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)

Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List

It poured with rain in my neck of the woods on Saturday. That meant I had very little to do, so I grabbed my notebook and pen, and set to collecting a list of actions and activities that I want to do during October and November: things I can do to enjoy Autumn in all her beauty and majesty. When you discount travelling too far … Continue reading Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List

Second Lockdown: Self Care Matters more than ever before.

Are you in the UK? Even the most Ostrich of us must be aware that there is a real risk of a second national Lockdown. I’m just listening to Five Live’s phone in on the risk and the reasoning behind the imposition of one. Whether you agree with the idea of a second Lockdown or not, it seems that there will be some degree of … Continue reading Second Lockdown: Self Care Matters more than ever before.