2 Ways to Enjoy Cosy Autumn Nights In

Yep. The time for cosy, autumn nights in approaches. Later this month we’ll put the clocks back and then the time to hunker down with cosy candlelight, cashmere socks and snuggly blankets begins in earnest. And with that, the chance for some ‘you’ time? After all, as this quotation so perfectly puts it:

Greenpeace Day 2021

2021 has thus far seen a range of dramatic weather events. We’ve seen the apocalyptic rain in Germany and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands that claimed 200 lives. Click into this Economist article and you’ll see a photograph that will take your breath away – but not in a good way. It rams home the unimaginable destruction they’ve suffered there. We’ve seen too the fearful fires blazing across the Mediterranean region, resulting from record-breaking summer heatwaves.  All of which has prompted me to flag up Greenpeace Day 2001 which is on the 15th September. And hot on its heels from the 20th – 26th September is national recycling week.

Are you good at listening?

Do you pride yourself on being a good listener? What do you think comprises being good at listening?  A Guardian article I read a few days back, ‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people’, caused me to pause and … well … think. Reading it, it occurred to me that, all too often we can fall into the trap of believing that listening equates to staying quiet and not interrupting when someone is talking. Well that helps of course. But what the art of listening is really about is taking on what someone tells you.

Ways in which to be kind

Ways in which to be kind
There’s been much talk during the ongoing Covid pandemic of being kinder to oneself and to others. After all, as this blog about Covid anxiety tips points out, it’s only human to feel anxious during a global crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we thought we’d have a look at the word itself – what it means.

The Origins of Mothering Sunday

These days the terms Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day have become so interchangeable you would think one is a synonym for the other. But, in fact, that’s not so. Our British Mothering Sunday grew from a different place to the American Mother’s Day. So this blog takes a look at the origins of Mothering Sunday – and the difference between it and Mother’s Day. The latter always takes place on the second Sunday in May and I’ll come back to it later.