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

Spring Hygge! A cosy and simple list.

How was your weekend? I had a really simple, relaxed time. I did a lot of the things off my list I set out on Thursday, but not all. Sometimes the point of a list is not getting everything done but being relaxed and able to give yourself permission to play hookey. My dining room windows now have cute grey and white heart decorations… the … Continue reading Spring Hygge! A cosy and simple list.

Book Friday: Dwelling by Melissa Michaels

You know how sometimes when you need something the exact thing you need drops into your lap, even though it’s been hanging around for a while and you were just overlooking it? Today’s book, Dwelling by Melissa Michaels, was one of my Advent gifts to myself. The inscription inside reads ‘Christmas of Hope Advent 1: 29.11.20’. I must have unwrapped this, flipped through and put … Continue reading Book Friday: Dwelling by Melissa Michaels

Book Friday: Slow (Live Life Simply) by Brooke McAlary

Today’s book is an oldie from 2017 that I had never read before. Slow: Live Life Simply by Brooke McAlary is only available in hardback form, so I’ve never picked it up as a holiday book or in a Kindle shopping frenzy when searching for something to read. I don’t always choose Real Books because they soon fill up the house, and I’m capable of … Continue reading Book Friday: Slow (Live Life Simply) by Brooke McAlary

Book Friday: Home for the Soul by Sara Bird and Dan Duchars

And once again it is Friday,and I end up writing a book review. The passage of my time is marked only by weekly events like Book Friday, Roast Dinner on a Sunday and Quiz Monday (TV quizzes back to back for the whole evening: love it) Without external pressures of groups, meetings and more, I have noticed my interests becoming more insular this year. My … Continue reading Book Friday: Home for the Soul by Sara Bird and Dan Duchars

Book Friday: Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins.

Simply Living Well has the subtitle A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-waste Home. Living well, living simply are cornerstones of my life, and I am always keen to read up on how other people live and see how environmental principles can be embedded in daily living for everyone. Julia Watkins is the creative force behind @simply.living.well on Instagram. It’s a beautiful feed, classy, elegant, … Continue reading Book Friday: Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins.