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  1. Can I be cheeky and say “Welcome home”, Alison dear?
    I think you’ve just described exactly why so many of us are still here, so many years later – because Life Keeps On Happening Around Us and it means you can’t just ploddle along in a set routine. Humans evolved to be adaptable, and we do just that: we adapt. And in adapting, it’s horribly easy to lose something we barely even think about because it’s such a normal part of our everyday. Suddenly, everyday is neverday and what with everything else, we don’t even notice. We might have a feeling things are uneven, uphill, not quite right, and so we eat some junk food, we have a couple more drinks than usual, we date that guy even though he’s made some unpleasant put-down comments about us… gradually our self-confidence ebbs lower without us seeing.
    Then, something happens, enabling us to step back up into full sunlight. We can see. Properly and clearly, close-to and distance. We’ve been for our Emotional Eye-test, so to speak! 🙂
    And gradually, you start to see the gaps, the holes where nice things used to be… and you realise happily that you know just what to do now to put the pretty things back into your home, your life, your family, your daily routines and above all put the pretty back into you!
    Pretty Alison… you are and always will be, you know. xx

  2. Can I be cheeky and say “Welcome home”, Alison dear?
    I think you’ve just described exactly why so many of us are still here, so many years later – because Life Keeps On Happening Around Us and it means you can’t just ploddle along in a set routine. Humans evolved to be adaptable, and we do just that: we adapt. And in adapting, it’s horribly easy to lose something we barely even think about because it’s such a normal part of our everyday. Suddenly, everyday is neverday and what with everything else, we don’t even notice. We might have a feeling things are uneven, uphill, not quite right, and so we eat some junk food, we have a couple more drinks than usual, we date that guy even though he’s made some unpleasant put-down comments about us… gradually our self-confidence ebbs lower without us seeing.
    Then, something happens, enabling us to step back up into full sunlight. We can see. Properly and clearly, close-to and distance. We’ve been for our Emotional Eye-test, so to speak! 🙂
    And gradually, you start to see the gaps, the holes where nice things used to be… and you realise happily that you know just what to do now to put the pretty things back into your home, your life, your family, your daily routines and above all put the pretty back into you!
    Pretty Alison… you are and always will be, you know. xx

  3. Glad to hear you are “back in the saddle” again! Good for you. I always love reading your work and doing what puttery things I can. Now, please tell me what brand tea you are drinking as the flavor sounds delightful! Lavender and lime flower? Sounds like it smells good!

  4. And all manner of things shall be well. It’s 6 years old, things change. When you wrote it your ‘babba’ was still a babba, not half-way to a man. I took it with me shopping today,and found myself yearning for an easier time when I could put something down in the house and nobody else would move it! I’ll be leaving a review as soon as I’ve finished it; but so far I’m enjoying the trip down memory lane and a reappraisal of what I need to do to keep my house a home.

  5. Oh how I wish I had a Kindle…those early posts were incredibly inspiring! At the time my first daughter was just a little baby, they taught me so much!

    1. You can have a KIndle reading app on your computer, your smartphone, a tablet or even a Kindle itself. In fact, reading on the tablet or phone can be better than the Kindle because you get to see the cover of the book as well as the content! If you have an Amazon account you can have the Kindle app set up in a couple of minutes. But be warned; you will have to have all of the Brocante Home books to be happy! (joke)
      The app is free, and you just need to click on the right part of the Amazon page to download the app for your computer. I’m reading the book at the moment, and enjoying a refresher course on living well!

      1. I purchased this and love it. Your books are the best Housekeeping motivational books I have found. I especially enjoy reading and re-reading the Christmas posts. Please, please write a Christmas book containing your Christmas laundry spray recipes, gingerbread garland recipes and how to’s, decoration pictures with tutorials, recipes, self care ideas and recipes, etc, etc, etc and please hurry!

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