Fragrance Free

Following on from my Limonene & Linalool post in September 2019 here are some further good buys I’ve found in the following months which might be helpful for those of you who have sensitive skin or allergies. Dishwasher I initially switched from my usual dishwasher tablets to Ecover Zero tablets which are fragrance free but…

EcoPress

We have one of those diddy little coffee machines that use Nespresso capsules. A few years ago they were all the rage and I bought one for my husband. He loves it and uses it often. Every now and then packages arrive containing all kinds of seductive sounding coffees and it makes him very happy….

New Year, New Podcast?

I don’t really want to talk about my recent absence (see previous post here) so I won’t be talking about it in any great detail but just wanted to say thank you for the messages I received from people who read this blog. Strangers, with whom I have never exchanged a word with before, contacted…

Absence

Apologies for the absence. To touch on it briefly, we have suffered a close bereavement. In early September one of the kids in our family (not mine) passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, and we have all been trying to navigate our way through the unspeakable shock and loss. I really don’t want to discuss it…

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription service. Essentially what happens is a courier delivers a box to your door each week containing ingredients for the meals you have chosen from a set list. I signed up a few months ago because I felt like we were stuck in a rut. I don’t consider myself…

Scorchio!

 This summer we have seen temperatures soaring across Europe. Today the UK had the hottest July day on record. The last time it was this hot was the summer of 2003. I remember this only too clearly because I was dealing with a newborn baby at the time. Newborn babies are hard enough work without…

Not Tupperware

Recently I helped a dear friend move house. It wasn’t under easy circumstances, her husband had just been involved in a horrific traffic accident and was in hospital so she was trying to do it all on her own. Two weeks before Christmas. With a baby. Not. Fun. Times. Anyway I ended up taking some…

Spark joy

Happy New Year everyone. This is belated because I’ve been laid up with the lurgy for several days. Pretty much had every type of cold and flu symptom in succession since the end of December. You’d think I’d have lost loads of weight but that’s the sneaky thing about lurgies, you have to eat all…

Russian Royalty

As mentioned in a previous post back in January (click here) I have always been interested in the Russian royal family. So recently we took the opportunity to visit an exhibit currently on at the Science Museum entitled The Last Tsar: Blood & Revolution. The exhibition featured items belonging to the last Russian royal family…

Mary Rose

When my husband, then fiancée, asked if I’d be willing to get married the day before his birthday I thought it was a wonderful idea. Our anniversary would be the day before his birthday always. This would mean he would never ever have any excuse for forgetting the annual celebration of our nuptials. Aha! I…