Friday night treat

I am currently on a specially designed diet (the real meaning of the word, not a weight loss fad) which is very healthy and includes lots of things I usually eat, but excludes lots of other things I also used to eat (refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, heavily processed foods and alcohol, basically anything that’s just…

My speciali-tea

Tea. Warm, inviting nectar of the gods. My usual brew is strong enough to stand a teaspoon in (strong because of the tea, not from leaving the bag in for an hour and coming back to a lukewarm scummy atrocity!) with just enough milk to turn it caramel coloured. I no longer drink caffeineated tea…

French fancy

Sorry this isn’t about cake. It’s actually about Dawn French. But what’s not to love? Since I was a child, watching episodes of The Vicar of Dibley on television I’ve loved watching her and now actively hunt out things she is in. Lucky for me, she’s been starring alongside Emilia Fox in Sky’s Delicious. Series…

A book a day…

Well, maybe not quite a day, because I have a full time job, but certainly regularly. I’m talking about reading, of course, not eating (you’d be anything but regular if you were chomping down 150 pages a day!) I’ve succumbed to a particular problem regarding reading: that it’s something you do for fun, so you…

Putting the ‘comfort’ into ‘uncomfortable’

What do you do when you’re stressed, sad, worried, anxious or just overwhelmed by whatever is going on in your life? I’m not always good at compartmentalising, so I need a safe space. For me, it’s my house. Mr Tall and I had some big, not necessarily bad, and not totally unexpected news this week,…

The Joy of Lists

I take comfort in a list. A ‘to do’ list, a grocery list, a present list…the list is endless! (This also ties in nicely with my love of beautiful stationery but I think that will have to be the subject of another post.) Sometimes, if I’ve had a particularly productive but spontaneous day, I write…

A ruby in the snow

I hated beetroot. Forever. The strange sweetness, mingled usually with a sharp vinegar tang, was not a joy to eat. What could it possibly be used for? Then I met Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (well, someone bought Mr Tall his River Cottage Veg Every Day! book) and got a bag of veg from the local farm with…

Let it snow!

    We’ve got snow this week. Mr Tall woke me up and suggested that I might like to look outside. Once I found my glasses and realised it was snowing I felt excited about the whole day. I know it’s not for everyone, but as my work is a two-mile walk from my house,…

“You can call me Alice. Because it’s my name.”

I was shocked and saddened to read about the death of the actress Emma Chambers at the age of just 53. I can only imagine the sense of loss and grief her family and friends must be feeling. I have huge gratitude to the people who have brought characters to life in the shows, plays,…

The play’s the thing

The theatre is excellent escapism. When you settle back into your folding chair, the lights dim and the curtains lift, you can be instantly transported to the world on the stage. On Saturday 24 February, I went to the Norwich Theatre Royal with Mr Tall to see the final performance of Gallowglass, based on the…

Hygge by any other name…

There’s is nothing better to me than the simple pleasure of being relaxed and content, surrounded by the people and things that make you comfortable. It is this sense of warmth and cosiness and my love of that feeling which I think is why, no matter how wonderful a time I’m having, I always get…

Catching up with old friends

I love my friends, but I’m a homebody, so this post is about books that I love to return to, time after time, to catch up with my favourite characters, and transport myself to a world outside my own. Four books/series do this for me: The Wind in the Willows; Anne of Green Gables; Harry…