This is what success looks like

For some reason (I’m going with peer pressure) I decided to plough my way through all of the fiction in my Tsundoku . Annoyingly I managed this a lot faster than I had hoped, some of them were rubbish and I refuse to put myself through that any more, so I ended up in the…

Stubbornness and snobbery

Part Two – Snobbery Yesterdays post, where I described how I used my stubbornness to quit smoking, was easier to write than I think this one will be. It is easier to suggest that stubbornness can be a strength than to show how snobbery can be too. So please forgive any rambling that occurs during…

Presents!

Just a short post about presents, from a person who isn’t that fussed about Christmas… I treated myself to a gift box of paints, produced for charity, and now I have the delights of deciding what to do with them. The box is full of extraordinary colours from the place that brought us the Blackest…

Palate cleanser

After all the politic angst (perfectly reasonable and deserved angst IMO) and deep and meaningful ponderings I was advised to post something lighter and more delicious…so here it is. I subscribe to a weekly email newsletter from Laura Olin. I am rarely interested in everything I receive via email newsletters, but they are worth it…

Books and how much I love them

My book reading diet has been a little different recently. In an effort to increase my minimalism and frugality I have taken to rereading a series that I have owned for quite some time, but that I will now donate. I have also read some of the ones that have been sitting on my Tsundoku…

The last three things

I’m starting this post with a pretty smug attitude, my minimalist attempts seem to be working. The last four things posts (here and here) were quite a while ago but I really had to search to find anything (other than groceries or books) that I had bought in the meantime…Go Frugal Team Me! This first…

Revamp!

I was planning on waiting until my one year blogiversary (?) to change my theme and colour scheme, but I am an impatient sod, so here it is!

Radio silence over

As I have previously mentioned, I do enjoy an overly ambitious DIY project every now and again. This time I managed to include some artistic gubbins too. I have never really attempted anything this big before and I under-estimated how long it would take (it turns out happy little trees take FAR longer to create…

Living before dying

This isn’t supposed to be a morbid post, but it does talk about death so it might be worth avoiding if that’s a topic that pains you. When I think about my own death I try to make it about practicalities rather than wallowing in how dreadful it will be for the rest of the…

Experiment Update

About 6 months ago I decided to stop reading the news.  Up to that point I had been a frequent visitor to the BBC website and it had become a significant part of my morning routine. I made the decision to stop because having to read one-sided articles, about horrendous things I could do nothing…