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,…

Around (a lot of) the UK in a seven days

We drove anticlockwise around England and Wales last week, a sort of mini road trip. Starting in Cambridge we headed north up the eastern side of the country. Once at the top, having called in on relatives to say hello, we headed west, across to Carlisle. We spent the night in an airbnb, an old…

Of Buttons, Bags and Beads

I haven’t been to a good vintage fair for ages, so  when a friend suggested one at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, I agreed immediately. It’s a lovely setting, in the courtyard surrounded by Jacobean buildings. Also lovely to get together friends we hadn’t seen for a while. The skirt I’m wearing came from ebay, I took…

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…

They call me mellow yellow

We’ve been continuing to practise using Brian. The latest excursion was to a campsite in Suffolk, where every other caravan was polished and new and almost everyone wandered over to take a look at our little curiosity . We had some lovely comments and everyone liked him. Many of the visitors peppered their sentences with ‘boho’…

Heart of Glass

Last year, whilst on holiday in the South of France, I was sitting on the beach when a piece of sea glass caught my eye. I picked it up and thought how nice it would look if it was made into jewellery. I spent the rest of my time on the beach looking out for…

The Art of upcycling

I was browsing the charity shops last week and I came across a window display advertising the CirculART trail, which shows the work of artists and craftspeople who make things from re-purposed materials. The displays in Charity shops in Cambridge this month are being used to highlight the work that charity shops do to cut…

Digging your scene

  As I’m writing this I’m listening the wonderful high camp of the Blow Monkeys and already I’m starting to feel positive. When the world seems to have gone to hell in a handcart, it helps to be listening to some of my favorite feel good music. Sometimes the happiness quotient needs a bit of a…

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…

Manic Monday

Before I’d finished my breakfast yesterday a cereal bowl had been smashed in the kitchen, shortly after that this was followed by an entire mug of tea, spilt on the new bedroom carpet. I tried water, bicarbonate of soda and then spirit vinegar solution but as it dried I could see a big brown stain forming…

Ignoring 9 to 5 and enjoying the rest

I’ve been working for most of the week, the less said about that the better, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few high spots. I managed a trip to the cinema to see Elle yesterday evening. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and at 64 she looks stunning, wow. Not that age matters but it’s…

Blog Anniversary, what now?

  I started writing a blog a year ago this month, not knowing anything about how to do it but wanting the challenge of setting it up and committing to writing each month. As the year has progressed I’ve mostly written weekly and now a year has passed I have been thinking about what I’ve got from it….