Realism and Perfection: Mindful Christmas Day 16

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they play in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Realism and Perfection: Mindful Christmas Day 16

Mindful Christmas 2021: The Posts

Links will go live only when the scheduled post has been published. Day 1: Anticipation and Preparation Day 2: Conflict, Anger and Strength Day 3: Acceptance and Peace Day 4: Joy Day 5: Contentment Day 6: Love Day 7: Renewal and Cycles Day 8: Consumption and Indulgence Day 9: Creativity Day 10: Community and Belonging Day 11: Minimalism and Simplicity Day 12: Celebration and Tradition … Continue reading Mindful Christmas 2021: The Posts

Book Friday: Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier

River Cottage has always had a reputation for being ecologically aware, country-based and very proud of local food and customs. I know I’ve enjoyed watching the series, because the situation is about as far away from my modern, suburban house as I can imagine. I’m not a gardener, I don’t keep lifestock and I have every shop I need close at hand. That said, the … Continue reading Book Friday: Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier

December Journalling Prompts.

Some weekends are made for quiet pootling, just a little shifting of location or a shuffle through some magazines. Others are made for having a list and checking it twice. In my determination to have Christmas sewn up, wrapped and ready to roll on December 1st, I’ve been getting a few things ready steadily during the month. Readers will remember that I’ve been making an … Continue reading December Journalling Prompts.

Once November hits… it’s a steady slide into Christmas!

The Ber months are my favourite. I love this time of year, with autumn and winter bookending Christmas in a festival of good times, good friends and good memories for the future. I love living in the moment, of course… but that doesn’t mean I don’t spend a fair amount of time getting things ready for Chrstmas. The preparation for Christmas, to me, has always … Continue reading Once November hits… it’s a steady slide into Christmas!

My Bookshelves are looking full… Lining Up My Reads for November and December.

If ever I go bankrupt, I want you to know that it will not be because of my extravangant spending on shoes, clothes, meals out or holidays. No, siree. If ever I go bankrupt it will be because my money, every spare bit of it plus a little extra, goes on books. Real books, second hand or new books, Kindle books or hardback. Books are … Continue reading My Bookshelves are looking full… Lining Up My Reads for November and December.

Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

I love snail mail, or post as we call it in the UK. I love letters best of all, long, slow-moving letters from friends that undulate lazily through the meadows of news and form oxbow lakes of unrelated gossip to enjoy at leisure. I love postcards, short and sharp with the briefest of messages on that give no more than a corner of an insight … Continue reading Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

Sudden Inspirations that are A Really Mad Idea… but Fun to Think About: September Small Things Day 10

Algorithms are really fun, aren’t they? One minute you’re on Facebook and looking at friend’s posts, the next you’ve checked some information on the Web and when you return to Facebook’s Happy Place it’s full of adverts for something you may need/ will never need/ looked at and have no real desire to purchase or… occasionally… something that makes you go Mmmm. That happened to … Continue reading Sudden Inspirations that are A Really Mad Idea… but Fun to Think About: September Small Things Day 10