For the Love of Ladybirds

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As a child born in the mid 1970’s Ladybird books were an iconic part of my childhood. But by my time I had reached my 40’s they were no longer a part of my life and had been pretty much forgotten about. I had one or two favourites gathering dust in the attic but that was all.

Then I watched a BBC documentary The Ladybird Book Story late in 2013 and my old love was re-born. I was filled with nostalgia. The spark of my adult collecting of vintage ladybird books had been ignited.

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Watching the documentary filled me with so many lovely memories of the books I had read as a small child. I could even recollect some of the art work from some of my favourite books.

 

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January Reflections

January was a busy month for books. You can check out what I read and my ratings in my recent post The Book Nook.

So what else did I do in January?

What I watched –

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I finally got caught up with Planet Earth 2. Every episode was absolutely amazing. By far the best wildlife/nature series I have seen. I was enthralled by every episode. So many fascinating animals, so much amazing footage. Wonderful animals. Wonderful world.

Rated – 

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A series about a landmark 1970 workplace-equality lawsuit to tackle taken gender discrimination. It is based on a nonfiction book by Lynn Povich. The series is driven by it’s range of female characters and how they support each other in life and to take a stand. It doesn’t just cover the workplace oppression but gender roles in the home, marriage, sex, contraception, and the media portrayal of women. Sadly it does not look like there will be a second series. I would still recommend this series. I would really liked to have seen the story progress beyond the issuing of the complaint. I am cynical in the current economic climate about the reasons why a second series has not been commissioned.

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What I did I –

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I went on my first Group Walk. It was a really positive experience, an easy 6 miles and I met some lovely people.

The very steep climb with these steps at the end was quite hard going though. It felt like they were going on forever.

 

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I had a go at using my new spiralizer. I made seafood courgette.

I know it doesn’t look that appealing but it was actually really tasty. I will be making it again.

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My main focus for January was getting back into exercising. I have been regularly attending mindful yoga and hydrojog. I have also started a qi gong and  thi chi class. It’s more difficult than it looks but it’s very beneficial. Have you tried thi chi?

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Like a lot of public services, our local library is now depending on volunteers to keep the service open. Where the Library Assistant was a paid job, it is no longer being funded. I have started my training to support my local library and to become a Volunteer Library Assistant.

 

What I am looking forward to in February – 

I am hoping to do another Group Walk. I will hopefully take some more photos on future walks.

It’s Birthday month in our house. We usually go away for a little holiday but this year we might wait for March. I will need to think of something else nice to do instead. Any ideas?

I have quite a bit of training and e-learning to do for the library so that will keep me busy too.

What have been your highlights from January?

What are you looking forward to in February?

The Book Nook

January is generally my least favourite month. I’m not keen on the short, cold, dark days, while I wait for the coming of spring. So it’s an ideal time for reading and listening to audiobooks. I have been a busy book bee this month. I thought I would share my January reads. It’s been a mixed lot at my January Book Nook.

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I really enjoyed this feel good book. It was a really easy, fun read. Narrated by a charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. It made me reflect that we can have an idea of what we need or what we like but sometimes it’s only when we try something different that we discover what really would be best for us. I’m looking forward to reading The Rosie Effect later in the year.

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Four Little Finds

Here at Cultivating Time it’s share time. Here are some little finds that have grabbed my attention in January.

On the 18th of January it was Winnie The Pooh Day. A timeless, classic British children’s book series that is much loved across the world. Check out –

10+ Of The Best Winnie The Pooh Quotes To Celebrate Winnie The Pooh Day

Inspiring Winnie Pooh Quotes
This is one of my favourite Winnie the Pooh quotes

Also during January – there were a lot of red hearts circulating on Facebook. People were asking each other to post a heart on their Facebook wall to honor breast cancer awareness. Call me cynical but I don’t understand the point of this sort of thing. We all know about breast cancer. How does posting red love hearts actually help? One breast cancer survivor, Erin Smith Chieze, decided to help women fight breast cancer in a different way with Know Your Lemons. I thought it was a brilliant idea and definitely worth sharing. 
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January Changing Seasons

Here in the northern hemisphere, we are in the midst of the coldest season of the year. Although we have passed the shortest day, our days are still short and post the festive season, the darkness and the cold can feel pervading. However, we can still have bright and beautiful days. Nature is still at work. We also got a sprinkling of snow for a couple of days. Sharing some of my January seasonal images –

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One of my new bog challenges for 2017 is to participate in a monthly photo challenge –

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Why are you unhappy?

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I know there will be times in our lives when rubbish things happen. We become ill, we loose a loved one or we face redundancy. At these times we might be understandably unhappy. But what about the times when we feel unhappy and we don’t really know why. What causes that pervading feeling of unhappiness and what can we do about it?

Nat Ware suggests “The first step to being happy is to understand why we’re often unhappy.” You could spend a long time contemplating why you are feeling unhappy and still not really understand why. Luckily Nat has a suggestion.  He believes “We are unhappy when our expectations exceed reality“.Read More »

Making Memory Jam

Okay so maybe I’m getting old (41 and counting) but the years seem to be passing by so quickly. Where is time going? Who is sneaking in and stealing my life?

After a few difficult years and some loss, I am feeling very positive about 2017. I have lots of good things to look forward to.

One of the benefits of blogging is that it provides a tool for reflecting on your life. Some of my fellow bloggers had lovely posts summarising their 2016.

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Walking Back To Happiness

As I have already shared in my previous posts – I am planning to a lot more walking this year. I mean ‘proper’ walking. So it was time to invest in some good walking boots and other bits of vital walking kit.

I’m expecting my first few walks to be a tad on the cold side in the beautiful British countryside. I’m going for the warm and dry look! I managed to get some January sale bargains.

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