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,…

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…

Taking a break

I’m just back from a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Northern Ibiza. It’s not a big island, measuring 28 miles long by 16 miles wide but we were worlds away from Privilege, Amnesia, Pacha, and all the other clubs the island is famous for. The north of the island is beautiful and unspoilt, with sandy beaches…

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…

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…

Brightening up the grey days of January

The decorations are gone and the sun has yet to show it’s face this week. The skies are iron grey. It’s days like these where music, light and having lots to do keep me feeling good. We decided on Saturday that, despite the biting cold we would venture to Ely for lunch and a look…

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…