Author: greygoose1

A gentle start to January

Hello 2018! I hope it’s been good for you so far. I’m emerging from my hibernation and beginning to make my way into the new year. I love the festive season and I’m always sad to see it end. A fresh year is inspiring, but also a little scary. I’m never one to exactly leap into it. Early January is a funny time – some people are raring to go, others are quietly melancholic as they pack away the baubles. I’m a bit of both – but my ideas and inspiration are beginning to reawaken after losing a week with a dose of being ill. Here’s what I’m enjoying thinking about, doing and making right now. Things that are minimal, but also nourishing and gentle.  Wrapping up in ginger…I’ve always been a lover of ginger since I was a little girl, it’s soothing for tummies with its warm and spicy aroma. It’s also said to stimulate the body…that must be why I feel a craving for it when unwell. I’ve been loving Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream this week. And …

The Fourth Week of December

I had a simple and happy Christmas spent with my family. We don’t do fancy. It’s just a lovely jumble of traditions that we all hold dear. I appreciate the time and effort my goslings put into being together with Granny Goose. And after the indulgence of Christmas came the frosty, and sometimes snowy and bright days – full of good intentions and plans for the new year just waiting in the wings. This view really captures that feeling perfectly, don’t you think? Thinking, strolling! I quite like Twixtmas, a calmness and time to get totally organised for January and the New Year, gathering thoughts on places to visit and holidays for 2018, and quiet times to remember loved ones no longer here. This week I have also enjoyed… Watching… Little Women on BBC1. This was a lovely three-parter – just what I needed! A poignant and funny version of Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 novel which made the four March sisters seem like exciting new creations and old friends….and the single best thing on TV this Christmas. Reading… All the …

The Third Week of December

Some festive things I’m loving this week This was the last week of work before Christmas. How did that happen? It’s been so busy. I’ve enjoyed a pre-Christmas lunch with my work colleagues who I don’t see often as we all work remotely, relaxed after a spa session with my daughter as I won’t see her on her birthday, and generally put my festive hat on. Here’s what else I’ve been loving this week… The Radio Times.  I have to mention it. It’s a reminder of my Christmas past! When the paperboy popped a crisp Christmas edition of the Radio Times through the letterbox, you could smell Christmas. Two full weeks of entertainment loomed. You carefully flicked through the pages to see what was on and maybe mark out in blue Biro the programmes to be consumed! My first piece of stollen of the year. It always tastes the sweetest. Not sure how I held out so long. I’m a stickler for tradition, I suppose. No mince pies but I’m a stickler for stollen’s icing sugar …

The Second Week of December

The weather’s turned wintry, and everything’s beginning to look decidedly twinkly. What have I been loving most this week? We all have our own Christmas traditions. Some are the ones we’ve inherited from the people we love. Others are ones that we’ve created for ourselves. This year I’d like to add a new tradition for my Grandson – the Christmas Eve box. This is an idea which floated into my consciousness a few years ago. I think it’s an American thing, but I can’t be sure. The concept is to fill a box with special treats for the night before Christmas. I like the idea and it’s a new tradition which can continue even as he gets older. I wish I had introduced this to my own children all those years ago. So, what’s going in his Christmas Eve box? The most important thing is a pair of new festive pyjamas. I hope he finds these sleepy fox onesie pj’s snuggly. The ECO quality of Polarn O. Pyret (shortened to PO.P) children’s clothing is excellent. PO.P means …

The First Week of December

Its December and here we are at the end of another week. I’m not quite sure how we got here – the days are slipping by at an alarming rate and I still have rather a lot to do before Christmas. Everything is a bit like running through treacle at the moment – motivation, inspiration, exercise… but I’m trying to push on and keeping chipping away at things. Last weekend I had a dear friend to stay, I have to say we go back nearly forty years, and we never stopped talking. A sign of good friends! We had a visit to Harlow Carr Gardens and enjoyed toasted teacakes at Bettys with my Grandson. We left just as the colourful lights were switched on for their Glow Winter Illuminations. It would be good to go back and experience the touch of garden magic in the dark. We also manged a few hours amongst the bustle of Christmas shopping frenzy that York succumbs to at this time of year. The Christmas market in York was crammed full …

