Reading Lately – The Art of Coorie, Monster Slayer, The Salt Path and Finding Mr Flood (* post contains one gifted item)

It’s been a while since I shared a reading update, mainly because December was spent deciding on my favourite books from the twelve months previous. Meanwhile, January just keeps going… and going… and going ☺️. One of my favourite things about the long winter is the excuse to curl up with my reading pile and…

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Caithness and Coorie – Embracing the Seasons in The UK’s Most Northerly County

Over the years, I’ve embraced just about every geographical lifestyle trend imaginable. Hygge – the Danish art of cosiness and contentment: on it. Lagom – the Swedish philosophy of ‘not too little, not too much, just right’: yep, count me in. Ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life: been there, done…

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Setting up the Bullet Journal for 2020

I’m the kind of person who likes to keep a lot of journals. I have one for my morning pages, one for book ideas and another to keep a note of the funny things my kids say. I have one to keep notes on the books I’ve read, one for gratitude, one that I keep…

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2020 – The Stories Hearts Tell

Hello, and happy 2020……! The sun has risen on a new decade, and as usual January brings with it a sense of expectation. Resolutions, plans for diet and lifestyle, pressure to overhaul just about everything in our lives. I don’t really go in for New Year resolutions, preferring instead to set goals throughout the year…

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2019: My Year in Numbers

At this point in December I like to emerge from my turkey-induced fog and write a few words to usher out the year that’s leaving us. Of course, this year, we’re ushering out a whole decade, and I’m excited about what’s to come in the ‘twenties’ (not least because we’ll finally have a decade we…

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This Christmas I’ll Be….

As I won’t be doing a Little Loves post in December, I thought I’d share a quick round up of some of the things I’m planning over the festive season. We’ve just returned from our annual December pilgrimage to Inverness for an evening at the pantomime, which has got me feeling all the Christmas feels.…

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My Favourite Christmas Movies

One of the best things about the Christmas holidays is the chance to curl up in front of the TV and watch a good old Christmassy movie, and one of my favourite pre-Christmas rituals involves getting out the festive edition of the Radio Times and highlighting all the movies and TV programmes we plan to…

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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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