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Julia Burness

Mother of two, Jewellery Designer, Student of Homeopathy & Anti-Plastics Campaigner

Born and bred in London but when it was time to have kids I knew we would move out of the city - I wanted to give my children the opportunity to be closer to nature than just going to the local parks. Mother of two (so far) and two dogs, I love making jewellery from home and campaigning towards a reduction of plastics in our town.

Giving Up Caffeine

We recently stayed in a beautiful hotel called the Seaside Boarding House, down in Dorset - overlooking Chesil Beach. We were there for a weekend wedding and it was absolutely stunning. Large, endless skies, rough, grey seas, giant, clay cliffs and the hotel itself sitting in all its beach-house glory, comfortably on the cliff's edge.
10/10/2017 13:21 BST

Home Sweet Home, England

Home, there's no bed quite like it, tap water we can drink, marmite at the local shop, teabags we love and not a waft of pretentious Nag Champa for miles. England happens to even be considerate enough to water your plants with bucket loads of rain whilst you are away. Home sweet home.
28/07/2017 14:22 BST

A Simpler Life

Having watched the documentary I felt like I needed to do something - I couldn't just sit there and accept what was being fed to us. The younger generations have a right to know what the truth is and therefore the option to choose whether they want this plastic life or not. I wanted to spread the message - reduction is the key and it's easy to do with a bit of thought.
24/03/2017 12:18 GMT

As Close To Zero-Waste As I Can Get

I really don't want to be a part of this commercially led waste-society any more. By that I mean, I no longer want to add to the problems of our environment through waste and I am going to do my best to get as close to zero-waste as I can.
01/02/2017 17:03 GMT

Overcoming Grief At Christmas

I am practically seconds away from putting up a tree. However it has actually taken a while for me to get back into the idea of Christmas since my father died and I am totally empathetic to anyone that has lost someone and is facing the daunting prospect of a nostalgic Christmas ahead. My dad used to enjoy this season so much that it is literally impossible not to think about and miss him.
16/11/2016 13:17 GMT

Let's Talk About Sex - Daily

I started to wonder how my husband was feeling about this lack of interest, and I began to feel guilty about putting him through it. I told myself it was better to be true to myself and not just 'do it' to please him. But then, one day, I changed my mind...
20/09/2016 13:15 BST

Staying at Home, Keeping Mum

Prior to being a mum I enjoyed being busy in London, developing a little jewellery business, which was starting to bud. I loved making the pieces and then having them cast so that multiples could be made to order directly from shops.
17/05/2016 12:01 BST

Responsibilities - Getting Away and Creating More

The husband and I are now at that stage when we are thinking about whether or not we should be planning for a third child. Luckily on the same page - we are not very keen to rock the boat but equally realising we might be sad to miss the boat if we don't at least think about it properly.
14/04/2016 09:03 BST

Five Reasons Why Happiness IS an English Summer Festival

Thank god for summer festivals. Thinking about theses potential up-coming music and arts parties keeps me sane throughout the last few weeks of winter with cabin fever. Even if I only make it to one festival annually, it will be just enough to sustain me through to the following year. However I MUST make it to at least one.
07/03/2016 09:20 GMT

Apologies and Gardens

I've had a thought that possibly part of being an adult means getting to a stage in life when you suddenly realise that everyone still feels like a child. We are all simply going around doing our best, acting like we know what is going on - but really all we want to do it just whizz down a giant slide and fall into a massive ball pit.
19/02/2016 14:30 GMT

And the Beat Goes On

So it is already mid-way through January 2016 and it feels as though I have not stopped to draw breath. I am sure I'm not the only one. Just after Christmas a good friend sadly passed away. Nothing I know of shows quite how the world keeps going on - as clearly as death does.
14/01/2016 11:44 GMT

My Lesson as a Parent to 'Let it Be'

Now I worried even more about what the other parents were thinking - I was now the backdrop to their photographs and video footage. I looked at all the girls sweetly holding their skirts galloping across the room - it was Phoebe's turn next. I held my breath, hoping - she stood there wailing.
14/12/2015 09:15 GMT

The Discovery of Dressing Like a Mum

Standing in front of the mirror, I contemplated now being a mother of two under two. Pretty much everything had changed: my life, my outlook, my role and my body. Not only that, I no longer knew what to wear anymore. Even that was out of my control.
01/12/2015 09:56 GMT

Acquaintances or Friends?

Working for myself and living alone - at the time I loved it. Having initially come from a large recruitment company I was used to a busy office environment, so in place of this I made sure my days were filled with friendly faces dotted around town.
10/11/2015 10:55 GMT

Why Children's TV is Worth a Meditation

I have never worried about my children watching too much television. In fact rightly or not, I have always considered a certain amount of TV as beneficial. My daughter loves watching DVDs and CBeebies but I have noticed - she self regulates.
02/11/2015 10:51 GMT

The Importance of Old Friends

New friendships are full of excitement, I am constantly wondering if certain relationships will stand the test of time. Whether we will ever get to that point of familiarity. Some new friendships are surprising, they move quickly then falter, others move slowly but with meaning.
26/10/2015 12:19 GMT

Anyone for Netball?

For the rest of the night I felt elated, I had put myself out of my comfort zone and enjoyed it - I plan to go again next week. I am looking forward to learning to move and think quickly on my feet and to get to the stage of feeling confident - turning up and taking my position on the court. One thing for sure though - I will not be forming my own team any time soon.
16/10/2015 12:09 BST