It’s My Day

Today is World Stationery Day – the holiday with my name on it! For me, happiness has always been a new pen, a notebook, some glue, inks, paperclips, or what have you. If it is sold in a stationery store, I’m almost guaranteed to love it. I celebrated by making a pilgrimage to my local stationery/art shop with a…

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Geek Quest

My inner geek has had a field day today. We came into London on the train, checked into our hotel, then headed out in search of notebooks, journals, and stationery supplies. Seriously, there is some cool stuff out there,  and we logged nearly 20,000 steps in pursuit of our writerly quest. A whole store devoted…

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Village Life Update

Since I’m still not well enough to go out walking, I thought I’d take this chance to give you a heartwarming update. Remember when I told you that our local Pet Supply Shop had burned in mid-January? The owner thought she’d be closing forever, but the local community has rallied behind her with fundraising events, work…

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Winter Brighteners

Once again, our village tea shop offered the perfect destination for a chilly afternoon walk. What can be nicer than a warm drink and a chat with a good friend to kick off the new week? Hurrying home afterwards, I was stopped in my tracks by these trembling glimmers of hope just beginning to bloom in…

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Ikea Counts

As anyone who has ever shopped at Ikea can attest, navigating through the store counts as a real walk. Yes, I know it is already a matter of my project, my rules, but I want to make sure that on any given day I’m holding to the spirit of my resolution — to move my body,…

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In Village Life, Small Things Matter

I’ve been showing you around Thundersley because it’s home to me, and it’s where I walk most days. I also want my family and friends around the world to see my local community, and I hope to sow some seeds… maybe if I show you the place that has taken me to its heart, you…

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Walking to the Pretty Things

I’m lucky. I live in village that has its own wool shop (aka haberdashery), and the shop has been a big part of my life for all the years that I’ve lived here. On Tuesdays nights we bead at Bodkins, and on Wednesday evenings we knit (other classes happen at other times, but these are the…

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Tea Shop Rendezvous

My walk into the village this morning took me directly to Pinaglis Tea Room, where I am always made to feel welcome with wonderful coffee and gluten-free goodies! (Fair disclaimer: I didn’t actually indulge in the goodies today, but I was certainly welcomed and I enjoyed knowing they were there for me to feast my eyes upon!)

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New Year, New Bodkins

Those of you who see me on other blogs or circles, or who know me personally, will be aware of my love of woolly things and my passion for using sticks and hooks to create fabrics out of threads and yarns. For the past decade, the little wool shop in the village has been my home away…

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