For the Love of Books | Currently Reading January 2021

With this month being one spent predominately indoors, I looked to my bookshelves for favourite rereads: The Gown by by Jennifer Robson: First read in June 2019 and before we'd binge-watched The Crown. Historian-turned-novelist Robson sets her latest historical release in 1947, when times are grim: so many have lost so much, war rationing continues, Britain … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading January 2021

The 100 Day Project | 2021

The creatives behind the 100 Day Project have decided to go early this year, feeling that something positive to look forward to over the Winter of 2021 could only be a good thing. Day 1 is Sunday, 31 January, because the 1st February is a Monday and it’s hard to start a project on a … Continue reading The 100 Day Project | 2021

Life in Lockdown | Lockdown 3.0

I'm finding it hard to remain positive. Winter isn't my favourite season. It’s cold, it’s grey, and usually brings a spot of cabin fever, but of course this year the dread of illness is something else entirely, and that “stuck inside” feeling is next-level. The news here in the UK and around the globe continues … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Lockdown 3.0

Scrapbooking in 2021 | 21 in 20 #2

Half of 2020 is now in an album ... the most difficult part of the process has been simply choosing which one topic to focus on for each month. April: there was only one thing it could be - the birth of our newest great-nephew. Any excuse to use up themed stickers in the round: … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2021 | 21 in 20 #2

Right Now …

I'm wondering how much more grim the news will be before we can truly say that we are through the worst. I'm hopeful because there is a new occupant in the White House and I was unexpectedly emotional when I watched Kamala Harris be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States. Madam Vice-President. I'm … Continue reading Right Now …

Lockdown Baking | Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Source Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 ozs unsalted softened butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups white cooking chocolate, chopped into small pieces 1 cup of cranberries (fresh or dried) 1 large egg Gift some, if … Continue reading Lockdown Baking | Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 9

The news here in the UK and around the world continues to be grim. 😦 In the spate of a few days, London moved from Tier 2 to Tier 4 and Christmas was effectively cancelled. Then we learned about the new variant of Covid-19 and most of Europe, following France's lead, closed their borders to … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 9

10 Things Learned From 2020

Expect the unexpected and do your best to embrace the bumps in the road. My go to method of accepting what I can't change is to switch off the news and social media, and disappear in to Netflix for an hour or so. A large mug of tea, a chocolate bar and Tilly curled up … Continue reading 10 Things Learned From 2020

Lockdown Baking | Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Lockdown baking is back. 🙂 Find US to UK baking conversions here. Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 cups of self-raising flour 1/2 cup of caster sugar 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder Generous pinch of salt 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1/3 cup of melted butter (I used unsalted) 1 large egg 1 and 1/2 … Continue reading Lockdown Baking | Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping