the website here. www.apieceofheart.bigcartel.com

Like her on Facebook

Follow her on Twitter @APieceOfHeartNE

Love Missuswolf xxx

What I read in December….

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER 2011

During the long, cold month of December, which I do admit I love and get excited about – what with the festive lead up to Christmas, putting the tree up, having that glass of Baileys without feeling guilty… I got my mittens wrapped around this little gem.

It kept me going on my breaks through the long shifts at work (even on Christmas day and Boxing day – i know, working them should be illegal but at least I had this lovely bit of escapism).

An escapism it was..into the chaotic life of Annie Valentine, who juggles a family and her TV work career. This book takes her on some fab little adventures; from Paris to hill walking. Fabulous. A nice light hearted read to keep my spirits up.

Love Missuswolf xx

The Ruby of Egypt

Things aren’t always what they seem…

 

AVAILABLE NOW AT LULU.COM.

THURSDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2011

Today I am launching my new look blog and, to coincide with this, I am launching my self published book ‘The Ruby of Egypt’, which is now available to buy from Lulu.com in time for Christmas.

 

 

 

This is a Children’s book, an adventure yarn of approx 105 pages.

 

 

 

Ruby finds herself being dragged by her over excited and rather embarrassing parents on a sight-seeing holiday to Egypt. Viewing the pyramids is the last thing a fourteen year old girl wants to be doing when she could be basking in the glorious sunshine by the pool instead.

 Her disappointment soon turns to delight when she curiously follows a black cat inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, where upon entering she is mysteriously transported back in time to Ancient Egypt.

Aided by a talking feline.

Guided by a dragonfly.

Protected by a Falcon headed God.

Ruby must embrace an important mission that will not only challenge her ability to amend her stroppy attitude, but will change the purpose of her life forever.

In the meantime, please find below a Chapter Teaser for my Littlewolves:

CHAPTER ONE

The rickety old bus rattled along the sandy road, rocking from side to side occasionally, causing the tourists to sway in their seats to an unheard tune.

Ruby let out a huge sigh as she bumped her head off the window for the umpteenth time that day. The heat was starting to get unbearable and she started using her leaflet on ‘Discovering Egypt’ as a fan, wafting it around in front of her. The conversations taking place on the bus were in a variety of different languages incomprehensible to Ruby, so she stuffed her iPod speakers further into her ears to drown out the unfamiliar chatter.

Her father, sitting in the seat in front, turned and offered her a friendly smile. She just rolled her eyes. Why did her parents insist on bringing her on a sight-seeing holiday to Egypt? Ruby thought she had made her intentions clear; holidays were for lying by a pool and sunbathing. They would never understand, they were old and boring and knew nothing.

Her mother, squashed into the seat next to her, was frantically searching for something in her rucksack. A rucksack of all things! No self-respecting fourteen-year-old girl would be seen dead with one of those. Ruby quietly cringed with embarrassment as she gazed out the window, twiddling her gold key chain necklace that she had inherited from her grandmother.

The bus stopped suddenly, jolting Ruby from her thoughts. Her father promptly stood up and her mother elbowed her, mouthing something.

“What?” Ruby demanded, taking out her left earphone.

 “I said we’re here dear! Oh do take those headphones off love; you won’t get the full benefit of the experience walking around listening to that rubbish.”

“It’s not rubbish, it’s Rihanna,” Ruby sulked, reluctantly pulling them out of her ears, “And they are earphones mum, not headphones. It’s not the eighties!”

Her mother chose to ignore her as she swung her rucksack onto her back, nearly knocking over the tourist behind her. Ruby shook her head; God they were so embarrassing!

She followed her parents off the bus, fighting their way past the other tourists. Not only had her parents dragged her on this trip, but they had also opted to use the local tour bus, occupied with people from all around the world, rather than taking the trip offered by their English Tour Operator. They said it added a more ‘authentic feel’ to the trip. Yeah right, nothing authentic about being sandwiched in a rusty old bus with no air conditioner, surrounded by people who you can’t understand, Ruby had thought as she managed to squeeze her way past a French family. Now that was one language she kind of understood, being in her first year of studying French at school.

Ruby stepped off the bus and took in her surroundings. She watched as the local Egyptian Tour Guides helped a family onto camels and started leading them up the sand dunes. Ruby’s gaze followed them and rested just beyond the dunes. Despite not really wanting to be there, she couldn’t help being overwhelmed and impressed by what lay before her eyes.

Three huge pyramids, which Ruby overhead an English couple name as ‘The Great Pyramids of Giza’, were protruding from the sand, stretching high up into the sky. Behind them lay the famous Sphinx, a statue of a lion with a man’s face carved out of limestone bedrock; a fact that had been spouted to Ruby earlier that day by her mother.

Her father had already started taking pictures, “Ruby, go and stand over there with your mother, I can get a great picture of you both with the pyramids in the background.”

