Turn off the lights, curl up under the duvet and prepare to become addicated to Ian Rob Wright

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Fancy something a little scary?
What about a lot scary?
Are you brave enough to pick up a book that may alter your whole life? You are? So what about if instead of one book, I told you there were 5…..
Still brave enough?
Iain Rob Wright is a master in his genre. He’ll have you looking at everything in your life differently. The kid who smiles at you… The luxury cruise…Your safety within your own home…Iain is the reason that dark street suddenly seems so menacing and if you let him, he’ll introduce you to a whole bunch of things that go bump in the night! And bump in the morning, afternoon and evening too…
Think you’re safe? Think again!

Pick up a book and you’re hooked for a while and desperate for more. Pick up a boxset and say goodbye to sleeping as you’re dragged in to the unexplainable and frightening possesion of a once happy ten year old boy. Learn to just give in and buy the cigerettes for the group of youths, because they just will find you. A little bit of snow is good clean fun, but what’s hiding in the behind the bluster when the snow just won’t stop? If the game show with the £2 million prize seems too good to be true, it probably is. And you should never, ever expect to relax on that life-changing cruise…..

 

This is the description of each full length novel included in this boxset.

SAM (Book 1)

First came The Exorcist. Then came The Omen. Now there’s another creepy child to keep you awake at night. You’ll never see the ending coming.

When a washed-up priest and a skittish ghost hunter are summoned to a vast countryside estate, they have no idea what to expect. A grief-stricken mother wants them to help her sick child and investigate a recent string of accidents around her home. It’s clear that something unexplained is going on, but their initial observations point only to a single suspect: 8-year old Sammie. Yet, while it’s clear that little Sammie is a very peculiar child, there’s surely no way he could have been behind the long list of accidents and deaths. He’s just a child…

Sammie has a secret. Want to hear it?

ASBO (Book 2)

A terrifying novel for fans of Eden Lake, the Girl Next Door, and the Purge.

A gentle family man’s life is forever changed when he refuses to buy a pack of cigarettes for the local gang of youths. Led by the emotionally unstable and sadistic Frankie, the gang target the man and his family in an escalating campaign of terror and violence that will threaten their very lives. If only he’d bought those damn cigarettes.

ASBO. Your fear is their entertainment…

THE FINAL WINTER (Book 3)

Iain Rob Wright’s debut novel is a masterclass in suspense and is sure to keep you guessing

What would you do if it started snowing in every country in the world? Would you panic? For a ragtag group of strangers at a run-down English pub, the best solution is a pint of beer with a shot of denial — but one by one they will be left with no choice but to accept that something sinister is lurking outside in the snow. Something that will never let them see light of day.

THE HOUSEMATES (Book 4)

Ten days, twelve competitors, two million in cash.

What at first seems like a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers and a booming voice known only as ‘The Landlord’, Damien is forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

Let the games begin…

SEA SICK (Book 5)

A novel unlike anything else. A story that is equal parts Dawn of the Dead and Groundhog Day. An unforgettable classic.

Police Officer Jack Wardsley’s life ended the moment his partner died. His recent record of brutality, and a reputation for not following the rules, has prompted his seniors to give him an ultimatum: find a way to let go of all the anger – or find another job. That’s why he’s about to board The Spirit of Kirkpatrick, a cruise liner built for relaxation and fun. Pretty soon, however, Jack will realise that a little fun in the sun is the last thing he’s going to get. There’s a virus onboard and it’s driving people insane. Jack needs to put all that anger to good use and find out who’s responsible, before it’s too late.”

 

 

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Amazing Photographer – Jasmin Gerisch

You NEED to check out the amazing pictures this lady does. I love them and I promise you will too!

Her name is Jasmin Gerisch and her pictures are stunning.

 

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The Wheelhouse. Linlithgow. Holiday Cottage

http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/cottages/the-wheelhouse-s4481
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No animals, no children. But it makes sense as the cottage is right on the river.

