Reading Lately – January 2019

January, eh? Possibly the longest month ever. Also a great excuse to hunker down with the books of an evening and close the door on the dark and wintry nights. A reformed winter-phobe myself, these days I love the opportunity to partake in all things cosy inside (good weather brings so much more pressure to be out…

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Staying Connected Without Becoming Detached

Before I started blogging I had a fairly limited relationship with social media. I had a Facebook account, and later an Instagram one, but no idea about Pinterest or any understanding or interest in Twitter (truth be told: still don’t 😉 ). When I started blogging two years ago though, I became a lot more involved with social media,…

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Bullet Journals, Stilettos and Morning Pages. Another Year, Another Not-So-Different Me

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions in January, instead preferring to make small, incremental changes whenever things need changing. Last week I wrote about making time for self care, and the number of comments and messages I received in response indicated that a lot of you reading have been through similar experiences of your own. This week,…

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Filling Your Cup (And Drinking From It)

A few years ago, I did absolutely nothing for myself. Nada. In scenes that will be familiar to parents of young children everywhere, I felt I just didn’t have the time. Socialising was an add-on to a list that was already fit to bursting and reading more than a few pages of a book that wasn’t The Gruffalo…

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The Year of Small Goodbyes

At this time of year, I usually like to take a look back on the twelve months that are about to leave us, but this year I have to admit I’m thinking more about the twelve months that are about to begin. This year has been a relatively stable one for me, without some of the…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2018 *

*Ok, twelve – I’m indecisive. At this point in December, it’s become something of a tradition for me to share my ten favourite books from the year that’s about to leave us. I should really do it a little closer to the New Year, but to be honest, over the festive period, I like to…

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A Winter Getaway, Christmas Trees and a LOT of Podcasts – Little Loves

November has well and truly left the building, but I really didn’t want to miss out on this year’s final Little Loves. I have a few things I’d like to share before 2018 sneaks off and leaves us, and besides, what’s a day (or 6 for that matter 😉 ) between friends? November was a…

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Reading Lately – November 2018

After October’s school holiday-fuelled reading binge, November has been a quieter month for me on the reading front. A combination of life, writing (and my library reservations slowing down a bit), has meant I haven’t got through nearly as many books as the last few months might have led you to expect. I’ve been dipping…

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Edinburgh’s Christmas, Mansfield Traquair and on the Harry Potter Trail in Scotland’s Capital

Last weekend we enjoyed our annual pre-Christmas trip to Edinburgh to enjoy the festive markets, fairgrounds and everything else that Scotland’s capital has to offer in winter. It’s one of our favourite times of year to visit (but then, anytime’s a good time to visit really – if you need any inspiration for a weekend escape…

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The Book That Changed My Life

As it’s Book Week Scotland this week, I thought I’d devote a post to one of my all-time favourite novels. I first read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in my early days of High School, and without getting too melodramatic here, I’d go so far as to say it completely changed my life. Although I’d…

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