Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

I wish I had a three day weekend ahead of me. The week’s been a little busier than I’d really prefer it to be. That includes the two days I spent out of action due to some stomach problem. So this weekend is going to have to do a lot of coddling. Food, inevitably, will be part of that and, for me, I like to … Continue reading Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

Three Books for Friday: Lists for Life

I’ve been revisiting books on my bookshelf… I got a new book last week, Listful Living by Paula Rizzo. It promises to be a list-making journey to a Less Stressed You. (Review is below.) I’m a sucker for list books, however niche or weird that seems. I even have a copy of The Checklist Manifesto, which is all about the use of checklists in medicine … Continue reading Three Books for Friday: Lists for Life

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.

Magazines are a great way to check off the progress of time. As the year passes, it can be marked by the changes in covers. From Easter’s eggs and May’s blossom to summer, with heady scented blooms and the inevitable blue and white seaside edition. August’s CH&I isn’t a dedicated sea special, but does have a seaside aesthetic. The whole magazine has a free and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.

Book of the Month: Go Be Kind by Leon Logothetis

This month’s recommendation comes courtesy of Colette Bonar, a member of the Hygge Nook, who showed this book off on the Nook a few weeks ago and sent me off on a dash to find it… Go Be Kind by Leon Logothetis It’s a lovely, chunky hardback book, with black and white hand drawn pages throughout. The author, Leon Logothetis, made the series The Kindness … Continue reading Book of the Month: Go Be Kind by Leon Logothetis

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