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It’s the Small Little Things 🕊
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Slowly getting back on the saddle of my early morning practice, I came out of it in quite a slumber, shuffling my feet in the direction to my favorite coffee place for my faithful cup of macchiatone.
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Happy and content to be back in my home base, getting back to my regular routine, and filled with a selfish desire for a quiet moment of reading and sipping my cup of coffee before teaching, I practically hid in the back of the coffee place. Wearing my sleepy face and anti-social look that said; “Do not disturb! I am rendered post-practice speechless for the next hour!”, I locked the door to my little shell. What did it take to quickly get me out of it? The beauty of the small little things that bring me joy.
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Seeing the face and warm spirit of my favorite pasta man, Luciano, who reminded me that there’s nothing better in this world than homemade pasta. Ahem!, and of course, genuine human connection. Chatting with him, as he introduced me to his wife and described his charming town of Verona in Italy, his favorite coffee place where I immediately transported myself, and I should add his gift of a second cup of macchiatone, and I was back on my own two feet here on planet earth ready to take on the day.
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Gift me a morning cup of coffee, and what can I tell you? I not only come to life with inner joy, but on that instant, there’s no better gift you can give me, no matter how luscious, that can ever top the gift of a cup of coffee accompanied by a good conversation that makes my imagination soar and day dream of distant places and all things beautiful, it makes me feel alive.
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Another great pleasure was getting an A+ at the dentist, oh the joy it gives me! No matter how sleepy or tired I might be, I can’t fall asleep without flossing and brushing my teeth. It hit me then that life is like yoga, filled with all these small little efforts that lead to cleaner teeth, positive human connections, and moments of joy.
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Learn the Art of Contentment, appreciation for what is, for what we have, no matter how small, for what we are capable of doing, for that which brings us joy. #contentment -
📸 by @ifilmyoga
It’s the Small Little Things 🕊 - Slowly getting back on the saddle of my early morning practice, I came out of it in quite a slumber, shuffling my feet in the direction to my favorite coffee place for my faithful cup of macchiatone. - Happy and content to be back in my home base, getting back to my regular routine, and filled with a selfish desire for a quiet moment of reading and sipping my cup of coffee before teaching, I practically hid in the back of the coffee place. Wearing my sleepy face and anti-social look that said; “Do not disturb! I am rendered post-practice speechless for the next hour!”, I locked the door to my little shell. What did it take to quickly get me out of it? The beauty of the small little things that bring me joy. - Seeing the face and warm spirit of my favorite pasta man, Luciano, who reminded me that there’s nothing better in this world than homemade pasta. Ahem!, and of course, genuine human connection. Chatting with him, as he introduced me to his wife and described his charming town of Verona in Italy, his favorite coffee place where I immediately transported myself, and I should add his gift of a second cup of macchiatone, and I was back on my own two feet here on planet earth ready to take on the day. - Gift me a morning cup of coffee, and what can I tell you? I not only come to life with inner joy, but on that instant, there’s no better gift you can give me, no matter how luscious, that can ever top the gift of a cup of coffee accompanied by a good conversation that makes my imagination soar and day dream of distant places and all things beautiful, it makes me feel alive. - Another great pleasure was getting an A+ at the dentist, oh the joy it gives me! No matter how sleepy or tired I might be, I can’t fall asleep without flossing and brushing my teeth. It hit me then that life is like yoga, filled with all these small little efforts that lead to cleaner teeth, positive human connections, and moments of joy. - Learn the Art of Contentment, appreciation for what is, for what we have, no matter how small, for what we are capable of doing, for that which brings us joy. #contentment  - 📸 by @ifilmyoga
Little dancing feet in golden shoes on the dance floor. They jump, spin rounds, stand on their little toes and belong to a cheerful brown eyed girl that we have taken to a nice Dutch competition. Recently back home from a long summer holiday we returned to the training floor full of energy and still working on our shape for the competition, today we only watch.
If you want to read about it, you can find the link in my bio. 
#goldenshoes
#rouwhorst
#groteprijsvantwente
#dancecompetition
#dancerslife
#ballroom
#ballrooms
#ballroomdancing
#ballroomdancer
#ballroomdancers
#momentsofmine
#heitermoments
#senior
#seniors
#senioren
#55plus
#sowingstories_theecourse
Little dancing feet in golden shoes on the dance floor. They jump, spin rounds, stand on their little toes and belong to a cheerful brown eyed girl that we have taken to a nice Dutch competition. Recently back home from a long summer holiday we returned to the training floor full of energy and still working on our shape for the competition, today we only watch. If you want to read about it, you can find the link in my bio. #goldenshoes  #rouwhorst  #groteprijsvantwente  #dancecompetition  #dancerslife  #ballroom  #ballrooms  #ballroomdancing  #ballroomdancer  #ballroomdancers  #momentsofmine  #heitermoments  #senior  #seniors  #senioren  #55plus  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Dearest Zürich, my sweet home away from home,
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Thank you for the very special day you gifted me by the lake today. You displayed such manners by granting me my favorite weather, a bright sunny day that is warm, yet not hot or humid. The lake too was so radiant with its bluish-green waters looking so fresh and inviting. I wanted to bathe in it, but I was without a bathing suit. It was not in my plans to spend the day with you. I was to head straight home after teaching to prepare my luggages for my departure tomorrow back to Miami. Something clicked after a student said; “Enjoy your last day in Zürich!”, and you were so incredibly magical, that I could not help but spend the day with you, and I am so glad I did.
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Last year when I visited you for six weeks, you were at the height of your winter, a season that secluded me into total hibernation. But I think it’s your natural special gift to me to turn into a sanctuary of silence. Though I arrived this year on the last leg of summer, you still drew my attention inwards keeping me for days on end in silence. Something, I should say, was like a blessing in disguise after the news of my father’s passing. I don’t think I could have been anywhere else that could have offered me the space I needed. You had a few days of cold weather that felt like a gentle whip awakening me to the reality that cold and gloomy weather are my crypnotyte quickly turning me into a state of isolation. I felt lonely at times, but I treasured the work of being alone deep in my thoughts in total silence.
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Yet, you also taught me the lesson that there’s no such thing as a bad weather, but bad clothing. You have taught this to your people, and I must admit I completely agree with that statement. Unless extreme bad weather condition, of course! But, other than that, one must go on living a life unaffected by the weather, so very Yogic of you!
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As I type this,  you turned the sky darkly gray and made rain pour down. I am wearing flip-flops, and the rain is cold. Improperly dressed, but how could I know you would turn on me after such a special day? I think you might have done this on purpose, so I would let you go.
With much love,
Patricia Amado
Dearest Zürich, my sweet home away from home, . Thank you for the very special day you gifted me by the lake today. You displayed such manners by granting me my favorite weather, a bright sunny day that is warm, yet not hot or humid. The lake too was so radiant with its bluish-green waters looking so fresh and inviting. I wanted to bathe in it, but I was without a bathing suit. It was not in my plans to spend the day with you. I was to head straight home after teaching to prepare my luggages for my departure tomorrow back to Miami. Something clicked after a student said; “Enjoy your last day in Zürich!”, and you were so incredibly magical, that I could not help but spend the day with you, and I am so glad I did. . Last year when I visited you for six weeks, you were at the height of your winter, a season that secluded me into total hibernation. But I think it’s your natural special gift to me to turn into a sanctuary of silence. Though I arrived this year on the last leg of summer, you still drew my attention inwards keeping me for days on end in silence. Something, I should say, was like a blessing in disguise after the news of my father’s passing. I don’t think I could have been anywhere else that could have offered me the space I needed. You had a few days of cold weather that felt like a gentle whip awakening me to the reality that cold and gloomy weather are my crypnotyte quickly turning me into a state of isolation. I felt lonely at times, but I treasured the work of being alone deep in my thoughts in total silence. . Yet, you also taught me the lesson that there’s no such thing as a bad weather, but bad clothing. You have taught this to your people, and I must admit I completely agree with that statement. Unless extreme bad weather condition, of course! But, other than that, one must go on living a life unaffected by the weather, so very Yogic of you! . As I type this, you turned the sky darkly gray and made rain pour down. I am wearing flip-flops, and the rain is cold. Improperly dressed, but how could I know you would turn on me after such a special day? I think you might have done this on purpose, so I would let you go. With much love, Patricia Amado
Instagram and blogs these days are full of Autumn. I think I am in denial about that: sad that the light is slipping away, realising it’s downhill from now untill Christmas. 
Returning home from my holiday, full of energy, I embrace the new tasks that are waiting for me. There’s a new training schedule for dancing, new goals too and in the garden crops need to be harvested and processed and new seeds need to be sown. Everytime the question: will this one ripen before the cold sets in?
The light in the last part of summer is beautiful and I still enjoy being outdoors. No hibernating for me yet. Autumn can wait. I hope for an Indian Summer. 
#organic #vegetablegarden #moestuin #tuinieren #moestuinieren #augurken #pickles #littlethingsinlife #kleinedingeninhetleven #autumn #herfst #summer #zomer #indiansummer #sowingstories_theecourse #ballroomdancer
Instagram and blogs these days are full of Autumn. I think I am in denial about that: sad that the light is slipping away, realising it’s downhill from now untill Christmas. Returning home from my holiday, full of energy, I embrace the new tasks that are waiting for me. There’s a new training schedule for dancing, new goals too and in the garden crops need to be harvested and processed and new seeds need to be sown. Everytime the question: will this one ripen before the cold sets in? The light in the last part of summer is beautiful and I still enjoy being outdoors. No hibernating for me yet. Autumn can wait. I hope for an Indian Summer. #organic  #vegetablegarden  #moestuin  #tuinieren  #moestuinieren  #augurken  #pickles  #littlethingsinlife  #kleinedingeninhetleven  #autumn  #herfst  #summer  #zomer  #indiansummer  #sowingstories_theecourse  #ballroomdancer 
I've liberated the Cox's Orange Pippin from the weight of it's broken branch. A product of my greedy thinning a few months ago - the sheer quantity of this year's bounty overwhelmed the small tree. Now harvested, along with the abundant blackberries in the boundary of our garden, I've spent a slow hour peeling, chopping and preparing the fruit. Using the time to process the past couple of days spent away from home in the company of good friends and gardeners at the @bethchattogardens symposium. So much knowledge and so many wonderful ideas -  @lillajapan and @coyotewillow were particular highlights for me. Now feeling thoroughly inspired for a busy Autumn.
I've liberated the Cox's Orange Pippin from the weight of it's broken branch. A product of my greedy thinning a few months ago - the sheer quantity of this year's bounty overwhelmed the small tree. Now harvested, along with the abundant blackberries in the boundary of our garden, I've spent a slow hour peeling, chopping and preparing the fruit. Using the time to process the past couple of days spent away from home in the company of good friends and gardeners at the @bethchattogardens symposium. So much knowledge and so many wonderful ideas - @lillajapan and @coyotewillow were particular highlights for me. Now feeling thoroughly inspired for a busy Autumn.
The air feels crisp with an autumnal chill. I am clinging on to summer vibes with all my might.
The air feels crisp with an autumnal chill. I am clinging on to summer vibes with all my might.
✨ C O M P A S S I O N ✨
Grief. I had an encounter with someone yesterday who was experiencing a level of grief which seemed insurmountable. A lost soul devoid of life without his love, best friend and soul mate. I had never met him before but the rawness and depth of his emotion burrowed into my heart. 
Beautiful words at the end of my Friday evening yoga class “let all the words you speak be ones of compassion”, with the hope that my actions today gave at least a few moments of comfort during dark times. ✨✨ #musing #sowingstories_theecourse #compassion #kindwords
✨ C O M P A S S I O N ✨ Grief. I had an encounter with someone yesterday who was experiencing a level of grief which seemed insurmountable. A lost soul devoid of life without his love, best friend and soul mate. I had never met him before but the rawness and depth of his emotion burrowed into my heart. Beautiful words at the end of my Friday evening yoga class “let all the words you speak be ones of compassion”, with the hope that my actions today gave at least a few moments of comfort during dark times. ✨✨ #musing  #sowingstories_theecourse  #compassion  #kindwords 
Stop. The world will continue to spin even if you indulge in a delicious moment of self care. What would you do if you had an hour to treat yourself to an uninterrupted single task? My plan this evening is to turn off my phone, wrap myself in a blanket, light some candles, pour a drink and relax to the sounds of my favourite music. Because it's Friday night and my lifestyle is so rock and roll!!
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#fms_round 
#fmspad 
#littlemomentsapp 
#stepoutforsummer 
#embraceeverydayjoyfully 
#seekthepositive 
#shared_joy 
#homeisacupoftea 
#adoremycupoftea 
#myhappyviews 
#thislittlemoment_ 
#folkandstory 
#flowersgivemepower 
#daysofsmallthings 
#slowdownwithstills 
#styleithappy 
#flashesofdelight 
#myeverydaymagic 
#postitfortheaesthetic 
#bevisuallyinspired 
#mycupofteawithflowers 
#lovely_squares_1 
#aquietstyle 
#seekthesimplicity 
#smallmomentsofcalm 
#theartofslowliving 
#mybloominglens 
#mindfullness 
#verilymoment 
#sowingstories_theecourse
Stop. The world will continue to spin even if you indulge in a delicious moment of self care. What would you do if you had an hour to treat yourself to an uninterrupted single task? My plan this evening is to turn off my phone, wrap myself in a blanket, light some candles, pour a drink and relax to the sounds of my favourite music. Because it's Friday night and my lifestyle is so rock and roll!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fms_round  #fmspad  #littlemomentsapp  #stepoutforsummer  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #seekthepositive  #shared_joy  #homeisacupoftea  #adoremycupoftea  #myhappyviews  #thislittlemoment_  #folkandstory  #flowersgivemepower  #daysofsmallthings  #slowdownwithstills  #styleithappy  #flashesofdelight  #myeverydaymagic  #postitfortheaesthetic  #bevisuallyinspired  #mycupofteawithflowers  #lovely_squares_1  #aquietstyle  #seekthesimplicity  #smallmomentsofcalm  #theartofslowliving  #mybloominglens  #mindfullness  #verilymoment  #sowingstories_theecourse 
A wild weekend. A stubborn greyness blanketed the air but I didn’t care. The only sounds to be heard were the screech of hawks, squall of seagulls, my sheepish friend and in the distance the crashes of an angry sea. My balance is restored and my senses put in order.
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#fms_wild 
#fmspad 
#littlemomentsapp 
#sowingstories_theecourse 
#embraceeverydayjoyfully 
#nothingisordinary 
#olympusuk 
#livefullyalive 
#wanderlust 
#myhappyviews 
#amomentofwonder 
#thesweetlifeunscripted 
#daysofsmallthings 
#tinytinymoments 
#myeverydaymagic 
#bevisuallyinspired
#postitfortheaesthetic 
#feelfreefeed 
#untoldvisuals 
#exploremore 
#folktravel 
#letsgosomewhere 
#camping
#jessopsmoment
#belltent 
#discoverwales 
#findyourepic 
#thedailyadventurer 
#whimsicalwonderfulwild 
#myweekofmoodynature
A wild weekend. A stubborn greyness blanketed the air but I didn’t care. The only sounds to be heard were the screech of hawks, squall of seagulls, my sheepish friend and in the distance the crashes of an angry sea. My balance is restored and my senses put in order. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fms_wild  #fmspad  #littlemomentsapp  #sowingstories_theecourse  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #nothingisordinary  #olympusuk  #livefullyalive  #wanderlust  #myhappyviews  #amomentofwonder  #thesweetlifeunscripted  #daysofsmallthings  #tinytinymoments  #myeverydaymagic  #bevisuallyinspired  #postitfortheaesthetic  #feelfreefeed  #untoldvisuals  #exploremore  #folktravel  #letsgosomewhere  #camping  #jessopsmoment  #belltent  #discoverwales  #findyourepic  #thedailyadventurer  #whimsicalwonderfulwild  #myweekofmoodynature 
The slowest of Sundays. No running round in circles today. The wild winds have stilled, the hills beyond are cloaked in low cloud.
Started the day with the aroma of coffee cutting through the cool Welsh air. The afternoon was spent enjoying a stroll on deserted sands, watching the steely grey surf and savouring every moment.
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Hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend too. Will catch up when I back in the land of Wi Fi. .
#WHPcircles @instagram .
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#fms_naturemacro 
#fmspad 
#littlemomentsapp 
#embraceeverydayjoyfully 
#nothingisordinary 
#shared_joy 
#olympusuk 
#livefullyalive 
#flowersgivemepower 
#myhappyviews 
#amomentofwonder 
#thesweetlifeunscripted 
#daysofsmallthings 
#tinytinymoments 
#myeverydaymagic 
#bevisuallyinspired
#postitfortheaesthetic 
#feelfreefeed 
#untoldvisuals 
#whimsicalwonderfulwild 
#discoverwales 
#jessopsmoment
#inspiredbynature_ 
#thedailyadventurer 
#botanicalpickmeup 
#sowingstories_theecourse 
#kindlecuriosity 
#folkandstory 
#savourtheseasonalshift
The slowest of Sundays. No running round in circles today. The wild winds have stilled, the hills beyond are cloaked in low cloud. Started the day with the aroma of coffee cutting through the cool Welsh air. The afternoon was spent enjoying a stroll on deserted sands, watching the steely grey surf and savouring every moment. . Hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend too. Will catch up when I back in the land of Wi Fi. . #WHPcircles  @instagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fms_naturemacro  #fmspad  #littlemomentsapp  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #nothingisordinary  #shared_joy  #olympusuk  #livefullyalive  #flowersgivemepower  #myhappyviews  #amomentofwonder  #thesweetlifeunscripted  #daysofsmallthings  #tinytinymoments  #myeverydaymagic  #bevisuallyinspired  #postitfortheaesthetic  #feelfreefeed  #untoldvisuals  #whimsicalwonderfulwild  #discoverwales  #jessopsmoment  #inspiredbynature_  #thedailyadventurer  #botanicalpickmeup  #sowingstories_theecourse  #kindlecuriosity  #folkandstory  #savourtheseasonalshift 
Tiny diamonds topping thirsty flowers. Our heatwave a distant memory. Sparkling sunshine, wild winds and refreshing rain. I encountered them all on my journey today. The leafy green tunnels filtering through dappled light. The mountainsides returned to their emerald green state.
Blessed I am that although I miss the long sumptuous sunny days, I live in a country where we can experience all seasons in one day. .
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#fms_toppings 
#fmspad 
#littlemomentsapp 
#sowingstories_theecourse 
#stepoutforsummer 
#embraceeverydayjoyfully 
#seekthesimplicity 
#from_your_perspective 
#nothingisordinary_ 
#shared_joy 
#myhappyviews 
#thislittlemoment_ 
#kindlecuriosity 
#savourtheseasonalshift 
#folkandstory 
#flowersgivemepower 
#daysofsmallthings 
#whimsicalwonderfulwild 
#livefullyalive 
#flashesofdelight 
#myeverydaymagic 
#postitfortheaesthetic 
#bevisuallyinspired 
#thedailyadventurer 
#botanicalpickmeup 
#inspiredbynature_ 
#jessopsmoment 
#olympusuk
Tiny diamonds topping thirsty flowers. Our heatwave a distant memory. Sparkling sunshine, wild winds and refreshing rain. I encountered them all on my journey today. The leafy green tunnels filtering through dappled light. The mountainsides returned to their emerald green state. Blessed I am that although I miss the long sumptuous sunny days, I live in a country where we can experience all seasons in one day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fms_toppings  #fmspad  #littlemomentsapp  #sowingstories_theecourse  #stepoutforsummer  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #seekthesimplicity  #from_your_perspective  #nothingisordinary_  #shared_joy  #myhappyviews  #thislittlemoment_  #kindlecuriosity  #savourtheseasonalshift  #folkandstory  #flowersgivemepower  #daysofsmallthings  #whimsicalwonderfulwild  #livefullyalive  #flashesofdelight  #myeverydaymagic  #postitfortheaesthetic  #bevisuallyinspired  #thedailyadventurer  #botanicalpickmeup  #inspiredbynature_  #jessopsmoment  #olympusuk 
The humidity in the air and the extortionate amount of money I have parted with for “essential” back to school  paraphernalia has triggered a very prickly Caroline today. 
I have decamped to the tranquillity of my simply styled home office. The sounds of Mercury Rev’s Deserters Songs are restoring my calm and there is a cup of hot liquid gold in my hand. Amazing how recuperative a cup of tea can be. . .
#summer_inbloom 
@sophiewarrensmith 
@tinkertailoronline 
@littlefamilylondon .
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#sowingstories_theecourse 
#flyingtiger 
#stepoutforsummer 
#embraceeverydayjoyfully 
#seekthesimplicity 
#seekthepositive 
#plantlady 
#plantsmakepeoplehappy 
#plantselfie 
#nothingisordinary_ 
#shared_joy 
#myhappyviews 
#thislittlemoment_ 
#kindlecuriosity 
#savourtheseasonalshift 
#folkandstory 
#daysofsmallthings 
#whimsicalwonderfulwild 
#slowdownwithstills 
#styleithappy 
#livefullyalive 
#flashesofdelight 
#myeverydaymagic 
#postitfortheaesthetic 
#bevisuallyinspired 
#mydarlingminimal 
#plantsofinstagram 
#aquietstyle
The humidity in the air and the extortionate amount of money I have parted with for “essential” back to school paraphernalia has triggered a very prickly Caroline today. I have decamped to the tranquillity of my simply styled home office. The sounds of Mercury Rev’s Deserters Songs are restoring my calm and there is a cup of hot liquid gold in my hand. Amazing how recuperative a cup of tea can be. . . #summer_inbloom  @sophiewarrensmith @tinkertailoronline @littlefamilylondon . . . . . . . . #sowingstories_theecourse  #flyingtiger  #stepoutforsummer  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #seekthesimplicity  #seekthepositive  #plantlady  #plantsmakepeoplehappy  #plantselfie  #nothingisordinary_  #shared_joy  #myhappyviews  #thislittlemoment_  #kindlecuriosity  #savourtheseasonalshift  #folkandstory  #daysofsmallthings  #whimsicalwonderfulwild  #slowdownwithstills  #styleithappy  #livefullyalive  #flashesofdelight  #myeverydaymagic  #postitfortheaesthetic  #bevisuallyinspired  #mydarlingminimal  #plantsofinstagram  #aquietstyle 
Mid-August. I've been collecting seeds from the garden earlier this year; scabious, sisirynchium, wild carrot, marigold, geraniums, all harvested and dried this week. Now carefully labelled in small brown envelopes, I've added them to my tin whilst making a mental note of things I can sow now and heading into Autumn. It's a relief to be moving on from the summer heat.
Mid-August. I've been collecting seeds from the garden earlier this year; scabious, sisirynchium, wild carrot, marigold, geraniums, all harvested and dried this week. Now carefully labelled in small brown envelopes, I've added them to my tin whilst making a mental note of things I can sow now and heading into Autumn. It's a relief to be moving on from the summer heat.
"You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way." - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach-
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#seagull #seagulls #zeemeeuw #zeemeeuwen #jonathanlivingstonseagull #beyourself 
#nothingstandsinyourway #littlethingsinlife #simpleandstill #summertime #outdoors #nature #natuur #buitenleven #vogels #zee #sowingstories_theecourse
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I was thinking about this emotion last weekend as we carried our sleeping little one in from the car after a lovely BBQ at a friends house. There’s something so lovely about that act as a parent, it makes me feel so lovely and warm inside that I am taking care of a little human I helped create and at that moment that is the very best I can do. 
It has lead me to think of tender moments I’ve experienced over the years of which there are many but a few standout, like the lady who helped me out of my paper knickers in the shower after I’d had my first born, or the nurse who helped me after I’d had my wisdom teeth out, a friend whose shoulder I wept on when my anxiety was at its highest, my friend who brought me a cuppa and a hug on the morning of my wedding, the list goes on. It’s lovely to pause for a moment, reflect and enjoy, and remember happy highs. (Like a toddler who is napping right now 🙌🙌)
What are your happy highs/tender moments?!
Happy Saturday ✨✨
#childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunplugged #bethehappy #seekthehappy #dailycalm #pauseandreflect #sowingstories_theecourse #sowingstories #bloggersover40 #littlestoriesofmylife
| T E N D E R N E S S | I was thinking about this emotion last weekend as we carried our sleeping little one in from the car after a lovely BBQ at a friends house. There’s something so lovely about that act as a parent, it makes me feel so lovely and warm inside that I am taking care of a little human I helped create and at that moment that is the very best I can do. It has lead me to think of tender moments I’ve experienced over the years of which there are many but a few standout, like the lady who helped me out of my paper knickers in the shower after I’d had my first born, or the nurse who helped me after I’d had my wisdom teeth out, a friend whose shoulder I wept on when my anxiety was at its highest, my friend who brought me a cuppa and a hug on the morning of my wedding, the list goes on. It’s lovely to pause for a moment, reflect and enjoy, and remember happy highs. (Like a toddler who is napping right now 🙌🙌) What are your happy highs/tender moments?! Happy Saturday ✨✨ #childhoodunplugged  #motherhoodunplugged  #bethehappy  #seekthehappy  #dailycalm  #pauseandreflect  #sowingstories_theecourse  #sowingstories  #bloggersover40  #littlestoriesofmylife 
Joining in with @_chiffe_ ‘s new hashtag, #nurturenostalgia with this little string of hearts nest cradling a perfect hollyhock bloom. Hollyhocks remind me of my childhood - of blousy, bucolic summer days spent idling on the lawn, searching for shapes in the clouds and playing make believe ✨. #whpflowerpower .
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I’ve been experimenting with preserving leaves and flowers in glycerin, and these blooms, knocked off in yesterday’s rain (🙌🏻💦💙) will be in my next batch. Thanks @silverpebble2 for the tip! #makingwinter .
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#leaf_ladies #sowingstories_theecourse #createinsummer #sgiew_flourish #myselfandflowers #serendipitystyling #simpleandstill #stilllife_perfection #curated_minimal #aquietstyle #botanicaldreamers #byarrangement #inspiredbynature_ #loveliest4 #underthefloralspell #inspiredbypetals #lovely_squares_1 #ofsimplethings  #crazyplantlady #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc #myfloralmonth #myflatlaysandfinds #pocket_creative #botanicalcreativity_ #playingwithpetals #thebotanicalseries #whimsicalwonderfulwild
Joining in with @_chiffe_ ‘s new hashtag, #nurturenostalgia  with this little string of hearts nest cradling a perfect hollyhock bloom. Hollyhocks remind me of my childhood - of blousy, bucolic summer days spent idling on the lawn, searching for shapes in the clouds and playing make believe ✨. #whpflowerpower  . . . I’ve been experimenting with preserving leaves and flowers in glycerin, and these blooms, knocked off in yesterday’s rain (🙌🏻💦💙) will be in my next batch. Thanks @silverpebble2 for the tip! #makingwinter  . . . . . . . . . . #leaf_ladies  #sowingstories_theecourse  #createinsummer  #sgiew_flourish  #myselfandflowers  #serendipitystyling  #simpleandstill  #stilllife_perfection  #curated_minimal  #aquietstyle  #botanicaldreamers  #byarrangement  #inspiredbynature_  #loveliest4  #underthefloralspell  #inspiredbypetals  #lovely_squares_1  #ofsimplethings  #crazyplantlady  #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc  #myfloralmonth  #myflatlaysandfinds  #pocket_creative  #botanicalcreativity_  #playingwithpetals  #thebotanicalseries  #whimsicalwonderfulwild 
Happy Friday! How’s it going? Today I finally managed to get outside and do some gardening - it’s been too hot for the last few weeks but today is overcast so my roses finally got deadheaded. We’re forecast a thunderstorm this afternoon and I really hope it comes - gardens everywhere will rejoice!🤞🏻💦 .
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In other news, I had a magical moment last night doing my evening yoga in the garden. I heard a rustling sound coming from the border, and when I turned to look there was the tiniest of mice running up my poppy stems and stealing the seed heads! 🐭 Such a beautiful sight. I know some people see them as pests, and I don’t like them indoors but they’re welcome in my garden. I put out a little saucer of water a while back for any thirsty creatures - so little for them to drink in this weather. I love my garden for the joy it brings me to watch things grow, and for the beauty it brings, but last night reminded me that it also nourishes the local wildlife, from the birds, bees and butterflies to the neighbourhood mice and squirrels. This makes me very happy. Have a lovely weekend! Xx
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#cherishandrelish_july #sgiew_flourish #sowingstories_theecourse #aseasonalyear #embracingtheseasons #botanicalpickmeup #botanicaltales #lovelysquares_ #botanicalgarden #gardenersofinstagram #heartimprint #awhisperedbeauty #aquietbeauty #rsblooms #myquietbeauty #from_my_perspective #everythingeyecatching #summercolourloving  #naturehippys #thislittlemoment_ #raw_flowers #happy_simple_squares #nothingisordinary #myfloralmonth #lovelifeoutside #dayslikethis #britishsummer
Happy Friday! How’s it going? Today I finally managed to get outside and do some gardening - it’s been too hot for the last few weeks but today is overcast so my roses finally got deadheaded. We’re forecast a thunderstorm this afternoon and I really hope it comes - gardens everywhere will rejoice!🤞🏻💦 . . . In other news, I had a magical moment last night doing my evening yoga in the garden. I heard a rustling sound coming from the border, and when I turned to look there was the tiniest of mice running up my poppy stems and stealing the seed heads! 🐭 Such a beautiful sight. I know some people see them as pests, and I don’t like them indoors but they’re welcome in my garden. I put out a little saucer of water a while back for any thirsty creatures - so little for them to drink in this weather. I love my garden for the joy it brings me to watch things grow, and for the beauty it brings, but last night reminded me that it also nourishes the local wildlife, from the birds, bees and butterflies to the neighbourhood mice and squirrels. This makes me very happy. Have a lovely weekend! Xx . . . . . . . . . #cherishandrelish_july  #sgiew_flourish  #sowingstories_theecourse  #aseasonalyear  #embracingtheseasons  #botanicalpickmeup  #botanicaltales  #lovelysquares_  #botanicalgarden  #gardenersofinstagram  #heartimprint  #awhisperedbeauty  #aquietbeauty  #rsblooms  #myquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #everythingeyecatching  #summercolourloving  #naturehippys  #thislittlemoment_  #raw_flowers  #happy_simple_squares  #nothingisordinary  #myfloralmonth  #lovelifeoutside  #dayslikethis  #britishsummer 
At the end of this road live two succesful people. Everytime I drive or walk this road it strikes me how it symbolises their path to succes: it's bumby, sometimes steep and it's covered with pine cones.
Whatever succes you are chasing, you're path will be like that. Does that matter?
I wrote a blog about practising new skills in dancing, you'll find the link in my bio.
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#ballroom #ballroomdancing #ballroomdancer #ballroomlife #ballroomdancesport #dancesport #nadb_dance #nadb #practisedance #musclesmemory #spiergeheugen #trainentotjeeenonsweegt #sowingstories_theecourse
At the end of this road live two succesful people. Everytime I drive or walk this road it strikes me how it symbolises their path to succes: it's bumby, sometimes steep and it's covered with pine cones. Whatever succes you are chasing, you're path will be like that. Does that matter? I wrote a blog about practising new skills in dancing, you'll find the link in my bio. . . #ballroom  #ballroomdancing  #ballroomdancer  #ballroomlife  #ballroomdancesport  #dancesport  #nadb_dance  #nadb  #practisedance  #musclesmemory  #spiergeheugen  #trainentotjeeenonsweegt  #sowingstories_theecourse 
We've picked red currants. I give her some; she's tasted them before. Want to try? I ask her. She looks at me with her big brown eyes and shakes her head: No, you eat.
One by one she picks them of the little buch. I play the game: every time she puts one in my mouth I pretend to shiver. She laughs out loud. Then she gows to the raspberry bush, picks the sweet fruit and puts it in her mouth. "Nice", she says.
#aalbessen #currants 
#littlestoriesofmylife #littlestories #littlestoriesoflife 
#treasurethistime 
#enjoylittlethings #embracingtheseason #embracingtheeveryday 
#kleinedingeninhetleven #genietenvandekleinedingen
#homegrownfruit #fruituiteigentuin
#sowingstories_theecourse
We've picked red currants. I give her some; she's tasted them before. Want to try? I ask her. She looks at me with her big brown eyes and shakes her head: No, you eat. One by one she picks them of the little buch. I play the game: every time she puts one in my mouth I pretend to shiver. She laughs out loud. Then she gows to the raspberry bush, picks the sweet fruit and puts it in her mouth. "Nice", she says. #aalbessen  #currants  #littlestoriesofmylife  #littlestories  #littlestoriesoflife  #treasurethistime  #enjoylittlethings  #embracingtheseason  #embracingtheeveryday  #kleinedingeninhetleven  #genietenvandekleinedingen  #homegrownfruit  #fruituiteigentuin  #sowingstories_theecourse 
I’m adamant that I can smell the books when I walk past Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford. It seems to somehow escape from the miles of shelves through the doors and onto the street - a hint of the stories waiting inside. 
Do you notice the smell of books? Each volume has its own character and notes, and I love the memories they evoke. From the familiarity of a favourite paperback to the authority of an aged academic tome or the promise of a brand new hardback, they can send me back in time just as effectively as perfume or other scents from the past. 
For a few more thoughts on that papery, inky fragrance there is a new post on my (newly revamped) blog (link in bio). 📚

#kindlecuriosity #organiccalligraphy #ukletterers #pointedpencalligraphy #calligraphyuk #pointedpenparade #imacalligrafile #make_more_magic #asecondofwhimsy #organiclettering #livemoremagic #inkartisan #everydaymagic #nothingisordinary #bookishlife #folkandstory #fairytalesinframe #bestbookishpic #readmakegrow #ofwhimsicalmoments #sowingstories_theecourse
I’m adamant that I can smell the books when I walk past Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford. It seems to somehow escape from the miles of shelves through the doors and onto the street - a hint of the stories waiting inside. Do you notice the smell of books? Each volume has its own character and notes, and I love the memories they evoke. From the familiarity of a favourite paperback to the authority of an aged academic tome or the promise of a brand new hardback, they can send me back in time just as effectively as perfume or other scents from the past. For a few more thoughts on that papery, inky fragrance there is a new post on my (newly revamped) blog (link in bio). 📚 #kindlecuriosity  #organiccalligraphy  #ukletterers  #pointedpencalligraphy  #calligraphyuk  #pointedpenparade  #imacalligrafile  #make_more_magic  #asecondofwhimsy  #organiclettering  #livemoremagic  #inkartisan  #everydaymagic  #nothingisordinary  #bookishlife  #folkandstory  #fairytalesinframe  #bestbookishpic  #readmakegrow  #ofwhimsicalmoments  #sowingstories_theecourse 
I opened a jar of summer and look what popped out! 😉

I was expecting this week’s heat to be unbearable, but so far it’s been ok, and I’ve especially loved my cycle rides. Sometimes, something about the weather, or perhaps an unusually empty street, or being out at a different time of day, makes the city look unfamiliar, and transports me to some unspecified, long-forgotten holiday. Do you ever get that feeling? 
Maybe it’s just me... but this week I’ve enjoyed imagining I wasn’t cycling to work at all, but instead taking a day trip somewhere, probably in Scandinavia, to a lovely bakery by the sea. Try it: all it takes is a little magic ✨

#kindlecuriosity #curiouscalligrapher #organiccalligraphy #moderncalligraphyuk #stillswithstories #astilllifestyle #seasonspoetry #bloomandgrow #make_more_magic #inspiredbypetals #curated_nature #ourwhimsicaldays #asecondofwhimsy #botanicalpickmeup #ofwhimsicalmoments #underthefloralspell #flowersandotherstories #organiclettering #livemoremagic #flowermagic #thisdelightfullife #everydaymagic #awakethelight #sowingstories_theecourse #91magazine_floral #sisterhood_midsummer #myfloralsummer
I opened a jar of summer and look what popped out! 😉 I was expecting this week’s heat to be unbearable, but so far it’s been ok, and I’ve especially loved my cycle rides. Sometimes, something about the weather, or perhaps an unusually empty street, or being out at a different time of day, makes the city look unfamiliar, and transports me to some unspecified, long-forgotten holiday. Do you ever get that feeling? Maybe it’s just me... but this week I’ve enjoyed imagining I wasn’t cycling to work at all, but instead taking a day trip somewhere, probably in Scandinavia, to a lovely bakery by the sea. Try it: all it takes is a little magic ✨ #kindlecuriosity  #curiouscalligrapher  #organiccalligraphy  #moderncalligraphyuk  #stillswithstories  #astilllifestyle  #seasonspoetry  #bloomandgrow  #make_more_magic  #inspiredbypetals  #curated_nature  #ourwhimsicaldays  #asecondofwhimsy  #botanicalpickmeup  #ofwhimsicalmoments  #underthefloralspell  #flowersandotherstories  #organiclettering  #livemoremagic  #flowermagic  #thisdelightfullife  #everydaymagic  #awakethelight  #sowingstories_theecourse  #91magazine_floral  #sisterhood_midsummer  #myfloralsummer 
R A S P B E R R Y I’m that annoying person who moans when it rains but as soon as we have 3 consecutive hot days I’m complaining about that too. I grew up in Ireland and I’m convinced it never got about 25C there even in a heatwave! So I’m not a fan of this current hot summer  weather at all.

But what I do love about summer is the food - the salads, the fruit, the ice-creams! I’ve even swapped my usual chocolate based puddings for this delicious lemon and raspberry one. So I am grateful to summer for giving me raspberries (and cooler evenings to sit outside and enjoy eating them!) #sowingstories_theecourse
R A S P B E R R Y I’m that annoying person who moans when it rains but as soon as we have 3 consecutive hot days I’m complaining about that too. I grew up in Ireland and I’m convinced it never got about 25C there even in a heatwave! So I’m not a fan of this current hot summer weather at all. But what I do love about summer is the food - the salads, the fruit, the ice-creams! I’ve even swapped my usual chocolate based puddings for this delicious lemon and raspberry one. So I am grateful to summer for giving me raspberries (and cooler evenings to sit outside and enjoy eating them!) #sowingstories_theecourse 
‘Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”’ A little more Poe, with my pretend pet crow playing the part of the raven...
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I’m terrified of pigeons and most other flying things (dragonflies, aeroplanes, the list goes on...), but crows are different. On a visit to Dartmoor some years ago, while stopped at a viewpoint on the side of the road, a crow caught my eye: slightly ragged as gusts of wind ruffled its feathers, it determinedly stood nearby, looking out at the landscape. There was something endearing about it, and I’ve been fond of these glorious dark birds ever since.
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#curiouscalligrapher #moderncalligraphyuk #calligraphyuk #stillswithstories #make_more_magic #quietchaotics #myeverydaymagic #asecondofwhimsy #ofwhimsicalmoments #mystoryoflight #readmakegrow #awakethelight #handsinframes #myquietbeauty #toldbyhands #gothictonic #fairytalesinframe #whimsicalwonderfulwild #folkandstory #sowingstories_theecourse
‘Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”’ A little more Poe, with my pretend pet crow playing the part of the raven... . I’m terrified of pigeons and most other flying things (dragonflies, aeroplanes, the list goes on...), but crows are different. On a visit to Dartmoor some years ago, while stopped at a viewpoint on the side of the road, a crow caught my eye: slightly ragged as gusts of wind ruffled its feathers, it determinedly stood nearby, looking out at the landscape. There was something endearing about it, and I’ve been fond of these glorious dark birds ever since. . . . . #curiouscalligrapher  #moderncalligraphyuk  #calligraphyuk  #stillswithstories  #make_more_magic  #quietchaotics  #myeverydaymagic  #asecondofwhimsy  #ofwhimsicalmoments  #mystoryoflight  #readmakegrow  #awakethelight  #handsinframes  #myquietbeauty  #toldbyhands  #gothictonic  #fairytalesinframe  #whimsicalwonderfulwild  #folkandstory  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Last month Jane, from @snapdragonstudiouk sent me one of her Snapdragon Studio Boxes.
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I was overwhelmed by the contents of this box.  It’s all that is great about a small business.
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As I sat down to work with the contents of the box, the feeling that has been bubbling away in the back of my mind for some time, began to take hold.
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A realisation that in spite of spending all day creating for work, I no longer spend enough time creating for sheer pleasure and joy.
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It feels somehow too extravagant, making with no business goal or purpose in mind.  It’s totally crazy because the mental benefits are unquantifiable.
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In truth there is nothing more joyful than the gentle meditative pleasure of creativity for pleasure and I am going to make more time for it.
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#eleganceintheeveryday #thatvelvetfeeling #solovelysofree #freestylecreativeliving #creativestory #slowliving_create #seekinspirecreate #alifeofintention #stylingmycreativity #heitermoments #stepoutforsummer #inpraiseofslowness #smallmomentsofcalm #makefilmscourse #makefilms #littlestoriesofmylife #poshyarnsfilms #documentyourdays #thesincerestoryteller #minimondaymovies #makefilms12 #makelight #sowingstories_theecourse #simpleauthenticbeautiful
Last month Jane, from @snapdragonstudiouk sent me one of her Snapdragon Studio Boxes. . I was overwhelmed by the contents of this box. It’s all that is great about a small business. . As I sat down to work with the contents of the box, the feeling that has been bubbling away in the back of my mind for some time, began to take hold. . A realisation that in spite of spending all day creating for work, I no longer spend enough time creating for sheer pleasure and joy. . It feels somehow too extravagant, making with no business goal or purpose in mind. It’s totally crazy because the mental benefits are unquantifiable. . In truth there is nothing more joyful than the gentle meditative pleasure of creativity for pleasure and I am going to make more time for it. . . . . . . . #eleganceintheeveryday  #thatvelvetfeeling  #solovelysofree  #freestylecreativeliving  #creativestory  #slowliving_create  #seekinspirecreate  #alifeofintention  #stylingmycreativity  #heitermoments  #stepoutforsummer  #inpraiseofslowness  #smallmomentsofcalm  #makefilmscourse  #makefilms  #littlestoriesofmylife  #poshyarnsfilms  #documentyourdays  #thesincerestoryteller  #minimondaymovies  #makefilms12  #makelight  #sowingstories_theecourse  #simpleauthenticbeautiful 
M I D D L E  A G E Increasingly I notice I’m turning into my mother. I have conversations about how to remove stains from clothes, the best way to use up leftover roast meat and how to stop slugs eating my plants. I can spend 2 hours browsing in a garden centre and usually suggest “just a little cup of coffee” as soon as we arrive anywhere. A good day trip must now include the opportunity to admire flowers at every opportunity. But when the greenhouses and flowers are as beautiful as this I’m not going to complain.  Here’s to embracing middle age! #sowingstories_theecourse
M I D D L E A G E Increasingly I notice I’m turning into my mother. I have conversations about how to remove stains from clothes, the best way to use up leftover roast meat and how to stop slugs eating my plants. I can spend 2 hours browsing in a garden centre and usually suggest “just a little cup of coffee” as soon as we arrive anywhere. A good day trip must now include the opportunity to admire flowers at every opportunity. But when the greenhouses and flowers are as beautiful as this I’m not going to complain. Here’s to embracing middle age! #sowingstories_theecourse 
What do you like to read?fiction or fact?  Pleasure or improvement? Or always a mix?
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Right now I’m reading for nothing more than the sheer pleasure of reading.
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It feels like I haven’t done enough of this lately, instead I have been absorbed in business related reading.  Books on marketing, books to inspire, books to learn from.
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And somewhere along the way I’d forgotten books for pure pleasure of enjoying a good story.  Norah Ephron is filling the gap beautifully.
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#91magazine_floral #seasonspoetry #forprettyssake #elevatetheeveryday #booksandbotanicals #bookishallure #todaymycoffee #styleonstillness #beautyofstillmoments #smallmomentsofcalm #moodforfloral #coffeestoriesandflowers #daysofsmallthings #littlestoriesofmylife #mybloominglens #peonyseason #peoniesaremyfavorite #summerstories #pocketsofslow #seeing_the_ordinary #simplethingsmadebeautiful #thatvelvetfeeling #seasonsofsimplicity #eleganceintheeveryday #makelight #sowingstories_theecourse .
What do you like to read?fiction or fact? Pleasure or improvement? Or always a mix? . Right now I’m reading for nothing more than the sheer pleasure of reading. . It feels like I haven’t done enough of this lately, instead I have been absorbed in business related reading. Books on marketing, books to inspire, books to learn from. . And somewhere along the way I’d forgotten books for pure pleasure of enjoying a good story. Norah Ephron is filling the gap beautifully. . . . . #91magazine_floral  #seasonspoetry  #forprettyssake  #elevatetheeveryday  #booksandbotanicals  #bookishallure  #todaymycoffee  #styleonstillness  #beautyofstillmoments  #smallmomentsofcalm  #moodforfloral  #coffeestoriesandflowers  #daysofsmallthings  #littlestoriesofmylife  #mybloominglens  #peonyseason  #peoniesaremyfavorite  #summerstories  #pocketsofslow  #seeing_the_ordinary  #simplethingsmadebeautiful  #thatvelvetfeeling  #seasonsofsimplicity  #eleganceintheeveryday  #makelight  #sowingstories_theecourse  .
Only one rose is needed (alright, two) to make your living room smell heavenly. I can’t imagine a garden without scented roses. 
Rosa Just Joey 
#roos #rozen #geurenderoos  #geurenderozen #rose #roses #scentedrose #scentedroses #justjoey #justjoeyrose 
#delftsblauw 
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C I N N A M O N is one of my favourite flavours and smells. There is something about it which evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. I add it to curries and chillis, to apple crumbles and coffee. I’m a sucker for a cinnamon and raisin bagel or cookie. But my absolute favourite is a cinnamon roll, eaten slightly warmed with a flat white. The perfect combination of velvety smooth coffee and cinnamon flavoured, flaky pastry improves any grey and rainy morning. Now I just need to learn how to bake them myself - if you’ve got a great cinnamon recipe especially cinnamon rolls let me know! #sowingstories_theecourse
C I N N A M O N is one of my favourite flavours and smells. There is something about it which evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. I add it to curries and chillis, to apple crumbles and coffee. I’m a sucker for a cinnamon and raisin bagel or cookie. But my absolute favourite is a cinnamon roll, eaten slightly warmed with a flat white. The perfect combination of velvety smooth coffee and cinnamon flavoured, flaky pastry improves any grey and rainy morning. Now I just need to learn how to bake them myself - if you’ve got a great cinnamon recipe especially cinnamon rolls let me know! #sowingstories_theecourse 
After having eaten fresh pods several times, now is the time to blanche and freeze them so we can enjoy them in a while. The first plants have almost finished flowering. Soon we will remove them and sow new ones for a second harvest sometime in august. It’s a good crop this year. Amazing how many pods we could pick of just a few plants.
After having eaten fresh pods several times, now is the time to blanche and freeze them so we can enjoy them in a while. The first plants have almost finished flowering. Soon we will remove them and sow new ones for a second harvest sometime in august. It’s a good crop this year. Amazing how many pods we could pick of just a few plants.
P E T I T E  J O Y S when did buying yourself flowers become a thing? Is it because supermarkets now sell a bigger variety of affordable flowers so that buying a bunch with the weekly shop can almost go unnoticed?! I read another article this week about how if we saved the money we spent on weekly or daily treats like coffee and flowers over the year we could afford a luxury weekend away.  Maybe it’s just me, but right now I’d rather have my flowers and smile every time I see them. #sowingstories_theecourse
P E T I T E J O Y S when did buying yourself flowers become a thing? Is it because supermarkets now sell a bigger variety of affordable flowers so that buying a bunch with the weekly shop can almost go unnoticed?! I read another article this week about how if we saved the money we spent on weekly or daily treats like coffee and flowers over the year we could afford a luxury weekend away. Maybe it’s just me, but right now I’d rather have my flowers and smile every time I see them. #sowingstories_theecourse 
My family would say I have a cookbook habit, indeed they might even say that I have too many cookbooks.
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But I read recently that @dianahenryfood has 4000 cookbooks.  I call that aspirational.  That is just one if the reasons she is my favourite writer of cookbooks.
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Grapefruit and Basil Ice Cream is another.
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So tell me, who is your favourite cookbook writer? .
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#beautyofstillmoments #styleonstillness #shelflife #bookishallure #kinfolklife #lifeunscripted #the_gentle_manifesto #lifelivedbeautifully #allthebeautifulthings #elevatetheeveryday #slowliving_create #littlestoriesofmylife #stillswithstories #feedyourhappy #gatherandfeast #eatprettythings #embracingtheslowerlife #thesimpleeveryday #wholeheartedliving #alifeofintention #sowingstories_theecourse
My family would say I have a cookbook habit, indeed they might even say that I have too many cookbooks. . But I read recently that @dianahenryfood has 4000 cookbooks. I call that aspirational. That is just one if the reasons she is my favourite writer of cookbooks. . Grapefruit and Basil Ice Cream is another. . So tell me, who is your favourite cookbook writer? . . . . . . #beautyofstillmoments  #styleonstillness  #shelflife  #bookishallure  #kinfolklife  #lifeunscripted  #the_gentle_manifesto  #lifelivedbeautifully  #allthebeautifulthings  #elevatetheeveryday  #slowliving_create  #littlestoriesofmylife  #stillswithstories  #feedyourhappy  #gatherandfeast  #eatprettythings  #embracingtheslowerlife  #thesimpleeveryday  #wholeheartedliving  #alifeofintention  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Hand on the barre, feet in first, prepare the arm... the beginning of every ballet class. Often, at that moment, time seems to shrink - layer upon layer of embodied memories colliding. I am here, in Oxford, at my adult ballet class, but I am also 8, 10, 13, in another room, another country, getting ready for pliés. Ballet shoe-clad feet on laminate flooring, I feel anchored, and, as the music starts, the anxiety lifts...
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#sowingstories_theecourse #everydaymagic #inkartisan #livemoremagic #ofwhimsicalmoments #littlestoriesofmylife #momentsofmine #smallmomentsofcalm #thesimpleeveryday #myeverydaymagic #mybeautifulsimplicity #quietchaotics #prettycreativestyle #astilllifestyle #stillswithstories #calligraphyuk #pointedpencalligraphy #ukletterers #kindlecuriosity #moderncalligraphyuk #myquietbeauty #capturequiet #the_gentle_manifesto
Hand on the barre, feet in first, prepare the arm... the beginning of every ballet class. Often, at that moment, time seems to shrink - layer upon layer of embodied memories colliding. I am here, in Oxford, at my adult ballet class, but I am also 8, 10, 13, in another room, another country, getting ready for pliés. Ballet shoe-clad feet on laminate flooring, I feel anchored, and, as the music starts, the anxiety lifts... . . . . #sowingstories_theecourse  #everydaymagic  #inkartisan  #livemoremagic  #ofwhimsicalmoments  #littlestoriesofmylife  #momentsofmine  #smallmomentsofcalm  #thesimpleeveryday  #myeverydaymagic  #mybeautifulsimplicity  #quietchaotics  #prettycreativestyle  #astilllifestyle  #stillswithstories  #calligraphyuk  #pointedpencalligraphy  #ukletterers  #kindlecuriosity  #moderncalligraphyuk  #myquietbeauty  #capturequiet  #the_gentle_manifesto 
I don’t live in the city, I don’t live in the countryside either. I live in a village that could easily be a residential area of a city. 
Urban or rural, you can create a bit of Wildlife everywhere. We did so in our garden and this story is about that (link in bio).
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#bij #bijen #bijenvolk
#papaver #klaproos #klaprozen
#bestuiven #bestuiving #pollination #pollinating
#natuur #naturel
#kleinedingeninhetleven #littlethingsinlife #littlethingsthatcount
#sowingstories_theecourse
I don’t live in the city, I don’t live in the countryside either. I live in a village that could easily be a residential area of a city. Urban or rural, you can create a bit of Wildlife everywhere. We did so in our garden and this story is about that (link in bio). • • #bij  #bijen  #bijenvolk  #papaver  #klaproos  #klaprozen  #bestuiven  #bestuiving  #pollination  #pollinating  #natuur  #naturel  #kleinedingeninhetleven  #littlethingsinlife  #littlethingsthatcount  #sowingstories_theecourse 
What is your chosen method of waking?  Do you rely on birdsong and natural light?  Is your alarm set to energetic Rock or an urgent bleeping?
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I rely on Radio 4, beginning with the last strains of Farming Today.  I gain a sleepy grasp of their final report of the  morning and slowly wake as the farming weather forecast and Tweet Of The Day gently filter into my consciousness.  Some days I struggle more to wake than others.
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I occasionally wonder if I should try an alternative alarm, would a change to routine see me rise perkier and more productive?  Or do I just need to go to bed a little earlier? 😂
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What is your chosen method of waking? Do you rely on birdsong and natural light? Is your alarm set to energetic Rock or an urgent bleeping? . I rely on Radio 4, beginning with the last strains of Farming Today. I gain a sleepy grasp of their final report of the morning and slowly wake as the farming weather forecast and Tweet Of The Day gently filter into my consciousness. Some days I struggle more to wake than others. . I occasionally wonder if I should try an alternative alarm, would a change to routine see me rise perkier and more productive? Or do I just need to go to bed a little earlier? 😂 . . . . . . #artofslowliving  #makersandthinkers  #inpraiseofslowness  #thesincereststoryteller  #memyselfandportrait  #todaymycoffee  #cupsinframe  #the_gentle_manifesto  #womenwhomake  #alifeofintention  #littlestoriesofmylife  #visualstoryteller  #makelight  #wholeheartedliving  #coffeestoriesandflowers  #calmversation  #elevatetheeveryday  #smallmomentsofcalm  #pocketsofmyhome  #creativestory  #sowingstories_theecourse 
C A L M now the boys are back at school & nursery everything seems a little less busy, a little less messy and a lot quieter! I find the start of term so strange - I love the quietness but I’m already wondering what the boys are doing without me. I’m sorting and organising photos from the past few months and this is one of my favourites -  taken coincidentally on our child free night away in Dorset last month. The sea will always be my happy place, where I feel most calm (especially if I’m not restraining the toddler from eating or throwing sand, reapplying sunscreen or cleaning up ice cream!) #sowingstories_theecourse
C A L M now the boys are back at school & nursery everything seems a little less busy, a little less messy and a lot quieter! I find the start of term so strange - I love the quietness but I’m already wondering what the boys are doing without me. I’m sorting and organising photos from the past few months and this is one of my favourites - taken coincidentally on our child free night away in Dorset last month. The sea will always be my happy place, where I feel most calm (especially if I’m not restraining the toddler from eating or throwing sand, reapplying sunscreen or cleaning up ice cream!) #sowingstories_theecourse 
June is roses. It is their scent mixed with that of freshly cut grass and summer rain, the buzz of insects, birdsong and the fresh growth of spring settling in to a rich tapestry of summer greens. It is the crescendo of long days, warm evenings and bursts of sunlight so intense it bleaches the edges of your vision. #whpshine
June is roses. It is their scent mixed with that of freshly cut grass and summer rain, the buzz of insects, birdsong and the fresh growth of spring settling in to a rich tapestry of summer greens. It is the crescendo of long days, warm evenings and bursts of sunlight so intense it bleaches the edges of your vision. #whpshine 
There's joy in the stillness. After sun filled adventures in the woods last weekend, today has been about stillness and solitude. Needles clicking, soft silky wool between my fingers, and dough gently rising in the kitchen. The heady scent of incense in the background. Resting and recharging. And clearing a bit of room on the TiVo box... 😆
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There's joy in the stillness. After sun filled adventures in the woods last weekend, today has been about stillness and solitude. Needles clicking, soft silky wool between my fingers, and dough gently rising in the kitchen. The heady scent of incense in the background. Resting and recharging. And clearing a bit of room on the TiVo box... 😆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How's your weekend shaping up? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • • • • • • • • • • #sowingstories_theecourse  #myeverydaymagic  #beautyofstillmoments  #itsthesimplethings  #simplepleasures  #thestoryofeveryday  #holdthemoment  #thatauthenthicfeeling  #awakethelight  #posttheordinary  #ofsimplethings  #simpleandstill  #seekthepositive  #theinstaretreaters  #kinfolklife  #slowlived  #aslowmoment  #botanicalpickmeup  #natureinthehome  #allthingsbotanical  #plantlady  #plantlife  #plantsofinstagram  #plantstagram  #plantsmakepeoplehappy  #behomefree  #atmine  #littlecornersofmyhome  #heitermoments  #smallmomentsofcalm 
T U L I P S for me will always be the very essence of spring. When the first bunches start appearing in the shops I can never resist buying some.

Just after I was first diagnosed my husband planted lots of tulip bulbs in our garden. At first I felt frustrated at what I felt was a long wait for them to bloom. But then I realised it was worth the wait and they became synonymous with brighter days and happy times.

This year I finally managed to visit a local pick your own tulip farm where I may have gone slightly overboard! As May ends the florists are now starting to brim over with more summery flowers and the roses in my garden are starting to bloom. But for now I’m still clinging onto the tulips and everything they symbolise. #sowingstories_theecourse
T U L I P S for me will always be the very essence of spring. When the first bunches start appearing in the shops I can never resist buying some. Just after I was first diagnosed my husband planted lots of tulip bulbs in our garden. At first I felt frustrated at what I felt was a long wait for them to bloom. But then I realised it was worth the wait and they became synonymous with brighter days and happy times. This year I finally managed to visit a local pick your own tulip farm where I may have gone slightly overboard! As May ends the florists are now starting to brim over with more summery flowers and the roses in my garden are starting to bloom. But for now I’m still clinging onto the tulips and everything they symbolise. #sowingstories_theecourse 
Sitting in the garden, sipping my coffee, I notice how noisy it is. The buzz of the bumblebees is overwelming. Hyperactively they fly from flower to flower. Looks like they have become mad. Hurray for pollination season. .
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Sitting in the garden, sipping my coffee, I notice how noisy it is. The buzz of the bumblebees is overwelming. Hyperactively they fly from flower to flower. Looks like they have become mad. Hurray for pollination season. . . #bij  #bijen  #hommel  #hommels  #bee  #bees  #bumblebee  #bumblebees  #bloem  #bloemen  #flower  #flowers  #digitalis  #digitalispurpurea  #tuinleven  #gardenlife  #insecten  #pollination  #bestuiving  #genietenvankleinedingen  #alovefornaturesbest  #simplenature  #simplenaturefinds  #embracingtheseasons  #sowingstories_theecourse 
R E S T I N G I’ve never been very good at resting. I’ve spent years at work recording my time in 6 minute units, always starting my day with coffee and a peruse of my lengthy to do list. My days off were similarly filled with tasks and lists of things to achieve.

But now I have to rest. I’m on a new chemo treatment - heralded as amazing, partly due to its minimal side effects ...... except fatigue. Ah fatigue - my faithful old companion. I’m not working since I started this and at first I scheduled my time with coffee dates and lunches, tasks and even a list of things to do when I needed to rest!

But fatigue is a ruthless master and doesn’t take well to being scheduled nor told when to appear. So this week I’m resting, really resting. And for now this is where you will find me - still with a coffee in hand but minus the to do list. #sowingstories_theecourse
R E S T I N G I’ve never been very good at resting. I’ve spent years at work recording my time in 6 minute units, always starting my day with coffee and a peruse of my lengthy to do list. My days off were similarly filled with tasks and lists of things to achieve. But now I have to rest. I’m on a new chemo treatment - heralded as amazing, partly due to its minimal side effects ...... except fatigue. Ah fatigue - my faithful old companion. I’m not working since I started this and at first I scheduled my time with coffee dates and lunches, tasks and even a list of things to do when I needed to rest! But fatigue is a ruthless master and doesn’t take well to being scheduled nor told when to appear. So this week I’m resting, really resting. And for now this is where you will find me - still with a coffee in hand but minus the to do list. #sowingstories_theecourse 
My fingers have been itching to pick up my knitting all day.
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A month of Monty.  Actually it’s about six weeks but let’s call it poetic licence.
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My family had begged me for years to get a puppy and eventually they broke me.  This little chap raced into our lives like a mini tornado.  He lives his days fast and curious and we despair and delight in equal measure.
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#documenttheeveryday #alifeofintention #littlestoriesofmylife #wholeheartedliving #makelight #loveletterto #thesincereststoryteller #visualstoryteller #seekmoments #poshyarnsfilms #poshyarns #puppy_tales #sowingstories_theecourse #puppyoftheday #spaniellove #spaniellife #makefilms #makefilmscourse #minimondaymovies #makefilms12 #filmsforfeature #thedocumentarymovement #littlefamiliesofig #elevatetheeveryday #daysofsmallthings #daysofspring #lifeunscripted
A month of Monty. Actually it’s about six weeks but let’s call it poetic licence. . My family had begged me for years to get a puppy and eventually they broke me. This little chap raced into our lives like a mini tornado. He lives his days fast and curious and we despair and delight in equal measure. . He is completely loved by each of us, even Big Dog has grown fond. . . . . . . #documenttheeveryday  #alifeofintention  #littlestoriesofmylife  #wholeheartedliving  #makelight  #loveletterto  #thesincereststoryteller  #visualstoryteller  #seekmoments  #poshyarnsfilms  #poshyarns  #puppy_tales  #sowingstories_theecourse  #puppyoftheday  #spaniellove  #spaniellife  #makefilms  #makefilmscourse  #minimondaymovies  #makefilms12  #filmsforfeature  #thedocumentarymovement  #littlefamiliesofig  #elevatetheeveryday  #daysofsmallthings  #daysofspring  #lifeunscripted 
It's accomplished and we're proud and grateful.
It's amazing what you can achieve when you set your goal, focus and believe in yourself.
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#ballroom #ballrooms #ballroomdancesport 
#ballroomdancing #ballroomdancer #ballroomdancers #ballroomdress 
#dance #dancer #dancecompetition 
#nadb #heitermoments #dancers #dancerslife #dancers_and_dance #danceworld 
#olomouc #almere #topsportcentrumalmere 
#happy #victory #55plus #senioren #seniors #senior
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It's accomplished and we're proud and grateful. It's amazing what you can achieve when you set your goal, focus and believe in yourself. . (a new blog: link in bio) . #ballroom  #ballrooms  #ballroomdancesport  #ballroomdancing  #ballroomdancer  #ballroomdancers  #ballroomdress  #dance  #dancer  #dancecompetition  #nadb  #heitermoments  #dancers  #dancerslife  #dancers_and_dance  #danceworld  #olomouc  #almere  #topsportcentrumalmere  #happy  #victory  #55plus  #senioren  #seniors  #senior  #sowingstories_theecourse 
May has to be my favourite time of year, from the hedgerows filled with delicate cow parsley to the woodlands bursting into leaf with foliage of the most beautiful lime green 💚 But recently I’ve found it’s gone deeper than aesthetics - my mood and general well-being seems to be increasingly in tune with the seasons, with the lighter days and time spent outside making me feel so much happier, more rested and at peace 🙏🏻✨ Does Springtime have this affect on you to? .