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Nestled at the end of a secluded, private track and overlooking the beautiful River Avon, this lovingly restored former watermill provides the ultimate romantic hideaway and features river views from the verandahs. The sights and sounds of the river as it gently flows over the rapids can be enjoyed from the luxury of an outdoor hot tub or the two verandahs, one of which can be accessed from one of the double bedrooms – visitors can even try a little trout fishing. Historic Linlithgow’s many amenities are 4 miles; Edinburgh is a 25 mile drive, or by train (every 15 minutes) from Linlithgow.

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We arrived early and lost due to difficulties getting through Linlithgow as it was Gala day. We phoned the owners who gave us very clear directions and were happy to let us in early. They waited for us on the wall outside their cottage and the male owner (I’m awful at remembering names) took us down to the cottage and showed us round and gave loads of information about the area, about how they had tranformed the ruined mill into a glorious place to stay!
Now I have to say it, it’s noisy. I mean REALLY loud. The water rushes past fast and produces a massive amount of noise!

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Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

Facilities
Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freesat TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Two verandahs. Parking. Hot tub. Fishing foc. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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The hot tub was amazing and we went in every night!

Highland Folk Museum

https://www.highlifehighland.com/highlandfolkmuseum/

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Highland Folk Museum give visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s! They manage this by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period.  Some have been built from scratch on site and some have been moved here from other locations.

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The site is a mile long with the 1700s Township (featuring 6 houses) at one end through to the 1930s working croft at the other.There’s an on site cafe, gift shop and a children’s playground.
The Museum is located at Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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Also home to ‘Am Fasgadh’ storing 10,000 artefacts plus high quality meeting rooms, a research library, conservation laboratory and suite of offices.
Visitor Information
Open April – August 10.30 – 17.30     September – October 11.00 – 16.30
No entry charge.   Open 7 days.

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The Highland Folk Museum has a wide range of facilities to ensure a comfortable and
enjoyable visit for your visit.
Assistance dogs are welcome. For all other dogs there is a fenced dog creche at reception, which has shelter and water provided to enable you to leave your dog when visiting the Museum. Please speak to a member of our team for advice on dog walks nearby.
Toilet and baby changing facilities can be found at our main reception area and are also available at Croft and Township.
Free parking is available at the Museum for all visitors. We have a large car park with bays for coaches and marked spaces for less able visitors beside the reception entrance.
Don’t miss purchasing your copy of our guidebook, with colour photos and lots of information on all our buildings across the site, it is the perfect companion to your visit. Guidebooks and basic maps are also available to purchase from our reception, shop and sweetie shop.
I can’t reccomend it enough and the fact that it’s free entrance means it’s a must have stop for everyone.

 

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Café
The café has a range of hot and cold foods and drinks. From freshly made soup and sandwiches, to delicious cakes and sweet treats. Along with kids meals, vegetarian and gluten free options our café has something for everyone.
The café has seating for 40, disabled access via a ramp and a large outdoor picnic area with a kids play area alongside.
Kirk’s Store Sweetie Shop
There is a traditional sweet shop – named after the Kirk family who farmed Aultlarie Croft prior to the museum moving onto this site – is a popular attraction for our visitors all year round.
This recreation of a 1930’s sweet shop offers visitors the chance to indulge their sweet tooth and nostalgia by buying a wee poke of traditional sweets such as ‘Soor Plums’, ‘Liquorice Comfits’, ‘Lucky Tatties’ and many more.
Gift shop
The gift shop is located by the museum entrance and offers a range of themed gifts, souvenirs, local crafts, outdoor toys and lots more. Along with cold drinks, ice creams for the sunshine or woolly hats and ponchos for those rainy days the gift shop is an essential stop off for your visit to the museum.

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You can even get married there!
The Highland Folk Museum is a stunning and unique setting for a wedding.
The museum is licenced to hold weddings and civil partnerships anywhere on the site so you are able to hold your ceremony in any of our historic buildings such as Leanach Church, outdoors or in a marquee if you desire.
After your ceremony the museum is a fantastic place for your post ceremony celebrations. The large, outdoor spaces can play host to marquees of any size to accommodate your plans for a drinks reception, wedding meal and dance.

