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End of Summer …..Again….

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School is back! It has to be my least favourite time of the year. Routine, structure, living life watching the clock………..the dreaded school lunches! Being torn between wanting to be the perfect parent sending your young off with a lunch box laden with healthy options or just giving in an handing them a jar of Nutella and a spoon (if the dentist or orthodontist is reading this I have no Nutella in the house……….ever!). Today […]

Rainy Day Ramblings

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My blog has been badly neglected over the past month or so. Creativity bootcamp finished up at the end of October and while I miss the constant interaction with the lovely bunch of creative, innovative and talented folk who took part, I am finding that a break from social media and the internet is doing me good. I enjoyed the bootcamp immensely and have made some wonderful connections that are blossoming into friendships outside of […]

Creativity, it’s Cathartic

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I’ve been immersing myself in creativity and self-expression. Sounds like I have notions doesn’t it? I’m sure I do, lots of them and sure why shouldn’t I? My second week of creativity bootcamp is coming to an end and what have I got to show for it? Has the house descended into chaos and are the children and Darren starving for want of a good dinner and a bit of attention? Not at all! If […]

What’s new at Crabtree Cottage?

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Hello and welcome to anyone who joined me recently, I’ve been swamped with work related tasks and while it’s time consuming it pays the bills and sure isn’t it fantastic that my hours are increasing? Wouldn’t I be singing a different tune if they were being cut? It just means what time I have left is divided between family, house keeping and friends. Past times  are not getting a look in at all lately and I’m […]

Another World

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I have the privilege of working with people who I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to chat with in everyday life. On a personal level I have benefited greatly from these working relationships and I am constantly learning about myself and the world around me. Today I learned that it is a special day within the Muslim calendar year. A day that would be similar to our Christmas. A day when family get dressed up and come […]

A change is as good as a rest!

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It’s been a while. Who knew back to school and work would result in no time for writing! As for stoicism, well it has taken a back seat of late. Self control has completely vacated the building however I’ve managed to hang on to letting go what is beyond my control. I made a little promise to myself that I would be up at 7 every morning to see the change in the season as […]

September Fatigue!

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I have September fatigue already. This is not a teary eyed post about the first day of school, I promise. My two are long past their first day at school. I am tired of the back to school posts, advertisements and memes that are rejoicing in the school’s reopening after the summer holidays. you know the ones, they tell you how great it is to be getting rid of the kids for most of the […]

Summer Days

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It’s hard to believe that the school holidays are drawing to a close. The days seemed to roll into weeks and the weeks just disappeared and didn’t even have the manners to leave behind memories of sun soaked hours! This has been my busiest summer since the arrival of my first-born almost 14 years ago. I was fortunate enough to have work during the summer months for the first time since I started working in […]

What’s In A Name?

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Good morning. After a day of blue skies and sunshine it’s back to blustery weather that is very reminiscent of winter here at Crabtree Cottage. You may have noticed that I changed the name of the blog. It never really had a name because when I started blogging a couple of years ago I had no idea what to call it and it ended up just being tagged with my name. So why call the blog […]

The Good Life

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Everytime I read a new chapter of Stoicism and The Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson I smile to myself. The ancient stoics were on a journey to reach eudaimonia or in lay mans (womans) terms the good life. For them being wise and a good person was both necessary and sufficient to enjoy a good life. For some reason everytime I read the ‘good life’ I am constantly reminded of the TV comedy that […]