With the arrival of Covid-19, more and more of us are being told to work from home. As a seasoned worker-from-home*, I can safely say that there's a knack to it, especially if you want to be productive. Here are my tips for making the best of working from home: Have a dedicated work space. … Continue reading Tips for Successfully Working From Home
It was a rare sunny morning and there I was, minding my own business, when wham! I was spreadeagled, face down, in the middle of the road. Somehow I'd missed my footing stepping down from the kerb and, as the kids say, face planted the tarmac. It hurt. It hurt a lot. There was blood. … Continue reading Falling from Grace
We've just marked the 4th anniversary of Mum's death and it will be 25 years this Summer since Dad passed away. As we know, the grief we feel when we first lose someone we love is both intense and all encompassing ... but it does lessen as time passes. I've always found it quite hard … Continue reading Defining Grief
Droughtlander is over - Series 5 of Outlander has begun on Amazon Prime. Research says that having fresh flowers in your home can help to reduce stress and pain. This photo of a newborn baby makes me laugh every single time. Our first overseas trip of the year is booked - a city break during … Continue reading Four Fun Things
Here's a confession ... I mostly read the Cup of Jo blog for the readers' comments. And in reply to this recent post, What Do You Like About Yourself?, the comments were amazing, funny, poignant and thought provoking, all rolled into one. Here are a few of the things I like about myself: I'm resilient. … Continue reading What Do You Like About Yourself?
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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’
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
There's something special about Disraeli's house, Hughenden. It's where we find ourselves when we need to hit our reset buttons.
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