2016 and the height of Great British Bake Off. My daughter’s favourite contestant was Candice Brown, a young, smiling Siren of a baker who always had immaculate lipstick on. Candice Brown made the headlines for winning that year and then, like many a famous woman in the public eye, faced headlines about every part of her life. Privacy? No way. Her engagement, marriage and subsequent … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats)
Disclaimer here: I can knit, but I am not, from choice, a knitter. If you give me a free choice of yarncrafts, I will go for crochet every time. Knitting comes under the too fiddly to be bothered with label. That said, like many people, I admire good handknitting, and appreciate the skills used. Also… this book is so not just about handknitting. You’ll see. … Continue reading Book Friday: Seasonal Slow Knitting (Thoughtful Projects for a Handmade Year) by Hannah Thiessen
It would seem strange if, after showing you my extensive planner collection (not complete: never complete. Like all enthusiasts, if you offer me a new planner, I will say yes) I didn’t follow up with a book on planning. Planning can be a real pain in the posterior, especially if you read a dour, dry business planning manual. Even the most popular time management technique … Continue reading Book Friday: Plan a Happy Life by Stephanie Fleming
It’s Friday, yeay! Even better, it’s the Friday before my birthday this Sunday!! I love being a May baby. It means that I can always guarantee a warm, sunny, dry day to hold a party on and so often May is actually the best month weather-wise in the UK. Calm, warm, wonderful weather….. okay. So not this year. I write this on the third (fourth?) … Continue reading Book Friday: Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal
Subtitled ‘Living with Less and Ending Up With More’, Simple Matters sounds like my kind of book. Erin Boyle is a simplicity blogger that I have read and enjoyed for a few years now, at Reading My Tea Leaves. She lives in New York, so about as far away from my life as you can get. That’s oneof the great things about simple living, though, … Continue reading Book Friday: Simple Matters by Erin Boyle.
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
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
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