Blog, Minimalism

Change

Change.  I’m thinking about removing the minimalism part of the blog. Woah, ok, I said it. Even though that section is more of an ‘archive’, my minimalism posts get more traffic than anything I’ve written since. But for me, minimalism has served its purpose. It was a kick-start for the most tumultuous decade of my… Read More Change

Blog, Living, Simplicity

Winter Nesting

Winter Nesting. This last few weeks I’ve felt the need to stay home. Pottering, cleaning, fixing, making. I usually love to be out in the freezing cold, or in the wind and rain, but for some reason the pull to stay indoors is strong. A little routine is developing – feed the birds, de-ice the… Read More Winter Nesting

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Whole

Whole. There are so many apps to spread ourselves over. Apps to track and record, to log and motivate. Apps to predict, organise and plan. An app to compare ourselves to others who are also comparing themselves to us. We uncomplainingly deliver little bits of ourselves to app companies, compartmentalising every aspect of our personalities,… Read More Whole

Blog, Living, Mental Health, Self Discovery

Float

Float.  The fog in the valley is whiter than usual. Thick, still, eerie, yes – but bright, wrapping me in a cocoon of something that’s not-quite-light. Bulbs are pushing strongly through the ground, peeping above the snow that lies still frozen. Blue tits are popping in and out of the bird box. Fox and squirrel… Read More Float

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Things in the post

Things in the post. The post thumped through the letterbox with a satisfying clunk this morning, which meant there was something intriguing and unexpected in there. I love the little thrill of anticipation when post arrives and you don’t know (or can’t remember) what it is. Last week a lovely book turned up that I’d… Read More Things in the post

Blog, Simplicity

Snowfall and Firelight

Snowfall and Firelight. So another week passes by in this endless lockdown. I’m at the point where all time is blurring into one. What day is it? Who knows. But this week at least brought some change in the form of snow – a good few inches here in Yorkshire. Standing at the doorway, watching… Read More Snowfall and Firelight

Blog, Simplicity

January Drifting

January Drifting It’s a grey day, -1 outside, with breath misting and birds looking expectantly through the window, waiting for me to break the ice on the old green plant tray that serves as a bird bath. The mist sinks in the valley, freezing everything it touches. Wildlife hunkers low, a wren flitting in and… Read More January Drifting

Blog, Outdoors, Simplicity

The Leaves They Fall

The Leaves They Fall.  The leaves they fall, a riot of colour now muted. Softly, in damp fog, following clear water droplets from the tips of branches. They let go and float, rocking gently downwards on invisible currents. The earth becomes a blanket of leaves, yellows, reds, browns. November settles in and we wait. Second… Read More The Leaves They Fall

Blog, Books

When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten: Blog Tour!

When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten: Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Kereen Getten’s wonderful Middle -Grade novel, When Life Gives You Mangoes, which was published by Pushkin Press on 1st October this year. (Yes, its a long blog tour!) Every day, another blog posts their… Read More When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten: Blog Tour!

Blog, Self Discovery, Simplicity

Endings and Themes

Endings and Themes.  As the days fall shorter and October slips slowly into November, all is gathered and the Celtic year comes to a close. Samhain, Halloween – the culmination of the harvest, and the time for planning and setting foundations for the next year. And so, with evenings darkening and leaves falling, I settle,… Read More Endings and Themes