It’s been a glorious few weeks here in the UK, hasn’t it? Weather wise, I mean. Life wise… well, we’re all learning still to cope just about with what gets thrown at us, worrying about jobs, future plans, whether our area will be in lockdown, out of lockdown or any of the myriad legalistic issues that throw their spokes into the wheel of life and … Continue reading Green Peace
Magazines are a great way to check off the progress of time. As the year passes, it can be marked by the changes in covers. From Easter’s eggs and May’s blossom to summer, with heady scented blooms and the inevitable blue and white seaside edition. August’s CH&I isn’t a dedicated sea special, but does have a seaside aesthetic. The whole magazine has a free and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.
And just like that, it was May. Lockdown has been on in the UK since 23rd March. That’s over a month of living small, staying home, keeping house quietly. I think when we entered Lockdown we none of us really knew what to expect. In so many ways, we were entering a battlefield where our weapons were hand sanitiser, handwashing and making sure that time … Continue reading Take time to appreciate the Taller Things in Life
Has a month ever seemed so long? With the world in lockdown, there really is very little to do except eat, sleep and read. It seems a shame, then, that so many people are finding it hard to concentrate and settle down to reading. Long plots or complex character arcs don’t sit easy on a spirit that is discomforted by daily briefings and rising numbers. … Continue reading Books of the Month: Let’s Have a Threesome
Bluebell Woods and Treasure Hunts How is your world in Lockdown? Life gets very essential, doesn’t it? As in, it’s essential that I spend a lot of time on Twitter or Facebook communicating to family and friends as life whizzes by. I never realised how much we take simple things for granted, but actually when a good belly laugh can leave you wheezing and the … Continue reading Magazine Monday: The Simple Things April 2020 Kind
I’m writing this from my bed. I’ve got a temperature and a persistent cough. Wish me luck: I’m hoping for a gentle case of this so that, as usually happens with my family, when the next person falls ill in 24 to 48 hours’ time, I’ll be feeling up to handling their care. At the moment, it would take a lot to get me to … Continue reading Slow Living is Easy when there’s no Pace But Slow
When a massive event happens in your life, it’s hard sometimes to think about a life beyond that event. Falling in love, having a baby, serious illness and bereavement can all leave you in a fog and looking at life through coloured spectacles… and sometimes that colour is black. For most people, they find a coping mechanism, deal with the feelings as they arise and … Continue reading Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus
There’s a beautiful word called ‘synchronicity’, which means the fortuitous (or not) simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. I had this happen this week when I grabbed the next book in my Book Friday series and read it, only to realise that the lessons it had for me to learn were exactly the lessons I needed to … Continue reading Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles