Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)

There’s a fondness now for magazine pulishers putting out thicker, heavier versions of magazines, sometimes focused on one area of life, and calling it a ‘bookazine’. I suppose because it’s as cost-effective to produce as a magazine, but gives you more information on the subject, as a book would. I have, in the past, bought them on subjects as diverse as computer programming, crochet  and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)

Weekend Website: Montana Happy

It’s Friday. Thank Goodness. I know that wishing away the week makes a life go faster, and I do appreciate every minute of my life mid-week, but some weekends are just made to be anticipated. Like this one. By the time you read this post I will be on my way to one of my favourite places in the UK: Durham, in the North East. … Continue reading Weekend Website: Montana Happy

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Some interiors magazines just have interiors… it’s about the paint colours, and the stockists, the latest trends and where you *must* get that latest chair…. I’m a long-term subscriber to Country Homes and Interiors. A few years ago, I pared my subscriptions down to the bone (to simplify my life and in an attempt to read more online) but this one I kept. It’s a … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Magazine Monday: The Simple Things January 2020

I have been really fortunate this year in that many of my presents for Christmas, birthdays etc were actually subscriptions or tickets. As I get older, I find I need less and less stuff, so gifts that are experiences or, like magazines, are treats that I would usually get myself with spare cash make great gifts. The Simple Things is one of my favourite magazines. … Continue reading Magazine Monday: The Simple Things January 2020

Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Way, way back before my lost year that was 2019, I ran a weekly (attempted to be) book post. Now, I do usually end up reading almost a book a week, especially if we count my Audible listening while I’m asleep, but anybody with a full time job and family will tell you trying to find the time to sit down every week and review … Continue reading Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

2020: New Year, New Intention and a New Feature: Magazine Monday. Breathe Issue 26

2019 was crap. Can I just say that straight out: from beginning to end I’m not sure I could string together more than 3 weeks when I wasn’t stressed, sad, low or simply burdened. I’ve taken over a month off: Christmas has that effect on me, between the business of life and the extra work load, I find December escapes from me if I’m not … Continue reading 2020: New Year, New Intention and a New Feature: Magazine Monday. Breathe Issue 26

Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

My daughter is in Year 13. In the UK that means she is working hard (I hope) for her A levels, which she will take next May. She has homework, mock mock tests in the next couple of weeks, mocks after Christmas, a dislike of working at revision, a desire to get decent grades so she can go to the University of her choice and … Continue reading Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

Virginia Wolf wrote in the early years of the 20th Century that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” She was talking about the people who couldn’t afford any food, but the principles apply even to those with plenty of food. Sometimes the issue isn’t the quantity of food, but the quality. A diet rich in added sugar … Continue reading Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.