Psst… want to know a secret? Want a crazy-but-just-might-work way to survive social isolation and distancing? Even if you have to work from home? Go through a secret portal and enter your favourite land. No, really. At the moment everyone is driving themselves mad wanting to get back to the real world, a world we just can’t get to. We’re looking at life wrong. What … Continue reading Surviving Isolation: A Proposal
A quiet Saturday was followed by an even quieter Sunday as I found myself holed up in bed. I’m still aching, and quite possibly will be in bed before the Nine O’Clock news tonight, but I’m grabbing ten minutes to do my Magazine monday post. I’m enjoying sharing the best bits from my favourite magazines here on a Monday: so much effort and time is … Continue reading Magazine Monday:The Simple Things February 2020 “Thrive”
The tree came down this weekend. It was actually quite a quick process to de-Christmasify the house this year. I didn’t put a lot of Christmas decorations up, some of what I put up I have left as Winter decorations and some of my decorations were edible ones (sweets, nuts and oranges) that disappeared over the season anyway. So here I am on the first … Continue reading Hibernating for Humans: Settling down for the Winter
I think I can bear many things in life, like feeling hungry, having nothing to read, boredom or even losing connectivity on my 4g phone (hello O2!) but I cannot abide feeling cold. Not bitterly cold. Not that bone-chilling, been outside too long with the wrong clothing, my toes are no longer responding, my hands are chilled and I am shivering kind of cold. I … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Warmth
When I set out to hibernate by myself in January as a way to get through the post-Christmas blues, I knew that the tools I needed were right at hand. Giving nothing away, but if you get the basic areas of life balanced, you stand a greater chance of being resilient when it comes to others. When I set out to keep my life boosted … Continue reading Hibernation’s End: February is keeping me happy.
The best thing about setting out to hibernate (as in simplify life, take a step back, reassess life and set my priorities for the year) is how often that results in seeing things clearly for once. Recognising that some of the things I spend my life energy on aren’t worth it, and that occasionally I should change my priorities. The last couple of weeks have … Continue reading Hibernation Week 2: Or week 3. I think it’s actually week 3. No matter, here are the magazines keeping me happy this month.
If you’ve spent any time in the world of craft blogs, nature blogs, Oh-I-wish-I-were-there blogs or mostly just blogs, the chances are you’ve come across Emma’s website, Silver Pebble. Emma is a craftsperson, designer, naturalist and deep thinker who lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. I can’t even remember when I saw her blog first, via a friend’s recommendation, and her jewellery is … Continue reading Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell
There are very few pleasures equal to sitting down at a table with all the family and eating a proper roast chicken dinner. I love it. I cheated last week, and we had just chicken breasts but with stuffing and gravy. It was almost… but not absolutely…. as good. My family of three men and two women would happily sit down to a meat-based meal … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Cook