Thursday photo #300

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to get into the habit of discussing gratitude with the children. Libby in particular often doesn’t realise how lucky she is. She has a strong sense of injustice if she feels like she’s being hard done by. So, it’s a useful exercise to stop and think about all the good things that are going on. Gratitude We were chatting about what we were thankful for yesterday over dinner and it got me thinking as well. Since Christmas, I’ve been running once or twice a day. It’s mainly to get ready for my…

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Mindful chef recipe boxes: review

Eating healthily always seems like such a good idea. Cooking from scratch and using fresh ingredients. Eating more vegetables and avoiding processed food. But then, you realise there are a few things you need from the shop and you’re short of time. So, it’s much easier to grab something quick. Pizza, pasta. Oodles of carbs. And the cycle of eating mindlessly continues. In 2015, Mindful Chef set out to change all this. They deliver all the ingredients you need to follow the recipes you choose. All healthy, fresh and high quality food. About Mindful Chef Mindful chef describe themselves as…

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Thursday photo #299

After a rather lengthy run-up period, I’ve kicked back into work mode. Last year, I cut right back on my freelance work to focus on my blog and Instagram. Twelve months on, I’ve realised that as an income stream, it’s too unreliable. When I did my tax returns, what I was paid each month varied by a huge amount, far too much to plan for. Additionally, I’ve had real problems getting people to pay on time. So, I’ve gone back to some reliable freelance work that always pays at the same time each month. I’ll still carry on with my…

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Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders at Malvern Theatres: Review

Iconic comedy actress Jennifer Saunders is at Malvern Theatres this week, starring in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The play is in Malvern as part of a national tour, prior to opening in the West End. As expected, the theatre was absolutely packed for opening night. In fact, it’s very close to being completely sold out all week. Blithe Spirit: The performance Laughter reverberated around the theatre as the unfortunate Edith made her unsteady way onto the stage carrying a tray of drinks. We were soon introduced to Charles and Ruth Condomine and their plans for the evening became clear. Dr…

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Why we swim

A foot plunges into the icy blackness. Cold penetrates the skin like a knife. Bit by bit, the rest of the body becomes submerged. Slow, intentional movements. One leg, then the other. A cautious step forward. Edging in, feeling for the river bed. Numb from the waist down. It’s time to take the plunge. A leap of faith The intentional part is done. Now there’s nothing for it but to submit completely to the water. Falling slowly forwards. Every breath is an effort. Slow down, don’t gasp. Lie still, weightless. Wait for the panic to pass. Self-awareness is all-consuming. Focus…

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