Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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The ongoing magic of tidying up

Earlier this year I went through a momentary de-cluttering phase inspired by Marie Kondo’s ode to organisation, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It was a moment of beauty, but sadly very shortly lived. Since then, the only thing magical about my efforts to stay tidy is just how…

Waiting times for healthcare

MY daughter, affectionately known as La Gidg (new readers, please note, that’s not her real name) just turned 11. When she was nine she fell over down a stony track whilst we were out walking on Sa Trapa with a group of friends. She sliced her leg open across her…

Change is... well, just change

Change is neither good nor bad, it just is. If we didn’t change we would soon cease to exist. That’s what evolution is about after all, isn’t it? We have to adapt and be able to respond to the demands of change. They say you’ve got to ‘roll with the…

Cake calories and well done

MY last day at Mood coincided nicely with the fourth year of Mallorca’s Biggest Coffee Morning. I had thought it was three but Edward Ingram from the 41 Club reminded me that we had actually done four, so I’ve probably wiped one of them from my memory somewhere! Again the…

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Nagging does get results in the end

IT was my daughter’s 11th birthday last weekend. My husband and I are both very proud of her, she seems to be growing up with values, manners, and ambition. All of which I think are important for her future. We started to drill ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ into her before…

Having your cake and eating it

IT happens every year: August is a burn out, in more ways than one, and then BOOM! The weather changes and we’re straight back on the Mallorca merry-go-round of charity events and get togethers. I’ve got to admit, I do love our island for that. Next Friday I am helping…

Strolling along

THERE’S a lot of information out there about exercise and health. We know that physical activity is good for our minds. Being active promotes mental health and well-being. It improves self perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up…

Getting crafty!

I CAN’T say that I am particularly handy with needles, but I always wanted to learn how to knit. Now learning how to knit might not be at the top of your autumn to-do list, but it should be, and there’s a group that has just launched in Calvia which…

She’s not giving up

MY daughter wanted me to promise that I wouldn’t shout out or make any kind of loud noise when she rode in her first show jumping competition last weekend. I was mortified that she’d think I would embarrass her in anyway (Moi? Mais non!). But I shrugged off the niggly…

The Power of Music

THIS summer I have photographed a lot of concerts: mostly DJs, and a few bands. It’s been fun and exciting sometimes to be up close with musicians in the midst of their performance. The atmosphere at a gig is always fundamental to its success, sometimes the energy has been generated…

Just like that

AS we walk along the quay towards the boatyard we pass beside rows of restaurants serving Mediterranean specialities. We can hear snippets of different conversations in many languages, along with more I’m not so familiar with. Happy people having a beautiful time. Waiters moving at full tilt. It’s busy, busy.…

The impossible art of tidying up

MY family and I are watching the Olympics. It’s irrelevant which sport it is really as we’ve become armchair experts in each and every one. It hasn’t taken us long. We’ve not watched Women’s gymnastics since, well, the last Olympics, but they really should hire us all as judges because…
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