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…

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…

Another year over…Happy new year

Well, happy new year! It’s that time when one year turns into another and we start to reminisce and look forward simultaneously. Strange that we think that as new year’s eve turns into new year’s day something new starts, it’s absurd and yet it also makes a kind of sense. If, for example, everyone decided that…

It ain’t what you do (it’s the way that you do it)

I didn’t really do much last week; when I got to thinking about what to write in this week’s blog I realised that there wasn’t much to say. I didn’t do anything particularly exciting so I decided to go through the week and think about what I’d achieved. Whilst there was nothing big I actually did…

Brighton Rocks!

I’ve mentioned Brighton before, I love to visit and so last Friday we went for a night. My husband had booked it as a surprise and he got a very good online deal at The Grand. I’ve stayed there before and it’s lovely. Right on the seafront it faces the sea, a big wedding cake…

Enchanting, abundant Autumn

It was frosty yesterday morning, the car windscreen needed scraping. Now that it’s October it feels like Autumn has arrived. Only a couple of weeks ago it was swelteringly hot and now I’ve packed away my summer clothes. I’ve got out the jumpers and boots and even wore a scarf yesterday. I love October, I…

Brian’s first trip!

We finally went away for a weekend in the caravan. We called it Brian after the snail in The Magic Roundabout. We headed just down the road to a small rural caravan site in Suffolk, didn’t want to try to go too far for the first trip. It was very peaceful and quiet. We spent…

Exercising the little grey cells

Evidence seems to suggest that learning new things helps keep your brain fit. With this in mind I decided last year to start taking classes. I hadn’t done night school for years but decided to give it a try. One thing I’ve discovered is that I’m an introverted extrovert! I love meeting new people but…

Simplicity Scandinavian Style

I nearly called this ‘anyone need a hygge?’, then decided that the term is becoming a bit hackneyed, which is a shame because taking pleasure in simple things, being cosy and enjoying the company of friends is perfect. Trouble is the term is everywhere, it’s even possible to go to hygge themed evenings which kind…

Shantay you stay…or, sashay away

My TV viewing at the moment consists of programmes that are already several seasons in. I’m into Orange is the new Black, just started season 2 and also RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’m now watching season 3 of RuPaul. I love it. I love the exuberance of the drag queens, their determination and often this is…

When life gives you marrows…

Make marrow chutney! The glut of marrows continues, I’ve given lots away ( someone left their marrow behind, you know who you are!), I’ve used them in ratatouille,  Spanish tortilla, stuffed them, grated them, you name it and I’ve served it. This week the discovery apples are ready, they’re lovely, see below: So I decided…