 

 

 

Edinburgh Zoo

 

http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

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Please note: Edinburgh Zoo is located on Corstorphine Hill, and some of the paths around the park involve steep slopes. We would advise visitors to plan their route and bring suitable footwear – the views from the top are worth it! The workout on your calf muscles has got to be equivalent to hours in the gym!

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It’s hard work but there are a lot of benches to take breaks.
Trying to find the tigers?  Lost near the lemurs? With over 80 acres of hillside parkland it can be hard to find your way around but the staff are very helpful, there are loads of maps and you can download one off the website so you can plan your trip before you go. Also the guidebook is informative and has loads of information on the various animals and getting around.
Wet weather and Indoor Activities
11 indoor animal housing areas and 6 sheltered observation areas ensure that even on a rainy day, a trip to the Zoo is an enthralling experience.

We didn’t get to see many of the big cats as they were cleaning enclosures at that time. And it took ages!

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However we hung around near the lions and were able to watch feeding time.

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Ticket Prices
Price as of 3/4/15 – 1/11/15
Adult
£18.00
Child 3 – 15 years
£13.50
Child (under 3)
FREE

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Wheelchair and Mobility Access
Many of the paths around the Zoo can be accessed by wheelchair.  However some routes involve steps or steep slopes which are unsuitable for wheelchairs.
We are also pleased to be able to offer a dedicated mobility vehicle to help visitors access areas of the park that may otherwise be difficult to reach.

I’m not sure if they are still doing it or how long it will last but they were doing specific studies on the lifes of various monkey species when we were there.
The information was really interesting and we were able to get really close.

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Jim Clark Room, Duns. 44 Newtown Street.

Jim Clark Room, Duns. 44 Newtown Street.
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Museum dedicated to the life of Jim Clark, twice world motor racing champion in the 1960’s. Contains a unique collection of memorabilia, trophies and photographs.

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Opening Hours
23rd March – 30th September
Monday to Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4:30pm
Sunday: 2pm to 4pm
1st – 31st October
Monday to Saturday: 1pm to 4pm

(Opening times should always be confirmed prior to travelling.)

 

Admission:
Free.

Contact:
Tel: 01361 883960
It’s not big and it’s not flashy but any fan of F1 would love it. There is loads of things to look at.
You can’t take pictures inside and the gift shop area is expensive.

John Knox House. Edinburgh

John Knox House: Edinburgh

Hunt for the devil hiding in The Oak Room ceiling and try your hand at our portrait puzzles that have stumped many visitors in the past. Try on costumes and just ‘feel’ the atmosphere.

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John Knox House dates back to 1470, which makes it and Moubray House which is attached, the only original medieval building surviving on the Royal Mile. The house is associated with one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in Scottish History – The Scottish Reformation – which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Although John Knox only stayed in this house for a short time before his death in 1572, it was his association with the house that saved it from demolition in the 1840s. During an excavation of the house, time-capsules were found buried in the gable wall of the house to commemorate the moment the building was saved. One of these time capsules is displayed in the window of our bookshop.
James Mosman – jeweller and goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots – lived in the house in the 1550s until his execution in 1573. He was extremely loyal to Queen Mary and was part of the ‘Queen’s Men’ who seized Edinburgh Castle in an attempt to restore Mary to the throne after her forced abdication in favour of her protestant son James VI.
You can get a guided tour and an audio tour but I’d phone in advance if that was your intention.

Liarn Farm Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

http://www.liarn-farm.co.uk/

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Families and pets are welcome at Liarn Farm.
Your dogs will love staying at our pet friendly holiday cottages, there is 183 acres of natural woodland they can explore, Jazz certainly loved it!
Both Brian and Louise were very welcoming and informative. We saw Louise the most, she talked to us and answered questions about the animals they have on the farm, like the Jacob’s sheep.

