Recipe for happiness?

I touched on the subject of hygge on this blog just over a year ago. My love for all things Scandi hasn’t really lessened and the concept of hygge is one that I am still very much a fan of. For those that don’t know, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish pastime that sort of combines happiness,…

The Girl Before

A couple of weeks ago somebody messaged me saying I haven’t blogged about books in ages. And they’re right. I’ve been working a lot more than I’d originally intended and certain things have taken a back seat and reading for pleasure has certainly been one of them. I pretty much only ever read in bed and…

All The Light We Cannot See

Starting this today…  The Financial Times calls it “a masterpiece” and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. No doubt you all read it when it first came out but I’m always behind. My husband has been nagging me to read it for ages… I can already tell it’s going to make me…

Buzzzz… 

I’m currently reading The Bees by Laline Paull. I might post a little review about it in a bit but seeing as it’s taking me forever to read through anything at the moment that might not be for a while.  The Bees is a thriller that The Guardian described as “frightening” and “changes the way we see…

Tiger Mother?

As I mentioned in my Hygge post I didn’t spend much of my childhood in the UK. I think it’s this that makes me doubly interested in reading about people’s personal experiences of living somewhere that’s foreign to them. And now I’m a mother I’m particularly interested in how people raise their children. I find it fascinating. When…

Poo

Yes, POO. You ‘eard! Dr Gillian McKeith has made a career out of the stuff. When my daughter was very small we had a book called Everybody Poos. It was BRILLIANT. It was all about… you guessed it… pooing. There were even handy illustrations. It was most informative. When you have small children you deal with a lot…

Internal Compass

I don’t have the best any sense of direction. I’m the person that walks into a shop and goes the wrong way when I leave it. It’s not my fault, I can’t help it. I have no internal compass. For example, my parents moved house a couple of years ago. I am now able to drive…

Hygge

At the moment I am reading a book all about Denmark. Don’t laugh, it’s brilliant. Except for the bit about them charging 180% new car tax. That’s just daylight robbery. “Let’s move to Denmark!” I cheered to my husband. He’s used to this, I do it all the time. “Let’s move to Hawaii and we…

Book Club

My husband always has a stack of books on the go. The lady at our local library knows him and doesn’t hassle him about late fees. He owes several pence. He travels to work by bus, train and tube. It’s like Planes, Trains & Automobiles but on a daily basis. It takes over an hour each…