• ways to celebrate the spring equinox
    Events,  Lifestyle

    Cool Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

    Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly interested in nature and in particular, in the seasons. Perhaps it’s because I now have a different pace of life as a writer and don’t constantly look at a calendar the way I did when I was working in administrative jobs. When you’re in admin you type the date every time you type a letter so are constantly aware of what time of year it is. Now, I look for signs like snowdrops appearing and the changes in daylight to signal when seasons are changing. Let’s face it, you can’t rely on the temperature, can you? Especially not in Scotland. So, today’s…

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    Cute, Cool or Quirky Mother’s Day Gifts

    The last couple of days have felt like spring here in Scotland, so I’ve started thinking about spring holidays. Here in the UK, Mother’s Day is just around the corner as we celebrate it in March. I’ve started looking around for cool Mother’s Day gifts that aren’t the usual, unimaginative rubbish. I know, I know, candles, cushions, flowers and wine are universally loved by all women (except me) who have given birth – according to those who work in retail and prepare the Mother’s Day promotions. I know I would appreciate something with a little more thought though. Here are a few suggestions for cute, cool or quirky Mother’s Day…

  • fiona glass interview got ghosts paranormal romance author
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    Interview: Ghost Hunting With Fiona Glass

    Today on Rock Paper Spirit, I’m welcoming Fiona Glass, author of the paranormal romance novella Got Ghosts?. We’ve come to a beautiful English manor house for this interview, one that is actually from Got Ghosts?. It’s called Greystones Hall and dates back to medieval times. So, as someone who firmly believes that ghosts exist and walk among us, I thought I’d do a spot of ghost hunting. Welcome Fiona! Tell us a bit about this novella. Hi and thanks so much for letting me witter on about myself here – I really appreciate it! Hmm, where do I start? Well, Got Ghosts? is no ordinary ghost story, because the ghosts…

  • chinese new year year of the pig 2019
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    Happy Year Of The Pig

    I’m not Chinese. I’ve never been to China. Other than having a Chinese boyfriend as a teenager (and it was very brief) and having acupuncture several times throughout my life from the Chinese guy who worked in the St. Enoch Centre, I have no connections with China. But, I always celebrate Chinese New Year. You may ask why. Here’s the four reasons why I always celebrate Chinese New Year. I Got Engaged On Chinese New Year If you cast your mind back to 22nd January 2004, you probably can’t remember what you were doing on that day. But I can because I was exploring Agadir with my boyfriend. It was…

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    January 2019 In A Nutshell

    I want to do a monthly wrap-up post at the end of each month where I share what I’ve been reading, listening to and photographing. Because affiliate links are basically how I make a large chunk of my income. If you click one of the images below and then go on to buy that item within 24 hours, or if you go straight from there to something else on Amazon, I receive commission. I got the idea from the Girl Who Reads blog and since I’m crediting her, I hope she doesn’t mind me pinching her idea! What I’ve Been Reading Sex Drugs & Opera by Roland Orzabal is a…