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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 …

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 …

September is rushing by

Who else feels like September has just rushed by in the blink of an eye? The sun hasn’t always shone this month, but that didn’t stop us all having fun. I made my own sunshine and enjoyed the last days of summer. Here are my favourites so far…… St Malo, oysters, French markets, spending time with friends, French doors and windows #JustOnePerfectThing My local cultural outing this month was with our book club/food club to Queens Mill in Castleford, the home of Allinsons flour mill. It is being lovingly restored keeping that Yorkshire heritage alive. Who remembers the slogan ‘Bread Wi n’owt taken out’? We enjoyed a fab Yorkshire supper in the Queens Mill Tea Room. I’ll be posting a review quite soon. Now it’s time for me to settle down for autumn, read, sew the quilt for my grandsons first birthday, put my garden to bed for the winter, walk on sunny days, go visit some of Yorkshire’s National Trust properties and plan my next trip or two! And you? SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

In a nutshell: August

August, well it just sort of went! It went in having my little house painted internally at the beginning of August and the finale was having new flooring laid in my hall and lounge at the end of the month. And as we know, that doesn’t just happen by itself. All that prepping and cleaning up!! So many choices, so many decisions. Making decisions for yourself is the hardest, right?! I struggle to take photos of my little house in its entirety. Because of that, I’m not always the best interiors blogger. However, I do love my home and I like to share what I’ve been up to and what’s on my interiors radar. It’s my little bit of imperfect perfection. The fun bits have been gradually filling my newly painted hall with new pictures, and reframing my old favourites. I’m lucky to have an artistic daughter, and my home is filled with her work. The middle of August brought us a family staycation, back to the area where I grew up, Cartmel. It is …

In a nutshell: May

I can’t believe we are nearly into June. There have been cool days and oh so hot days, but May is my fav month full of freshness and green, and optimism. May was a jammed packed month of diary entries, but I managed some quality time being Granny Goose and quite a lot of foodie outings. Wellbeing: My bad back continues, but thanks to Matt the physio, its improving…slowly!! It’s an age thing! Three top tips from a cardiologist: Eat real food, Keep moving, Reduce stress and learn to relax – as does being in a close nurturing relationship, benefits the ageing process!! Hmm, a few things to work on there next month. My Garden: Blooming and gets greener by the day. I’m having battles with slugs and greenfly. I believe the greenfly are loving showers of diluted washing up liquid. It’s a pleasure in life to watch May produce a show of alliums and the first roses. Eating Out in Yorkshire: Tried and tested The Olive Branch in Selby – good quality Med food. Sunday …

It’s Spring

Oh the weather has SO changed has it not? Can’t wait to share some gorgeous pics of the best of our countryside with you, photography course coming up!! I’m trying to mix up my posts a little (I know – living on the edge!) with ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, reinventing myself, and delights of being a Granny are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! So, where do I start? Today I’m indulging in a post about loving this Spring sunshine with a flavour of March in my garden. Handsome Helleborus Really loving this new Yorkshire Flowerpot planted up with garlic from The Garlic Farm. Just wait for an update on my garlic pot! Greygoose is smiling and enjoying the first of this years sunshine in her garden! ∼♥∼