Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate

A friend I shared a room with many years ago had a poster on her wall of John Everett Millais' 'Ophelia'. I remember being utterly mesmerised by this piece, with its rich colours and exquisite detail. Every time I looked at it, I saw something I hadn't noticed previously. It was like a captivating story that drew you into its tangled web of intrigue.Read more...

William Holman Hunt The awakening conscience (detail) 1853. Image courtesy Tate.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Why you need to start your Christmas shopping now

The older I get, the more I love Christmas. It does help that I have two young children who look forward to this magical time of the year as much as their birthdays – the anticipation of Christmas is unavoidable in our house. I have also worked in retail for many years, where Christmas planning starts months in advance and perhaps it is this planning that kicks my excited anticipation of Christmas into overdrive. On the flip-side, I am fully aware of how stressful Christmas can be – financially and emotionally. Just thinking about how many presents need to be bought, what food needs to be purchased and prepared (and how much money this all costs) can send anyone into a state of overwhelm. Not to mention spending precious holiday time with challenging relatives. The only solution is to plan early. By getting all the boring (and expensive) stuff out of the way, you free yourself up to enjoy the fun festivities of Christmas, like parties, carols, etc. Read more...

Friday, September 21, 2018

How to...Spring Clean your office

When we think about “Spring Cleaning”, we often just think about cleaning our home, especially tackling the big cleaning jobs that we don’t do during the year. But there are lots of other areas you can apply a good old “Spring Clean” to your life. We sought the advice of some cleaning and organising experts to find out how to spring clean your office this spring. Here are some of their helpful tips. Read more...