Learn Something New Every Day | September 2020 | Days 6-10

September means that the Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness is approaching. It also means that Shimelle is running her annual class, Learn Something New Every Day.As with the previous few years, I’m recording what I’ve learned throughout September here. Day 6: A couple of hours set aside for scrapbooking were just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 Day … Continue reading Learn Something New Every Day | September 2020 | Days 6-10

A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, has been on our list of National Trust properties to visit for quite a while. The current system of pre-booking and limited numbers meant that now was as good as any other time to visit. The Churchill family found the upkeep of such a large estate very … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

Life in Lockdown | Turning Negatives into Positives

I've noticed that I've been feeling more 'down' of late, and even though I know it's okay to feel all the feelings, I'd much rather focus on the positives. Travel: Comfortless Cove, Ascension Island The negative: All our travel plans for this year have been postponed or cancelled. The positive: There is still an outside … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Turning Negatives into Positives

For the Love of Books | The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist

My reading of late has veered towards what I considered to be lightweight ... quick reads, with humour and perhaps a little romance. The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez fitted the bill ... although it turns out that they're not that lightweight, as each story tackles difficult and emotional … Continue reading For the Love of Books | The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2020

This month has been all about Thomas Cromwell. Hilary Mantel's long-awaited novel, The Mirror and the Light, was released at the beginning of the month, which meant that in order to be up to speed with the story, I re-read Wolf Hall (last read in 2009) and Bring up the Bodies (last read in 2012) … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2020

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading February 2020

My reading focus in February was one just one novel. I read it twice, I enjoyed it that much. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (Kindle and paperback): Let me begin with saying that I loved this so much, I purchased it in two formats: initially on Kindle and then in paperback. Why did I … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading February 2020