I’m writing this from my bed. I’ve got a temperature and a persistent cough. Wish me luck: I’m hoping for a gentle case of this so that, as usually happens with my family, when the next person falls ill in 24 to 48 hours’ time, I’ll be feeling up to handling their care. At the moment, it would take a lot to get me to … Continue reading Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow
Oh, my word. Has there ever been anything as frankly bizarre as the last week in the UK? It really doesn’t matter who you are, it seems, the Coronavirus has you in its sights and the only thing between us and a mass pandemic that will cause mayhem in the Health Service and potentially decimate our pensioners is the simple act of STAYING HOME. Yes, … Continue reading Magazine Monday: In The Moment Issue 36: March 2020
When a massive event happens in your life, it’s hard sometimes to think about a life beyond that event. Falling in love, having a baby, serious illness and bereavement can all leave you in a fog and looking at life through coloured spectacles… and sometimes that colour is black. For most people, they find a coping mechanism, deal with the feelings as they arise and … Continue reading Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus
Have you ever watched a programme or read an article about a feat of superhuman achievement and thought “That would be absolutely impossible for me”. Usually in my case it’s climbing mountains, swimming the channel, running a marathon or ironing while hanging upside down by a slender piece of rope from a rocky outcrop on a lethal climb. Extreme ironing, it’s a sport. Not on … Continue reading At last! A challenge I have been training for all my life!
There’s a beautiful word called ‘synchronicity’, which means the fortuitous (or not) simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. I had this happen this week when I grabbed the next book in my Book Friday series and read it, only to realise that the lessons it had for me to learn were exactly the lessons I needed to … Continue reading Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles
Gratitude is a much used word at the moment. Be grateful for what you have, give thanks in all circumstances, bless the Universe for its gifts…. I love how Brené gets to the heart of the matter here: we can have a Gratitude Attitude as much as we like, but until we put it into regular (daily, hourly, minutely) practice, we’re just paying lipservice to … Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4
happinez (the spelling and use of lower case is how they spell their own name) is a magazine dedicated to spirituality and bliss. I picked it up on a trip to an art gallery, where the red cover and content teasers intrigued me. So much of hygge ties in to a quasi-spiritual path, with the emphasis on nature, togetherness, finding your happy and enjoying life … Continue reading Magazine Monday: happinez issue 19 Love
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…. well, no, not really. That’s the famous opening line of Dodie Smith’s much-loved I Capture the Castle, exactly the sort of book that would be featured in The Little Library Year by Kate Young, a different approach to cookbooks and reading, and my choice for book of the month for February. I actually write this watching an … Continue reading Book Friday: The Little Library Year by Kate Young