Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

Of course, a dedicated Christmas Fan will have started planning, preparing and producing for Christmas way before now. It makes sense, especially on a tight budget, to make like a squirrel and buy little and often, hiding them away in your own or someone else’s house (make sure you’re either related to them, or they know what you’re doing: it’s hard to explain why you’re … Continue reading Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

It’s the Little Things That Make a House a Home: September Small Things Day 28

Sometimes I think life has got so complicated that we forget it really is just the small things that make a house a home. I’d forgotten quite how much a good piece of music can make a house a home…. John Denver hasn’t been a big feature in my musical collection. I knew Annie’s Song, of course, who didn’t? And Take Me Home Country Roads … Continue reading It’s the Little Things That Make a House a Home: September Small Things Day 28

When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

I sometimes think you could track my life by the crafts I have picked up, learned, practised for a season and put down again. As a teenager, I learned knitting (only so I could make a complete set of Christmas decorations from Woman’s Weekly) and spent hours making gloves, scarfs and jumpers that I was rarely ever able to wear inside, let alone out. During … Continue reading When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

Merry Mabon to my Pagan Friends and Happy Michaelmas to my Christian Buddies: September Small Things Day 22

It never ceases to amaze me how many ancient feast days and festivals are echoed in or overwritten by Christian ones. Who am I kidding? The Christian church has always had a habit of looking at local customs and adopting, adapting and advancing the new, improved Christian version (not just the Christian church: all religions new to an area tend to absorb local customs and … Continue reading Merry Mabon to my Pagan Friends and Happy Michaelmas to my Christian Buddies: September Small Things Day 22

Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

Did you make it to a proper holiday this year? We didn’t. We’ve had a couple of nights as a couple in Leamington Spa, a long weekend as a family in Northumbria and Peter and I have a weekend booked in London during October. Weekends away suit us as small business owners, because to an extent the work required to get ready for even a … Continue reading Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

When Everyday Smells Like Your Cosiest Coffee Shop: September Small Things Day 7

I settled down today at the office on the hottest day we’ve had for a while. Not a day sensibly for lighting a candle, and yet I did. I like having a candle in the office, especially on dark and dreek days. It adds a touch of cosiness, of warmth and homeliness. More often than not it’s a scented candle. This summer was a St … Continue reading When Everyday Smells Like Your Cosiest Coffee Shop: September Small Things Day 7

Autumnal Decor ready for the Harvest: September Small Things Day 5

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

Managing my Menopausal Mind: Or How I Learned to Embrace Organisation and Live More Hyggely

I’m an artistic type, I have always floated along on a wave of inspiration. Or I’m a careful planner, with lists and pages filled with ideas, advice and quotes. Or I’m somewhere in between, with days when I plan and days when planning is the last thing I think about. Blame my star sign: I’m a Gemini and at any one time I can be … Continue reading Managing my Menopausal Mind: Or How I Learned to Embrace Organisation and Live More Hyggely