"Is it lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home? Or could Pascal have been not entirely right about just sitting quietly in one's room? The poet Elizabeth Bishop looks at travel from both sides, celebrating the chance to encounter the world for ourselves, experience its wonders first hand … Continue reading Questions of Travel
First up I really needed to replace my selection of nude eye-shadows for the working day and so on Monday I treated myself to this little gem from Benefit. The colours are very subtle, exactly to my taste, and I am loving it so far. On the same mini-shopping spree, I purchased a few of … Continue reading 10 things I am loving this week
Considering I had been letting the stress and strain of my daily life get the better of me for the last week or so and ignoring this blog completely, it was a fabulous surprise to log back in and find I was nominated for a "One Lovely Blog Award", as you can see below. While … Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award
How often do you make time for a date with your long-term partner? No plans to meet anyone else, just two adults relaxing in each other's company. The concept of "date night" is one of those very American ideas that makes the US so great. It's kind of like the word "awesome", it has no … Continue reading Afternoon Dates – simply awesome!
Recently I read that in order to be happy we need to think five constructive thoughts for every one that is destructive. Compliment ourselves five times to negate a single incident of self-doubt. Be five times kinder than we are critical. This is not always as easy as it sounds, so on challenging days it … Continue reading 10 Things That Made Me Smile Today
NOT You are not your age, Nor the size of the clothes you wear, You are not a weight, Or the colour of your hair. You are not your name, Or the dimples in your cheeks, You are all the books you read, And all the words you speak, You are your croaky morning voice, … Continue reading How to Make a Delicious Sunday Roast.
It's Saturday night and I am snuggled up in front of a roaring fire, having devoured a huge evening meal and a weekend chocolate treat. Things could be a lot worse. To chill out I am perusing some great offerings from around the blogosphere. Firstly, this montage tribute to romance in the movies made me smile … Continue reading Best Blog Reads and Other Stories
Dreams by Langston Hughes Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Today was my first day back at work after the holidays. Waking in the dark and cold, the struggle … Continue reading Curry the Colour of Sunshine.
Holidays are over and I am back home, to a freezing house, only to be expected after a few weeks without heat. But I did at least have a lovely experience to set me off on my long, dark drive. Afternoon tea with the ladies at Ballygarry House Hotel, was a lovely official end to my Christmas … Continue reading Ladies Who Afternoon Tea
The weather has been miserable all through these holidays, but between breaks in the rain, a few nice country walks have been possible. A few snaps from yesterday's amble with the dog! Have a great day xoxo