I love my home, absolutely, and I’m very lucky that it’s filled with the things (and people) I love: photographs, some ornaments and useful items like bowls or trays that I’ve inherited or been given over the years. I’m not a big follower of fashion: I don’t particularly care what colours are ‘in’ or ‘out’ in a year, I choose the colours I like when … Continue reading Autumnal Decor ready for the Harvest: September Small Things Day 5
Until recently I would have said I was an indifferent plant mother. I have, over the years, killed far more than I have kept alive. However, plants (and books) furnish a room best, so I keep striving for success. My daughter moves back to University next week and this weekend is a cleaning and packing and readying weekend. It makes me glad to know that … Continue reading Plants, naturally: September Small Things Day 3
Crazy busy weekend, eh? Not for me personally: I spent the weekend either hunched over coughing and sneezing or asleep on my bed which (currently) lies in the middle of the living room. We’re having the ensuite bathroom re-tiled, a job which takes far longer than I ever realised possible and takes a lot of slicing and cutting. The plumber is very nice, but even … Continue reading Life is made up of the Small Things.
You know I’m a happy person, right? A good, kind, generally smooth natured and positive person? It’s bizarre. I am a natural optimist, born optimistic and lived optimistic (until about 5 years ago, when I started seeing optimism as the super power of the youthful). I wonder if losing one’s optimism goes with the menopause? Does losing the faintest hope of ever having another baby … Continue reading Life is a Rollercoaster and I am not Fully Enjoying the Ride.
I have a weekend away booked for next week, to Leamington Spa. It’s a beautiful town in the Midlands that made it as a spa town in the early 19th Century when spa towns were *the* place to be. It’s a romantic little break, just Mr Hygge Jem and me, and we will spend our time wandering through the streets of Leamington, Stratford and Warwick, … Continue reading Five Words for August.
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.
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)
It’s Friday, yeay! Even better, it’s the Friday before my birthday this Sunday!! I love being a May baby. It means that I can always guarantee a warm, sunny, dry day to hold a party on and so often May is actually the best month weather-wise in the UK. Calm, warm, wonderful weather….. okay. So not this year. I write this on the third (fourth?) … Continue reading Book Friday: Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal