Thursday, 31 October 2013

Up in the Air



Do you ever have that feeling that you've just taken a giant handful of leaves and thrown them all up in the air?  Then they swirl and whirl and scatter in ways you didn't expect and take a really, really long time to settle?   Well, that's where I'm at right now.

Here are a few links that have resonated with me over the last few days and I thought I'd share them in case they resonate with you too.

Thoughts on mindful living from Zen Habits.

Finding your identity and your writing voice by Sarah Markley

Changing your story by Shauna Niequist

Imperfection and Vulnerability - I am loving Brene Brown's course that goes with her book.




On an unrelated note, for a little bit of alternative Halloween drama check out the pumpkin flame throwing at Thug Kitchen.  (note: f bombs are kind of their thing so give this is a miss if they're not yours).


Happy Halloween (can you believe it's the end of October already?!).



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Texture Tuesday




Half way through half term and I can't tell you how much I am loving it.  The break from routine - which seems to have become pretty rigid over the last few months - is fantastic and we are enjoying the break quietly, at home, with lots of fun and laughter.



Image processed with Kim Klassen texture to be.  Linking up with Texture Tuesday.



Friday, 25 October 2013

Dear Friday




Dear Home,

One of my favourite quotes is this, by Laurie Colwin: The thing about homebodies is that they can usually be found at home.  And that describes me pretty well.  But I have to admit, home, with all the breaks and leaks and so on I had started to fall a little out of love with you.

This week, though we've had a lovely, peaceful first week of half term.  I have moved past the initial 'that's it, we have to move' phase to the resigned quiet of getting it sorted out.  And as the nights draw in and the kitchen and living space are warm and cosy I can almost forget the work that still needs to be done.

So here I am, a homebody back to loving you, home.

Thanks for bearing with me.

Love, Me





Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Circles



There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela

I've been thinking lately....assessing really......as I noticed that I was picking up my (big) camera less and less.  And finally I came to the realisation that I have been ignoring the whole purpose and reason for my love of photography.  All the extraordinary ordinary.  The moments of my everyday.  I have captured the light on my bed a thousand times.  And yet this image is different to the 999 times that have gone before.  That's what I love about photography and the whole photography process.  Once again I have come full circle back to that realisation of purpose.

And so I return to my best loved places, literally and figuratively.  I seem to circle this issue a lot.  But I always come back to the same place.  Here I am again.


Linking up (belatedly) with Texture Tuesday.  Image processed using Kim Klassen texture yesteryear.




Friday, 18 October 2013

Dear Friday



Dear Life,

Always, always a work in progress.  I have a tendency to forget that.  Especially when the messy outweighs the beauty.

And so, things have come full circle. The messages have been filtering down through many channels and culminated just now as I opened up Liz Lamoreux's newsletter which contained an invitation to take a moment to notice the messy in one hand and the beauty in the other.

It's always a balance. Often I don't get it right.  But I have the tools.  The tools to slow down, take notice, ask for support and help.  To get back to the beauty and the joy.

Here's to yes, Life.

Love, Me.


Happy weekend. :)


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Seasonal Simplicity



Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness......
J Keats

I learnt that poem when I was about 10 and can still recite a good chunk of it off the top of my head.  Which I find quite curious seeing as I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

Childhood memories and loves are funny things.  I'm always amazed how they stay with you over the years.  Looking through my bookshelves I noticed a pattern amongst my most favourite books.  They are all connected with the seasons.  They are:

Book of the Year by Enid Blyton.  My first and still my most favourite.  I can still feel that thrill when I come across something that has been previously overlooked (or forgotten all these years on...).

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.  Lovely watercolours.  When I was at school we used to do a weekly nature walk and watercolour whatever treasures we found along the way.  Rosehips and elderberries were always my favourite.

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  A daily reminder to live abundantly which is something I really need right now.

Springwatch/Autumnwatch by Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King.  The autumn part has always been my favourite.

The River Cottage Year by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  A reminder to shop and cook seasonally.  The seasons are much more fun if you go with them rather than fight against them.  I have to remind myself of this a lot at this time of year.  Food and cooking as is a good place to start.

The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater.  Same reasoning as above plus I love his notes (Today an emergency cake is called for.  On this occasion it has to be home-made -  love the use of emergency and cake in the same sentence!) and that his (beautiful) photos are done in real time, in his kitchen.

And a recent addition to my collection, A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes.  Lovely, lovely photography.

There are probably more, but these are my favourites.  It seems my subconscious is (and has always been) aware of my what body needs even though my mind is trying to over-ride the whole system.

Back to seasonal simplicity for me.

How about you?  What are your favourite seasonal books?


Image produced for Beyond Beyond using Kim Klassen LR preset autumn collection.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Light



But hope is no less realistic than despair.  It is still our choice whether to live in light or lie down in darkness
Rick Yancy


Image created using Kim Klassen textures reverie and warmly.  Linking up with Kim at Texture Tuesday.



Thank you for your sweet comments on yesterday's post.  They really mean a lot. x








Monday, 14 October 2013

Lately....



I can't really seem to get it together.  Small tasks seem insurmountable and my house seems to be leaking and breaking down around my ears.  I feel like  I'm out of sync, tired of the relentlessness of everyday routine but with no energy to rise above it and change things up a bit.  Suddenly the things that started off as things I was happy to get involved with have turned into oppressive obligations.

So here I am today.  Moving through the treacle as best I can from one moment to the next, celebrating the tiniest of wins.  Anything else seems exhausting.

I hate leaving this on a negative, but sometimes this is the reality.

Wishing you well this week.  Be kind to yourselves.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Texture Tuesday



Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.  Lao Tzu


Linking up - a little late - with Texture Tuesday.  Image processed using Kim Klassen texture peony.








Friday, 4 October 2013

Dear Friday




Dear Interweb/Social Media,

Sometimes I really don't get you.

And then other times I just think...yes, this is what you were  made for.

Yesterday instagram was used as the most amazing platform to send love, light and prayers to Kim Klassen and her family.  Her husband is currently battling cancer.  You can read her story here.

I know there are many out there who are, or who have loved ones fighting a similar battle.

This one's for you too.

Love, Me.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Yes to Everyday Beauty



Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.  -Buddha

There hasn't been a lot of stillness in my life lately.  Lots of changes and adjustments and rushing round.  So I signed up for Liz Lamoreux's Yes, this 10 day adventure.

Today's adventure is a treasure hunt of beauty.  And here is my treasure hunt from my home and garden.  Sight, sound, smell, touch.  Little pieces of my everyday that I looked at today with new eyes, appreciating their presence and their beauty (and middle left are my vitamins - a small victory dance for remembering to actually take them today!).

What can you rediscover today?  Come and join us at Yes, this (we're only on day 2 and it's free!).





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