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We managed to lock ourselves out at about 9 at night and they didn’t mind being disturbed to unlock for us. Louise suggested loads of walks for our dog and even had our dog and hers have ‘play dates’.

The topsy turvy layout makes the most of the area with the living quarters upstairs and the bedrooms downstairs.
The views from your balcony are amazing. I promise you’ll never be tired of them. I spent a massive amount of time on the balcony, it was incredible.
Stunning vistas across Loch Rannoch to Glencoe to the west and Schiehallion to the east.
266258253There is a pets corner where you can help feed the ducks and hens, collect the eggs, cuddle Daisy the rabbit. Geraldine and her friends the Jacob sheep love their digestive biscuits!
The horses are fun and friendly although Charlie (in the picture) can be a little nervous but he was a rescue who had been ill-treated.

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It wasn’t easy to find. You go down some massively steep roads that are narrow and petrifying. You drive by the loch and if you’re anything like us then you’ll get lost.  Not that getting lost was much of an issue when the views were so amazing.
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DON’T follow your sat nav, it gets you in the rough area but not to the actual location. Take the phone number and give them a call for directions.

You pay for your electric when you check out but it wasn’t expensive.
The site has a shared BBQ area. There is also a shared room where the washing machine and tumble dryer are. In this room you can also make use of the DVD’s and books available to borrow.

This is a cottage I will visit again, and I’d highley reccomend it. Especially if you have a dog as some dog friendly places aren’t great. Liarn Farm is!sunset230

Sneak Peeks from Highland Fairlings Book One: Ina

Sneak Peeks from Highland Fairlings Book One: Ina

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This is a peek from the prologue of Highland Fairlings Book One:Ina

The Book can be purchsed here

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Alternatively, if you go to this page you’ll find the links for purchase from

Amazon.co.uk
Kobo
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

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Five Sisters Zoo

http://www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk/

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Prices:
Adults : £9.95
Children (3+) £7.95
Concessions : £8.45
Family ticket : £28.00 (2 adults + 2 children, additional children charged at £5.95)

Five Sisters Zoo Park, West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8PT

 

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Conservation

The role of Five Sisters Zoo is to support the welfare of all our animals and to encourage educational and fun days out for all ages – so for a day out with a difference come along and meet the fascinating collection!
Modern day zoos have a responsibility to carry out a number of important roles. Education, Recreation, Research and Conservation are at the forefront of the mission of Five Sisters Zoo.
Conservation is a key element into helping work towards the preservation of animal species, many of which are endangered. Scientists estimate that a third of all animal and plant species on Earth face a high risk of extinction within this century. Five Sisters Zoo is part of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), along with many other UK zoos which all work together to co-ordinate breeding programmes, keep standards high, and raise awareness of conservation issues through educational interpretation and presentations.

 

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Research
Five Sisters Zoo is dedicated to encouraging and supporting research that improves captive animal management and benefits the conservation of animals. Research is a primary objective of ours and is a major role within modern zoos.
Five Sisters Zoo encourages students to undertake non-invasive animal-based research, looking at areas including animal behaviour, environmental enrichment and nutrition, as well as visitor studies.
Research is helpful to Five Sisters Zoo giving a valuable insight into enclosure design, diet, social behaviour, etc, as well as making us aware of visitors attitudes and perceptions, thus aiding conservation through improved education.
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Five Sisters Zoo’s mission is to:
Encourage conservation of endangered wildlife for both native and non-native species, and create a safe and natural environment for all animals in our collection.
With over 160 different species of mammal, birds and reptiles, daily keeper talks, feeding and handling sessions and a large outdoor play & picnic area, the Five Sisters Zoo is a great day out for everyone all year round!

