I kill plants. Even the most hardy of flora cannot survive in my custody. I’m currently trying to nurse an orchid back from the brink. It brought much needed colour to our hallway for less a month. It is now just a bare stick in a … [read more]
January is always a busy month in recruitment (the day job) and this year is no exception. Which is one excuse for not having posted anything here for two weeks. But here’s another good reason: Her name is Coco and she’s an nine week old … [read more]
Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Solstice or whatever else you celebrated. And that you feel rested from your break. We had a party of 13 guests on Christmas Day. The preparations were a back-breaker: eight hours in the kitchen on Christmas Eve … [read more]
2016: move along As we crawl towards 2017, full of slightly stale mince pies and leftover Christmas pudding, I wanted to take a brief look back at 2016, before putting it in a box marked ‘shite’ and trying to forget all about it. It’s been … [read more]
It is now deep winter. The days are short and the nights are long. Tonight, we will be hunkering down for a cheese fondue with our friends from Switzerland. The kids can watch a film, while we put the world to rights in the kitchen. … [read more]
I have a confession to make. I hate Christmas dinner. Turkey, to be specific. I love Christmas Day and being with our extended family, but what is it with the turkey? It’s not exactly traditional fare in Bethlehem. It’s not seen on menus for the remaining 364 days … [read more]
I grew up with dogs. Shetland Sheepdogs were our breed of choice. They were lively, gentle, loyal and incredibly hairy (a bit like me – apart from the gentle bit). Whisky was my favourite. I teased him relentlessly, but he was my best friend. His … [read more]
I was invited to speak at an event this week, attended by all my University friends. And I wish with all my heart that none of it had ever happened. You see, the event was a funeral, the speech was a tribute and all my friends … [read more]
“I have nothing to wear”. How many of us start our day by muttering this under our breath? The experts say that we only wear 20% of the clothes in our wardrobes. I have been hoarding clothes for years and I reckon I only wear … [read more]
I’ve been meaning to tackle the issue of fear for a long time. I mean the sort of fear we feel in our professional lives, which prevents us from doing anything new or making changes to our circumstances, even when we’re unhappy continuing with the … [read more]
Self-employed people: they’re everywhere. Opening up boutiques, or industriously working on laptops in coffee shops, or beavering away in their home offices. Of course, they had always been there, but I’d been safely tucked away in my office, busily not noticing them. Each new chapter … [read more]
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, even though for bloggers, Christmas started with the press shows in July. Last year I wrote several gift list posts, including a specific list for beauty fans and another full of bizarre, unusual and downright crazy gifts … [read more]
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