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A Slow and Simple Christmas - Blog Round-up

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

A Slow and Simple Christmas - Blog Round-up

I'm delighted to see a strong theme emerging in current posts from bloggers I follow. That is the concept of a slow and simple Christmas. All sorts of thoughtful posts are popping up with considered advice on how to approach the festive season in a quieter, more minimal, or more sustainable way.  This idea speaks to me very personally. I have never been a huge fan of Christmas, and whilst of course I love my family, it's never been a time of year I particularly look forward to. I suppose (and this sounds ridiculous now), I had never considered it...

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On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

On Simple Pleasures, or, An Ode to a Bath Mat

Yes, that's right, this blog post is entitled, with no hint of irony (ok, maybe a tiny hint of irony), An Ode to a Bath Mat. I'm here today to talk about simple pleasures. Small moments of aesthetic, physical or even intellectual joy that occur in the every day. They are there, but you have to take the time to notice and appreciate them. I suppose I'm talking about mindfulness really, but like so many buzzwords, as soon as they hit the zeitgeist, I always feel like a bit of a tool saying them.  The concept I am talking about...

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September = Stationery

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

September = Stationery

Someone I know (mid-30s, no kids) recently said that she still gets "Back to School" vibes in September. I wholeheartedly agree and I don't believe we are alone. I'm now more than a decade out of the world of full time education, and to me September still feels like more of a fresh start than the new year does. Maybe it's the fact that it coincides with the changing of the seasons. There's a delicious crispness to the air and a hint of yellow creeping into the leaves... I don't know. What I do know is that September always makes...

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