Don't Save It 'For Best'

I'm of an age where I can remember things being kept 'for best' - the dress that was only worn once or twice a year - Christmas and a 'special' family occasion, that bottle of of my favourite Champagne or the eggshell china tea set that spends its days wrapped in newspaper, quietly waiting for … Continue reading Don't Save It 'For Best'

What Was Your Best/Favourite Christmas Present?

Last year I told you that my favourite Christmas gift of 2018 had been a duvet set. This cute cushion seen above was by far my favourite gift of Christmas 2019. That's Tilly's hairs you can see there. And should I decide to put the cushion in the spare room when The Best Friends come … Continue reading What Was Your Best/Favourite Christmas Present?

15 Things I'm Planning on Doing Throughout 2020

Sometimes, as much as we want to have an endless amount of excitement and cheer for a new year, it’s dreadful. While it can seem like new beginnings and fresh starts for some of us, a new year can also feel like a starting point for a necessary change. There’s so much pressure to make … Continue reading 15 Things I'm Planning on Doing Throughout 2020

Sing-a-Long Christmas Carols

We had friends visiting last weekend and The Boy Child and I took them to brunch and the Sing-a-Long Carol Concert at Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank. Christmas attire and Santa hats were the order of the day. The concert's presenter was Jonathan Cohen, a noted composer, conductor and performer and Louise Dearman … Continue reading Sing-a-Long Christmas Carols

Five Ways to Lessen the Stress of the Festive Season

Spread out your Christmas shopping: It is very easy to push the great task of Christmas shopping to the last minute. Don't! As soon as you can stomach the idea of planning, make a list of the gifts you will need to buy over the next few weeks. Add a 'buy by' date and stick to it. … Continue reading Five Ways to Lessen the Stress of the Festive Season