Life Lessons in Lockdown, Introversion and Dreams of Springtime

In the week or so since I last wrote the world has shifted once more, with another layer of the UK’s Covid-19 response unfurling towards ‘lockdown.’ Citizens are restricted to a narrow range of activities, with outings from the home permissible only for work, obtaining food or medicines, helping the vulnerable or partaking in one…

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On Big Ideas and Creating a Community of Kindness

It might surprise you to know that our household does not possess a dishwasher. About a year ago, our dishwasher broke, and we decided to find out whether we could get along without it for a while. Granted, there was also an element of laziness involved – ‘finding out whether we could get along without…

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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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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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2019 – Plans for Writing

I can’t believe we’re already half way through the month of February. Once January bites the bullet, the weeks always seem to quickly disappear. I’m not sure if it’s a sign of getting older, but these days I find weeks and months slipping by me like a river. One of the ways I try to keep focus…

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So, What Do You Do All Day, Anyway?

Not so long ago, I was asked by a virtual stranger (in the context of being a stay-at-home mum), what I liked to do when I wasn’t ‘sitting around the house all day’. Annoyingly, my reaction was to laugh awkwardly (I have always been one of those people who thinks of smart or funny retorts…

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