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Some Really Very Good Books

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show buy careprost Hello dear reader. I’m currently travelling in Europe. This post is one of several posts I wrote before take-off, to keep the Happy Pantry vibe alive while I swan about and eat baguettes (sorry not sorry). Excuse me, if I’m slow to reply to a comment or an email. I do so much appreciate you reading my blog. To my buddies in the South – keep warm and have many mugs of tea and snuggles under blankets.

еxpedite http://www.dsmilka.gr/26683-revatio-cost.html So, you might know that I like to read a lot of books. I read a lot of good books. And occasionally, I read some amazing books. Books that make me stop dead in my tracks and gape in awe at the events or the language or the characters on the page. So here is a list of my most favourite reads, and then some very close runner ups. If you need a good book to hunker down with, I give these my stamp of approval. Continue reading

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reglan cost Hello dear reader. I’m currently travelling in Europe. This post is one of several posts I wrote before take-off, to keep the Happy Pantry vibe alive while I swan about and eat baguettes (sorry not sorry). Excuse me, if I’m slow to reply to a comment or an email. I do so much appreciate you reading my blog. To my buddies in the South – keep warm and have many mugs of tea and snuggles under blankets.

I’m pretty excited about this list of things. I of course wrote it with a chilly winters day in mind in which you need some good reading fodder as you nurse a third cup of tea. It contains the usual bout of crafty gems, a moreish recipe or two, good reading, a film recommendation and more. Have a wonderful, cake-filled, nap-inclusive weekend! Continue reading

Send Me On My Way

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This is it. I’m on my way. It’s amazingly strange. I’m trying to imagine the forecast 30°C and thunder storms in Frankfurt, the streets of London, my grandmothers face when I walk up her drive, the sauna smells in Tampere. I’ve written some posts (including the regular Happy Spaces) so do keep reading while I’m away. If I can I will share snaps and stories from afar. Take care, keep warm and I’ll be back in the driver’s seat in mid-July with stories to tell, a pathetic tan, and a whole new perspective on the world!!

Good Morning, Muffin!

Hi dear friends. This is it! This is the week I go to Germany. I’m packed and ready to go. I’m abnormally calm and insanely excited (plus, just casually, I have a big exam tomorrow!). So, a quick post today. Muffins! If you have read for a while, you’ll know I’m a bit crap at eating breakfast in an orderly fashion. Some days are a winner – lazy pancake days, or crisp mornings with time for a bowl of muesli and yoghurt. Other days involve depressed slices of marmite toast. Those days are a bit pesky. Today I’ve rounded up some muffin recipes that are suited for the ‘grab and go’ lifestyle and still include the goodness you need in the morning. Let’s go!

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Bookish Habits

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Books! How GREAT are books. I used to think it was a bit lame to like books. Then I started working in a library and an interesting thing happened. I got these interesting comments. People would ask, “so do you read much?”. It was like, I read AND I work in a library. I’m a walking cliche, a caricature. Disastrous! One of the great things about growing up is that you learn that it doesn’t really matter what people think and that, in fact, said lame things are quite cool. So here I am, proclaiming loudly that I do in fact like books and yes, dearest questioner, I DO read much. I feel a bit sad for people who don’t read because they are missing out on a lot, I think. Books a very special, probably the closest thing we’ve got to a time machine. Yep. I thought maybe I would ask about your bookish habits today. What do you like to read? Where do you get your books? Continue reading

On Sticky Creativity: Settler or Sampler

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I have always liked to make things. You might not know this unless you’re my mum. In my ‘tween’ years (late childhood to adolescence) I bounced from craft to craft, not settling. I made scrapbooks starring my pets. I was a devoted scrapbookee. Then I did cross-stitch and made cute bookmarks with foxes on. I tried to learn how to sew and sewed half a bright purple leopard print bag (can you imagine!). I was fairly rubbish at sewing. Patience was not something I possessed in great helpings. There was, somewhere in me, an unhappiness with the state of crafty things. I couldn’t settle. When I was 20, I got up in the blustering cold, took a bus and attended a painting class every week for a whole term. I was RUBBISH at painting but proudly and naively soldiered on. I continued in my search. Then, two years ago, I taught myself to sew. I like sewing but don’t have as much time for it as I like. So to knitting – therapeutic, telly-appropriate and also boring and hard (unless you want to make very plain scarves – just MY opinion). What then? What was it to be? Crochet? Continue reading