There’s 62 Days of Summer Vacation and University Comes Along Just to End Them…

My kids are all back at home, all in the house and we have 62 days (all of July and August) until potentially we’re split up again. I remember when they were young looking at the six weeks of summer holidays with a strange blend of excitement and anxiety. Would the weather be good or bad? Did I have enough cash to stretch to everything … Continue reading There’s 62 Days of Summer Vacation and University Comes Along Just to End Them…

There’s Just No Getting Away From It This Year…. so I might as well read a book.

Four more weeks. Four more weeks. Four more weeks. And international travel seems a distant dream on the horizon (why oh why does Microsoft tempt me with screensavers of Crete and Corfu, Capri coast and California when the closest I am going to get to any of them is a Capri Orange or a quick rewatch of Mamma Mia? And the people who would usually … Continue reading There’s Just No Getting Away From It This Year…. so I might as well read a book.

Managing my Menopausal Mind: Or How I Learned to Embrace Organisation and Live More Hyggely

I’m an artistic type, I have always floated along on a wave of inspiration. Or I’m a careful planner, with lists and pages filled with ideas, advice and quotes. Or I’m somewhere in between, with days when I plan and days when planning is the last thing I think about. Blame my star sign: I’m a Gemini and at any one time I can be … Continue reading Managing my Menopausal Mind: Or How I Learned to Embrace Organisation and Live More Hyggely

Book Friday: Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal

It’s Friday, yeay! Even better, it’s the Friday before my birthday this Sunday!! I love being a May baby. It means that I can always guarantee a warm, sunny, dry day to hold a party on and so often May is actually the best month weather-wise in the UK. Calm, warm, wonderful weather….. okay. So not this year. I write this on the third (fourth?) … Continue reading Book Friday: Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal

Book Friday: Simple Matters by Erin Boyle.

Subtitled ‘Living with Less and Ending Up With More’, Simple Matters sounds like my kind of book. Erin Boyle is a simplicity blogger that I have read and enjoyed for a few years now, at Reading My Tea Leaves. She lives in New York, so about as far away from my life as you can get. That’s oneof the great things about simple living, though, … Continue reading Book Friday: Simple Matters by Erin Boyle.

Book Friday: Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith

Myquillyn Smith, who posts as The Nester, is one of my favourite home bloggers. Seriously, this woman has her head screwed on right. She tinkers with her home, often big style, but keeps a minimalist look that is totally liveable in. I first read her book, Cosy Minimalist Home, and loved it. Nobody wants to live in clutter, right? But not everybody can achieve the … Continue reading Book Friday: Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith

Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Today’s title is freely nicked from a hymn I remember singing in my school days. The chorus (which is the bit that has stuck with me forever, or at least 45 years whichever is longest) goes like this: Freely, freely You have received, Freely, freely give…. The hymn is actually about receiving God’s grace and forgiveness of sin. Whether you believe in God or not, … Continue reading Freely, Freely You Have Received…..

Spring Into a Book: Comfort Reading for the New Season

There are few pleasures to compare, once the sun actually starts to heat up the air rather than threaten to, with grabbing a blanket, filling a bottle or flask and taking a book outside. My grown up children and I used First Lockdown in 2020 to finish off a Reading Nook in the garden. It’s in a sheltered spot, facing west, so it gets the … Continue reading Spring Into a Book: Comfort Reading for the New Season