Spring Into a Book: Comfort Reading for the New Season

There are few pleasures to compare, once the sun actually starts to heat up the air rather than threaten to, with grabbing a blanket, filling a bottle or flask and taking a book outside. My grown up children and I used First Lockdown in 2020 to finish off a Reading Nook in the garden. It’s in a sheltered spot, facing west, so it gets the … Continue reading Spring Into a Book: Comfort Reading for the New Season

Spring Hygge! A cosy and simple list.

How was your weekend? I had a really simple, relaxed time. I did a lot of the things off my list I set out on Thursday, but not all. Sometimes the point of a list is not getting everything done but being relaxed and able to give yourself permission to play hookey. My dining room windows now have cute grey and white heart decorations… the … Continue reading Spring Hygge! A cosy and simple list.

Living my Best Life… with optional extras.

There’s a weekly task in The Artist’s Way that starts in Week One and continues in Week Two: What would your alternate life be? What would you be doing if you could do anything? I love the idea of imaginary lives, of letting myself for 10 minutes, an hour or even a day if possible imagine what life would be like as, say, an astronaut, … Continue reading Living my Best Life… with optional extras.

Christmas of Hope 2020: The Winter Solstice, a Moment to Stand Still and Look Ahead.

Today, Monday 21st December 2020 is the Midwinter Solstice. It strikes me as weird that in some parts of the world it’s actually looked at as the first day of winter when, in my mind, it really does work better with early November as the start of winter and now being halfway between beginning and end. I like the link between the Sun and the … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Winter Solstice, a Moment to Stand Still and Look Ahead.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent, A Time of Preparation and Hope

My early years have been spent as a member of one church or another. Well, only two that I was a proper member at, by which I mean building relationships with the other members, doing things around the church, and regularly worshipping in a large group. The Church is not the building, it’s the people, and we still manage during Covid to get together virtually, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent, A Time of Preparation and Hope

Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Bonfire Night, often called Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, is celebrated on or near 5th November. It’s a festival of remembrance, a time to look back on a past that, fascinating as it is to study and imagine, would have been a mad, bad time to be alive. The whole religious conflict of the 16th and 17th Century takes far more explanation and back story … Continue reading Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)