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Want a clean and tidy house?

If you want a clean and tidy house, then the best way is simple.  Employ a cleaner. I’m a self employed cleaner in Tavistock, Devon.  Here I am going to give you a few pointers on how to get the most out of your cleaner….. from my (the cleaners) point of view.  Would love to […]

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Things to be

A lot of us do it.  Gives you a certain amount of satisfaction.   You can even get special tools to help you.  You can really pretty it up.  So… what is it?

A to do list.  A plan.  A planner.

We fill it with things we must do…. you know… ironing, take the car to the garage, pay the council tax…… all things that need to happen to make our life easier and more organised.   To help give us control.


How often do you sit and wonder ‘things to be’?  I do, all the time.  I think things to ‘be’ are more important.   Truth be known, I also find things to ‘be’ more difficult than things to ‘do’.  I guess I’m talking about mindfulness.

I wonder why my ‘things to do’ list rarely involve activities that I want to do because I enjoy them.  Things like read my book, catch up on Judge Judy or call a friend.

With that in mind….. when I’m compiling my next ‘things to do’ list, I’m going to incorporate more things I want to do and more things I want to be.

I’m going to be more tolerant, be less selfish, be ……. and this is the big one… be more happy.

Sounds like I know it all doesn’t it….. I don’t…. sorry, I’m just winging it but I’m going to give it a go.  Why don’t you?

On your next list, find a space and write down ‘Be more happy’.



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That’s a good start to this blogging malarky.  Hello.

My name is Alison Bickell.   I live in Tavistock,  Devon.  I work as a cleaner now, but have held many positions in many industries over the years, including Food and Beverage Controller and Check Out Chick.

For the last 8 ish years I’ve been a self employed jewellery maker.  I started in a small workshop within The Duchy Centre, on Princetown.  After 18 months I branched out and rented a retail space on Tavistock high street.  I loved it there.  Creating all day, talking to people, being in MY shop.  After 5 years I closed the shop to help support my parents as my father entered the advanced stages of Parkinsons.  I’ve continued on my creative path and still LOVE making jewellery.

I’m especially lucky to be in a relationship with a lovely man, called Mark, who happens to be a joiner.  He built me my very own beadcave.  In later posts I’ll show you around inside, but I might tidy up first…. might…… no guarantees.  So, as I am now on my 3rd creative space, my business goes by the name of beadcavemk3.


Well…. I’ll leave it there for now.  I intend covering a very wide range of topics in my blog from Not Thursdays to great cocktails containing gin and Twittering to the importance of a lemon emoji.  I hope you will enjoy or take heart from or just giggle at my posts.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.



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