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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 
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
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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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#artofslowliving #makersandthinkers #inpraiseofslowness #thesincereststoryteller #memyselfandportrait #todaymycoffee #cupsinframe #the_gentle_manifesto #womenwhomake #alifeofintention #littlestoriesofmylife #visualstoryteller #makelight #wholeheartedliving #coffeestoriesandflowers #calmversation #elevatetheeveryday #smallmomentsofcalm #pocketsofmyhome #creativestory #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? . 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 
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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#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
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 
ᵀᴴᴱ ᶜᴬᴿᴱ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴹᴬᴺᵞ ᵀᴴᴵᴺᴳˢ ᶜᴬᴺ ˢᴼ ᴱᴬˢᴵᴸᵞ ᵂᴱᴵᴳᴴ ᵁˢ ᴰᴼᵂᴺ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᴼᶠ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴬᴰᵛᴵᶜᴱ ᴵ’ᵛᴱ ᴴᴱᴬᴿᴰ, ᴵˢ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᵞᴼᵁ ˢᴴᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᶜᵁᴸᵀᴵᵛᴬᵀᴱ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴴᴬᴮᴵᵀ ᴼᶠ ᴮᴱᴵᴺᴳ ᴵᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴹᴼᴹᴱᴺᵀ. ᴬᴺᴼᵀᴴᴱᴿ ᴵˢ ᵀᴼ ᵀᴬᴷᴱ ᴬ ᴰᴱᴱᴾ ᴮᴿᴱᴬᵀᴴ, ᴾᴿᴵᴼᴿᴵᵀᴵᶻᴱ, ᴸᴱᴬᴿᴺ ᵀᴼ ˢᴬᵞ ‘ᴺᴼ’ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴼᴺ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴼᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴸᴵˢᵀ ᶜᴬᴺ ᴳᴼ. ᴵ ᴸᴵᴷᴱ ᵀᴼ ᶠᴵᴺᴰ ᴹᵞˢᴱᴸᶠ ᴬ ᶠᴬᵛᴼᴿᴵᵀᴱ ˢᴾᴼᵀ, ˢᵁᴿᴿᴼᵁᴺᴰᴱᴰ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᵀᴴᴵᴺᴳˢ ᴵ ᴸᴼᵛᴱ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴾᴱᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᵟᵁᴵᴱᵀ ᵀᴵᴹᴱ ᵀᴴᴱᴿᴱ.  ᴵᶠ ᴵ ᶠᴱᴱᴸ ᵛᴱᴿᵞ ᴬᴺˣᴵᴼᵁˢ, ᴵ’ᴸᴸ ᴳᴼ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴬ ᵂᴬᴸᴷ ᴼᴺ ᴼᵁᴿ ᶠᴬᴿᴹ. ᴵ ᶠᴵᴺᴰ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᴵ ᶜᴬᴺ ᵀᴴᴱᴺ ᶠᴿᴱᴱᴸᵞ ᴾᴿᴬᵞ ᴵᴺ ᴬ ᵂᴬᵞ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᵟᵁᴵᶜᴷᴸᵞ  ᴿᴱˢᵀᴼᴿᴱˢ ᴹᵞ ᴵᴺᴺᴱᴿ ᴾᴱᴬᶜᴱ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴶᴼᵞ.
What is your favorite way to slow down and get rid of your ‘cares’?
