Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

Sod Mister In-Between, that’s what I say.

Well, when life ain’t a bowl of cherries and I need to perk up. I think of this song.

I first heard it years ago on The Singing Detective, a BBC mini series made in the 1980’s and when I hear myself humming it, I know it’s time for action.

So, when life is a bit cow pat, I need to do things that make me happy and think of good reasons why I should be…here goes…

Happy hour, obviously, the clue’s in the name. A few cocktails and the world certainly looks rosier!

Then there’s wandering around Brighton

Looking at the street art around North Laine

Browsing vintage..

My favorite place is Snoopers Paradise and upstairs Snoopers Attic


You can’t take photos inside, so take a look here

Snoopers Attic is so beautiful, it never fails to help me to wake my creative juices and appreciate the wonderful work for sale.

A meal in a veggie restaurant we just happened to stumble across…


Only to discover on returning to where we were staying that we had been to a renowned restaurant. The food was sooo good.

Willow in Totnes is a great place to eat if you ever pass through that way, as we did last weekend.

Visiting somewhere new. We went to Salisbury, just because we’d never been before.

It has a beautiful cathedral and part of the Magna Carta on display…

Then glancing up on the way through Cathedral Close, I spied this..


So true don’t you think?

I remember having to learn that quote at school.

Finding something tatty in a charity shop and upcycling it.

I found this short knitted top at a charity shop in Salisbury…

After washing it, I crocheted a black edge all the way round, gave it a new button, embroidered the button hole and finally, sewed tassels around the bottom.

Honestly I felt mindful. Sitting with the radio on and just sewing and crocheting, it was like balm for the mind.

And it was new from old, always a good feeling for me.

Tai Chi this morning was another hour of calm.

These are just some of the things that I’ve done to combat the glums but rather than adding any more I will leave you this week with a quote, a paradox if you like…

Life’s too important to be taken seriously

Yep, so…

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

Have a cracking good week.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    If ever there was a blog post to chase the blues away: this is it! You couldn’t go wrong with the title, for starters. That’s one of my favourite songs ever and guess what: I got to know it through The Singing Detective as well. In fact, The Singing Detective’s soundtrack is one of Dove Cottage’s most played CD’s! I should definitely make it to Brighton one day, even if only for a snoop around Snoopers Paradise & Attic. Oh, and Totnes! That brings back happy memories of our holidays in Devon. Oh, and I love your upcycled charity shop top, which is sure to brighten up a dark Winter’s day! xxx

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    1. We have the LP of the Singing Detective! Our musical likes are quite similar, great taste obviously 🙂
      You would love Brighton, judging by your taste I think it would be right up your street. There are so many vintage shops, it’s like a feast.
      I think I was drawn to the top because it’s red! Bright and cheerful. xxx


  2. Vix says:

    What a cheery post! A weekend spent doing all the things I love to do, mooch around quirky shops in beautiful places, eat vegetarian food, drink, get creative with charity shop finds and spend time with lovely people!
    I adore Totnes, I haven’t been in years but it’s been my favourite place in the UK since I was a teenager.
    I’ve had a similar day myself, a road trip with friends exploring charity shops in new found places, lunch in the pub and a bag of vintage finds. The only downside was the weather – absolutely atrocious! xxx

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    1. Thank you Vix, I needed a cheery post this week! It sounds like you had a lovely day with friends, perfect 🙂
      I love Totnes too, it has the same vibe as Brighton but on a smaller scale.
      Those cocktails were lovely, it reminded me how much fun happy hour can be! xxx


  3. ratpip says:

    Totnes is lovely, pity it is so far away from us. Cocktails are indeed the best way to wind down for the weekend.

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  4. Totnes is worth the trip I reckon.
    I think I could develop a cocktail thing on Friday nights – happy hour again! xxx

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  5. You saw the Salisbury Cathedral! I always used the Salisbury Cathedral for a perfect example of English Gothic style with my high school art students. I so enjoy when you post your travelogs. And brilliant on the restyling of the cardi and I love the fringy things on the bottom.

    I think we all go through those down and blue times and I can’t put my finger on what I really do to get out of them. Organizing helps me, and we are on the same page with the cocktails and I think family helps. And i watch a lot of BBC-don’t know if that helps, but it sure makes me happy.

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  6. You would really appreciate the architecture if you used to teach about Salisbury cathedral.
    I wonder what your favourite cocktail is? I especially like caipirinha and pina colada!
    I love drama too, there’s a new one on BBC tonight called Gunpowder, so I’ll be recording that.
    I find a good comedy can help but I avoid anything described as ‘hilarious ‘ as it invariably isn’t!
    Have a good weekend xxx


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