I hope you’re having an okay time, dear reader. It’s a jungle out there, improving in some parts and descending into distressing madness in others. Here are some distractions, in case that’s what you are seeking …
1/ Kate Arends: 5 small morning rituals that don’t include working out.
2/ Julie Rybarczyk: How Facebook marketplace is getting me through the pandemic.
3/ Anne-Laure le Cunff: How to stop exaggerating (and more on why we do it!)
4/ The Simple Things: Create a mental health shelf
5/ Diane Schuller : A beautiful plant can be a friend
6/ Isaac Fitzgerald: When Covid hit, I started walking 20,000 steps a day. It’s changed my life.
7/ Ellie Violet Bramley: Allotments are good for your physical and mental health.
1/ The new season of The Crown starts on Sunday! Hooray!
2/ And did you see that there is an online exhibition of costumes from The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit?
3/ Also, I just watched the latest season of Unforgotten. You know how much I love Nicola Walker so I won’t tell you again! (It’s on iView for free.)
Dr Pippa Burns aka my favourite crochet researcher is Pip of the Week! (Remember I spoke to Pippa for this story?) She’s in the know about so many interesting things. *Nods* Not just craft. Much, much more.
Dear pickled apples
I’ve had the brine of my life
Owe it all to you.
(Also found via Swiss Miss)
I haven’t been sleeping so well, so have been listening to political podcasts in the dead of night, trying to learn more about US politics and get a handle on what might happen next.
1/ Author Ann Patchett talks about the challenges of running a bookshop during the pandemic.
2/ This book about trees looks lovely!
3/ I just started reading The Fire of Joy by the late Clive James. So far, so brilliant.
1/ Make your own twisty candles with this unexpected DIY.
2/ SoulCraft is back as an online festival rather than the usual IRL Melbourne event.
3/ Make a partridge in a pear tree. Look how cute that partridge is!!
4/ DIY a comfy and cute sweatshirt!
5/ Head along to one of Eliza’s farm workshops? (above)
1/ I’m making this Bean and Bacon Soup today. It’s been so hot and I’m tired and today is milder so SOUP IT IS! With focaccia on the side, of course.
2/ Salted Honey Parker House Rolls, anyone? (Yes! Meeee!)
3/ This Blueberry and Apple Muffin Cake looks pretty delicious, doesn’t it?
4/ Nigel Slater’s Yuzu Chicken with Broccoli and Rice looks like a great weekday dinner for the non vegos. Yum!
1/ A collection of the most creative films and TV shows. (So good!)
2/ The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy is set to star in a new Mad Max prequel.
3/ These Thanksgiving table settings might give you ideas for the holiday season?
4/ Nobody is normal …
5/ A rooftop oasis in Manhattan.
1/ A duck in the drawing room? Why not?
2/ A talk with Sue Stuart-Smith: Gardening for the mind. I’m a huge fan of Sue’s and loved her book. Maybe you’d like to snap up a ticket and watch it online?
3/ Alice In Wonderland wallpaper? I think so.
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Love and health to you and yours,