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Life lessons from Derren Brown

Derren Brown selfie during show at Grand Opera House, York

I've been pretty mesmerised by Derren Brown since he hit our TV screens years ago. So I booked tickets for us to see his latest show 'Miracle' at the Grand Opera House in York. Beforehand, I was excited and intrigued: we all know by know what his act usually entails but I didn't know what he ...

New Quay, Ceridigion, Wales

Ceredigion coastal path, Wales

Boy, were we in need of the break. In the end, we didn't need to be away for long. Just a few days, with fresh air, open sky and nothing in particular to do. Just a little time like this - after just one day of lazing and reading in fact - and I felt my ...

Life lately and finding space

Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

My blog has been neglected of late. Letting go and accepting I wouldn't update for a few weeks - that I couldn't - wasn't easy. I haven't really had a dry spell since I started blogging more than three years ago. The first five months of this year have been demanding and non-stop at work, but now ...

How to vote and why you should

Voting has always been really important to me. I can't explain why, because it wasn't something drilled into me as a duty by my parents. Maybe it's because the bungalow across the road from our house was a polling station. I remember the excitement of crossing the street to complete my ballot paper for the first time ...

Two years on from diagnosis

The second year after Freddie was diagnosed with serious liver disease

I've shared a couple of posts on this blog about one of my best friends Emma, whose son (and my godson) Freddie has a rare liver disease. She hopes that by talking about her situation she might help other parents thrown into the dark, frightening world of childhood illness. Personally, I just think her story is an inspiring ...

Goals for 2015

Enjoy it because it

If 2014 was the year of getting things done, 2015 is the year I want to do more. Let me make sense of that. There's no doubt that in the last 12 months we've achieved a lot on the house renovation. In doing so, we've worked hard, committed a lot of time, energy and money and ...

10 most popular posts of 2014

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I know pretty much every blogger in the world does it, but it's a good and interesting end-of-year exercise to see which have been the most read posts. It usually throws up a few surprises, and several oldies-and-goodies. I wonder if this year's list will raise your eyebrows? These are the posts written in 2014 that have been the most ...

What I got for Christmas

As you get older the things you want for Christmas can

I'm a pretty lucky girl. I know it. I struggle to think of things I want for Christmas. One explanation is because, well, this. Another is that I don't have particularly expensive tastes, and a decent income, so I tend to buy the things I want throughout the year. But I always look forward to opening my presents for ...

Christmas, and thoughts on 2014

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On Christmas Day there were 10 at our house for dinner. As I've said, getting the house to a state where people could actually visit safely, sit comfortably and eat round a table has been a long, hard slog and there have been times I didn't think we'd pull it off. But even my modest self can't deny ...

Weekend in the Lake District

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

Last week there was bad news again. The kind that makes you cry, gasp for breath and feel scared and bewildered. The kind that makes you want to run for the hills and hide out for a bit. Coincidentally, we were due a weekend in the Lake District for the Mr's birthday (and mine which was a couple of weeks ...

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