Argoed Mill Wye Valley Cottage
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Doing: holiday planning! You remember me daydreaming about that cottage somewhere lovely for Christmas? We’ve booked it! We’ll be heading off on Christmas eve to a gogeous little cottage in the Wye Valley, with a log burning fire, cosy sofas and giant bath! Doesn’t it look like something out of a Christmas film? I am stupidly excited for my husband and I to spend our first married Christmas just us, on a mini adventure. I think it is going to be the cosiest thing ever. Making those memories, people!

Loving: Christmas shopping. I know, I know, it is still early but we’ve got to get parcels off to Cyprus and Sussex in time for the big day so the sooner we can get everything wrapped up, the better! I actually love hunting for presents, I always love trying to find things people will enjoy. It is so much nicer to be able to take your time and find things that feel a little special rather than having to rush and buy things just for the sake of it

Wearing: All black. All the time. Again. All I want is lots of chunky black knitwear pls.

Daydreaming: Of family time! My mum, my sister and her boyfriend are coming up to visit for my birthday weekend this week and I am so looking forward to it. It has been over a year since any of them made it up to Manchester so I’m thinking up all the things to do and show them. I think another trip to the Whitworth Art Gallery is due! Anyone have any suggestions for places with great gluten free food for my coeliac mama?

Links of the Week:
Everyone is all about the John Lewis ad right now, and although I’m not a fan of it, I do think it is a good point to spark more interest in charities working to help older people. Firstly, why not have a watch of this video for some real insight into what loneliness means for some elderly people?

Maybe rather than buying whichever ad themed merchandise John Lewis shill this year (sorry JL, hate brands using issues to sell products), think about making a direct contribution to Age UK. Age UK always do important work for the elderly and there are some amazing projects combating isolation like the South London Cares scheme that you can get involved with.

Even better, why not try to reach out to neighbours and family and see what you can do personally to combat isolation – make some mince pies and knock on doors, make connections, send cards. Christmas is extra tough for so many people, for so may reasons and the little things are often the most meaningful.

On the same kind of note, I love this article on making memory boxes with elderly people in a home. It sounds cliched but I never fail to be amazed by the experiences people have gathered over their lives and I love this way of helping these ladies keep their identities. All the feels.

There has been a whole ton of uproar about social media and instagram going around the blogosphere this week and I think this article says it all. Be careful abut what you choose to consume. Make it a good place, make it a positive place and put things into context.

From the deep to the trivial! This is a super useful summary of the Beautiful Mess hashtags. I always find lovely feeds using these.

Catch up with Chambray & Curls:
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I hope you have a lovely Sunday! Tell me your news, tell me your thoughts!