Books Read in 2020

Whew! The year is over and for the first time ever, I listed every book read during the year. Little did I know as the year started what an excellent year this would be for staying at home and reading a book. And how lucky I was to be able to do that. Here’s the… Continue reading Books Read in 2020

Five Ways To Be A Helpful Guest – When Staying With A Large Family

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin So wrong, Benjamin!! Guests can be an asset to a busy household and here’s how. My Mum and my Aunty Heather have been home for a week now. They are freezing back in Scotland and England where they live. Their three week visit to… Continue reading Five Ways To Be A Helpful Guest – When Staying With A Large Family

Calm Strong Kind :

My weekly diary to record how I’m doing on my  Do Less and Stay Calm goals for 2015.  A way of keeping myself accountable. I drove for hours and hours and hours over two days this week and had one of those lightning strike mental moments. End of term, some big changes coming in our… Continue reading Calm Strong Kind :

Scottish Stories – Sunshine + Rain, Laughter + Tears

Typical Scottish April weather we’ve been having here. Maybe a wee bit nippier than usual. There’s sunshine when it’s raining, then lowering grey skies, then wee blue patches. Always changeable, very breezy. You need to be prepared for all possibilities, and go nowhere without a waterproof, a hat, scarf and gloves. Life’s like that too,… Continue reading Scottish Stories – Sunshine + Rain, Laughter + Tears

Scottish Stories – The Knitting Knapper Strikes Again

It was all Minnie The Minx’s idea. She’d seen some knitting needles in a shop and was keen to have a go. AND we were heading to Scotland. Minnie is left-handed and so is my big sister. ‘Aunty Mairi can teach you to knit!’ I said. I like that passing-the-buck school of mothering, don’t you?