Are you open to new windows of opportunity?

As I was drinking my early cup of coffee, looking over the lake this morning a bird flew into the living room. With floor length windows on one side the bird in a frenzy flew against them again and again to try and get out, banging his head, fluttering furiously away from me in my attempts to guide … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas and Farewell 2016

It's a funny old time of year really isn't it?On the one hand there's all the razzmatazz of the festive season and the lead up to Christmas Day and on the other there's a feeling of, 'Oh crikey, another year is drawing to a close - how did that go by so fast?'Some of you social … [Read more...]

13 great books to make you laugh or cry.

If you're like me, you love reading but never get enough time to read very much! So if you're stuck for some last minute Christmas gift ideas or need a Christmas Santa idea for yourself, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of 13 great books to make you laugh or cry - books that … [Read more...]

What I’m Loving This Week – Lovin’ Life

I hope you've all had a good week. I can't believe how fast this one's flown. And it's already time for the Lovin' Life link-up again. I'm wondering what you've all been up to, and would really love to hear about the things you've done or loved this week, or if you'd like to link up something you've … [Read more...]

What I’m Loving This Week – A Lovin Life Linky

Each Thursday I'm going to write a post sharing with you some of the things that I'm loving about life, and invite you to think about what you've loved about life during the week that's flown.A sort of Thank You Universe letter. It might be a random selection of happiness or something specific … [Read more...]

The Reluctant Cuckoo, a Novel out of Africa

I first met Cathy Donald at a book club in South Africa. Our children went to the same school and I was invited by another friend to join a book club she belonged to. New to Cape Town I was keen to meet people and the club provided the perfect opportunity to chat, eat great food, drink wine and … [Read more...]

What age is elderly? What age is Mature?

Here's the thing. I was an expat wife and a stay at home mum for around 20 years. When the day came and our house was empty except for Dave and myself I felt completely at a loss. I also, overnight, felt quite a lot older.I spoke about the empty nest syndrome and all that it entails on radio the … [Read more...]

What’s it really like onboard a Princess Cruises ship?

How's your week going so far, Lifestylers, I hope you're busy in a good way, not trying to be perfect (you did get the newsletter on Friday, didn't you?), and enjoying being You, the very unique You that you are.We're already looking forward to the weekend and wondering what to plan and do. Have … [Read more...]

Help! Drunk Monkeys Are Running Around My Brain.

I'm having a bit of a 'bleugh' day today. I don't feel particularly well, and as a result everything seems that bit harder. So I'm having a bit of a moment, and telling myself to remember just "Go Smile", keep up the good fight, and be happy, like I was above. (That's Stuart McGunigall, Cruise … [Read more...]

How to Create a Happy and Meaningful Life.

One of the great things about the Sea Princess World Cruise is the number of enrichment lectures on offer. I've trotted off to lots of them already, and love listening to Aija Bruvere who hails from Riga in Latvia, talking about issues that are close to our hearts.I mean who wouldn't want to go … [Read more...]