Christmas of Hope 2020: Plan Well for this year and the next.

Any and every book, magazine or blogseries focusing on Christmas should have ‘Plan Well’ as the first chapter. Christmas is a weird festival. We place so much faith in one day a year as a day of happiness, wonder, joy, love and so much more besides and yet we forget that the happiness, wonder and joy we feel afterwards is just as necessary. Especially this … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Plan Well for this year and the next.

This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020

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

Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Lockdown II starts tonight at midnight in England. I hadn’t realised, or I might have made sure I did something more spectacular today than pootle quietly around the local shopping park, collecting small bits and pieces that I wanted for Christmas and would find too expensive or ridiculous to order from the shops online (seriously, who would order three packets of gold coins from one … Continue reading Grounded, Small Things that Keep Me Sane. And Celebrating a Contagious Christmas.

Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Bonfire Night, often called Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, is celebrated on or near 5th November. It’s a festival of remembrance, a time to look back on a past that, fascinating as it is to study and imagine, would have been a mad, bad time to be alive. The whole religious conflict of the 16th and 17th Century takes far more explanation and back story … Continue reading Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

How to Survive and, hopefully, Thrive during a Winter Lockdown

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

Second Lockdown: Self Care Matters more than ever before.

Are you in the UK? Even the most Ostrich of us must be aware that there is a real risk of a second national Lockdown. I’m just listening to Five Live’s phone in on the risk and the reasoning behind the imposition of one. Whether you agree with the idea of a second Lockdown or not, it seems that there will be some degree of … Continue reading Second Lockdown: Self Care Matters more than ever before.

Call off Christmas? Never!

It’s September, we’ve been in the grip of Covid-19 since late February/March, Locked down, holiday free and WAH if we can, or socially distanced in offices and workplaces across the land and always with the hope of a proper Christmas at the end. In the UK yesterday (9th September) the Rule of Six was introduced. Only six members of two households can meet together inside … Continue reading Call off Christmas? Never!