A Trio of Christmas Magazines

Magazine Monday: A Trio of Christmas Inspiration.

I swapped my weekend days this weekend, so I sat having my Magazine Moment, usually every Sunday morning, on Saturday. It’s mid-October, which as anyone will tell you is the start of getting ready for Christmas. Yes, it is really. From now on I buy a small thing every week to put away for meals over Christmas, really start buying gifts and storing them (different … Continue reading Magazine Monday: A Trio of Christmas Inspiration.

Book Friday: Cosy Happy Hygge by Jo Kneale

Do you believe in serendipity? I have a friend that calls coincidences Godincidences, little things that happen for a reason, or when several things happen within a short time and you think… Ah! That’s what that is for! I’ve had a few nudges from the Universe this week. I met a friend in the Post Office: she was masked, and busy posting a parcel, but … Continue reading Book Friday: Cosy Happy Hygge by Jo Kneale

My Lockdown Library

It’s Wednesday 14th October, and Liverpool is officially in Tier 3 of the English Government’s Lockdown strategy. No meeting, no drinking, no sport, no no no…. Nothing to do, it seems, except stay in, drink tea and read. I don’t mind that, really. Lockdown looks a lot like my normal life, but I do feel sorry for the extroverts I know for whom Lockdown is … Continue reading My Lockdown Library

Magazine Monday: Country Giants go Head to Head.

I have subscribed to both these magazines for decades now, since early motherhood at least. So this week when I tried to decide which one I wanted to feature, mindful of the fact that it’s nearly time for the Christmas editions to hit the shops and I really want to share my favourite hygge pages from all of them, it struck me that I didn’t … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Giants go Head to Head.

Magazine Monday: Psychologies October 2020

Sunday morning is my magazine time. Each week I slip out of bed, leaving my husband snuffling softly rather like a badger on the loose, and creep to the living room with a large mug of tea and a magazine from my TBR pile. It’s a little ritual of mine. I switch on a mindful sea film on Youtube (usually a chilly Cornish beach, boring … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Psychologies October 2020

Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood is a strange choice for a September book, perhaps… but Tiffany is a great believer, as I am, in planning and preparing ahead for Christmas, having it all wrapped up shopping and sourcing-wise by the end of November so that December itself is a month of enjoyment and that the organising of Christmas can be spread over the … Continue reading Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

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