About Last Night – Our Relationship With Sleep

About last night…..   I couldn’t sleep again, another one of those nights.  I have no problem going to sleep but then wake at the bewitching hour of anything between 2 and 4am.  My brain seems to go into overdrive and I start to overthink, and worry.   It’s not a nice place to be and I know I am not alone.  Why does everything seem so much worse in the middle of the night when you feel like the only one awake?  It does always look so much better in the morning, once I have awoken from the fog of falling back into a deep sleep in the early hours.  You know that slightly sick feeling you experience when you … Read more

Stillness

Stillness comes in many forms, but sometimes you have to give yourself permission to seek it. The dictionary meaning of stillness reads as ‘an absence of movement or sound’.  As we embarked on lockdown this was very much the case.  It felt surreal and as though we were on another planet, it also felt like an adventure in some ways too.  Venturing into the unknown.  The drawbridge was up and we were all at home and all in it together.   It was that pivotal moment when the world stopped, planes were grounded, there was barely any traffic on the roads and people had to stay at home. It will always be remembered as a difficult time for everyone, no-one … Read more

Is 2020 The Year Of The Staycation?

Has Covid-19 put paid to all our holiday plans?  I am pretty sure if the trip was long haul then it will likely be delayed until next year.  Easyjet have today announced that they will be flying to most European destinations by August.  BUT the question is, do you fancy flying?  More importantly what is the airport experience going to be like?  Most likely longer queues to check in and bag drop and security could be interesting.  As some of you know we have a villa in Portugal which we also rent out during the summer.  Obviously any bookings that we had have been put on hold, however, Portugal itself and the Algarve in particular, state they are open and ready … Read more

Dressing to please …… yourself!

    I am a big believer that you should wear what makes you happy and what you feel comfortable in.  I also think that the clothes you wear can contribute to your mood or frame of mind.  For example if I am wearing my ‘trackies’ I feel less likely to engage with things in a progressive way.  By that I mean I will probably end up pottering around the house or garden and not focus on the job in hand.  Days like these can leave me feeling  unproductive.    When I get up on a Monday morning and want to nail the week, you are more likely to find me in a pair of jeans or a skirt and … Read more

Let’s talk Millennials

Something that is very on topic at the moment, and has been written and talked about a lot, is the subject of Millennials.  I find this is quite close to my heart because – obviously I am too old to be one myself, but I have kind of raised three Millennials.  Although the parameters of when you are born are quite precise to make you a Millennial, it’s neither here nor there, as there is an entire generation below us who have been deemed to be entitled. Lets look at this.  The generation in question were raised in a very different way to the way I was raised.  We definitely had to wait longer for things and there was no … Read more

Letting Go…

So that day has finally come when you are feeling redundant as a mother. You are officially on the bench moving from the front line to the side lines with your kids.  You have achieved what you set out to do, and that was to make them into capable independent young adults who would grow wings and fly.  Congratulations on a job well done, you should be very proud! So they have a plan, are firmly on their new path and know where they are going and what’s next.  But what about you? The thing is if you are anything like me you knew this day would come, it is after all the natural order of things, but at the … Read more

Coping with trauma

When two men break into your home wearing balaclavas and carrying hunting knives let me tell you, it’s a GAME CHANGER. Not least because at the time I had two very small children asleep upstairs, and was the only adult in the house.  Feeling helpless doesn’t even begin to cover the stream of emotions that race through your body and mind as you realise that this is real and not a dream.  As the ordeal progresses you begin to process things in a different way as your body goes into fight or flight mode.   When there is a knife at your throat I can assure you all thoughts of fight disappear extremely rapidly.  You soon realise the safest ending to … Read more

New Season, New Throws, My Top Five.

  https://www.mushroomlondon.com/product-category/shop/house-and-home/throws/ So that’s a wrap for summer, and now it’s time to shake the house up a little and get ready for winter.  I still find it a shock when the weather becomes cooler and the light begins to fade at the end of each day.  And don’t get me started on the dark mornings. You would think I would be used to after all these years! As the leaves fall off the trees, and the landscape changes, we start to think ahead to cosy days indoors, by an open fire. Sometimes as the summer comes to a close the house can feel a little tired, perhaps lacking lustre. Rooms that have been neglected as we have holidayed away … Read more

The Emptying Nest

                                              I think the most surprising thing about finding the nest is emptying is that I didn’t see it coming.  You embark on your journey as a parent with the whole process and excitement of being pregnant.  At the time the weeks seem to pass so slowly. By nature I am impatient and couldn’t wait to meet our babies.  Then you are catapulted into a world of responsibility and care and things you have no understanding of.  The learning curve is massive and there is no handbook.  Each baby is different; different children different worries.  You entwine your heart … Read more

Interiors through the eyes of a Doll’s House

            Some of the remaining Art Deco Hotels on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Spending a week in the most beautiful Art Deco Hotel in Miami has got me thinking about interiors over the centuries. This particular property has been sympathetically restored, maintaining the integrity of a bygone era. I can imagine the stylishly clad women and men walking on the stunning tiled floors, surrounded by stylish fixtures and fittings. The hotel itself is a landmark 1941 Art Deco building; understated yet opulent, and by the nature of the way it has been restored, it is very easy to imagine how it would once have been. Our decor today seems to be a bit of ‘anything goes’. … Read more