Back in May 2017 I spent a fabulous weekend on Mersea Island in Essex with one of my best friends – Debbie. We hadn’t seen each other for a few years and were long overdue a proper catch up. Deb’s MIL owns a caravan in Coopers Beach resort which she was kind enough to let us use for a few days.
It was a beautiful, sunny weekend we talked, we solved the problems of the world, we drank wine and ate a lot of Oysters.
We started the weekend with a pit stop at the West Mersea Oyster Bar to grab some take-outs to eat back at the caravan (note to selves – in the absence of an Oyster knife get them shucked before you take them away with you) after a few glasses of wine the hammer and large knife approach just wasn’t working but the few we managed to free from their shells were delicious 🙂
There was a food/music festival on the island for the weekend full of delicious local food and drink and plenty of opportunities to eat more Oysters, ready-shucked this time.
I loved Mersea but there’s a lot more to see and I’m looking forward to heading back soon for more time with Deb, more Oysters and more of the island.
Ok, it’s not really a list but I couldn’t resist the title.
I’ve tidied up my blog a bit lately and I’m trying to post on a more regular basis. I use this blog as a journal and a general brain dump and I’ve noticed that more and more of my posts and pages are lists and so much web content and news is formatted as a list I wanted to find out more about why we all love lists so much.
There’s a lot more to it than having to try to remember what you need to buy at the shops and this article by The New Yorker – A List Of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists explains it very well, I’d recommend you nip over and read it (I’ll just wait here until you get back).
There are a lot of sites and tools that encourage us to use lists to organise our lives and achieve goals. I use Trello and created my Never Ending Life List a while ago (I don’t like the idea of a Bucket list, it sounds too final – unless you know you have a finite time to be able to do the things you want to then surely it’s better to have a list that just keeps on going?)
Notes and checklists
An effort to give some semblance of recognition and inclusiveness to the demands placed on time and energy.
I listen to The One You Feed Podcast often, I find it helps me focus when I’m spending a long time in the car commuting to client meetings and gives food for thought on how to be more productive and manage my work load more efficiently (I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an interesting and inspiring podcast). I’ve gone through some of the older episodes and came across an interview with Chris Guillebeau who wrote a book called The Happiness of Pursuit. He focuses on the benefits of having a quest in your life and how that can bring you happiness. Chris chose to visit all the countries in the world as his quest (193 in total) and achieved that before he was 35 – that’s a little too much for me to take on, but I view my Never Ending Life List as my list of quests. I’m not setting any deadlines and I’m regularly adding things to the list as a source of ideas for things to do, things to try, new challenges and (of course) new lists.
After a week of moving boxes, furniture, an unhappy Cat and the remaining tat we’ve accumulated that hasn’t fallen victim to the life laundry (yet) by the 30th March we were finally ready to spend the first night in our new home. We still have tenancy of the rental until the end of April so we had the luxury of being able to move at a slightly less panicked pace than normal. We’ve settled in quickly, it feels like home already. We were still surrounded by boxes and chaos but we were in and ready to sit back, put our feet up, pour a glass of something cold, French and fizzy and celebrate being homeowners. (I’m still not sure about the armchair – but it can stay – for the moment).
The ineviatble pain that goes with keeping an outdoor cat in for as long as you can cope with after moving house began.
Well, that was a busy few months.
Sorry I’ve been absent for a while, there’s been a lot going on. For a start we seem to have bought a house!
The general consensus of opinion seems to be that 2016 was a crap year. It seemed that every day the media announced the death of another icon of film, music or the arts. The UK voted to leave the EU and America put a lunatic in the Whitehouse. So we rushed towards 2017 like it would be some sort of cure for everything bad that had happened last year.