For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Confession time... While I enjoyed trick or treating last night, I'm not all that about Halloween. I have worked in retail - on and off - for about 28 years now. I started as a 'Christmas special' and I still absolutely love the run up to Christmas - in fact I love the entire holiday … Continue reading For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

Sun care for civilians…

After a hot day chez S's V, I feel duty bound to write a small PSA. It's hot, it's sunny, it's not what most British people are used to - even after a beautiful summer last year. We generally haven't assimilated the knowledge required to deal with these conditions, despite numerous warnings and sustained efforts … Continue reading Sun care for civilians…

An Easter cake for modern life…

Traditionally Simnel cake (those of you who love it can click on the link for a great, slightly abbreviated, version by Mary Berry) was the speciality that occupied home cooks in the run up to the Easter holiday. However, nowadays fruit cake has fallen out of favour as it's so heavy and not very popular … Continue reading An Easter cake for modern life…