A Month In Which I Don’t Buy Anything I Don’t Truly Need | The Re-run

In February last year, I only bought things that were considered essential. I'm doing the same again this year. No buying anything I don’t truly need. My list includes: tea/coffee in cafés, with a notable exception allowed.magazineschocolate/sweets/biscuitsclothesbooksscrapbooking productsrandom online shopping. Amazon, I’m looking at you Frugal February will give me a chance to actively live with our … Continue reading A Month In Which I Don’t Buy Anything I Don’t Truly Need | The Re-run

For the Love of Books | Four Family Sagas

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: This engrossing story combines medicine, family, and politics to great effect. Moving between India, Ethiopia, and New York City, we follow the story of identical twin brothers, born of a secret union between an Indian nun and the British surgeon she assisted. Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part sweeping … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Four Family Sagas

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: A week where the Sussexes dominated every news feed. Thanks to the tail-end of Storm Brendan, I was soaked two days running. I met friends for an overdue catch-up (I printed this card twice, stuck them back-to-back and put the journaling on the reverse). The Boy Child and I went to the pub … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 3 and 4

Month in Numbers | January 2020

January has passed by in a blur here at This West London Life; let's see what the numbers made of it: 13: Yikes! There's a teenager in the house! 68 walks with Tilly. 15 scrapbook pages created. 14 birthday thank-yous written by the teenager. 7 nights in Marrakech (spoiler: it wasn't me). We ate out … Continue reading Month in Numbers | January 2020

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading January 2020

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: Family saga at its best. I whipped through this over several evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll mention this book again when my post about family sagas goes live soon and it's a contender for the my best reads of 2020 list already. The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott: … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading January 2020

Four Fun Things

We watched/are watching Dracula ("I'm undead, not unreasonable"), Wisting and The Trial of Christine Keeler. I listened to an interview with Kathleen Keyes. Hankies at the ready. (This is obviously not a fun thing, but worth reading all the same.) I came across a perfect quotation for book lovers: "Strange, isn't it? To love a … Continue reading Four Fun Things

Project Life | Revisiting Those Early Years

It was while I was considering the dilemma of lack of storage space for full scrapbooks that I was sidetracked by browsing through Volumes 1 and 2 of The Boy Child's albums. They're shockingly awful. I don't say that in the hope that you will leave a comment in order to contradict me and tell … Continue reading Project Life | Revisiting Those Early Years