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'
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?
It was late September in 1987 and I was spending the day in Chester with Mum and The Auntie. I was on a month's disembarkation leave after a tour in the Falkland Islands with the RAF. We wandered in through the door of the small Benetton boutique and it caught my eye almost immediately. I … Continue reading What's Your Oldest Item of Clothing?
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
In a podcast by Stacy Julian, possibly the one with Ali Edwards, she talked about writing a list of her favourite 50 something words. The number was significant because it matched the age she had just reached. I thought that was such a great idea. I began my list on the 20th September last year … Continue reading Favourite Words
I'm taking the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful and love-filled festive season. I'm also taking the opportunity to thank you for reading and commenting this year - I never, ever take your support for granted. Happy, merry everything! The next scheduled post will appear on the 27th December.
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
Dear Tilly, Hi. I know you can’t read (because you're only one, after all), but maybe The Boy Child will read this to you … If you’re lucky, maybe he can read it to you using funny voices. First off, can we talk about your tail? I’ve spent more time than is reasonable thinking about it. … Continue reading Dear Tilly
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