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May has to be my favourite time of year, from the hedgerows filled with delicate cow parsley to the woodlands bursting into leaf with foliage of the most beautiful lime green 💚 But recently I’ve found it’s gone deeper than aesthetics - my mood and general well-being seems to be increasingly in tune with the seasons, with the lighter days and time spent outside making me feel so much happier, more rested and at peace 🙏🏻✨ Does Springtime have this affect on you to? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sowingstories_theecourse  #cherishandrelish_may  #aseasonalyear  #embracingtheseasons  #livefullyalive  #awakethesoul  #awakethelight  #howihue  #lovelysquares_  #gardenersofinstagram  #heartimprint  #awhisperedbeauty  #aquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #letsbevulnerable  #springcolourloving  #naturehippys  #thislittlemoment_  #lookup  #happy_simple_squares  #nothingisordinary  #spring_botanical  #lovelifeoutside  #dayslikethis  #togetherempowergrow  #finditliveit  #capturinggratitude  #thisjoyfulmoment  #thehappynow  #savouringhappiness 
Last week I wrote a blog post about my grandmother and how she ate strawberries. Today, @pinutspinae’s abuela sliced her strawberries and dipped them into sugar she had scattered on her plate (using a fork). It was one of those extraordinary moments in life when I wonder about the universe and all it’s glory - these two women eat their strawberries in a similar fashion while living across the sea from each other. 
#strawberries🍓 #grandmotherstories #foodstorytelling #spain #andalucia #sowingstories_theecourse
Last week I wrote a blog post about my grandmother and how she ate strawberries. Today, @pinutspinae’s abuela sliced her strawberries and dipped them into sugar she had scattered on her plate (using a fork). It was one of those extraordinary moments in life when I wonder about the universe and all it’s glory - these two women eat their strawberries in a similar fashion while living across the sea from each other. #strawberries 🍓 #grandmotherstories  #foodstorytelling  #spain  #andalucia  #sowingstories_theecourse 
I used to commute to London: 5.45am alarm, walk to the bus stop, motorway, tube, office, repeat in reverse... It all seems improbable. These days my commute takes me across water meadows, over river bridges, and through historic streets, at my own pace. 
On Friday evening, the sun still warm, walking towards the weekend, I spotted under one of my favourite trees an improbably perfect broken stem, bursting with pink blossom, a ready-made flower crown. Ignoring the curious looks I carefully picked it up and balanced it on top of my shopping bag, feeling grateful for this little gift, full of everyday magic, lost and found. .
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#kindlecuriosity #ukletterers #moderncalligraphyuk #calligraphyuk #stillswithstories #alittlebeautyeveryday #organiccalligraphy #astilllifestyle #curated_nature #myeverydaymagic #createinspring #seasonspoetry #bloomandgrow #inspiredbypetals #prettylittleringtime #thefloralseasons #ourwhimsicaldays #gatherandcurate #simplenaturefinds #flowermagic #underthefloralspell #flowersandotherstories #organiclettering #ofwhimsicalmoments #inkartisan #thesweetlifeunscripted #foragedflorals #thisdelightfullife #sowingstories_theecourse
I used to commute to London: 5.45am alarm, walk to the bus stop, motorway, tube, office, repeat in reverse... It all seems improbable. These days my commute takes me across water meadows, over river bridges, and through historic streets, at my own pace. On Friday evening, the sun still warm, walking towards the weekend, I spotted under one of my favourite trees an improbably perfect broken stem, bursting with pink blossom, a ready-made flower crown. Ignoring the curious looks I carefully picked it up and balanced it on top of my shopping bag, feeling grateful for this little gift, full of everyday magic, lost and found. . . . . #kindlecuriosity  #ukletterers  #moderncalligraphyuk  #calligraphyuk  #stillswithstories  #alittlebeautyeveryday  #organiccalligraphy  #astilllifestyle  #curated_nature  #myeverydaymagic  #createinspring  #seasonspoetry  #bloomandgrow  #inspiredbypetals  #prettylittleringtime  #thefloralseasons  #ourwhimsicaldays  #gatherandcurate  #simplenaturefinds  #flowermagic  #underthefloralspell  #flowersandotherstories  #organiclettering  #ofwhimsicalmoments  #inkartisan  #thesweetlifeunscripted  #foragedflorals  #thisdelightfullife  #sowingstories_theecourse 
I stole some lilac stems from a grubby corner of the village green.  They had spread through the gaps in the fence of a nearby garden.
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I felt a twinge of guilt about my furtive floral theft but it was one of those scrubby little corners where no one lingers.  They were fading fast with no one to pause and admire.  At least now they have a moment in the sun, each tiny petal admired and heady scent inhaled.
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#lilacflowers #visualstoryteller #seekmoments #pauseforthought #embracingtheeveryday #smallpauses #foragedandfound #thatvelvetfeeling #softtones_perfection #myquietbeauty #seasonspoetry #myseasonalstory #itsastill_life #todaymycoffee #coffeeandseasons #naughtyteas #floralfriday #moodforfloral #myfloraldays #flowersandotherstories #foragebyfolk #kinfolklife #posyoftheday #sowingstories_theecourse
I stole some lilac stems from a grubby corner of the village green. They had spread through the gaps in the fence of a nearby garden. . I felt a twinge of guilt about my furtive floral theft but it was one of those scrubby little corners where no one lingers. They were fading fast with no one to pause and admire. At least now they have a moment in the sun, each tiny petal admired and heady scent inhaled. . . . . . #lilacflowers  #visualstoryteller  #seekmoments  #pauseforthought  #embracingtheeveryday  #smallpauses  #foragedandfound  #thatvelvetfeeling  #softtones_perfection  #myquietbeauty  #seasonspoetry  #myseasonalstory  #itsastill_life  #todaymycoffee  #coffeeandseasons  #naughtyteas  #floralfriday  #moodforfloral  #myfloraldays  #flowersandotherstories  #foragebyfolk  #kinfolklife  #posyoftheday  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Koraalrood is een nogal typische kleur. Het is geen rood, geen roze en geen oranje. Het is een beetje alle drie. 
Is de nieuwe jurk een geheim? Ach, een tipje van de sluier mag best.
#silviadesign #sowingstories_theecourse
#ballroomdancer 
#ballroom 
#ballroomdance 
#ballroomdress 
#ballroomdresses 
#nadb 
#coralred
In dancing you have to make sure your base is solid otherwise it becomes slippery and you lose your confidence. Whatever you do, make your base strong and let your life dance lightly. 
New blog (link in bio)
#ballroom #ballroomdancing #ballroomdanser #ballroomdancer #ballroomdancers #ballroomlife #competitiontime #preparation #nadb #sowingstories_theecourse
Which path to take.  I’m transferring my blog from blogger to WordPress.  It started as my own little space of interesting places I’d visited and things which brought me joy.  Now, I’m exploring creativity in different ways to see where it takes me.
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I’ve been doing @abookishbakers blogging for creativity course.  Helen uses her own insights and experience to guide you through everything you need to know.  I’ve put a link in bio for 10% off the next course starting this week.  If you have any questions please get in touch, as it’s a very thoughtfully written course #sowingstories_theecourse.
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#createinspring #thesincerestoryteller #mywritingjourney #creativelifehappylife #seekinspirecreate #creativityfound #mycreativelife #myseasonalstory #woodlandwalk #woodlandgarden #calmversation #distractionsandinspirations #makelightpauseforthought
Which path to take. I’m transferring my blog from blogger to WordPress. It started as my own little space of interesting places I’d visited and things which brought me joy. Now, I’m exploring creativity in different ways to see where it takes me. . I’ve been doing @abookishbakers blogging for creativity course. Helen uses her own insights and experience to guide you through everything you need to know. I’ve put a link in bio for 10% off the next course starting this week. If you have any questions please get in touch, as it’s a very thoughtfully written course #sowingstories_theecourse . . 📷 further along this path is a stunning yellow azalea with the most amazing fragrance. . . . #createinspring  #thesincerestoryteller  #mywritingjourney  #creativelifehappylife  #seekinspirecreate  #creativityfound  #mycreativelife  #myseasonalstory  #woodlandwalk  #woodlandgarden  #calmversation  #distractionsandinspirations  #makelightpauseforthought 
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That time of night where those on the campsite who have put their children to bed sit in silence after the busyness of the day. With the sound of geese flying to roost, an owl hooting in the woods, an occasional curlews’ cry and the clicking of bats as they buzz past. 
The river flows almost silently past, snaking on it’s journey downstream. 
The day is done, it has been enjoyed and we all feel fulfilled and grateful for the days’ adventures. 
Good night all. #wildandfree #campinglife #rusticcamping #mindfulinnature #nightssky #sowingstories_theecourse
| D U S K | That time of night where those on the campsite who have put their children to bed sit in silence after the busyness of the day. With the sound of geese flying to roost, an owl hooting in the woods, an occasional curlews’ cry and the clicking of bats as they buzz past. The river flows almost silently past, snaking on it’s journey downstream. The day is done, it has been enjoyed and we all feel fulfilled and grateful for the days’ adventures. Good night all. #wildandfree  #campinglife  #rusticcamping  #mindfulinnature  #nightssky  #sowingstories_theecourse 
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Why Mummy? 
This little chatterbox has adopted the why strategy for the last couple of weeks which has got me thinking...why?! And how and where does this questioning come from?! In a bid not to let it drive me totally potty and answer with “because” the entire time or even worse, ignore their thirst for learning and knowledge, I did a little research. • They have learnt that one easily articulated word gets both your attention and your response • Toddlers ask you why even if you’ve already answered them to try and engage you into continuing the conversation • They are developing an independent mind • It’s an attempt to try and understand the world around them • They don’t have the social skills to accept what you have told them so feel the need for repetition 
So... I’ll remember this on the next 15 minute car journey where he doesn’t pause for breath. My strategy of distraction is starting to fail me too as my “oh look we are going under the train track now” in order to change the conversation we were already going round in circles on, ended in a.... yes you’ve guessed it...”why mummy?”!! @mrjumpyjames  photo credit #toddlersofinstagram #treehugger #mumswhoblog #liferules #itsjustaphase #sowingstories_theecourse
| W H Y ? | Why Mummy? This little chatterbox has adopted the why strategy for the last couple of weeks which has got me thinking...why?! And how and where does this questioning come from?! In a bid not to let it drive me totally potty and answer with “because” the entire time or even worse, ignore their thirst for learning and knowledge, I did a little research. • They have learnt that one easily articulated word gets both your attention and your response • Toddlers ask you why even if you’ve already answered them to try and engage you into continuing the conversation • They are developing an independent mind • It’s an attempt to try and understand the world around them • They don’t have the social skills to accept what you have told them so feel the need for repetition So... I’ll remember this on the next 15 minute car journey where he doesn’t pause for breath. My strategy of distraction is starting to fail me too as my “oh look we are going under the train track now” in order to change the conversation we were already going round in circles on, ended in a.... yes you’ve guessed it...”why mummy?”!! @mrjumpyjames photo credit #toddlersofinstagram  #treehugger  #mumswhoblog  #liferules  #itsjustaphase  #sowingstories_theecourse 
{Primula vulgaris}

My garden has changed so much in the last month. April can be cruel and unpredictable but it is everything the plants need to see in May with a swathe of new, green leaf. The primroses are almost over, and as those early harbingers of spring fade the hedgerows, soon to be lined with hawthorn blossom and drifts of lacey cow parsley, whisper quietly of seasons to come. #mywildflowerstory
{Primula vulgaris} My garden has changed so much in the last month. April can be cruel and unpredictable but it is everything the plants need to see in May with a swathe of new, green leaf. The primroses are almost over, and as those early harbingers of spring fade the hedgerows, soon to be lined with hawthorn blossom and drifts of lacey cow parsley, whisper quietly of seasons to come. #mywildflowerstory 
I’m delighted to see all the wonderful photos in #myseasonalstory.  Thank you to everyone for joining in.  I’m really looking forward to seeing all the May seasonal stories.  In the meantime, it’s a great way to spend your coffee break having a look at the inspiring images in the gallery.
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🌿 Here are a few April pictures; @powlesey shares gorgeous memories from Norfolk.
@sallyweare is a magpie for florals and vintage.
@abookishbaker has an inspiring blogging for creativity e-course beginning on Monday 14th May.  I’ve learnt so much from doing this course.
@jannelford and @capturebylucy have a new backdrop collection coming out soon @cblbackdrops.  Lucy has been in France taking beautiful photos for them🌿.
