In Wales, it’s Eight Different Weathers in a Day: Part One

Have I ever told you that I am one eighth Welsh? My maternal great-grandmother was Welsh, from near Buckley or Hawarden. Her name was Gertrude Thomas, and she seems to have been a bit of a dour woman, from my Mum’s accounts. I can’t exactly blame her: her husband was injured in World War I, her son was killed in World War II and by … Continue reading In Wales, it’s Eight Different Weathers in a Day: Part One

Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Change your space, transform your life. I like bold assertions and claims by books. This Book Will Change Your Life Forever has a nice ring about it… and then you read it, and realise that possibly it could… if you had the money to do everything it’s telling you to, or an army of servants to take over mundane tasks or even just space and … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Summer Hygge: 10 Ways to Really Appreciate Life When It’s Summer

When the sun shines, the thermometer rises and the weather has you gasping for breath, it can be hard to appreciate how good summertime is for hygge. It’s too easy to have hygge down as a cold weather thing when, at its heart, hygge is probably just as enjoyable during summer if you think of it as finding a cosy, welcoming place, spending time with … Continue reading Summer Hygge: 10 Ways to Really Appreciate Life When It’s Summer

Creating Sanctuary: Summer Rescue Remedies

What a strange few weeks it has been! I’m finally getting past my crazy cough that stopped me from fully participating in my Canterbury holiday. It’s not until now, when my energy is making a full return, that I realise how tired I really was, and how much I *may* have let slip by because of it. And now we’re in the last week of … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Summer Rescue Remedies

Book Friday: The New Mindful Home (and how to make it yours) by Joanna Thornhill

I reallly do appreciate how sometimes a load of different interests or philosophies of a person can intersect to create something wholly personal, intensely suited to them. A neat-freak, tech-obsessed minimalist, for example, whose dream home is a white box flat in a neat, square glass-coated tower block will have a clear, clean, virtual-living focused home, while a gardener in love with organic, natural living … Continue reading Book Friday: The New Mindful Home (and how to make it yours) by Joanna Thornhill

Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

A few weeks ago, I signed up for an art class that a friend had advertised… she was running it on a Tuesday night in a local gallery/social hub, Smithdown Social Arts Hub. It’s a short course, involving using inks, pastels, pens, paint, it was free to attend…. and it intrigued me. I draw and I have painted for fun, but I’ve never been brave … Continue reading Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

Whether it Rains or Shines, there’s always time for a Book.

It’s June. Flaming June, as the painting by Lord Frederick Leighton has it. So far, not a very warm, hot or languid season. But give it time. I never mind a cool summer. I’m not a lover of heat, so even were it to be beaming sunshine, languid heat and air so humid you could suck it in great lungfuls and feel the steam as … Continue reading Whether it Rains or Shines, there’s always time for a Book.

Serendipity, Synchronicity, Godincidence or An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Creating Sanctuary

I wrote on Tuesday of finding a dream that I’ve been incubating for a while being made clear to me on holiday at Glastonbury, of all places. I wrote of my vision for women’s circles across the land, groups of friends, relations, people with shared interests, gathering and getting together to share wisdom, hopes and dreams and to support each other in what is, undeniably, … Continue reading Serendipity, Synchronicity, Godincidence or An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Creating Sanctuary