Happiness, our birthday and introducing our book!

Hello, This month we're celebrating both International Day of Happiness and our blogs's 4th birthday. We'd like to send a heartfelt thank you - and a virtual slice of birthday cake - to all our readers, particularly those who've been with us ever since the beginning. If you are a long-standing reader, you may remember…

Easy festive ideas to enjoy in the week before Christmas

Hello As we're into the final stages of preparation for the festive season, today we've collected some posts from our archive with ideas for last-minute drinks, food, decorations and things to do. We hope you'll enjoy browsing through them: A recipe for delicious hot apple cider Serve in warmed glasses or mugs. You can sprinkle…

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – a book recommendation for December

The Staircase 9 17 Bookshelf choice for December is A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)     It's a nostalgic and funny account of Christmas time in Swansea, south Wales, during the years of Thomas's youth.  Here's the description of what happens when there is a fire at the Prothero household:…