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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

It’s Easter Friday and my English village is peaceful. Spring has sprung – the daffodils and snowdrops are past their best and the primroses, tulips and all kinds of blossom have taken over, bringing us fresh fragrances and a plethora of colour to gardens and the countryside. I love this time of year. It’s a time to get outside and dust off the cobwebs of the winter and prepare for warmer days. The shops are full of enticing wares. Does the deckchair need new fabric? Do you need to restain the table and chairs? Is it time to replant that...

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th, dates back to Chaucer’s time and is an early spring feast day associated with the declaration of love. So for all the singles out there who will not be receiving a box of chocolates, bottle of fizz or some red roses, here’s a little message of love to you from me. Valentine’s Day always makes me remember a trick my mother played on me many years ago. I remember as a child being a huge fan of The Beatles, especially Paul McCartney. Even at 8, I had a crush on the left-handed guitarist. Yes,...

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Lists to write in a journal

Lists to write in a journal

If writing a daily journal feels like it may take up too much time or become a bit of a chore, how about filling your blank journal with a series of lists? You can then tick off this things you’ve done, the places, you’ve visited or the Christmas presents you’ve bought as you go. Celebration lists to write in a journal People love lists. It helps them feel in control and secure. It helps with planning busy times and is definitely a good idea if you’ve a birthday party to plan, an engagement or a wedding coming up, a big...

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Blue Monday - the antidote

Blue Monday - the antidote

The third Monday in January is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year and since 2005, for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, has been dubbed Blue Monday as a result of a piece of pseudoscience published by Dr Cliff Arnall to help boost holiday sales for Sky Travel. Although we have never needed any special encouragement to book holidays in January, as it’s well known to be the busiest month in the year for the travel companies! And rightly so, when it’s cold and wet outside I’m all for planning a well-earned rest...

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My 2017 Happiness Jar

My 2017 Happiness Jar

The other day I saw a great idea and thought I would give it a try in 2017 – it’s a Happiness Jar. The idea is that you use it a little like a coin savings jar only you write a note each time you feel like recording something positive. I have dated my pieces of paper so that when I tip them out at the end of the year, unfold and read them, I can see what happened when, as more than likely there will be lots of forgotten memories. I have used a tall glass jar with a...

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