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Happiness is….. A tea timer


At an independent coffee shop in Leeds, I ordered a pot of Earl Grey. I really love drinking tea, much more than coffee. And it came with a tea timer, the thing like three egg timers, with different times for green tea, chai and earl grey. 3 min for Earl Grey. Lovely.


Happiness is….. A lunch grabbed in a day of grace


The wonderful thing about work is you get paid. The drawback is that you lose all your freetime. Today I received a day of grace, an unexpected cancellation. I have organised trips to visit schools, copied pages for my supply filofax and this afternoon I have applications to complete. But for one bright hour I am out alone. I have my lunch, I bought my current favourite magazine and I.am.alone.  Perfect x

Happiness is …… A mini me

My satchel. My daughter’s satchel. Mine is the mini me on the left from USEL on ebay.co.uk and very nicely made, thank you very much. At half the price of a Cambridge Satchel Company one, I was worried it would be …. cheap? Badly made? Thin and horrible? But I’m pleased to say it is none of those things, it is lovely. The leather is red inside and out, the top stitching seems strong and the 13 inch side holds everything I need for the day and beyond. Love it. Definite recommendation, since it helps the Ulster charity as well.



And the Princess goes to a school with a purple uniform policy in September. Watch this space…. Zatchels had a half price sale on last week and I may (just may) have grabbed her a good deal….

Happiness is…… A new desire.

My daughter (who features large in my life) rocks the most adorable school bag. She has a red satchel.

I know the ‘fashionable’ set had satchels all last year, but I am longing for a red satchel without the heavy price tag. I’m hoping to have found a good alternative. Ebay has many second hand Cambridge Satchels or Leather Satchel Company satchels, but all still at a hefty price tag. I am giving these folks a chance. They are based in Ulster, they employ people who, for one reason and another, have trouble getting employment elsewhere and they are marketing their satchels at half the cost of a ‘label’ bag. It should be here next week. Will it be OK? I don’t know, it’s a risk, but it will have to be pretty bad to be half as good.

And can I rock a satchel? Well, before the Princess lusted after it, the red satchel was mine. This is how I looked last time I had one.



Happiness is…… Filofax week 3

Filofax week 3


Week three; Easter break with my three and not that much to do. We had days out planned and visits to my Mum who is due to have her gall bladder removed this Friday. You can see my muji stamp came; the ink colour is called toffee and is beautifully pale but visible against the black ink. Colour coordination system set up, too, with different highlights for different areas of my life. I use the pens to mark off what I’ve done.

The post-it is, sadly, a bright fluorescent square from Staples, but my cute ones came from Amazon so next week I’m hoping even they will have a smiley effect on me. You can see a slight glare on the right page from my dashboard, where the post-it is stuck and a sticker sits, an instant win from McDonalds Monopoly game for 50 free prints from Snapfish. I will be using that one for sure!

Happiness is…… reading over lunch

Sometimes, just sometimes, the rules of etiquette can be ignored.

Sometimes, just sometimes, the sign of being on holiday is being able to read your book at the lunch table.


Happiness is….. Filofax week 2


I posted this on AJCC last week, but since making my diaries shine is about making me happy I think it needs to be here.
A week in Ireland. See the checklists of things to do or eat? The green highlighter is my colour code for family social events and what else is a holiday but an extended social occasion? Best activity….. Shooting! I am a good shot. Unusually.

Happiness is…. The simple things.

Not just the magazine, although I am enjoying reading it with it’s matt paper, eclectic mix of articles and simple collection cover, but an hour to myself. In bed. Alone. With the ubiquitous tea and a good book (Boot Camp) and light household duties ahead of me. With luck and a decent game of football on TV tonight I may even get to play hooky later on…


Happiness is…. Working your way through James Bond

From Dr No to SkyfallFrom Russia With Love via tonight. For the adults it counts as nostalgia. For the youngsters it is discovering classic movies and a choice of Bonds (not Roger Moore, but the stories are fun: ditto Lazenby. Pierce Brosnan is good but Connery and Craig are co favourites!)

Happiness is….. Finishing something a day early

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day. Day for hearts and flowers, right? So I set myself a task; to make a heart garland for my fireplace. I started last month, got my cotton yarn and crochet hook out and tried. I used a tutorial off Bella Dia…. aren’t they cute? And easy? I should be done in a day, right?

No go.

I can crochet but OMG, I could not get these to look good. Na Ah.

So out came my needles and I worked on the principle that an increase in crochet would equal an increase in knitting. Easy pimps. I’m going to post a pattern over on my everyday blog, Angel Jem’s City Cottage but for now, enjoy the finished thing. See? Candles with hearts on , Yankee Candle and all! Happy Valentine’s Day, if I don’t get chance to say it tomorrow!

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