Ruby rolled her eyes. How embarrassing was her father and his camera! He took it everywhere with him and was forever trying to take a picture of something. She thought back to an occasion when he had been really excited over a robin that had landed on their birds’ table in the garden. He had spent a good few minutes crawling on the grass to get closer to it and, just as he was about to take the photo, the robin flew off. Ruby had laughed at the sight of her father lying there in the grass on his back, his face frowning disappointedly. He always managed to get himself into the most ridiculous of positions to take photos. Her father called it artistic, Ruby called him weird.

“Smile Ruby, you don’t want me to try and swap you for a camel now do you?” he joked.

“Come on Rubes, you will learn lots of things today,” her mother chattered on, putting her arm around Ruby and posing for the photo, “Isn’t it fantastic how these pyramids were built? All man made you know, none of these heavy machines used. Some people believe they were actually built and raised by aliens you know.”  

I think I was raised by aliens; Ruby thought as she pulled a sarcastic smile as her father almost buried himself in the sand to take the picture.

“Marvellous!” he said excitedly, raising his thumb to them as he admired the photo he had just taken.

Ruby pulled herself away from her mother and started shaking her feet, annoyed that the sand was getting into her brand new gladiator sandals and scuffing them. Her mother shook her head at her, “You knew fine well there would be sand in the desert Rubes. I don’t know why you wore those shoes, they aren’t practical enough. You should have put your trainers on like your father and I.”

Ruby scowled at her mother, what did she know? She had never been young and wouldn’t know what fashion was if it hit her in the face.

Her father clasped his hands together, “Right gang, let’s go and explore the Great Pyramid!”

Ruby reluctantly followed her parents as they power marched towards the Great pyramid. The heat was still unbearable and she stopped to get a hair bobble out of her handbag. She tipped her head upside and scooped her long blonde hair back into a ponytail. When she stood up, her parents were disappearing out of sight. She started to pick up her pace, when a slim black cat scuttled across her path, nearly tripping her over.

Great, she thought, its bad luck for a black cat to cross your path. Or did it not count as she was on sand?

She was about to scowl at it and shoo it away when she stopped in her tracks. The cat was stood right in front of her, gazing up. Ruby felt frozen to the spot and, for a moment, the cat’s facial expression appeared almost human. It had its head cocked to one side, looking at her inquisitively. It was as if the cat recognised her face and was trying to work out where it had seen her before.

It was one of the most bizarre looking cats Ruby had ever seen. It hardly had any fur covering its long slender body and it had the slimmest, most defined facial features. It was almost as if it had a pointy face. Its ears stood very prominent on the top of its head and it had an unusually long, thin black tail; which also lacked any fur.

The cat had distinct green eyes, which seemed to cast over every inch of Ruby’s face, analysing and studying her. She could have sworn that she saw a flash of realisation in them, as if it had dawned on the animal how it recognised her. The cat’s expression then seemed to change and soften into a satisfactory smile.

Ruby shook her head. Stupid heat, she thought, it was making her start to see things. Cats pulling faces and smiling of all things! Whatever next, a talking cat?

The feline animal suddenly turned on its heels and started tiptoeing softly on its long slender legs, like a ballerina across a theatre stage, from Ruby and in the direction of the Great Pyramid.

It stopped at one point and turned to look back at Ruby, as if it was beckoning her to follow. The cat took a few more steps and again stopped to stare back at her. Ruby was transfixed; she couldn’t seem to tear her gaze from the animal. She had never in her life seen such a beautiful cat and for some strange reason, she had the strongest of urges to follow it.

 She took a few steps forward, her curiosity getting the better of her. The cat was heading in the direction her parents took anyway, she thought, so what the heck.

 Suddenly, the cat picked up pace once it approached the Great Pyramid, before quickly bolting around the corner out of sight.

Ruby ran after it, turning the same corner in time to see the cat run into a side entrance to the pyramid. Without thinking about what she was doing, Ruby ran into the entrance after it.

As she did so, an enormous flash of white light met her. It engulfed her entire body and she had to put her arms up to shield her eyes. There was an almighty roaring noise and the ground seemed to shake beneath her.

Ruby could feel the walls closing in on her but she couldn’t move; her feet were rooted to the spot. Oh God, she thought, the Pyramid’s collapsing and I’m going to get trapped in here. Panic set in, her breaths becoming shorter which made her struggle for air. There was a gust of wind that sent sand whispering all around her as the light got brighter and brighter. She was trying to keep her balance as the ground continued to shake, trying to grasp anything to hold onto but having to quickly pull her arms back to shield her eyes.

The roaring noise grew louder and louder, making her want to curl her arms around her head to protect her ears. She became dizzy, feeling like the room had started to spin and the last thing she thought of before she passed out was how annoyed her parents were going to be.

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