Weekend Website: Montana Happy

It’s Friday. Thank Goodness. I know that wishing away the week makes a life go faster, and I do appreciate every minute of my life mid-week, but some weekends are just made to be anticipated. Like this one. By the time you read this post I will be on my way to one of my favourite places in the UK: Durham, in the North East. … Continue reading Weekend Website: Montana Happy

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Some interiors magazines just have interiors… it’s about the paint colours, and the stockists, the latest trends and where you *must* get that latest chair…. I’m a long-term subscriber to Country Homes and Interiors. A few years ago, I pared my subscriptions down to the bone (to simplify my life and in an attempt to read more online) but this one I kept. It’s a … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Way, way back before my lost year that was 2019, I ran a weekly (attempted to be) book post. Now, I do usually end up reading almost a book a week, especially if we count my Audible listening while I’m asleep, but anybody with a full time job and family will tell you trying to find the time to sit down every week and review … Continue reading Book Friday: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Actions Speak Louder: A Green Hygge update

Way back in September I announced the intention of shifting the focus of this blog a little, more towards conscious living and less towards consumption. I have never believed that hygge needed excessive consumption to be really enjoyable. I have posts dating back to the start of this blog saying that Hygge is the enjoyment of simple pleasures, that it’s perfectly possible to save money … Continue reading Actions Speak Louder: A Green Hygge update

The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

This is Sherlock. She’s my son’s guinea pig, bought as a present for him when he achieved the unprecedented event of scoring 100% on the teacher-assessed creative writing section of his A levels, almost 4 years ago. She was a little ball of fluff sitting alone in the pet shop, a quizzical look on her face and sniffing at the window, most un-guinea pig-like, because … Continue reading The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

My daughter is in Year 13. In the UK that means she is working hard (I hope) for her A levels, which she will take next May. She has homework, mock mock tests in the next couple of weeks, mocks after Christmas, a dislike of working at revision, a desire to get decent grades so she can go to the University of her choice and … Continue reading Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.

I was born in 1968, which means when Jane Fonda hit the news with her revolutionary aerobics exercise I was about 14. At that age I was into sci fi (still am, but not in quite as big a way) and the idea of moving to music was anathema. I hadn’t even had a proper dance with a boy, so I hadn’t got fond memories … Continue reading Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.