The Power of a Musical Memory

Last Friday, the BBC launched its annual fundraising initiative for Children in Need.  Throughout the day, BBC Radio2 played musical selections chosen by charities CiN had supported over the last year.There I was, pottering around the kitchen, wrapping up the ironing before the weekend and enjoying the late morning sunshine streaming through the window.  There I … Continue reading The Power of a Musical Memory

Half-Term Road Trip | Lacock

During the recent half-term, we took a short road trip around the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire borders.  Our second day saw a dramatic improvement in the weather and us the visit the National Trust-owned village of Lacock.Yet again, just like in Castle Combe, beautifully arranged 'pop-up' shops were in evidence.  The one in the photo above even has its own Instagram account (find … Continue reading Half-Term Road Trip | Lacock

Half-Term Road Trip | Westonbirt Arboretum & Castle Combe

During last week's half-term, we took a short road trip around the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire borders.  Our first stop was the Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury.  The Arboretum was established in 1829 and is now home to some 18,000 trees and shrubs spread over 600 acres. At this time of year, even when the weather isn't ideal (it was wet and … Continue reading Half-Term Road Trip | Westonbirt Arboretum & Castle Combe

This Weekend I …

At this time of year, I'm envious of Instagram images showing families having a blast in a pumpkin patch.  All those blue skies, cute kids and an overload of, you know, orangeness. This year, however, I had a plan.   Turned out not to be a very good plan, but a plan nonetheless.  We took a short road trip … Continue reading This Weekend I …

This and That

I've felt the urge to nest lately and, because of that urge, I've stayed close to home this week.  Nothing special, just, you know, pottering about. Waging war on the gazillion leaves that land on our drive throughout Autumn.  Working on improving, moving platforms and re-branding my blog.  {If you've made the switch over from Blogger, thank … Continue reading This and That

Month in Numbers | September

October's dropped by in a haze of blue sky, sunshine and crisp winds.But first, let's see whether September was sensational ...Yr. 6: the final year of Primary School ... gulp!One RAK: took a photo of the two Mormon missionaries andemailed it to their mums.  Job done.24,297: my highest daily step count.Exploring London is one way … Continue reading Month in Numbers | September

What Would You Save?

Like many people recently, I'd followed with horrified fascination the footage of the carnage and devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma et al.  It's difficult to imagine losing your home and all your possessions in such a savage and immediate way.  It's difficult to imagine losing your home and all your possessions full stop.But watching … Continue reading What Would You Save?