 

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The Brown Bear Café is open every day!
You can even visit the Café if you’re not visiting the Zoo as it is conveniently located just outside the main entrance.
The Brown Bear Café offers a selection of reasonably priced snacks and light lunches including soup, sandwiches, toasties and paninis. Also available are a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, biscuits and sweets. Children’s lunch boxes are only £3.50 which include a sandwich, yoghurt, fruit, sweets, small chocolate bar, crisps and a drink.
On cold days the log fire is on and a warm, friendly welcome awaits you!
A large picnic area is situated within the Zoo itself where you will find a number of picnic benches as well as a large grassy area for the children to run about on.
During peak times both the ice cream parlour and snack bar in this area are open. The snack bar serves burgers/hot dogs, rolls on bacon and sausage, chips, and a selection of hot and cold drinks, all reasonably priced.
Additionally there is candy floss and slushies available seasonally
Our gift shop is located next to the ticket desk and stocks a range of cuddly toys, books, jewellery and lots of “pocket money” priced toys.
Within the main Zoo, located next to the picnic area, we have a fantastic outdoor kiddies play area, complete with the pirate ship from the old outdoor castle play area, swings, slides, teacups and more!
For a small charge of £1 a go, we have the additional rides of an animal train and go karts around a race track!
The operation of some rides is weather dependent. If this is a primary reason for your visit, please phone ahead to ask whether the rides will be open: 01506 870000.
There is a large, free car park with plenty of room for coaches and mini buses. You are free to come and go to the car park from the zoo during the day, but please keep your ticket to hand.
Our ticket desk is located just inside the main entrance to the Zoo.
Here you can purchase your Zoo tickets, as well as Handling Session tickets (£2 per person) and Feed the Lemurs tickets (£5 per person).
It is best to purchase these additional tickets as soon as you arrive to ensure you get the times you want! Unfortunately none of these sessions can be booked in advance.
We accept card payments, although there is no cashback facility on site.
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Opened in December 2014 by Angela Constance MSP, the Lost Kingdom is a fantastic temperature-controlled area displaying a host of species, from small tortoises and insects to the large crocodilians and snakes.
This is a superb representation of animal groups from around the world in rainforests and other tropical environments. Entering a walkthrough area, you can experience a tropical climate, and see iguana, tortoise, birds and our leaf cutter ants at their feeding station.

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These ants have a trail from this walthough area, high up through the Conservation Room and into their enclosure where they build their nest and farm their own food – they don’t eat the leaves, they use them to cultivate food! Look out for them!
Linked with our education booklets which cover topics related to the Curriculum for Excellence, we are proud to offer educational services to young people, and the Lost Kingdom provides a unique learning experience outside of the classroom.
The Lost Kingdom is an incredible new building which followed from the devastating fire in 2013 which completely destroyed the previous tropical house. Amazingly, the crocodiles survived the fire and can now be seen proud in the Lost Kindom near to our other crocodilians, the American alligators and spectacled caiman.

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A memorial garden within the zoo is in dedication to the beloved animals that were lost in 2013, but will never be forgotten.

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Enjoy a wander through the Birds of the World Aviary and get up close to a whole host of different birds.
In this walkthrough aviary, you could see the Sacred Ibis, Little Egrets, Crested Cranes, and Weaver Birds. There’s also the Bald Ibis, Glossy Starlings, White-cheeked Turaco, and Lilac Breasted Roller to keep an eye out for too. Plus, the various duck species living here are often seen around the pond, including Cape Teal and White-faced Whistling Ducks.

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The aviary is a truly inspirational experience for your senses, meeting some of the winged characters of Five Sisters Zoo up close and personal.

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During your walk around inside you may choose to take a moment to sit and enjoy the birds flying and calling around you, making use of the comfortable wooden seating.
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When we went it was raining but we still had a great time and managed to get some really good pictures.

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I loved the ‘Castle Garden’. It like a petting zoo and you can get in with almost all of the animals.

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I had a lot of fun at the meerkat enclosure. There are very vocal, friendly and come right up to the glass to see you.

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They are so much fun.

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And the birds that share the meerkat enclosure (I don’t recall what specias) where very curious to get close to you.

 

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I had a great time and hope to go again.

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