How to really switch off on holiday

I'm going away tomorrow with my nearest and dearest for a well earned holiday. So, in order to make the most of my time, I am mindful of what I take with me. Part of switching off, involves, well, switching OFF. If you'd like to…

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Mindfulness and allotments

I never thought there would be much joy in digging heavy soil on a hot August evening. It's not something I would choose to do, but being on a month's notice to improve our allotment or lose it, you see me down in the dirt…

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How the Instagram crowd ruined Bullet Journal

“I stopped Bullet Journaling because I wasn’t getting as many likes.” she confessed. At last, Ryder Carroll addresses something that's been bugging me for a while now. Your Bullet Journal is a tool to help you live your life better. It is not a tool…

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Can your todo list app do that?

Next time you’re planning to buy groceries, can I suggest that instead of tapping them into your phone, maybe using a list app, that you find some paper, or a notebook and pen? You see, when you let your 7 year old son write the…

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Lunchtime dip

Have you ever seen a frog in a pint glass? The water was cold and I'd removed a few leaves and bits of grass from the surface. As I peered over the side, something made me jump. A brown and bottle-green frog darted along beneath…

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It's nothing like The Good Life

Apparently allotments are a little like hen's teeth. When we moved to our current house my wife and I had the idea of getting an allotment to grow our own food. We had visions of warm summer evenings, butterflies flitting about as we gently pulled…

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Snow days

Finally, finally, we managed to get a bit of sub zero weather. When I was a child, it was pretty standard fare for January and February to have periods of proper cold and snow. Now this seems to be a rarity. I miss it. There…

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Happy New Year Happy Place

Happy New Year from a happy place. A cold and breezy hilltop, bathed in January sunshine, with the people I love most. I hope 2019 brings you peace, love and many happy places.

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