September Small Things Day 3: Autumn Colour

I’m not a big one for going overboard on seasonal decorating, except at Christmas when all taste and restraint goes out the window and every space is filled, but I do like having some areas of the home that change to display the season. I love decorating my fireplace, for example, and there’s a slate cake display that I find irresistible to fill with candles, … Continue reading September Small Things Day 3: Autumn Colour

September Small Things 2: Garden Crochet

Five Minutes Peace. Don’t we all benefit from that? And I find my peace today in the garden. When I got home from work, Second Son had decided that the state of our garden was unacceptable. He’d mowed, he’d broken up an old and knackered table for firewood and he’d brushed up leaves off the patio. I reaped the benefit with nearly an hour of … Continue reading September Small Things 2: Garden Crochet

September Small Things 1: New books

September 1st: Official start of meteorological Autumn. I mean, I declared it Autumn on 1st August and, despite the heat, I see no reason to change that idea. What September really means is official approval to enjoy the turning of the leaves, admire the flavours of coffee available and crochet a large wrap or blanket without risking completely overheating underneath it. And, today, books. I … Continue reading September Small Things 1: New books

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