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my “stop and be” spot

  There is something very soothing about sitting by the ocean with a breeze on your face and watching the waves roll in. When I am here, my mind clears of all my thoughts and I am just caught up in the repetitive sounds of moving water. And that feels so restful. We can all …

bending the mind

  Today, I discovered the incredible work by Patrick Hughes. His ‘reverspective’ paintings explore perspective and visual paradox in three-dimensional pieces that are beautiful and mind-bending in equal measure! When we stand still, each painting seems flat and two-dimensional. As soon as we move, the image appears to move with us, it takes on a …

did you say yard sale?

Building on last year’s huge success, I organized the Tunbridge Wells town-wide Yard Sale again last month. And what a fun day it was, with over 130 participants setting up stalls all over town! This big free community event is like a car boot sale, with participants selling from their front gardens or driveways. A …

let it hang…

Fortnum & Masons have got it right: somewhere to hang your stuff when washing your hands in the ladies’. This is one of my pet hates about not only public facilities, but also hotel bathrooms etc… You just can’t do the task at hand when you are juggling your handbag, jacket, shopping… It all gets …

need a good excuse to de-clutter? here’s one!

We all go through life accumulating stuff. We collect physical things that we can see around us, but also mental clutter and emotional clutter, which is less visible and therefore we don’t pay it as much attention. But it’s still there. These different types of clutter are very much interlinked, so if you want to …

the traveller

This afternoon I stopped in an art gallery as I had some spare time and saw this bronze statue (Mlle Abattu by Bruno Catalano). She was one of many similar figures that all really struck me. The collection was inspired by the artist’s departure from his birthplace Morocco and his journey to France. All the …

step away!

I spent the afternoon in good company today! Standing underneath this beautiful statue of David made me feel quite tiny indeed.And so it is also when we are right in the middle of our stuff. The clutter seems huge and overwhelming, and we can’t quite see how to even begin tackling it.Moving away a bit …

switch it off and let it go…

These Thai meditation cushions were given to me about 20 years ago, and I can count on the fingers of one hand how often I have used them. I decided that it was finally time to send them off to a better home. The friend I gave them to picked them up tonight. In a …

I can see the sea!

Today I attended a great workshop on resilience. I learned a number of new things, and as an additional treat it was held in Whitstable. (I actually gave a little shriek of delight when I went over the top of the hill and the sea appeared in the distance.) I always enjoy traveling to different …

when old becomes new

I always feel like there is something quite nostalgic but also brutal about these exposed indoor walls. The fireplaces and remaining wallpaper are so reminiscent of the lives that were lived in the building, and the fact we can see them from the sidewalk seems so incongruous. I find myself trying to imagine who lived …