It’s June. Flaming June, as the painting by Lord Frederick Leighton has it. So far, not a very warm, hot or languid season. But give it time. I never mind a cool summer. I’m not a lover of heat, so even were it to be beaming sunshine, languid heat and air so humid you could suck it in great lungfuls and feel the steam as … Continue reading Whether it Rains or Shines, there’s always time for a Book.
How are you this Friday? I’m gulping hard and opening my gas and electricity bill this month… carefully. I know I’m not the only one, because Cost of Living seems to be the words on every other person’s mouth this month. And the ones not talking about Cost of Living are talking about Ukraine, politics, green issues or problems in life in general. The world … Continue reading Book Friday: No-Spend Days (Tips and Ideas to Help You Enjoy Life for Free) by Miranda Moore
What a great title that is: who wouldn’t want a cottage that is both natural and cozy? The subtitle is “100 styling ideas to create a warm and welcoming home” which is just as good. I have already reviewed one of Christiane Bellstedt Myers’ books, the beautiful Scandi Christmas from 2017, and you can read that review here. Somehow, I seem to have missed reviewing … Continue reading Book Friday: The Natural Cozy Cottage by Christiane Bellstedt Myers
It’s been sunny two days in a row now, there’s now a faint glow of gloaming at seven pm hinting at longer evenings to come and I have started to think about… perhaps… summer will really happen this year. I already have a few things booked this year: I’m not naturally a busy person, simply because I don’t usually feel the need to be, so … Continue reading Really Planning Ahead Now… Including My Amazon Pre-orders!
Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and, for the first time in a few years, I decided to take action for Lent. My relationship to organised religion is a bit mixed: I am a baptised and confirmed Christian, but I struggle with the history and, sometimes, the attitudes of formal religious bodies. I also can’t and don’t condemn many people who choose … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Lenten Hygge
First Friday in February. For a short month, February always seems to have exercised an extraordinary level of control over my life. Both my parents were born in February and, although they never made a big fuss of their own birthdays when we were little, once we hit teenage years there was a bit more excitement about them. And then I had the good fortune … Continue reading Book Friday: Little Stories of Your Life by Laura Pashby
From early childhood, reading has been my easiest and quickest way to find my hygge. There are very few pleasures as great as carving out an hour (or two… or three, very often) to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. My reading during January was almost like a catch up session. I still have some of my Christmas presents waiting … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Lining Up My February Reads
Way way back in September I had a moment of inspiration: I saw Under the Rowan Tree’s excellent Advent Journal box, and loved the idea, but in the spirit of creativity decided that I would take the same amount of money (£75) and create my own reuseable Advent box. I wrote about being inspired to create the box, about deciding on the mindful words to … Continue reading My Advent Journalling Box: Completed