On December 19th 1843, a small, slim volume of a book was published. With a red cloth cover, gilt edgings and priced at five shillings, the cost of printing had to be born by Dickens himself. His Publishers, shy after the woeful success (or lack of it) of Martin Chuzzlewit, refused to pay for the printing. Only 6,000 copies were printed in that first run. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Spirits of All Three Shall Live Within Me
2020 has been the year of the zoom call or the phone, hasn’t it? From schools to work to hospitals to almost any branch of industry, commerce or business you care to mention we have been stuck on phone calls for ages, it seems. From 1876 and his first command of ‘Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you’, the invention of Alexander Graham … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.
Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020
The UK definitely seems to be heading towards a second country-wide lockdown. Let’s face it, a lot of people feel like they never got out of the first one, properly. With the exception that children went back to school and University (and, goodness knows, that is stressful to experience as a mother) there were a lot of workers who never got their rhythm of working … Continue reading How to Survive and, hopefully, Thrive during a Winter Lockdown
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.
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
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
It poured with rain in my neck of the woods on Saturday. That meant I had very little to do, so I grabbed my notebook and pen, and set to collecting a list of actions and activities that I want to do during October and November: things I can do to enjoy Autumn in all her beauty and majesty. When you discount travelling too far … Continue reading Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List