Three things I’m loving this week

I feel like I’m really getting into the swing of these wintery weeks, short bright sunny days and long dark evenings. It has been a celebratory week, my Grandson had his first birthday and I shared a relaxing day with a friend celebrating her ‘big’ birthday. What have I been loving this week? Apart from late flowering roses and autumn leaves, here’s what’s made me happy this week… Found… Loose leaf Green Tea I was in need of a cuppa of loose leaf green tea. A perfect match for me has always been Yunnan, smooth and grassy and perfect with a spoon of honey. I am so happy to have rediscovered Brew Tea Co, a small company based in the North West who also offer a range of delicious, top-quality loose leaf teas and teabags so you can enjoy the perfect cuppa wherever you may be. I’m also trying their lemon and ginger for when I have the sniffles! Being kind to myself and friends… I jumped at the invitation to share an afternoon at …

My Autumn Bookshelf

Do you read different books in different seasons? I know I do. When the temperature dips, I like to lose myself in a cosy, welcoming read. Something that’ll still make my brain tick, but that’ll also soothe me when I need it. Here are some of my ‘Instagram’ favs from my book shelf, you can’t beat a book and a perfect cup of tea, can you? #frenchlottie Our current book club read is The Thread by Victoria Hislop, another of her books set in Greece. She is a great storyteller. It’s just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerges the layers and history of relationships past and present. I’m new to her books but quite enjoying the plot linking Thessaloniki in 1917 and 2007. A bit like a blind date! #welcometomyshelf The next one is on my shelf and I’m looking forward to picking up and reading before I see the film. This came recommended by my sons girlfriend, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman who is a Swedish …

Farewell October…..

October has been a very different month – full of beauty and colour and the feeling that autumn is lingering on with sunny days. But also I’ve had sadness at the loss of a friend. I also feel I have lost a week suffering from the flu. But here we are on the last day of the month. Later on in the week, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite photos from this month’s #JustOnePerfectThing, but meanwhile, here’s a little round up of what it’s meant to me… Berries, apples and tarts.  Brightening up the dull days, catching my eye when I’m out and about. Some taste nice, others need cooking in crumbles and pies… and some are just pretty. Woolly jumpers, tights and colourful shoes. I don’t like feeling cold, but I do like that it means I can wear jumpers and tights again. New ones, old cosy ones, soft, pretty ones – they’re all welcome here. My winter mission is colourful legs and these shoes! Watching the leaves slowly change colour and flutter down. Every …

It’s Leopard Season

There’s something about leopard print. Every autumn I fall in love with it again. Is it the earthy colours? The sense of fun? Whatever it is, I’m hooked. And despite its ubiquity, its popularity began with one designer and his muse, more specifically, Christian Dior and Mitzah Bricard. Bricard was fascinated by leopard print, and as a result, during the 1950s, Dior created a range of his accessories featuring the design, elevating leopard to be the must-have print of the moment. A little hint of leopard print is a fun and stylish way to update your wardrobe. This autumn I’ve chosen a scarf – the perfect purchase for the in-between autumn weather. This soft, slightly abstract scarf by New Look is £12.99 and I love the flattering, peachy tones. It really transforms a simple outfit. Here are some other leopard print delights I’ve spotted lately… How about this clutch bag, also from New Look, great for a special occasion? I bought it earlier this summer for a friend and now it’s in their sale, so hurry …

Apple Treats

Question of the month: do you prefer a sweet apple or a sharp, sour apple? It all depends on mood and individual taste I know. And then there are apples whose very name puts you off eating them. I don’t quite fancy the Dog’s Snout variety (an old Yorkshire cooker) or the Bloody Ploughman or tucking into a Sheepnose, Ballyfatten, Hangdown, Redstreak, Manks Codlin or Maiden’s Blush. And least said about Slack Ma Girdle (an old variety of cider apple) the better. Then there are those strange apples that are named after people: Cardinal Von Galen, Ben Davis, Charles Ross, although, strangely, Granny Smith sounds fine. But the things you can make with apples – even the mushy textured ones – are quite remarkable. In Yorkshire there are various producers working wonders with various forbidden fruit varieties, creating a range of products including wine, cider, vinegar and chutney. Here are a few of my favourites: Yorkshire Apple Wine A 14.2% wine from Luddenden Valley Wines in West Yorkshire. They hand mill and press a blend …