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Housekeeper's Diary authenticity Feb 19, 2021

Perhaps it is a sign of the times, this nostalgia for moments long gone I am experiencing. A reaction to the deep uncertainty I currently feel. Claustrophobia as a symptom of Covid. The longing to scream out loud my suppressed panic and run like Forrest Gump until I have managed to run away so...

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Painted Stories bibliotherapy Feb 17, 2021

 

Rachel Ashwell is one of a trinity of women, that also  includes Sarah Ban Breathnach, and Cheryl Mendelson, that I credit with teaching me how to live, when I was a young homemaker, running an interiors business and trying to fathom who I was, and what really mattered to me.

I think...

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The Girl Across the Lane authenticity Feb 10, 2021

A few weeks ago a new family moved into the old cottage across the lane. A typical family with two young girls and a happy little cockapoo, they moved in with an eyesore of a trampoline, a boat, and a boy-racer car so noisy it has become my morning alarm clock.

Over the years we have lived here...

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Morning Melancholy wellbeing Jan 25, 2021

My Mum used to wake up in rather a bad grump. Mornings coloured her outlook on life and seemingly made it impossible for her to see the positives in her day until mid-morning when to all our relief she seemed to thaw her way back to loveliness. It was difficult to live with and something I was...

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Housekeeper's Diary diary Jan 18, 2021

The oddest start to the year. I rather feel as though I must offer myself another New Years Eve on January 31st. A personal ritual instead of the obligation to be fun as we all stand together singing Auld Lang Syne in an empty lane - this little village apparently not familiar with traditions so...

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On CottageCore, Hygge and Bohemia authenticity Dec 09, 2020

I've been trying to puzzle something out. I have joined groups and scoured hashtags in my efforts to understand, and honestly, I’m still bewildered because it seems to me that the women of the internet have suddenly developed a deep-rooted need not to seek true authenticity, but instead to...

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