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…

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…

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…

Inspired by Nature

My need to connect with nature seems to grow in proportion to the dire warnings we hear about the fate of our planet. Vintage clothes, thrifting, upcycling, yep, I’m still doing those and I’ve seen some amazing things that other people are doing too. I’ve discovered bags that I can keep reusing to buy my…

Moonsilver and Me

It’s been a few months since I posted and after a few months of sorting stuff out I thought I’d drop in and say hello! As a self confessed spicy philosopher, I do like to think about things! Sometimes the best thing you can do, I find, is unplug and be mindful and I’ve been…

Love the life you live

Sometimes I get an ear worm, a song that, once heard, keeps going around in my head. This also happens with quotes I’ve heard,  half of one that’s been with me for a long time is in the title above. The whole quote goes; ‘Its not about living the life you love but loving the…

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

The Met Office told us it was the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. So we wanted to make the most of it. Between Friday night and Monday morning we practically lived outside. On Saturday, we had a family day out, making the most of a get together. A dog, a picnic (no lashings…

Dare to be Different

Last weekend I went to see the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ at the Apollo theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s Soho. I had been looking forward to it for a while. I love humour mixed with triumph over adversity because it’s so uplifting. The story is based on the experiences of Jamie Campbell, a…