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Housekeeper’s Diary

On the brink of a new decade my head seems filled with the muchiness of all I want to say. To do. To encourage. And to be. Excitement balanced by the relieved melancholy so familiar to many in the days after Christmas. That it is over, thank heaven, and oh woe is me that it is over for another year! It has been a lovely Christmas. Rich in books, and films and my boys. In the peace of t[...]

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Membership Maths!

Well now, I truly hope you have had the sweetest, calmest, lovely Christmas and that during this holiday you have managed to stay off the internet as much as possible so you could really enjoy those you love without the endless distraction of bleeps, rings and notifications... To this end, I have been quiet: not wanting to harass you, because I cannot encourage you to enjoy the pleasur[...]

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An Imperfect Christmas

Oh December, you really have been the most obstructive of Mistresses! Between the engine going kaput in the car, the miserable black fingers of rising damp crawling through the living room walls, the drama of insisting a reluctant sixteen year old revise for mock GCSE exams unhelpfully stuffed into no time at all just before Christmas, the most preposterous of mean-spirited arguments with[...]

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The Bliss Book

As we near the end of the year I got to thinking about the rituals we usually all indulge in: from taking stock of our lives, to choosing a "word" to define the year ahead or making New Years Resolutions we are certain, even as we are making them, that we won't keep - if only because a resolution so often tells us to restrict something instead of adding something joyful to our lives! I[...]

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An Interview With Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sarah Ban Breathnach Courtesy of Brigitte Lacombe

Sarah Ban Breathnach Courtesy of Brigitte Lacombe To have the joy of reading a revised edition of Simple Abundance for the women we are today was, for me, enough to bring a deep sense of pleasure to the end of 2019, but to be invited to ask Sarah Ban Breathnach all the questions I had as I devoured the new book, the kind of honour I could only have imagined when I sat down to create Br[...]