Happy New Year! You can re-evaluate at any time of the year but the quiet and dark days after Christmas hold few distractions. We waddle back to work after the holiday’s excesses and tend to get back to work slowly. There’s more time to think, to plan, and to mull over. For me it’s a time to look back at the past year and think about my goals. What did well in the garden? What were my challenges in the beauty business? What do I want to accomplish this year? I’m taking notes

Bûche de Noël is a French Christmas cake shaped to look like a Yule Log Way back in the mid 90’s I was the French Club president of my high school. I sometimes tell people this just to get a few laughs — the only think dorkier to be at that age might have been being Latin Club president. In all honesty, I got the role because no one else wanted it. I didn’t raise my hand in class to nominate myself and when no one else showed interest another student suggested that

Today is the darkest day of the year That means that from here on out, our days are getting longer and lighter, even if it’s just by a few seconds at a time. For me that’s reason to celebrate so after I finished work, Josh and I headed to Meayll Hill, where you can find an ancient stone circle. Built more than five thousand years ago it was the perfect place to take in the views. This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of this site!   The

Our potted Christmas Tree Almost every Christmas tree I’ve ever had has been ‘live’. Meaning that it’s chopped down, put on display for the holidays, then consigned to the massive wood-chipper in the sky. This year I wanted to do something different so convinced Josh that we should get a potted tree. At first he wasn’t happy with the choice — the potted ones were all tiny. The idea of the tree growing and living outside the house year-round grew on him though. I think the fact that it cost

Can it be spring in December? I’m used to the climate being a bit weird on the Isle of Man. It never really gets too warm and it never really gets too cold. It’s the Goldilocks of climates and it confuses not just people but sometimes plants. This week is a little different though — I’ve not only found many of my spring bulbs growing but strawberries ripening. I’ve also been leaving the windows and doors open to freshen up the house and walking around with no coat on. It really

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