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A few changes around here…

Do you ever get the feeling your life needs a revamp? I’ve been feeling this way for a while now and, as I’m a firm believer in decluttering your life in order to let new stuff in, I’ve started by revamping my blog! I wrote my first blog post over four years ago under a… Continue reading A few changes around here…

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May ‘One Book a Month’: Eco Book

Sorry this month’s ‘One Book a Month’ is a bit late. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a few things lately (I’ll explain in my next post but a small hint: I may be about to take a new direction in life!). Anyway, despite its lateness, this One Book a Month holds a special place… Continue reading May ‘One Book a Month’: Eco Book

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Magical Trees

Ah, I’ve just come back from a week in the Cotswolds. We stayed in a converted barn on a beautiful eco-friendly farm. Every night we sat on our balcony and watched the sun go down over the valley… When we woke in the morning, this was the only sound we heard… We walked through beautiful… Continue reading Magical Trees

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April ’One Book a Month’: Feeling like a kid again

This month’s One Book a Month task was extremely arduous. I walked three minutes from my front door and went to Emsworth’s only bookshop Bookends. (It’s a second hand bookshop but it’s an independent business and, like I said, it’s the only bookshop in the village, so it counts!) One of the things I love most… Continue reading April ’One Book a Month’: Feeling like a kid again

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March ‘One Book a Month’: The smallest bookshop in the UK

The great thing about supporting local bookshops is that you discover hidden gems right on your doorstep. Yesterday I visited the smallest village bookstore in the UK as part of my ‘One Book a Month’ campaign. Hayling Island Bookshop is just a few minutes’ drive along the coast from me but I’d never come across it… Continue reading March ‘One Book a Month’: The smallest bookshop in the UK

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‘One Book a Month’ campaign has lift off!

Today I kicked off my ‘One Book a Month’ campaign. MY MISSION: To support booksellers by buying one book a month from a local bookshop. THE RULES: The book must come from a real life book shop. Amazon and charity shops (my usual haunts) are strictly out of bounds. Today the bookshop in question was… Continue reading ‘One Book a Month’ campaign has lift off!

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Feeding my book addiction

I have a serious book habit. I get through several books a week. But there’s a problem: I’m a writer. I don’t earn much money. So what do I do? Answer: I go to charity shops, or I turn to the dark side and order my books from the used books section on Amazon. But… Continue reading Feeding my book addiction

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One other intention I forgot to tell you about which came true recently in an unexpected way

After my post yesterday, I realised I missed out one important intention which came true a few weeks ago. Here it is: I used to spend lots of weekends down here by the coast, summoning up the courage to leave safe and leafy Surrey, where I lived, for The Unknown. One day, as I walked… Continue reading One other intention I forgot to tell you about which came true recently in an unexpected way

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Magical things

You know I said I thought magical things could happen here? Well, they’ve started happening. Magical Thing 1: The sea air must be good for me. I have now written over 18,000 words of my book. When I pass the 20,000 mark I will have a celebratory glass of something extremely alcoholic and then pass… Continue reading Magical things