World Music Day – June 21st 2018

Celebrating the impact music has on our lives

The beauty of music resonates with so many and the impact it has on our lives is almost indescribable – I’d say it was more of a feeling, not always fully understood but something that is…

6 min

You Are My Sunshine!

How important is exposure to the sun for our mental and physical health?

The recent spell of hot weather is a welcome change for many of us across the UK; I live in Cumbria where having consistent sunshine, for more than a few days of the year, is pretty…

4 min

How to Donate Your Blood to Help Others

World Blood Donor Day – June 14th 2018

I have never given blood, but I intend to. I don’t really have a reason why I haven’t done it up until now (I’m 41). For quite some time I believed that because I have quite…

3 min

The Homeschool Diaries, Part 2: Preparing to Homeschool

A six part mini-series highlighting key aspects of homeschooling a young teen

Once you have made the decision to homeschool your child or children, then a certain amount of preparation is necessary to ensure that you are equipped (both mentally and in terms of ‘stuff’) to do the…

5 min

The Right Words

Finding inspiration in a good motivational quote

Quotes, mantras, meditations – call them what you will, the potential joy that can be attained from a few simple inspirational words are totally where it’s at. My naturally cynical mind used to scoff at the…

3 min

Does Life Begin at 40?

Navigating my way through the treacle of life, in the middle of life

I’m 41 and a half years old. I’m ‘in’ my forties. ‘Naughty at forty’, hmmmm not really but then ‘sensible and responsible at forty’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Legend has it that…

3 min

International Volunteers Week

Giving up your time to help others

June 1st-7th 2018, is International volunteers week. An annual opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to the millions of people across the globe who give up their own time, for free, to help others. ‘A…

3 min


Keeping a daily diary in our modern world

I never kept a journal/diary as a kid, although I always kind of wanted to. I think I was too lazy or perhaps felt that I didn’t really have anything of importance to write down –…

2 min

Dear bugs, where are you?

Are we hurtling towards an ‘Ecological Armageddon’?

The recent spell of warm weather has brought about more time being spent outside and I love being outside. After school trips to the lake and long walks with the dogs on the fells feel like…

4 min

The Joys of Impromptu Camping

How an unplanned night under canvas (or nylon) can recharge those batteries

I didn’t really camp much as a child – my family opted for different types of holidays, all wonderful, but never camping. We did however camp out in the back garden on occasion (which was a…

5 min