Blog, Simplicity, Words

October

The wind rips through Birch branches outside, bringing twigs clattering onto the conservatory roof. Inside a fluffy fleece, I snuggle deeper into the chair, still in that hot-chocolate-glow that lingers after a long, piping hot bath. The old Bush stereo crackles Schubert in the background, as an unseen draught sends yellow flames flickering from beeswax.… Read More October

Blog, Outdoors

Garden Update 1 – compost and veg patch

Spring is in the breeze. The world is slowly reawakening, that endless cycle pushing green buds from bare branches, sending sunlight to illuminate dark corners and warm our hearts. Finally, we’re shaking off the cocoon of winter and feeling the pull to get out and about into the garden. We’ve been planning what to do… Read More Garden Update 1 – compost and veg patch

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Should I use my husband’s stuff? Minimalism Quandary #1

My husband and I have been together for 14 years, married for 5 years this year. Over that time we’ve both changed a lot, me pursuing management then minimalism, him pursuing bioscience and photography. I’m fiery, scatterbrained, impatient, love big thinking and hate minute details. He is calm, positive, supportive, looks at every single option… Read More Should I use my husband’s stuff? Minimalism Quandary #1

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Letting go of expensive things

So, recently I sold my favourite bag. A grey, suede beauty of a handbag, a consumerist goal, a representation of better times and traditional success. I kept my beautiful bag in its maroon dust bag, gold tree motif displayed proudly in the corner, and talked to it now and again. I looked after it, I… Read More Letting go of expensive things

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The Twilight Zone

This year has been a weird one. A bit of a twilight zone, of almost a direction, sometimes just almost some things, sometimes just faint hints of others.  Attempting to buy nothing, becoming flat broke anyway, and dealing with some lingering remnants from previous stressful times left me drained but triumphant, coming out the other… Read More The Twilight Zone

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Cocoon

It’s around this time of year that I frequently find myself in a coffee shop, in an oversized hoodie that hangs down to my knees, strong, black coffee curling steam into the air. I often find a spot beneath heaters and breathe in bread and beans, conversation and laughter, food and flour. October reaches out… Read More Cocoon

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Comforting autumn slow cooker stew (no meat)

Simple Food All of the autumnal colours in a filling, tasty, healthy stew. Serve with hunks of crusty bread, good wine and good company. This autumn slow cooker stew is extra easy to make, just chuck everything in and leave for a few hours. My kinda cooking. Serves 4 ish (or 2 with some packed… Read More Comforting autumn slow cooker stew (no meat)

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Pursuit

Some people are surprised when they enter my house. Living the minimalist label conveys a certain image of how your home should look. Shiny, spick and span. No clutter. No storage for clutter. Clean, empty surfaces, an uncomfortable designer chair or two, some ludicrous artwork. My house does not look like that. What I love… Read More Pursuit

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Piano

I started to learn the piano at age 5. I went through the usual child/teenager practice angst, of course. Much as I hated practicing, I loved the fact that I could play an instrument, and the fact that as the years went on, I was pretty good. At age 18 I passed my Grade 8… Read More Piano

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Guest Room

I love to change up my furniture arrangements pretty regularly. Fitted wardrobes just aren’t my bag! As with life, if things stay the same for too long I start to get a little unsettled. As I’m constantly moving and evolving, so is my home. I had a little experiment with our guest room. We’ve only… Read More Guest Room