Books of the Month: Let’s Have a Threesome

Has a month ever seemed so long? With the world in lockdown, there really is very little to do except eat, sleep and read. It seems a shame, then, that so many people are finding it hard to concentrate and settle down to reading. Long plots or complex character arcs don’t sit easy on a spirit that is discomforted by daily briefings and rising numbers. … Continue reading Books of the Month: Let’s Have a Threesome

Surviving Isolation: A Proposal

Psst… want to know a secret? Want a crazy-but-just-might-work way to survive social isolation and distancing? Even if you have to work from home? Go through a secret portal and enter your favourite land. No, really. At the moment everyone is driving themselves mad wanting to get back to the real world, a world we just can’t get to. We’re looking at life wrong. What … Continue reading Surviving Isolation: A Proposal

Magazine Monday: The Simple Things April 2020 Kind

Bluebell Woods and Treasure Hunts How is your world in Lockdown? Life gets very essential, doesn’t it? As in, it’s essential that I spend a lot of time on Twitter or Facebook communicating to family and friends as life whizzes by. I never realised how much we take simple things for granted, but actually when a good belly laugh can leave you wheezing and the … Continue reading Magazine Monday: The Simple Things April 2020 Kind

Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow

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

Magazine Monday: In The Moment Issue 36: March 2020

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

Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles

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

Magazine Monday: happinez issue 19 Love

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

Book Friday: The Little Library Year by Kate Young

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