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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 […]

Blue skies and frosty mornings

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Life, Love, Family

  Since January I have been in a bit of a slump and have been putting it down to the weather, my workload and the general hum drum of everyday living. Then something quite magical happened on Monday (not like hocus  pocus magic, I might be getting a little over dramatic but stay with me!). As I set off for work on Monday evening I was delighted to notice that it wasn’t yet dark and […]

Sea Breezes

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Life, Love, Family

There is nothing quite like the draw of the sea. Every month I travel to Sligo to bring one or other or both of my kids to the orthdondist. I love the drive. Once we pass the turn off for Boyle the scenery becomes more and more majestic  and my shoulders relax and as I watch the fields unfold and the mountains grow bigger any tension I hold starts to seep away. I try if […]

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Hello, it’s been a while. I’m a week into Creativity Bootcamp hosted by That Curious Love of Green and am enjoying the experience immensely. I have recently fallen from my stoicism bandwagon and have been very hard on myself about my lack of commitment. So yeah, I did what any reason and sane person might do. Jumped into a new commitment! A commitment that asked for two daily actions, one was daily journaling and the other […]

Stone Walls, Sea Breezes and an Old Mill

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I think it was during the Easter holidays that I decided we needed a break away from home this summer. I turned the laptop on and searched the net for somewhere that would appeal to all. Not an easy task considering we have two children who have very different interests. Our eldest is a book worm, a budding artist, a writer of sorts and an internet addict. The youngest loves the great outdoors and has […]

Preparing for Winter

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Life, Love, Family

Hello and a big thank you and welcome to anyone new. While I was gone a lovely thing happened. Over 200 people read my blog in the one day! That hasn’t happened in quite some time and it was a lovely surprise to get. I’m attributing this increase in readers to the fact that Jane from That Curious Love Of Green shared my post. So, thank you Jane. I have hit a little bump in […]

Saying Goodbye to the Weekend

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Monday came round all too suddenly here at Crabtree Cottage. More decluttering went on over the weekend with the loss of nine black bags of clothing and bedding. Yes I said nine bags! I’m so glad to see to the back of them and feel lighter for the loss as does the house. I’ve cleared out a room that was used to store my youngest’s vast collection of Lego and the ever-growing mountain of ironing. […]

I’m Still Here

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Hello, I’m still here, I’ve been missing for some time. I’m decluttering at the moment. The head and the house. I think they are inextricably connected. I’m still practising mindfulness. Some days better than others. I’ve just purchased a a copy of  Stoicism And The Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson. A recommendation from someone who’s opinion I value, so I’m looking forward to settling down in a comfy spot and losing myself in the pages. […]

#100happydayschallenge #day15

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This scrummy light and super absorbent moisturising  mousse is my must have beauty product. Made locally Made in Lucy’s Kitchens products are perfect for keeping your skin in tip top condition (and I’m not just saying that because she is a friend). On a number of occasions lately I have been told that I look like I’m 30 early 30s at a push. I’m crediting this good fortune to good genes that are being helped […]