My Sunday Photo: Night Time in Northumberland

The Northumberland Coast is one of my favourite places.  This is Seashouses, where we recently spend a lovely long weekend.  If you’ve never been, make plans to visit!

Night Time in Northumberland

 


 

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Going Green: Part Two – Going Online

GoingGreenLast month, as part of my plan to live a simpler life that reduced the harm I do to the planet as much as possible, I set myself a green goal – to start using natural household cleaners.  You can read how it went here.

Goals work well for me, they help me develop good habits and that’s what I need if I’m going to make my life greener.  Otherwise, I have a tendency to start off with good intentions and then fail at the first hurdle because life gets in the way.

So, with this last month being a success, I’m going continue, looking at how apps and websites can help me do my bit for the planet.  I’ve been using different sites and apps for the last few weeks and these seem to be the easiest and most effective (at least for me!). Continue reading

Teaching my daughter the rules of friendship (according to me)

Recently, my daughter – Lou – has made a new friend – let’s call her Lily.  Lily and Lou have known each other since year one, when they started in the same class, but have never played together before.  Then, with the lighter nights of summer, Lily – who lives six doors down from us in the next street – started knocking on our door asking Lou if she wanted to play out.

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After talking to Lily’s mom, despite much nervousness, I said yes.  The girls are nine after all and need to be given some independence and I wanted Lou, who always plays with boys at school, to maybe build a good female friendship – one that would see her through her school years. On paper, Lily and Lou have a lot in common, so I thought, “why not?” Continue reading

Getting Organised: Keeping Paperwork Under Control

1647.jpgWhen I was doing the #minsgame challenge last month, I found myself shredding for days, getting rid of paperwork that went back to my first job offer over 30 years ago.  It’s paperwork I will never need again but which I was afraid to throw out, just in case.

It was pretty obvious I wouldn’t need a 30 year old job offer but with other documents, credit card statements for example, I just wasn’t so sure. So, I headed to the internet to figure out just what I needed to keep and how long I needed to keep it for.

By the end, I had a great list that now has pride of place on my office noticeboard and, since then, I’ve found myself referring to it often.  My inbox has never been so empty.  Because it was helpful for me, I thought others might find it useful too (at least others in the UK at least). Continue reading

June in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence. It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading