29.8.15

Happy Friday Links

Welcome to Happy Friday Links where I share my favourite reads of the week. It's great to hear that some of you are enjoying my recent blog finds - I'm all for championing less well known blog talent as you may have gleaned (and if it's from the UK and has a minimalist theme that's an added bonus but not a criteria). There still exists a generous and authentic spirit of blogging on the internet, I believe. It's very much present although not so easy to find these days and I fear some may have lost their way. Wonderful writing, inspirational stories, wellbeing tips, creative nuggets and lifestyles/voices that transcend the commercial sphere. It's all out there. I do hope you find something to interest and inspire you here. 

  • How not to snack by Fiona from How to be chic. Some useful tips to keep that snacking habit in check.
  • What have you done today? from Happening upon Happiness is a good reminder to value the quiet moments of the day and to put health and happiness back on our to-do lists.
  • A Quest for Meaning from Florie at The Nife en l'Air is full of hope and inspiration for a rich life that beckons beyond consumerism.
  • Releasing the pause button by Nancy at between the shifts (yes she's a nurse) is for you if you're about to step back on the hamster wheel of work after a holiday. Get planning those September adventures!
  • How to tie in your sweet peas is a video that's still useful in my tiny and north facing garden. If your sweet peas are over there's tons more gardening tips and recipe videos on Sarah Raven's YouTube channel. How have I survived without this resource!
  • the colour collaborative: dress from Annie Cholewa was a delightful find this week. Annie shares her wealth of knowledge and skilled eye in appreciating The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck. Read the comments from those of us who clicked on the enlarged image and made our own discoveries. Also visit the other bloggers who write on the subject of dress for a fashion fest (listed at the bottom of Annie's post). 

Thank you all for reading, commenting, following and putting up with my lazy summer blogging. Next week there'll be less days out (such as to Bridgnorth in Shropshire pictured above) but hopefully a new leaf will turn and let more routine and blogging into my life. From Tuesday it's back to school for Walsall (where I work) but not for Staffordshire (where I live) or for uni students (obvs) so I suppose I'll still have nocturnal family members asleep by their wheels as I jump on mine. Oh well, I suppose I was a student once. And actually, I prefer routine and early mornings. Enjoy the weekend xo




9 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness! I want to live in Bridgnorth! What a beautiful village!
    And thank you for your links :)

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  2. After typing that, I googled Bridgnorth and realised it's a town I remember from a really good episode of Time Team!

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    1. Hi Clare. Ah yes I'll have to ask my husband as he's a Time Team fan. Bridgnorth is very pretty with its river and buildings and catching the cliff railway to 'High Town' is quite magical. The castle grounds are beautifully kept and there's the nostalgic "toot, toot" of the Severn Valley steam railway in the background. The tapas at The Boatyard by the bridge is well worth trying too. Glad you like the links xo

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  3. That photo and that view - wow. Your links are really interesting, thank you for sharing them here. And I agree, Annie's dress post was excellent. I always feel I've learnt something when I come away from her blog - and from yours. xx

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  4. Thanks Gillian. Bridgnorth was so pretty and this photo holds memories of a lovely day out xo

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  5. Thanks for sharing the links Claire, always interesting reading. I've also mentioned your blog in my latest blog post: http://www.notsupermum.com/2015/08/the-best-things-in-life-arent-things.html

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    1. Hello Jean and good luck with your downsizing. Thanks for including me in your list of links xo

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  6. Thank you so much for the link Claire, and your sweet words.

    I've enjoyed all your posts this summer, I fear though that I've been lazy about commenting.

    Bridgnorth, one of our favourite places and only an hour or so away from here ... you've reminded me how long it is since we paid a visit.

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    1. Hi Annie. You're most welcome and Bridgnorth has something special, I agree!

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Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Keep in touch xo