How to minimise stuff and maximise Christmas spirit

Christmas spirit is all about giving, but it isn’t all about the gifts. Christmas spirit is really all about hygge (it’s ok, I’m Scandinavian, I am licensed to use that word 😉 ). And hygge is about coming together and enjoying all the things that get you through the cold and dark Nordic winter. Think roaring fires, good books, candlelight, homemade…

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Sun and sea at Sandy Bay

One of the great things about being owned by a dog is that it gets you out and about. And the best thing about having a dog when you have no garden is that it gets you out and about several times a day – morning, noon and night. These days I get to see spectacular…

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Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day?

You probably know that tomorrow is Black Friday. But did you know that it is also Buy Nothing Day? Buy Nothing Day is a global holiday that represents a backlash to Black Friday and the rampant consumerism of the Western World. It was created by artist Ted Dave and promoted by Adbusters in Canada in 1992, and…

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Time to get a new planner!

My favourite time of year? Ok, it’s probably summer, but I love it when it’s time to get a new planner! My planner is my brain. It is my external hard drive, if you will. I can’t really function properly without it! People presume that because I’m surgically attached to my iPhone Plus, I use…

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Twinkling lights and Christmas delights in Exeter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I don’t mean Christmas – well, not really, as it’s only mid-November – but it’s that time of year when Exeter is transformed into a magical city full of lights, colours and mouth-watering scents! Christmas lights are twinkling all over town, and the Christmas Market is in full…

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Join us on a sunset walk in Budleigh Salterton

Recently, Albert and I went for an afternoon walk on the low tide in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, and it was so spectacularly beautiful there that we stayed to enjoy the sunset as well. It was one of those evenings where colours seem polarised and everywhere you turn, there’s a motif. The photos below are all unedited…

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