My Ten Favourite Books of 2019

It’s become customary at this point in December for me to share a round up of my ten favourite books of the year (usual caveats apply – in no particular order, year of reading as opposed to year of publication – if you’ve been following for a while you’ll know the story 🙂 ). It’s…

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The Case for a Simpler Christmas

When I look back on my memories of Christmas as a child, they are vague, and happy. The opening of the living room door in the half-light and small cries of ‘Santa’s been!’ Trying to stay awake in the hopes of glimpsing red fabric or a boot topped with snowy white dusting. Paper party hats,…

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November’s Little Loves – Last Christmas, The Crown, A Life-Changing Podcast and (Finally) Game of Thrones

It’s been a while since I shared a round up of all things Little Loves, having spent most of October focusing on our half term break to the Cote D’Azur and writing follow up blog posts. But I do enjoy this monthly outing of positivity and gratitude, so I’m happy to be back this month,…

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Reading Lately – You, City of Girls, Jane Eyre and Book Week Scotland

* Please note this post contains a gifted item.* It’s been a while since I shared one of my reading posts, and with one thing and another I seem to have fallen out of the habit of posting monthly updates. Half term holidays and playing catch up means that this post covers my reading pile…

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October on the Cote D’Azur – Part Two

If you were reading a couple of weeks ago, you’ve already heard a few tales from our recent Cote D’Azur holiday. (And if you weren’t reading a couple of weeks ago, you can catch up – if you want to – here). I hope I haven’t bored you, because where Part One ends, Part Two…

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Putting the ‘X’ into Dyslexia – Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland, 2019

This week, the 4th-9th November, is Dyslexia Awareness week in Scotland, and in line with this I wanted to share a little of our own family’s experience with the condition. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the population are dyslexic* (I won’t say ‘suffer with’ dyslexia, because as you’ll see, that’s not the…

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October on the Cote D’Azur – Part One

We generally enjoy our ‘big’ holiday for the year in October, when tourist destinations tend to be a bit quieter, and temperatures are more suited to our far north constitutions. Last year, we went on a mammoth French/Belgian roadtip, visiting Paris, Disneyland and Bruges (amongst other places) and this year, we continued in the French…

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Reading Lately – The Lido, Eleanor & Park and Drums of Autumn

Looming school holidays and a huge to-do list mean that this month’s reading update is going to be a quick one. Conveniently, the size of September’s reading pile – in common with this week’s blogging window – was small, due in part to my marathon reading efforts in finishing War and Peace and Les Miserables…

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Little Loves – You, The Lost Boys and The Season of Stunning Skies

October. Crikey, how did that happen again already? The older I get the quicker the passing seasons seem to turn. That said, I love the passage into Autumn, with its falling leaves and abundance of cosiness and colour. The darker evenings have already seen us cracking open the family board games and playing cards while…

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Loving Life With Exclamation Marks

Truth: I don’t always feel happy, or even positive. In fact, now and again I get days where I can really feel quite down. On days like those, you won’t find me posting jaunty captions on Instagram, or commenting on other people’s photographs. In my own experience, social media can be a tricky instrument to…

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