Book Friday: The Natural Cozy Cottage by Christiane Bellstedt Myers

What a great title that is: who wouldn’t want a cottage that is both natural and cozy? The subtitle is “100 styling ideas to create a warm and welcoming home” which is just as good. I have already reviewed one of Christiane Bellstedt Myers’ books, the beautiful Scandi Christmas from 2017, and you can read that review here. Somehow, I seem to have missed reviewing … Continue reading Book Friday: The Natural Cozy Cottage by Christiane Bellstedt Myers

Creating Sanctuary: A Mobile Oasis in the Car

I love driving: it’s a very useful skill, and I have been fortunate enough not to be without a car since I passed my test in the first year at college. Since 1987, then. And, for the most part, the cars I’ve had have been well-loved, cared for and kept until really their usefulness is outweighed by the cost of keeping them on the road. … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: A Mobile Oasis in the Car

Book Friday: Cozy White Cottage by Liz Marie Galvan

I’m writing this in advance, on the Tuesday before it goes live on the Friday and the sun is streaming in at my office window. It may be freezing outside but my little glasshouse is trapping the light energy as heat faster than I can imagine. It makes such a big difference to how I feel, seeing the sun like that. And, as always when … Continue reading Book Friday: Cozy White Cottage by Liz Marie Galvan

Book Friday: Home Sanctuary by Josephine Collins

Storm Eunice is following hard on the heels of Storm Dudley. I’m in work, and watching the sky lowering, the rain start falling heavily and the wind begin to whip up. It’s 11.13am as I start this post, and the centre hasn’t hit Liverpool…. yet. If I wasn’t in work, I’d appreciate the chance to hunker down and shelter. Today is a good day to … Continue reading Book Friday: Home Sanctuary by Josephine Collins

Book Friday: Spirit of the Home (How to Make your Home a Sanctuary) by Jane Alexander

Sanctuary is my Word of the Year for 2022. I chose it because the idea of a space away from the world and safe from external attacks appealed to me, especially after a rough couple of Covid years. And I knew when I chose the word that the meaning, both physical and mental, would be important to me. I wanted to rebuild the inner sanctuary … Continue reading Book Friday: Spirit of the Home (How to Make your Home a Sanctuary) by Jane Alexander

Sanctuary: The Feeling of Being Protected and Comforted

This weekend has been a lovely weekend, spent getting my house clean (again), watching good TV programmes (The White Queen with my Daughter and Dopesick with the Husband… has anybody else seen that one? It’s gobsmacking.) and travelling to and from Nottingham, where the Daughter is at university while listening to wall to wall football match commentary or Taylor Swift, depending on who’s in charge. … Continue reading Sanctuary: The Feeling of Being Protected and Comforted

Book Friday: Advent by Anja Dunk (Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas)

I have a massive apology to make here. In Monday’s post, I listed Advent by Anja Dunk as one of my Advent books, the small volumes I wrap and give myself on the Sundays of Advent. That was written at my desk in the office, where I do most of my writing and without all of the books actually being present in front of me. … Continue reading Book Friday: Advent by Anja Dunk (Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas)

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!