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#createinspring #stylingmycreativity #savourtheseasonalshift #aquietstyle #seeingthepretty #gatherandcurate #sgiew_spring #alliseeispretty #simpleseason #thatauthenticfeeling #creativelifehappylife #inspiremyinstagram #theweekoninstagram #fixhercrown #freeupmyinsta #whatevermakesyouhappy #seekinspirecreate #prettycreativestyle #embracingtheseasons #momentsofmine #myeverydaymagic #inspiredbynature_  #simplethings #sowingstories_theecourse
I’m delighted to see all the wonderful photos in #myseasonalstory . Thank you to everyone for joining in. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the May seasonal stories. In the meantime, it’s a great way to spend your coffee break having a look at the inspiring images in the gallery. . 🌿 Here are a few April pictures; @powlesey shares gorgeous memories from Norfolk. @sallyweare is a magpie for florals and vintage. @abookishbaker has an inspiring blogging for creativity e-course beginning on Monday 14th May. I’ve learnt so much from doing this course. @jannelford and @capturebylucy have a new backdrop collection coming out soon @cblbackdrops. Lucy has been in France taking beautiful photos for them🌿. . . . . . #createinspring  #stylingmycreativity  #savourtheseasonalshift  #aquietstyle  #seeingthepretty  #gatherandcurate  #sgiew_spring  #alliseeispretty  #simpleseason  #thatauthenticfeeling  #creativelifehappylife  #inspiremyinstagram  #theweekoninstagram  #fixhercrown  #freeupmyinsta  #whatevermakesyouhappy  #seekinspirecreate  #prettycreativestyle  #embracingtheseasons  #momentsofmine  #myeverydaymagic  #inspiredbynature_  #simplethings  #sowingstories_theecourse 
| F R A G I L I T Y | 
I was walking through the field earlier munching an apple when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this little bloom. 
Now, I could have easily trampled on over it, it could have been trod on by the dog, or blown over by the wind. 
But no, here it stands, fierce in the face of the elements. 
For me, today, I wanted to share this for a few friends going through a tough time, and to say that you will get through this, as strong as the biggest mightiest oak tree in a wood, or a tiny little singular seedling. 
#sowingstories_theecourse #dailythoughts #acalmmind #supportingfriends #naturalworld
| F R A G I L I T Y | I was walking through the field earlier munching an apple when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this little bloom. Now, I could have easily trampled on over it, it could have been trod on by the dog, or blown over by the wind. But no, here it stands, fierce in the face of the elements. For me, today, I wanted to share this for a few friends going through a tough time, and to say that you will get through this, as strong as the biggest mightiest oak tree in a wood, or a tiny little singular seedling. #sowingstories_theecourse  #dailythoughts  #acalmmind  #supportingfriends  #naturalworld 
That fresh smell, so particular to summer storms, breezes in through the open windows announcing the arrival of the rain. We rush out to gather in the sunhats, books, picnic blankets from under the cherry tree. Cool, clean drops of water on skin that still retains the sticky heat of midday sun. At the end of an unseasonably warm, yet oh-so-welcome week, you can almost hear the new growth in the garden breathe a gentle sigh of relief. #whp🌲
That fresh smell, so particular to summer storms, breezes in through the open windows announcing the arrival of the rain. We rush out to gather in the sunhats, books, picnic blankets from under the cherry tree. Cool, clean drops of water on skin that still retains the sticky heat of midday sun. At the end of an unseasonably warm, yet oh-so-welcome week, you can almost hear the new growth in the garden breathe a gentle sigh of relief. #whp 🌲
| L I G H T  N I G H T S | 🙌 for longer days and light nights enabling lovely early evening dog walks. 
As the sun just made an appearance as it was setting, I was thankful for a luxurious hour of just the company of our dog, the birdsong and the noise of the river babbling downstream. Peaceful after a day of toddler chatter. 
#sowingstories_theecourse #beactive #getoutdoors #freshair #wildandfree #thenaturalworld
| L I G H T N I G H T S | 🙌 for longer days and light nights enabling lovely early evening dog walks. As the sun just made an appearance as it was setting, I was thankful for a luxurious hour of just the company of our dog, the birdsong and the noise of the river babbling downstream. Peaceful after a day of toddler chatter. #sowingstories_theecourse  #beactive  #getoutdoors  #freshair  #wildandfree  #thenaturalworld 
Spring! Spring! Blue skies! Flowers! Sunshine! 
Please don’t go away again. Thanks. 
Been at the allotment all afternoon, cutting a new bed, planting, weeding, watering... so much promise there. 
Growing things is a lesson in planning for a future. I’ve never been good at that, getting restless every few years and upping sticks at whim, but with this garden, every little step is towards an unknown future. I am putting down a few roots. It is scary but good. 
#allotmentstories #spring #gardening #gyo #theartofslowliving #storytelling #sowingstories_theecourse
Spring! Spring! Blue skies! Flowers! Sunshine! Please don’t go away again. Thanks. Been at the allotment all afternoon, cutting a new bed, planting, weeding, watering... so much promise there. Growing things is a lesson in planning for a future. I’ve never been good at that, getting restless every few years and upping sticks at whim, but with this garden, every little step is towards an unknown future. I am putting down a few roots. It is scary but good. #allotmentstories  #spring  #gardening  #gyo  #theartofslowliving  #storytelling  #sowingstories_theecourse 
I think it was storm Doris that dislodged the bird box from it's perch in the amputated branches of a dead tree trunk. All winter it has sat on the garden table, undisturbed through the worst of the weather and complete with the remnants of last years nest still inside. This morning a blue tit investigated the possibility of a tabletop nesting site and this afternoon I moved it to the north side of a fence, wired to the concrete post and nestled against the honeysuckle. Away from dog, chickens and small, inquisitive fingers.
I think it was storm Doris that dislodged the bird box from it's perch in the amputated branches of a dead tree trunk. All winter it has sat on the garden table, undisturbed through the worst of the weather and complete with the remnants of last years nest still inside. This morning a blue tit investigated the possibility of a tabletop nesting site and this afternoon I moved it to the north side of a fence, wired to the concrete post and nestled against the honeysuckle. Away from dog, chickens and small, inquisitive fingers.
{“Witches have known of the other worlds for thousands of years. [...] They aren’t part of this universe at all; even the furthest stars are part of this universe, but the lights show us a different universe entirely”. [...] He raised his wings and spread them wide before folding them again. “There,” he said, “I have just brushed ten million other worlds, and they knew nothing of it.” Kaiser, goose daemon, The Northern Lights.} As a child I used to wonder about other worlds, and magical beings that might live in our own. This scene, snapped a few weeks ago, is precisely the type of place I would expect faeries to live. In my imagination, faeries were always so small we missed them. They inhabited green worlds created by our planting, micro-worlds within our own. 
I’ve been thinking a lot about micro-worlds recently. The ones we inhabit - in our heads for example - and the ones that exist all around us but of which we have no further knowledge - the depths of other people’s minds, for example. 
Do you ever wonder of such things?

#sowingstories_theecourse #writinglife #imagination #otherworlds #ideasdevelopment
{“Witches have known of the other worlds for thousands of years. [...] They aren’t part of this universe at all; even the furthest stars are part of this universe, but the lights show us a different universe entirely”. [...] He raised his wings and spread them wide before folding them again. “There,” he said, “I have just brushed ten million other worlds, and they knew nothing of it.” Kaiser, goose daemon, The Northern Lights.} As a child I used to wonder about other worlds, and magical beings that might live in our own. This scene, snapped a few weeks ago, is precisely the type of place I would expect faeries to live. In my imagination, faeries were always so small we missed them. They inhabited green worlds created by our planting, micro-worlds within our own. I’ve been thinking a lot about micro-worlds recently. The ones we inhabit - in our heads for example - and the ones that exist all around us but of which we have no further knowledge - the depths of other people’s minds, for example. Do you ever wonder of such things? #sowingstories_theecourse  #writinglife  #imagination  #otherworlds  #ideasdevelopment 
S P R I N G // Emerging from winter. 
Allow the increasing energy of the Earth lead you down the path of growth and transformation. 
Focus.
Face your challenges.
Create opportunities for positive change in your life. 
Blend with the path- it will lead you to where you want to go. 
I am grateful to have attended an amazing Spring Renew yoga workshop today in the glorious surroundings of the Footprint building. Setting my intentions for the coming seasons. ✨✨ #springsolstice #slowliving
S P R I N G // Emerging from winter. Allow the increasing energy of the Earth lead you down the path of growth and transformation. Focus. Face your challenges. Create opportunities for positive change in your life. Blend with the path- it will lead you to where you want to go. I am grateful to have attended an amazing Spring Renew yoga workshop today in the glorious surroundings of the Footprint building. Setting my intentions for the coming seasons. ✨✨ #springsolstice  #slowliving 
H A P P Y 💖// The weather today has been truly spirit-lifting. Fresh air, steam train spotting and time spent with girl friends and my boys has been a great start to spring. Closing the door on the winter gloom,and setting off along the path towards summer ✨ 
#wildandfree #sowingstories_theecourse
H A P P Y 💖// The weather today has been truly spirit-lifting. Fresh air, steam train spotting and time spent with girl friends and my boys has been a great start to spring. Closing the door on the winter gloom,and setting off along the path towards summer ✨ #wildandfree  #sowingstories_theecourse 
C A L M // In my mind as the weekend draws to a close. 
An emotional meeting with a close friend to rekindle a friendship and an agreement to cherish and nurture each other.
Time well spent gently working through an abundance of renovation endeavours.
Family time exploring our home environment with our two canine friends.
Like the tops of the silver birch blowing gently in the breeze and the snowflakes delicately twirling in the eddies of wind. 
Calm. #nature #slowliving
C A L M // In my mind as the weekend draws to a close. An emotional meeting with a close friend to rekindle a friendship and an agreement to cherish and nurture each other. Time well spent gently working through an abundance of renovation endeavours. Family time exploring our home environment with our two canine friends. Like the tops of the silver birch blowing gently in the breeze and the snowflakes delicately twirling in the eddies of wind. Calm. #nature  #slowliving 
Last night @onepurlrow and I went to an interesting beginner’s gouache workshop taught by @emmablockillustration.  I used to enjoy drawing and painting as a child until studies and a corporate career took over and I didn’t have time for creativity.
I’m making up for lost time now and really enjoyed learning how to use gouache to create different paint effects.  Emma gave us plenty of useful advice and tips to help sketch and paint a picture.  Although I’m not technically good at art, I have an eye for colour and composition.  We were given a Windsor and Newton Gouache paint set, brush, paper, palette and guide sheets so I’ve got everything I need to start practicing this weekend.
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#gouache #gouchepainting #paintingworkshop #creativeworkshop #creativelifehappylife #createeveryday #createinspring #courageouscreative #creativityfound #creativitywithin #seekthepositive #inspirecreativity #createmakeshare #stylingmycreativity
#embraceeverydayjoyfully #forahappymoment 
#simplepleasures #petitejoys #bevisuallyinspired #makelightcolour #myseasonalstory #littlestoriesofmylife #artforyoureveryday #artmakesmehappy #colourpalette #colourcolorlovers #carveouttimeforart #passioncolorjoy #momentsofmine #sowingstories_theecourse
Last night @onepurlrow and I went to an interesting beginner’s gouache workshop taught by @emmablockillustration. I used to enjoy drawing and painting as a child until studies and a corporate career took over and I didn’t have time for creativity. I’m making up for lost time now and really enjoyed learning how to use gouache to create different paint effects. Emma gave us plenty of useful advice and tips to help sketch and paint a picture. Although I’m not technically good at art, I have an eye for colour and composition. We were given a Windsor and Newton Gouache paint set, brush, paper, palette and guide sheets so I’ve got everything I need to start practicing this weekend. . . . . #gouache  #gouchepainting  #paintingworkshop  #creativeworkshop  #creativelifehappylife  #createeveryday  #createinspring  #courageouscreative  #creativityfound  #creativitywithin  #seekthepositive  #inspirecreativity  #createmakeshare  #stylingmycreativity  #embraceeverydayjoyfully  #forahappymoment  #simplepleasures  #petitejoys  #bevisuallyinspired  #makelightcolour  #myseasonalstory  #littlestoriesofmylife  #artforyoureveryday  #artmakesmehappy  #colourpalette  #colourcolorlovers  #carveouttimeforart  #passioncolorjoy  #momentsofmine  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Mommy Reality Check Time. I’ve had to hit pause in the past few days. 
I love my boy to distraction, but I wonder all of the time: Is he learning the things that will make him resilient and confident for life? Do I have the long view in mind,  and am I being a good role model for him? Do I do too much for him? Or not enough? Are we, his parents tuned in to what is important to him? Are we monitoring what he is exposed to through video games, and other screen time? 
