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  1. It is not only ok, it is imperative that you refill and recharge yourself in any and every way you can. If you run on empty then the fabric of your universe will tear. M.xx

  2. A daily evening retreat to my sanctuary (bedroom) with tea, books and pondering time has become a necessary part of my life. This is not an indulgence but a basic necessity to keeping ones mental and emotional health on an even keel. Your words ring so true.

    I loved the “someone to witter with….to set free the trivia of the mind..” So true.

    What is “wet tea”?

  3. Oh, I have missed you, you and your beautiful prose. We are all here to listen, cry and laugh with you as you are for us. Welcome back.

  4. I have sort of been “missing in action” so to speak since the death of my mother, and I am trying to get back on track with life and the blogs that I adore so much. And I’m utterly confused. I’m trying to play catch up with all that has gone on with Brocante Life for the past several months, and I’m convinced that I’ve missed some important details. It’s hard to tell from your Diary posts because they dont go in order. I’ll read one about your sons illness, and the next one I click on is from a year ago. So I’m sort of going in circles. It appears that you and your husband have been very ill? And he has been in hospital? From one of the posts, I thought he moved away or something. But I think I misunderstood that one. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to getting back to the business of living, or at least trying to, and getting myself totally caught up with Brocante Life. I hope that whatever has been happening at your house is better now.

    1. Hi Laura, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum. I know that pain so well.
      I think your confusion might be coming from clicking through the Housekeeper’s Diary Posts at the bottom of the latest one: which would mean that you might miss details. The posts arent suggested in order so that might explain why the timeline seems muddled? If you head to this page you will be bale to read them in order: https://brocantehome.net/category/housekeepers-diary/
      To catch you up quickly, my partner has got significant mental health issues and he did leave for a while to stay with his Mum when he was at his most distressed. We have now got great support and he’s getting slowly better.
      Have you joined the community? Because Im there daily, its probably easier to join the dots there?x

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