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.

Anticipation of good things tonight; Books, friends and coffee: September Small Things Day 21.

Do you remember looking forward to things? Like a night out, or a day by the beach or just an hour off to enjoy some solitude? I love anticipation… at this time of the year especially, anticipation seems hardwired into my life. I start looking forward to Christmas, getting food and gifts ready in advance, planning events and sometimes putting things aside specially to enjoy … Continue reading Anticipation of good things tonight; Books, friends and coffee: September Small Things Day 21.

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

Stacking Up My Autumn Reading List And Finding I had Already Bought Several that I Wanted: September Small Things Day 9

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

New Book on the Kindle and New Tea: September Small Things Day 1.

Day 1 of my September Small Things list. One thing a day that makes me stop or slow or appreciate something small in my life. Today’s a bit of a cheat, I think, because there’s two small pleasures for me today. One is that I finished a book last night, so I was free to start a new one on the first day of the … Continue reading New Book on the Kindle and New Tea: September Small Things Day 1.

Book Friday: Comfort (Food to Soothe the Soul) by John Whaite

I love entering a new season. Despite the sun shining and a warm day in the office yesterday, there’s a definite hint of pumpkin spice in the air at the moment and leaves are ever so gradually sliding out of the green and into their authentic shades of yellow, red and gold. Autumn, to me, is very much a season of re-start. The French call … Continue reading Book Friday: Comfort (Food to Soothe the Soul) by John Whaite

Life is a Rollercoaster and I am not Fully Enjoying the Ride.

You know I’m a happy person, right? A good, kind, generally smooth natured and positive person? It’s bizarre. I am a natural optimist, born optimistic and lived optimistic (until about 5 years ago, when I started seeing optimism as the super power of the youthful). I wonder if losing one’s optimism goes with the menopause? Does losing the faintest hope of ever having another baby … Continue reading Life is a Rollercoaster and I am not Fully Enjoying the Ride.

This Isn’t The Summer I was Looking For.

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.