Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

It’s a typical crazy Friday morning so far in my life. The TV has an intermittent fault, which means it clicks on and off, usually in the middle of the most interesting film or programme you’ve watched in days. Yesterday I booked it into the TV hospital an dthi smorning had to take it there. I’ll ring up at 1pm to see how it is … Continue reading Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

I sometimes think you could track my life by the crafts I have picked up, learned, practised for a season and put down again. As a teenager, I learned knitting (only so I could make a complete set of Christmas decorations from Woman’s Weekly) and spent hours making gloves, scarfs and jumpers that I was rarely ever able to wear inside, let alone out. During … Continue reading When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

Merry Mabon to my Pagan Friends and Happy Michaelmas to my Christian Buddies: September Small Things Day 22

It never ceases to amaze me how many ancient feast days and festivals are echoed in or overwritten by Christian ones. Who am I kidding? The Christian church has always had a habit of looking at local customs and adopting, adapting and advancing the new, improved Christian version (not just the Christian church: all religions new to an area tend to absorb local customs and … Continue reading Merry Mabon to my Pagan Friends and Happy Michaelmas to my Christian Buddies: September Small Things Day 22

Anticipation of good things tonight; Books, friends and coffee: September Small Things Day 21.

Do you remember looking forward to things? Like a night out, or a day by the beach or just an hour off to enjoy some solitude? I love anticipation… at this time of the year especially, anticipation seems hardwired into my life. I start looking forward to Christmas, getting food and gifts ready in advance, planning events and sometimes putting things aside specially to enjoy … Continue reading Anticipation of good things tonight; Books, friends and coffee: September Small Things Day 21.

Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

I love snail mail, or post as we call it in the UK. I love letters best of all, long, slow-moving letters from friends that undulate lazily through the meadows of news and form oxbow lakes of unrelated gossip to enjoy at leisure. I love postcards, short and sharp with the briefest of messages on that give no more than a corner of an insight … Continue reading Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

Did you make it to a proper holiday this year? We didn’t. We’ve had a couple of nights as a couple in Leamington Spa, a long weekend as a family in Northumbria and Peter and I have a weekend booked in London during October. Weekends away suit us as small business owners, because to an extent the work required to get ready for even a … Continue reading Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

Finding a New Nail Colour for the Autumn and Then Enjoying It All Day Long: September Small Things Day 16

I had a dream this year: I wanted to find a really good nail colour for Autumn. I love red, and pink, blue, green, purple and all the multitudinous other shades available…. but I wanted one that was pure Autumn. One that when I looked at it I would go “Yes! Autumn in a Jar!”. I think I was partly inspired (okay, yes, massively inspired) … Continue reading Finding a New Nail Colour for the Autumn and Then Enjoying It All Day Long: September Small Things Day 16

Gold Is Found In The Edges Of Life: September Small Things Day 15

You can tell that the days are getting shorter again now. The Autumnal Equinox is only a week away, on 22nd September, and after that the days will decrease even more. We’re moving into the dark half of the year. Bring. It. On. I love the autumn and winter, especially the Ber months. It’s prime Hygge season, so why would I not? You can put … Continue reading Gold Is Found In The Edges Of Life: September Small Things Day 15