The art of serenity

Someone once told me that in times of stress you need to: “Act like a duck. On the surface you look calm, but underneath everything is paddling like mad!” Those words have stayed with me and are something that I have aspired to, although it’s not always easy. I’ve always got stressed quite easily. Nowhere near as bad as some people I know, but I do sometimes feel as if I’m on a constant treadmill and can’t get off. I also tend to take it personally and to heart if things go wrong, even if it’s not my fault. For the past few years, my new year’s resolution has been to take a more relaxed approach to life, and needless to say I haven’t managed to achieve it yet.

View Post

The lost art of saying thank you

When I was younger, my Mum used to make me sit down and write thank you letters to anyone who had bought me anything for Christmas or for my birthday. And it wasn’t enough to just say thank you. I had to write about what I was doing/going to do with any money that had been given, why I liked whatever gift it happened to be, and if that didn’t fill the space – what I had done to celebrate. I hated it. The best bit used to be getting to use the notecards and stationery that I didn’t normally have use for.

View Post

31 Castlegate, York

Recently I celebrated a birthday, and as I know no better way to celebrate than with good food, it was time for me to pick out a restaurant to visit with James. We’d both been to 31 Castlegate before, and although we usually like to try somewhere new, we had been impressed on our previous visit. Of course, the fact that I received my starter and main course for free on account of it being my birthday didn’t go amiss either…

View Post

A short stay in Cumbria

After my recent post on York, it’s only right that I should also show support for Cumbria – another community which was recently hit by devastating floods. Cumbria is another place close to my heart, being where I was brought up, and as a result here are a few highlights:

View Post

A short break in York

Those of you who follow my blog will know how much I love York. It was devastating when the floods happened this winter, but York is still open for business. If you were planning a short break, don’t let the recent floods put you off. In fact, now is the best time to go in order to show your support. The community is still thriving, but a little extra help never hurt anybody.

View Post