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.

Golden Days of Autumn Hygge: Small actions to improve your life during Fall.

Hygge is such a simple concept, yet I think sometimes we humans really don’t like simple. We have to complicate a thing, tie it up with something else or make it a multi-sensory, multi-layered essential experience, instead of just appreciating the smallest of facts. Hygge just is, it’s not fancy or complicated or posh. It’s not about having a perfect life or house or day. … Continue reading Golden Days of Autumn Hygge: Small actions to improve your life during Fall.

Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

Of course, a dedicated Christmas Fan will have started planning, preparing and producing for Christmas way before now. It makes sense, especially on a tight budget, to make like a squirrel and buy little and often, hiding them away in your own or someone else’s house (make sure you’re either related to them, or they know what you’re doing: it’s hard to explain why you’re … Continue reading Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

Writing it Out: Hygge Journal Prompts for October and November

I keep a very slap-dash personal journal: although I dream of filling leather-bound volumes with my erudition and wisdom, mostly my journalling is a few lines here and there about what I’ve been up to, how I’m feeling or what I need to do next in life. I keep them together in their own Filofax at home, and carry a couple of pages dedicated to … Continue reading Writing it Out: Hygge Journal Prompts for October and November

Making the Place I Work a Little More Cosy: September Small Things Day 30

It’s the end of September and, barring a few days when I’ve forgotten to post my Small Things, I’ve recorded the parts of my life that make me content. Mies Van Den Rohe said “God is in the Details”, applying that to his role as an architect and wanting every little thing about his houses to be perfect. I don’t seek perfection, but I too … Continue reading Making the Place I Work a Little More Cosy: September Small Things Day 30

It’s the Little Things That Make a House a Home: September Small Things Day 28

Sometimes I think life has got so complicated that we forget it really is just the small things that make a house a home. I’d forgotten quite how much a good piece of music can make a house a home…. John Denver hasn’t been a big feature in my musical collection. I knew Annie’s Song, of course, who didn’t? And Take Me Home Country Roads … Continue reading It’s the Little Things That Make a House a Home: September Small Things Day 28

Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

It’s a typical crazy Friday morning so far in my life. The TV has an intermittent fault, which means it clicks on and off, usually in the middle of the most interesting film or programme you’ve watched in days. Yesterday I booked it into the TV hospital an dthi smorning had to take it there. I’ll ring up at 1pm to see how it is … Continue reading Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

I sometimes think you could track my life by the crafts I have picked up, learned, practised for a season and put down again. As a teenager, I learned knitting (only so I could make a complete set of Christmas decorations from Woman’s Weekly) and spent hours making gloves, scarfs and jumpers that I was rarely ever able to wear inside, let alone out. During … Continue reading When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23