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…

Brightening up the grey days of January – part 2

  It’s the fourth week of January and until now we’ve had no more than around six hours of sunshine (although today is making a liar out of me, it started damp and grey but the sun has come out, it’s so good I feel like running down the street with my face to the…

Aphorisms, intentions and all that jazz – Happy New Year!

  With 2017 in it’s final hours, I could reflect. I’m not going to because it hasn’t been one of my favorites tbh. Onward and upward as they say, when the going gets tough the tough get going. Speaking of aphorisms, that’s what I’ll start with, two of my favourites, to greet the new year….

Where did that week go?

  I’ve kept meaning to write but time has passed me by. I’ve just had supper and I’m determined to write something before I relax for the evening. I love sitting down and doing this and I need to stop prevaricating! One excuse is the length of the day (I know it’s still 24 hours,…

The Joy of Small Things

I’m channelling Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. When she sings about her favourite things. So this is the backdrop to this post. Just to help your recall, should you have forgotten said song; When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then…

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,…

Lazy Layered Sunday

A late Saturday night meant I needed a laid back Sunday. I wanted to feel cosy and do relaxing things that felt effortless. Layers are the thing when I feel like that, loose, cool, comfortable. Perfect for a bit of snipping and pruning. I bought the dress, which had long sleeves, from eBay. After cutting…

One fine day

In celebration of the sunshine, I took some photos of the garden flowers. It felt so good to be outside!   The fruit and veggies are doing well too, they’ve been well watered! It’s amazing what can be grown in the smallest vegetable garden; just a raised bed and a few boxes! The fruit is…

Vintage Rules

It does AND there are none! Or at least only the rules you make for yourself, which you can change and break at will. I’ve loved vintage forever, it wasn’t called vintage back then though, it was second hand, or, even less charmingly called, junk. Call it vintaging, upcycling, re purposing, chazza shopping ( I love that…

Reasons to be cheerful

It was a birthday week here, Philip is now… ageless. Yup, we’ve decided that numbers just don’t matter anymore and if we’d been cavemen, what fun! We wouldn’t know how old we are. Since we have NO intention of behaving age appropriately, EVER, we might as well ditch the numbers too. So it was a…

Small Pleasures

I’ve been relishing small pleasures this week. Sometimes it really helps me to slow down and appreciate the simple things. Get my mojo back so to speak. I haven’t been running barefoot through wet grass (even the thought of that is pleasurable), because it’s been too dry here lately, it’s been cold too, although to be fair…