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A nice simple egg salad lunch

It started out as a ‘what have we got left’ type of lunch and turned into a delicious, colourful and very satisfying lunch for two.

Leftover ingredients:

5 hard boiled eggs (originally destined for sandwiches but ran out of bread)
Part of an iceberg lettuce (great for chopping up)
1/2 a carrot (thinly sliced)
Red cabbage leftovers (raw and sliced)
The bottom of a jar of mayonnaise that needed using up due to date
A sprinkle of smoked paprika (store cupboard staple)

Method: slice eggs, arrange chopped salad and eggs on plate. Put mayonnaise wherever you see fit and sprinkle generously with smoked paprika.

Sit down and enjoy at your leisure.

And we did.  The plates got cleared and our tummies were very satisfied.

What a work of art!

Note to self: need to restock on eggs, mayo and salad ingredients.

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Excited to say I’ve just joined The Knitting Network

It’s simply years since I got my needles out and did some serious knitting.  I’ve just joined The Knitting Network which has renewed my passion.

Perhaps today’s weather doesn’t suit wrestling with wool but pretty soon the nights will start to draw in and I’ll be glad of the activity.

I’ve signed up so that if someone clicks to the Knitting Network site via the knitting network SHOP NOW banner I get the kudos and hopefully buys something then I get a small commission as well.

So – if you’re a closet (or very open) knitter and crafter then you might find some goodies to excite you as well.

Happy Knitting – ju x

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Face coverings don’t have to be clinical or boring y’know

New rules about wearing face coverings in shops come into force soon. As we’ve found out many supermarket shelves have been cleared by folks moving into hoarding mode – yet again! Reminicent of the toilet roll and pasta saga we saw earlier in the crisis.

Anyway – as we understand it you don’t need a clinical type mask to be allowed to travel on public transport or go into shops. The face covering has to meet certain guidelines – it needs to cover both your nose and mouth.

I had an email earlier today from a niche company called Firebox. Great products that make me laugh many times at the type of humour they have. Not for Everyone! That’s how they describe themselves. They can make facemasks with your own picture on – very funny! Click the picture below if you want to see what they have.

20% off Firebox Creations this weekend. Offer ends at Midday (BST) Monday 20th July 2020. Not code needed – applied at checkout.* – Homeware, lifestyle & gift shop for people with imaginationThey’re always on the hunt for the next cool thing.

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* small print – just in case people don’t realize if you click the link and buy (please) then I get a few pennies commission which all goes to keeping my website up and running.  Thanks – julie

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Who is craving a return to sun with a holiday in Spain

The answer to that is probably ‘ WE ARE’.  Gosh, you don’t realise what you are missing until you can’t do it any more do you?
Although it’s no consolation really we have to make do with watching programmes on the TV showing glorious sunshine, beaches, airports and travel programmes.  It seems cruel at times to watch people such as our lovely Jane McDonald cruising the Med when it is MOST def NOT going to happen until well into next year.
So … to whet you appetite for you holiday in the sun I’m sharing a photo of a lovely bright shiney jet winging it’s way to somewhere marvellous I’m sure.

Ahhhhh …. those were the days.

So this year we will probably be taking our Holiday at Pontins

Anyone coming with us? We have a feeling it will be lovely.


“Pontins Holiday Parks and Sand Bay & Pakefield Holiday Villages are re-opening from 17th July 2020 in line with current government advice.

At this time they can only offer self catered breaks.

Following government guidelines there will be no entertainment and the activities on park will be limited as social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.

Pontins Holidays takes the health & safety of all its guests and staff very seriously and as such please be advised we will review and update this information as it is released by the government.

All parks and holiday villages are situated a stone’s throw from the beach; the weather is set to be fantastic; we look forward to welcoming you back.”

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Lockdown Survival Guide 2020

I don’t know about you but I think it’s been a tough 12 weeks hasn’t it? LOCKDOWN IS PAINFUL

One thing that got me through so far has been my fridge poster (hand-written … nothing posh or impressive) that reminded me daily of a few things I thought I needed to do to keep myself going OK.

There is no way I can claim I came up with it or put a copyright to it.  I read it on one of those many millions of social media posts that came before my eyes. If you recognise it and want me to add credit please let me know. Thanks – Julie

Anyway – here it is. Hope it helps you too somewhere along the way.

