I have never not lived in a house with a garden. I’m not even a particularly good gardener, and I’m definitely an untidy one, with piles of leaves, rampant garden shrubs and a general ability to let the place go free as long as I have a decent chair (tick: my Adirondack chair is still not blue, but it’s good for after work meditations) and … Continue reading Watching as my Favourite Tree Shows Her True Colours: September Small Things Day 13.
Sunday: Day of rest. I wish. Some Sundays are quite homey and relaxed. A lie in, a short trip to buy food, perhaps a walk or watching soccer on TV, an afternoon of crafts or crochet, reading or relaxing, and then a good homecooked meal and evening in front of class telly to finish off. This Sunday was not a day of rest. We were … Continue reading A Brief Pause in a Very Busy Day: September Small Things Day 12
Saturday was a quiet day in my house. I had homemaking to do (house blessing, as Diane in Denmark calls it) and then a quiet day with packing ready for Sunday and taking my Daughter back to University. Quiet days are a real gift. The chance to wake up slowly, possibly even have a lie in, enjoy a slow breakfast, slow lunch and slow evening … Continue reading Autumning Up My Planner: September Small Things Day 11
I read. Boy, do I read. I remember when my children were little (I had three under the age of five: 2002 from February to September and the Start of School for my eldest son was a miasma of feeding a baby, feeding toddlers, feeding a husband and feeling that bone weary tiredness and trapped feeling that new mothers get, but never admit to) that … Continue reading Stacking Up My Autumn Reading List And Finding I had Already Bought Several that I Wanted: September Small Things Day 9
I have never been sniffy about where I learn the best things in life: sometimes it’s an expensive book, like my current read Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman, sometimes it’s off the back of a sweet packet or on a bus. A lot of my quotes for life or inspiration come from Goodreads and Pinterest. I can pass a lot of time happily leapfrogging … Continue reading Life Lessons From the Roadside: September Small Things Day 8
I love my home, absolutely, and I’m very lucky that it’s filled with the things (and people) I love: photographs, some ornaments and useful items like bowls or trays that I’ve inherited or been given over the years. I’m not a big follower of fashion: I don’t particularly care what colours are ‘in’ or ‘out’ in a year, I choose the colours I like when … Continue reading Autumnal Decor ready for the Harvest: September Small Things Day 5
It’s the morning after the night before. Italy won the Euro2020 competition (I’m happy for Italy, of course I am. After failing to qualify for the last World Cup, coming back to win the next tournament shows a determination to succeed and a willingness to work for it) but England did so well to make it to the final. We had a young team, and … Continue reading This Isn’t The Summer I was Looking For.
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