Christmas Countdown | 11 | Welcome Home

Well, we have moved. It was exhausting and chaotic, as expected, but made worse by me being under the weather. I had to keep going off into quiet corners for a lean.

The new house is lovely but quite dirty. I feel like a bit of a mug for cleaning our old house before we left!

This poem popped into my mind; it seems appropriate.

 Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better

To paint a picture, or write a letter,

Bake a cake, or plant a seed;

Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,

With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;

Music to hear, and books to read;

Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there

With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;

A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,

This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old age will come and it’s not kind.

And when you go (and go you must)

You, yourself, will make more dust.

— Rosie Milligan


This month, I’m again attempting to blog every day to turn this corner of the internet into a sort of advent calendar. Posts will be tagged ChristmasCountdown2015 or you can look at the calendar in the sidebar ⇒

Christmas Countdown | 9 | Sleeping Beauty

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Who doesn’t love a fairy tale pantomime at Christmas? Tonight, we’re off to see Sleeping Beauty at the Bristol Old Vic. As you might imagine, it’s not a completely traditional production!

Here are some fab videos from behind the scenes, which tell you a bit more about it:

Tomorrow we’re moving house. Hmmm we could have picked a quieter time of year!


This month, I’m again attempting to blog every day to turn this corner of the internet into a sort of advent calendar. Posts will be tagged ChristmasCountdown2015 or you can look at the calendar in the sidebar ⇒

Interesting links this month

Paris in mourning
Paris in mourning – photo from Twitter
One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. This month I’ve read little beyond news reports about the Paris attacks, Belgian lockdown (we are visiting next month) and the debate around air strikes in Syria. This article struck me particularly: “Bombing civilians will recruit new terrorists.

Here are a few less serious links:

On houses

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“To buy is to choose where the future will take place” – Frances Mayes on houses.

This quote comes from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, which has wise words for anyone moving house (as we are hoping to do next month). 

What if you did not feel uncertainty […] Are you exempt from doubt? Why not rename it excitement? […] Think: What if the sky doesn’t fall? What if it’s glorious?

Interesting links this month

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One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. It’s also a handy way to remember what I was reading about in any given month. With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• The Mayor of Bath talks about mental wellbeing and confronting stigma.

• I discovered  The Physic Blog by Bristolian Sara Venn via Instagram and it lead me down a rabbit hole of reading about gardening, allotments and community projects. I especially loved this post and this video and this other blog and the Edible Bristol movement.

Sanctum is an incredible arts project happening in Bristol for the next three weeks. We dropped in on Friday and saw potters, spoken word poetry and an impromptu lecture on the ideas behind the project. The temporary structure alone is worth the trip.

This new-ish blog, The Spike, is like helpful advice from a cool aunt or sister.

A slightly scary but also hopeful podcast about our relationships with our smartphones and how they affect us as humans. And a similar article about parents and their phones.

• “If you have more stuff than you do space to easily store it, your life will be spent a slave to your possessions

• Finally, the grass isn’t greener in Norway (with regard to relations with the EU).