When he was three, I hardly allowed him to watch Sesame Street opting for board books, trips to the playground and library, games, time with friends. 
Over time, it has become more challenging to oversee all of the distractions, and to help him to make good decisions about the use of time. I will likely be hitting reset (not just for him, but for me as well). There are so many things competing for our attention and our children’s attention. Any wise words for a concerned mom? 
#sowingstories_theecourse #alwayskissmegoodnight #raisingconfidentboys #calmereasierhappierscreentime#noeljanisnorton #elizabethhartleybrewer
Mommy Reality Check Time. I’ve had to hit pause in the past few days. I love my boy to distraction, but I wonder all of the time: Is he learning the things that will make him resilient and confident for life? Do I have the long view in mind, and am I being a good role model for him? Do I do too much for him? Or not enough? Are we, his parents tuned in to what is important to him? Are we monitoring what he is exposed to through video games, and other screen time? When he was three, I hardly allowed him to watch Sesame Street opting for board books, trips to the playground and library, games, time with friends. Over time, it has become more challenging to oversee all of the distractions, and to help him to make good decisions about the use of time. I will likely be hitting reset (not just for him, but for me as well). There are so many things competing for our attention and our children’s attention. Any wise words for a concerned mom? #sowingstories_theecourse  #alwayskissmegoodnight  #raisingconfidentboys  #calmereasierhappierscreentime #noeljanisnorton  #elizabethhartleybrewer 
@tatestives has an exhibition on at the moment inspired by the writing of Virginia Woolf. One of the sections is about women and landscape. Historically, women could not paint outside so devised an ingenious method of painting objects on windowsills and then painting the landscape they could see beyond. The exhibition has stayed with me (I’ve been to look at it twice). I’ve been thinking a lot about women and silence recently. It seems to be a recurring theme in my year. 
#tatestives #womeninart #womenartists #silence #feministart #sowingstories_theecourse #itmphotochallenge
@tatestives has an exhibition on at the moment inspired by the writing of Virginia Woolf. One of the sections is about women and landscape. Historically, women could not paint outside so devised an ingenious method of painting objects on windowsills and then painting the landscape they could see beyond. The exhibition has stayed with me (I’ve been to look at it twice). I’ve been thinking a lot about women and silence recently. It seems to be a recurring theme in my year. #tatestives  #womeninart  #womenartists  #silence  #feministart  #sowingstories_theecourse  #itmphotochallenge 
Reflections. 
Space. 
Light. 
Air.
Breath.
Whenever I am able to, I try to find a moment outdoors. It helps clear my head, calms my mind, and often puts things into perspective. I need that right now as I make decisions about what is going to happen next, work-wise. This was yesterday on Fistral Beach, one of my favourite places. 
#sowingstories_theecourse #beachzen #reflectingonlife #theartofslowliving #naturetherapy #cornwall
In January I started to read Fay Wolf’s book, New Order. It’s interesting that one can have a cerebral experience of knowing that decluttering one’s environment can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health and creativity. It is another thing entirely to find a place for the legos on the other end of the dining room table. My ideal life vs. my real life.#faywolf #sowingstories_theecourse #weareworksinprogress
In January I started to read Fay Wolf’s book, New Order. It’s interesting that one can have a cerebral experience of knowing that decluttering one’s environment can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health and creativity. It is another thing entirely to find a place for the legos on the other end of the dining room table. My ideal life vs. my real life.#faywolf  #sowingstories_theecourse  #weareworksinprogress 
P L A S T I C // Or lack of it. I got this magnificent box of fruit and vegetables from a local wholesaler, including some milk and some grapes (which are nearly all gone already! For £8. Yes. £8. And only the cucumber had a wrapping of plastic. So- not only good for our finances but great for the 🌍 too. A happy Tuesday. #plasticfreeshopping #sowingstories_theecourse #slowliving
P L A S T I C // Or lack of it. I got this magnificent box of fruit and vegetables from a local wholesaler, including some milk and some grapes (which are nearly all gone already! For £8. Yes. £8. And only the cucumber had a wrapping of plastic. So- not only good for our finances but great for the 🌍 too. A happy Tuesday. #plasticfreeshopping  #sowingstories_theecourse  #slowliving 
The librarian today was going through my pile of books, and when she came to this one she said, Oh I LOVE that one! I just returned it!” We had a lovely banter about Erin Gleeson’s other cookbooks, and this led to discussing The Love and Lemons blog and cookbook.  The conversation meandered to the Feast cookbook group that I attend, and another librarian joined in excitedly wanting to know how to join. I walked away thinking, Hmmm, why don’t we start a group here? Wouldn’t it be nice to create that sort of community where we live (I drive 30 miles to attend currently once a month)? Wouldn’t it be great to bring together people who perhaps want to find each other here? #theforestfeast #eringleeson #loveandlemons #theloveandlemonscookbook #forestfeastgatherings #cookbookgroup #sowingstories_theecourse
The librarian today was going through my pile of books, and when she came to this one she said, Oh I LOVE that one! I just returned it!” We had a lovely banter about Erin Gleeson’s other cookbooks, and this led to discussing The Love and Lemons blog and cookbook. The conversation meandered to the Feast cookbook group that I attend, and another librarian joined in excitedly wanting to know how to join. I walked away thinking, Hmmm, why don’t we start a group here? Wouldn’t it be nice to create that sort of community where we live (I drive 30 miles to attend currently once a month)? Wouldn’t it be great to bring together people who perhaps want to find each other here? #theforestfeast  #eringleeson  #loveandlemons  #theloveandlemonscookbook  #forestfeastgatherings  #cookbookgroup  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Are you a graphic novel fan? Would you argue that they’re “comics” or that the term, “graphic novel,” is something else entirely?  Do you know people who have an encyclopedic knowledge of the sub-genres within the genre? A certain boy who I know is finding his way into the genre and I am too (and utterly fascinated). He is learning, and imagining, and rereading the series that he likes. He is drawing and creating stories. We recently borrowed Nathan Hales’ Hazardous Tales series, and he reread it in its entirety multiple times.  Friends and family members were impressed that they are based in history.  And his curiosity for wider reading expands daily. Today we drove to a different town’s library just so we could read books 5,6,&7 of the Amulet series in one location as no one library seems to have them all available on this slow Sunday afternoon. Suffice it to say, I think we’re hooked. #kazukibuishi #amulet #hazardoustales#graphicnovelsforkids #sowingstories_theecourse
Are you a graphic novel fan? Would you argue that they’re “comics” or that the term, “graphic novel,” is something else entirely? Do you know people who have an encyclopedic knowledge of the sub-genres within the genre? A certain boy who I know is finding his way into the genre and I am too (and utterly fascinated). He is learning, and imagining, and rereading the series that he likes. He is drawing and creating stories. We recently borrowed Nathan Hales’ Hazardous Tales series, and he reread it in its entirety multiple times. Friends and family members were impressed that they are based in history. And his curiosity for wider reading expands daily. Today we drove to a different town’s library just so we could read books 5,6,&7 of the Amulet series in one location as no one library seems to have them all available on this slow Sunday afternoon. Suffice it to say, I think we’re hooked. #kazukibuishi  #amulet  #hazardoustales #graphicnovelsforkids  #sowingstories_theecourse 
Celebrating the end of a long week with a few of my favourite things. I received an exciting packet in the post from the lovely Bex @botanical_tales filled with lots of wildflower seeds hand collected by herself and her husband. Such a kind gesture to share her pickings! Can’t wait to get them planted and watch them emerging in the summer 🌸☀️. Always good to have something new to grow in the garden each year, and imaging such floral loveliness is especially welcome at this time of year. .
One thing I’ve loved about Instagram since joining is how supportive and inspiring this community is. Joining in with @awoodlandgathering #togetherempowergrow .
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Happy weekend everyone! We’re off to Somerset for a Mother’s Day and birthday celebration x .
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Celebrating the end of a long week with a few of my favourite things. I received an exciting packet in the post from the lovely Bex @botanical_tales filled with lots of wildflower seeds hand collected by herself and her husband. Such a kind gesture to share her pickings! Can’t wait to get them planted and watch them emerging in the summer 🌸☀️. Always good to have something new to grow in the garden each year, and imaging such floral loveliness is especially welcome at this time of year. . One thing I’ve loved about Instagram since joining is how supportive and inspiring this community is. Joining in with @awoodlandgathering #togetherempowergrow  . . . Happy weekend everyone! We’re off to Somerset for a Mother’s Day and birthday celebration x . . . . . . . . . . #sowmeameadow  #someofmyfavouritethings  #ofsimplethings  #capturinggratitude  #thisjoyfulmoment  #communityovercompetition  #savouringhappiness  #botanicaltales  #togetherwerise  #strongertogether  #createcultivate  #aseasonalyear  #seekinspirecreate  #botanicalpickmeup  #lovelysquares_  #botanicalgarden  #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc  #hurrayforplay  #gardenersofinstagram  #supportivecommunity  #awhisperedbeauty  #myquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #everythingeyecatching  #wintercolourloving  #naturehippys  #thislittlemoment_  #happy_simple_squares  #sowingstories_theecourse 
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” (Charles Dickens) .
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Moving on from a tough day with dreams of warm, leafy walks, of dappled sunlight and the fresh, earthy scent of woodland after the rain 🌳🌲🌤.
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#sowingstories_theecourse 
#cherishandrelish_march #aseasonalyear #embracingtheseasons #botanicalpickmeup #lovelysquares_ #gardenersofinstagram #heartimprint #awhisperedbeauty #aquietbeauty #myquietbeauty #from_my_perspective #wintercolourloving  #naturehippys #livewildbefree #happy_simple_squares
#myeverydaymagic #lovelyairylove  #alittlebeautyeveryday #slowlivingforlife #smallmomentsofcalm #finditliveit #makemoments #liveauthentic #smallmomentslikethese #lovelifeoutside #awakethesoul #livefullyalive #calmversation #myseasonalstory
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” (Charles Dickens) . . . Moving on from a tough day with dreams of warm, leafy walks, of dappled sunlight and the fresh, earthy scent of woodland after the rain 🌳🌲🌤. . . . . . . . . #sowingstories_theecourse  #cherishandrelish_march  #aseasonalyear  #embracingtheseasons  #botanicalpickmeup  #lovelysquares_  #gardenersofinstagram  #heartimprint  #awhisperedbeauty  #aquietbeauty  #myquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #wintercolourloving  #naturehippys  #livewildbefree  #happy_simple_squares  #myeverydaymagic  #lovelyairylove  #alittlebeautyeveryday  #slowlivingforlife  #smallmomentsofcalm  #finditliveit  #makemoments  #liveauthentic  #smallmomentslikethese  #lovelifeoutside  #awakethesoul  #livefullyalive  #calmversation  #myseasonalstory 
Leaf love 🌿💚 After years of growing plants I still get a little thrill every time a new leaf unfurles. Plants are so grounding, giving us a sense that life goes ever on and on, impervious to world events or a toddler’s tantrum! .
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This is a Fatsia Japonica that I’m grow in indoors in a pot as an experiment, and because its leaves are one of my favourites. Did you know, “fatsi" is an approximation of the old Japanese word for 'eight' (hachi in modern Japanese), referring to the eight lobes. In Japan it’s known as yatsude, meaning "eight fingers". Confusingly, my plant only has 7, but I’m guessing it’s because it’s still a baby 🌱?! .
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Happy Wednesday everyone, hope your week is going well x .
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Leaf love 🌿💚 After years of growing plants I still get a little thrill every time a new leaf unfurles. Plants are so grounding, giving us a sense that life goes ever on and on, impervious to world events or a toddler’s tantrum! . . . This is a Fatsia Japonica that I’m grow in indoors in a pot as an experiment, and because its leaves are one of my favourites. Did you know, “fatsi" is an approximation of the old Japanese word for 'eight' (hachi in modern Japanese), referring to the eight lobes. In Japan it’s known as yatsude, meaning "eight fingers". Confusingly, my plant only has 7, but I’m guessing it’s because it’s still a baby 🌱?! . . . Happy Wednesday everyone, hope your week is going well x . . . . . . . . . . . #leaf_ladies  #mybeautifulsimplicity  #sowingstories_theecourse  #fatsiajaponica  #foreverfaffing  #houseplantlove  #houseplantclub  #simpleandstill  #astilllifestyle  #stilllife_perfection  #still_life_gallery  #curated_minimal  #aquietstyle  #botanicaldreamers  #byarrangement  #inspiredbynature_  #lovliest4  #underthefloralspell  #inspiredbyleaves  #lovely_squares_1  #ofsimplethings  #mybeautifulsimplicity  #botanicaldreamers  #crazyplantlady  #thislittlemoment_  #happy_simple_squares  #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc  #bohohome  #bohodecor