Farewell Facebook – Being More With Less


This is home – Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, evening after a storm

The dawn of a New Year adds impetus to the good intentions of the past few months. Cupboards have been stripped and reordered leaving a skeleton wardrobe of clothes that as my newly found guru Marie Kondo, she of the obscenely tidy Japanese closet instructs: “bring me joy” Continue reading


Simple Living for Complex Lives – Campfire Food

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The Summer holidays in these parts bring evenings and early mornings spent on the beach, children wetsuit clad dipping in and out of the sea or wallowing in the muddy reed lined pools scattered through the lunar landscape of gradually subsiding grassland that clothes the lower cliff slopes. Continue reading

Simple living – Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

beetroot and chocolate cake

Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Having a vegetable box delivered every week feels good in lots of ways – it’s lovely to support a small local grower,try unusual varieties that the supermarkets don’t stock, to keep food miles to a minimum and to eat produce that is truly fresh. Continue reading

Simple Wisdom For Complex Lives

Sheep Grazing At Sunset, Gatcombe Down

Sheep Grazing At Dusk – Gatcombe Down, Isle of Wight

“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely.”

Marcus Aurelius