This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020

Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020

Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Lockdown II starts tonight at midnight in England. I hadn’t realised, or I might have made sure I did something more spectacular today than pootle quietly around the local shopping park, collecting small bits and pieces that I wanted for Christmas and would find too expensive or ridiculous to order from the shops online (seriously, who would order three packets of gold coins from one … Continue reading Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Bonfire Night, often called Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, is celebrated on or near 5th November. It’s a festival of remembrance, a time to look back on a past that, fascinating as it is to study and imagine, would have been a mad, bad time to be alive. The whole religious conflict of the 16th and 17th Century takes far more explanation and back story … Continue reading Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Book Friday: Simple Matters by Jenny Mustard

Up front declaration: I had never heard of Jenny Mustard until I bought the book, Simple Matters but she’s an influencer, a content creator, a Youtuber and more besides. Never mind. I liked the look of the book, and it was a suggested like on a page of other books I like, so I took the plunge. I rather suspect I’m not Jenny Mustard’s intended … Continue reading Book Friday: Simple Matters by Jenny Mustard

How to Survive and, hopefully, Thrive during a Winter Lockdown

The UK definitely seems to be heading towards a second country-wide lockdown. Let’s face it, a lot of people feel like they never got out of the first one, properly. With the exception that children went back to school and University (and, goodness knows, that is stressful to experience as a mother) there were a lot of workers who never got their rhythm of working … Continue reading How to Survive and, hopefully, Thrive during a Winter Lockdown