I had no one to entertain, no hoards of visitors to feed, and no long list of presents to purchase, but it really got to me this year. Ridiculous really. I became teary, depressive, and almost agoraphobic. Gone are the days where I used to look forward to Christmas for the parties. The thought of having to purchase a new…

I wouldn't say I was a particularly stressed person these days. Christmas is never a huge affair as we have no children or grandparents to buy for, so there should be no reason for panic or last minute stress. No mountains of mince pies to bake, and no pans of red cabbage bubbling in the oven. It's all very low…

Today is the shortest day and longest night. The Winter Solstice. The pinnacle of Yule Tide.  Thank the Pagans for Christmas. It's not all about babies in mangers. It's much deeper than that. As you know, I am a lone witch. I don't do full blown ceremonies with masses of people at Stonehenge. I like a more subtle, carefully planned…

I've been on a bit of a mission. Unless you have been living under a stone over the past few weeks you will have noticed the sudden surge of interest in global plastic pollution. Momentum has increased with the BBC Blue Planet, and media coverage of how our wildlife is being harmed by plastics. If you haven't heard of the…

It's here again.... All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. It hasn't smelt like Autumn yet as we have been enjoying some glorious warm weather, but the clocks went back yesterday, and as if by magic, we had a light frost last night, and the smell of autumn is now in the air! The veils grow thin. Halloween is always a good…

Mindfulness techniques are something you can't really use at the dentist. Mindfulness is all about being in the moment, and when I'm at the dentist, I don't want to focus on being in the moment at all. I'd like to be somewhere else. A long way away! I've always looked after my teeth. At least a two minute clean twice…

This may seem like an odd question to those who have a stack of books by the bed or on the coffee table, but for me it was quite a tricky question to answer. What sort of book? A woo woo type book with a shamanic thread? Something by Deepak Chopra, Alice Hoffman or Eckhart Tolle maybe? Or are we…

I've done recipes for chocolate courgette cake and beetroot cake, in the past, and even this one made it into a blog a couple of years ago. As it's squash time again, I thought I'd re-write and re-post! Squash are becoming so popular with lots of different varieties out there. They need a lot of water and space to trundle…

Sometimes we think we may have strayed from our path, just because we aren't achieving the things we think we should be. Social media is partly responsible for this, but we have always as a human race, often wanted what others have. The grass always being greener and all that jazz. Your pathway is individual although it may often look…

Well this was an interesting one. I've had to learn to spell schizophrenia for this post! Many of you know that early last year, my 48 year old brother was taken to hospital under section two of the Mental Health Act, where he spent some time getting the help he so desperately needed. We managed to get him moved from…

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