Who do you think I am?

This post was prompted by two things - most recently by one of the daily prompts being asked by WordPress for #bloganuary, but it's also been knocking around in the back of my mind for a long time. In fact, ever since that discussion I took part in at University about racism and the need... Continue Reading →

2022 : A Reading Plan

I generally undertake a review of the previous year's reading based upon my Goodreads reading challenge report. Most years some sort of pattern emerges: a new author, a new genre.... But 2021's reading was entirely unremarkable, except for one fact - that I finally achieved my aim to complete the entire Booker longlist before the... Continue Reading →

Does the idea of of a hideaway Home appeal?

As did many things, Himself & I started looking at lots of programmes about hideaway homes during the pandemic. Not all were of the remote treehouse or rustic cabin in the woods variety, it's also been our pleasure to browse video tours of gorgeous Italian properties - especially those in the hills of Tuscany. It's... Continue Reading →

Somebody’s wife…

.... or rather, the wife of someone who's famous, or rich (or both). Sadly, being known solely as the wife (it happens less often to husbands) of somebody rich and/or famous is not as rare as I'd like, but even when you intend not to do that, it sometimes happens. As one of my recent... Continue Reading →

Have you ever dated yourself?

OK, that sounds weird, so I'd better explain. I've been reading Julia Cameron's The Artists Way, having seen her concept of Morning Pages recommended as a solution for... well, multiple things, but especially for writer's block. I'm not suffering from writer's block, indeed my problem is more related to having sufficient time (and focus) to... Continue Reading →

Things I learned this week…

I've long had an ambition to read the entire Booker prize longlist before the judges choose a winner. This year, I managed it. It wasn't the best field ever, and I rated only 2 of the books the full 5-stars. [If you'd like to know more about the books and my views, see here: Part... Continue Reading →

Apparently I drive a Granny car….

I was going to include this in a post entitled strange things people say, but I decided to focus on this particular gem on its own. Now there were a number of things about this statement which caused me to raise the old eyebrows. Firstly, the person calling my car names is someone I'd consider... Continue Reading →

An A-Z of Gratitude

Let's be honest, the last couple of years have been full of things not to be grateful for. Life has been limited and has changed in many ways. But one thing I found very useful when the UK was heading into it's second period of lockdown last year, was committing to a daily gratitude practice.... Continue Reading →

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