Pleasures in small things; further tales of my quest to stay happy

It’s strange how this year seems to have flown and crawled at the same time. The last few weeks have moved so fast but looking back to March, when the country first went into lockdown seems so long ago. After a time when things have been more relaxed socially, it’s now heading in the opposite…

The shifting sands of normality

Ziggy is perennially chilled, most days he can be found relaxing wherever he lays his hat in this house, for us humans it can be less easy at times. I’ve just been looking at the news and as with each day of late, the headlines are focused on lock down restrictions being eased or tightened,…

A few of my favourite things

It’s been all about making the most of the little things this year. My pace of life has slowed down considerably but I’m choosing to look at the benefits. My holidays were cancelled, so I really appreciate days out. I haven’t been out for a meal for months, I have had some gorgeous food at…

Armchair travel and local visits

Maybe its because we’ve been at home for months and added to this our Ibiza holiday has been cancelled, whatever the reason we haven’t been able to get enough of travel programmes over the last few months. We’ve worked our way steadily through two series of Race Across the World (we liked series 2 best…

When Rain Stopped Play

After weeks of living in the garden, the skies darkened and along with torrential rain we have had a couple of evenings of thunderstorms. This morning it has rained continuously, stopping just before lunch. The garden is looking very grateful and abundant, the leaves have perked up and I feel sure the fruit has grown…

Lockdown Creativity…or lack of it

There’s a big hole full of good intentions and mine are all in it! I’ve been lazing around like the lazy feline in the sun that I’ve become. No sorry, that’s not being fair to cats, they look so elegant while they do nothing and I can’t lay claim to elegance at the moment. Infact…

More from the lockdown house

We’re in the seventh week of lockdown. The days seem to fly by, on some of them I’m a bisy backson (from Pooh, meaning busy back soon, in a note to rabbit left by Christopher Robin), running around and getting lots done, then on others I’m just so laid back I’m horizontal (literally, lying down…

A Peep Through the Keyhole

To date, I’ve lived in no fewer than 14 places that I’ve called home and they have varied enormously in size, age and characteristics but I’ve come to the conclusion that this one may be my favourite. Built in the decade that both P and I were born, 1965 to be exact, it has retained…

Week three in the lockdown house

Dearest fellow lockdowners, I’m just popping by to share a few of my activities from this week. It’s Friday evening and we’ve completed another week in the house, it’s almost time for end of week wine and music, followed by a hearty veggie tempeh pasta. Just before I start here are some of the things…

Every Drop of Juice

This post is for everyone who feels stressed at the moment. Whether you are feeling unwell, have someone you care for in hospital that you can’t visit. Or if you are working in one of the vital areas of healthcare or food supply, or maybe you are just trying to cope at home, doing the…

Just a few musings

Autumn is here and it feels like the year has passed in a blur. Where has the time gone? I’ve just been sitting looking through photo’s I’ve taken this year, bemoaning that once again I just haven’t taken enough of them – I’m hopeless at remembering and then regretting it and wishing I had more…

Would I buy this?, the acid test

My philosophy of make, reuse and re-imagine is a constant theme in my blog. It’s a thing that gives me a lot of joy; creativity is fundamental to me. When I’ve finished something I usually look at it critically and think, ‘would I want to buy this’. It’s my acid test of whether it’s just…