In a Day – Do What Works For YOU

Ask YOURSELF these questions – gently – no bullying of self

  1. Who have I contacted to give love and support?
  2. How have I kept my mind calm?
  3. What did I do to get some fresh air?
  4. How did I move my body to get / keep fit?
  5. What did I do to progress my work / life / future?
  6. What did I eat for optimal good health?
  7. What did I do to be creative / express myself?

And that’s it. Quite simple but effective.

Speaking of which I’ve done all on the checklist except plan a good meal for this evening.  Hope everyone is keeping safe and keeping well.

Love n light ju xx



Wildflower Walks & Cobweb Blowing

A blustery day can really clear the head and the cobwebs from the brain.  Today we nearly got blown off our feet going around the local park.  It was really super though – not complaining.

Trees swaying and rustling gave a sense that the world was getting moving again after the total freeze we have all experienced of late.  A time when literally time was standing still and so were the humans on this world.

All over the world it seems that when people can they are trying to get out and about to get life going again.  Nature is responding similarly with trees filling with lush leaves and wildflowers going crazy in abandoned plots all over the place.

Lovely. Let us live in hope that these are signs of recovery.



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You might think the fear of dying would give impetus to life …..

…. well, that’s what I thought before experiencing the current world health crisis.  We’re living through a global pandemic. A threat to human life on a scale no one seems to have witnessed before called Coronavirus COVID-19 which has resulted in a world wide LOCKDOWN

I read newsfeeds on social media and e-magazine articles commenting that basically people just do not know how to handle it – and overall it’s accepted that this is OK because non of us have gone through anything comparable to this before.  Posts and blogs seem to have taken 2 distinct paths overall – firstly, those that are action based and promote a ‘now is the time’ to do all those things you’ve been putting off – such as learn a language, bake cakes, clear out the clutter, sort the garden, start an online business etc etc and the second path is a more spiritual ‘accept the gift‘ and find peace in your life. Learn to meditate, breathe and pray.

If you’re anything like me you may find yourself alternating between the two many times at different times all in the same day and being filled with thoughts, emotions, physical reactions and more besides that I find words can’t describe. At time in total paralysis and other times can’t keep still and full of activity.

You might have thought that having a blog named a Day Well Lived might give me some focus.  This website has been on and off for a couple of years if I’m truthful and I’ve struggled to know how to use it.  One of the first uses for it seemed trivial at the time. Talking about the little things in life that give comfort and happiness such as a walk in the park, holding the hand of a loved one, a hug from a friend and sharing a coffee at the local coffee shop.  When I first wrote those things I felt embarassed because they weren’t ground breaking examples of building a great career, experiences of a life time or coming up with anything astoundingly original, philosphical or groundbreaking.

How ironic (if that is the correct use of the term) that those very posts now (if I had kept them) would list the most precious things in the world to most of us now.  Things that I would think most people would hope we will all get the chance to experience again in the not too distanct future.

I wonder if we will remember how wonderous the small stuff really is when life ‘returns to normal’?

The Days of Lizzie Ellen

All about Lizzie Ellen

Lizzie Ellen likes climbing trees, lying in long grass, listening to her small transistor radio and watching the clouds as they move across the sky.

Her favourite sounds are the crunch of crispy leaves being walked through and the wind blowing through the trees at any time of year. How it howls and whines in the winter, then it sounds all full and full of rustle in the summer followed by crispy crunches in the autumn.

Lizzie Ellen loves to eat marshmallows, pink or white, no preference but size does matter. The best ones are those that are just perfect to fit in the mouth in one go. Biting one in half is not an option when it comes to eating the perfect marshmallow. No fun in that!

Her favourite drink in Banana milkshake, freshly made is the best but pre-prepared in a bottle will do if a fresh one isn’t available.

Lizzie loves to wear jeans, floppy flowery blouses and jumpers that are too big for her. Her favourite shoes are Scholl sandals (the clog type) open toes for summer which go clickerty click when she walks.

Lizzie’s favourite type of reading is about people who have adventures, real or imagined. Stories about people you could possibly meet in passing on the bus, plane, train or a waiting room. Not stories about people you might not usually come across in everyday life. She hates reading about things in the news and hums a tune in her head to block out the evils of the world shown on TV.

Lizzie Ellen loves to colour, paint, draw and sketch, but never get the chance these days. It seems too frivolous and non-productive in 21st century Britain. How wrong she is!!

Lizzie needs to give herself more time to do the things that are good for her soul.

Today is the day that quest begins.

Good Luck to Lizzie Ellen and all who have a little bit of LE in their souls.