This Isn’t The Summer I was Looking For.

It’s the morning after the night before. Italy won the Euro2020 competition (I’m happy for Italy, of course I am. After failing to qualify for the last World Cup, coming back to win the next tournament shows a determination to succeed and a willingness to work for it) but England did so well to make it to the final. We had a young team, and … Continue reading This Isn’t The Summer I was Looking For.

Book Friday: Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats)

2016 and the height of Great British Bake Off. My daughter’s favourite contestant was Candice Brown, a young, smiling Siren of a baker who always had immaculate lipstick on. Candice Brown made the headlines for winning that year and then, like many a famous woman in the public eye, faced headlines about every part of her life. Privacy? No way. Her engagement, marriage and subsequent … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats)

There’s 62 Days of Summer Vacation and University Comes Along Just to End Them…

My kids are all back at home, all in the house and we have 62 days (all of July and August) until potentially we’re split up again. I remember when they were young looking at the six weeks of summer holidays with a strange blend of excitement and anxiety. Would the weather be good or bad? Did I have enough cash to stretch to everything … Continue reading There’s 62 Days of Summer Vacation and University Comes Along Just to End Them…

Book Friday: Slow (Live Life Simply) by Brooke McAlary

Today’s book is an oldie from 2017 that I had never read before. Slow: Live Life Simply by Brooke McAlary is only available in hardback form, so I’ve never picked it up as a holiday book or in a Kindle shopping frenzy when searching for something to read. I don’t always choose Real Books because they soon fill up the house, and I’m capable of … Continue reading Book Friday: Slow (Live Life Simply) by Brooke McAlary

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).

Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21

Happinez Magazine is produced in the Netherlands and translated into several languages before zooming off around the world. It’s dedicated to yoga, spirituality and inner happiness, so there are plenty of articles that will feed your spirit and give you plenty to think about. I couldn’t resist posting this picture of my magazine sitting next to my Filofax. The serendipity of the colours together just … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21

Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8

Continuing my work-through of The Gifts of Imperfection by BrenĂ© Brown. Yes, it’s taking me ages. Yes, we’re nearly finished. Yes, it has worked on getting me to live wholeheartedly. The subtitle of this chapter is “Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifetstyle”. So many things nowadays get pushed as a ‘lifestyle’. Even hygge, back in 2016, was being pushed as a ‘lifestyle fad’. The … Continue reading Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8