Simple, Life-Changing Gratitude Practices

I wrote recently about how learning to practice gratitude regularly has transformed my life. I’m happier and I worry less. I believe gratitude could have the same impact for anyone, if applied with enough energy, feeling and dedication. If you would like to have more appreciation of all your life’s blessings and reap the rewards…

How Learning To Be Grateful Changed My Life

It’s very rare that a new idea or concept comes along and completely changes your life. When such a thing happens there’s really no choice but to grab hold of it with both hands and immerse yourself fully. Since I discovered the astonishing power of gratitude, my life has improved beyond recognition. It started with…

A New Forest Winter Walk

When you’ve been couped up for too long and consumed too many chocolate Santas and glasses of Baileys, nothing blows the cobwebs away like a walk on a crisp, sunny December day. Our favourite haunts in the New Forest can get pretty crowded during the school holidays. Today we fancied escaping for a while and…

Christmas & Over Indulgence – How 2017 Will Be Different

As a life-long Christmas lover, my eyes were opened this year to the sheer gluttonous and over indulgent way we spend the festive period in our house. I’m not sure why I’ve never seen it before, but this year I spent most of the time thinking, ‘Too much. This is all too much.’ Too much…

Byron Road Christmas Lights, Barton-On-Sea

Every December, a row of seven terraced houses on Byron Road in Barton-On-Sea is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. The Christmas lights on Byron Road certainly are a remarkable sight. The residents spare no expense in decking out their homes from roof to ground in lights. Musical, moving figures adorn the front gardens, which…

Positive Body Image: Promises To My Daughter

There’s a picture on the wall of me in my mid twenties. Tanned and healthy, I was a lot slimmer than I am now. My face was yet to be lined by the years of broken sleep, worry and guilt parenthood would soon bring. Today I glance at that photo and can only dream of looking like that again. But, I also…

Christmas At Exbury Gardens & The Postal Express

For two weekends this December, the good folks at Exbury Gardens have opened up their stunning grounds for free,  enabling visitors to explore on foot and ride Santa’s Postal Express (train ride costs £5 per person, under 3s are free). The staff spared no effort to make sure the children had a magical Christmas experience. At…

We Do Not All Have To Shine

We do not all have to shine. I came across this phrase in a wonderful article by David Brooks in the New York Times. Those six words resonated with me because they neatly encapsulated how I have recently been feeling about my own life. A life most certainly defined as ‘little’ and perhaps even ‘inconsequential’…

Christmas In The New Forset: 10 Of The Best Festive Activities

With so many festive events and activities happening in the New Forest over Christmas, I sometimes feel a bit swamped with leaflets and overwhelmed by event information. There always seems to be so much to do and very limited time to fit it all in. However, there are ten fail-safe festive events we never want…

Why The Show Must Go On

I discovered my love of Queen music at the age of ten, while listening to a tape in my friend’s bedroom. She played me Bohemian Rhapsody and I was instantly hooked. It was the same year Freddie Mercury died. Over the proceeding 25 years, Queen’s music has been a huge influence on my life. Sadly,…

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary & Stick Man Trail

One of our favourite places for a walk in the heart of the New Forest is Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. This is the New Forest at its best, where unspoiled meadows meet dense woodland and wildlife is abundant. It’s the perfect place for spotting deer, picnics, a long walk (many of the trails are buggy friendly),…