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#allthingsofbeauty_  #infinity_softly #heart_imprint #tv_fadingbeauty  #infinity_parts #rsa_vsco #thehub_vsco  #shared_colored_moments  #captureyourlifestyle #allkindsofmagic #macroart #country_stilllife #infinity__magazine_vsco #theblisspr0ject #sowingstories_theecourse #bookishlife #becauseofreading #simpleandstill #simplethingsmadebeautiful #seasonspoetry #pursuewhatislovely #floralsyourway #alliseeispretty #loveliest4 #moodmagic #makersandthinkers #forahappymoment #embracingaslowerlife #floralstyling
ᵀᴴᴱ ᶜᴬᴿᴱ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴹᴬᴺᵞ ᵀᴴᴵᴺᴳˢ ᶜᴬᴺ ˢᴼ ᴱᴬˢᴵᴸᵞ ᵂᴱᴵᴳᴴ ᵁˢ ᴰᴼᵂᴺ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᴼᶠ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴬᴰᵛᴵᶜᴱ ᴵ’ᵛᴱ ᴴᴱᴬᴿᴰ, ᴵˢ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᵞᴼᵁ ˢᴴᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᶜᵁᴸᵀᴵᵛᴬᵀᴱ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴴᴬᴮᴵᵀ ᴼᶠ ᴮᴱᴵᴺᴳ ᴵᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴹᴼᴹᴱᴺᵀ. ᴬᴺᴼᵀᴴᴱᴿ ᴵˢ ᵀᴼ ᵀᴬᴷᴱ ᴬ ᴰᴱᴱᴾ ᴮᴿᴱᴬᵀᴴ, ᴾᴿᴵᴼᴿᴵᵀᴵᶻᴱ, ᴸᴱᴬᴿᴺ ᵀᴼ ˢᴬᵞ ‘ᴺᴼ’ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴼᴺ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴼᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴸᴵˢᵀ ᶜᴬᴺ ᴳᴼ. ᴵ ᴸᴵᴷᴱ ᵀᴼ ᶠᴵᴺᴰ ᴹᵞˢᴱᴸᶠ ᴬ ᶠᴬᵛᴼᴿᴵᵀᴱ ˢᴾᴼᵀ, ˢᵁᴿᴿᴼᵁᴺᴰᴱᴰ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᵀᴴᴵᴺᴳˢ ᴵ ᴸᴼᵛᴱ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴾᴱᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᵟᵁᴵᴱᵀ ᵀᴵᴹᴱ ᵀᴴᴱᴿᴱ. ᴵᶠ ᴵ ᶠᴱᴱᴸ ᵛᴱᴿᵞ ᴬᴺˣᴵᴼᵁˢ, ᴵ’ᴸᴸ ᴳᴼ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴬ ᵂᴬᴸᴷ ᴼᴺ ᴼᵁᴿ ᶠᴬᴿᴹ. ᴵ ᶠᴵᴺᴰ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᴵ ᶜᴬᴺ ᵀᴴᴱᴺ ᶠᴿᴱᴱᴸᵞ ᴾᴿᴬᵞ ᴵᴺ ᴬ ᵂᴬᵞ ᵀᴴᴬᵀ ᵟᵁᴵᶜᴷᴸᵞ ᴿᴱˢᵀᴼᴿᴱˢ ᴹᵞ ᴵᴺᴺᴱᴿ ᴾᴱᴬᶜᴱ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴶᴼᵞ. What is your favorite way to slow down and get rid of your ‘cares’? . . #allthingsofbeauty_  #infinity_softly  #heart_imprint  #tv_fadingbeauty  #infinity_parts  #rsa_vsco  #thehub_vsco  #shared_colored_moments  #captureyourlifestyle  #allkindsofmagic  #macroart  #country_stilllife  #infinity__magazine_vsco  #theblisspr0ject  #sowingstories_theecourse  #bookishlife  #becauseofreading  #simpleandstill  #simplethingsmadebeautiful  #seasonspoetry  #pursuewhatislovely  #floralsyourway  #alliseeispretty  #loveliest4  #moodmagic  #makersandthinkers  #forahappymoment  #embracingaslowerlife  #floralstyling 
My fingers have been itching to pick up my knitting all day.
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Each time I passed the door of the living room I paused in the doorway, my eyes skipping over the neatly folded pile of knitting on the table. “Just a few stitches couldn’t hurt”… But I managed to resist the siren call.
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My resolve ebbed as the day wore on, and by the time evening descended I was powerless to resist. With dinner on the stove I caved in, settling into the cosy embrace of the sofa, legs curled under me and the soft woolen fabric warming my lap.
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#haysweater #haysweaterkal #naturaldyekal
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My fingers have been itching to pick up my knitting all day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Each time I passed the door of the living room I paused in the doorway, my eyes skipping over the neatly folded pile of knitting on the table. “Just a few stitches couldn’t hurt”… But I managed to resist the siren call. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My resolve ebbed as the day wore on, and by the time evening descended I was powerless to resist. With dinner on the stove I caved in, settling into the cosy embrace of the sofa, legs curled under me and the soft woolen fabric warming my lap. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #haysweater  #haysweaterkal  #naturaldyekal  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • • • • • • • • • • #sowingstories_theecourse  #vscoknit  #knittingtherapy  #knitting_inspiration  #knittingisthenewyoga  #i_loveknitting  #hygge  #onmyneedles  #knittersofinstagram  #knitallthethings  #ourmakerlife  #slowfashion  #nestandcreate  #plantsmakepeoplehappy  #createmakeshare  #modernmaker  #seekinspirecreate  #knitstergram  #slowliving_create  #knitsharelove  #shareyourknits  #allyouknitislove  #simplepleasures  #slowandsimpledays  #knittingismylovelanguage  #instaknit  #knittersgonnaknit 
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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He is completely loved by each of us, even Big Dog has grown fond.
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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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(a new blog: link in bio)
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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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#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
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 
It feels like May is being so very kind to us right now, the Suffolk countryside has exploded in a riot of green, pink, blue and yellow.  All framed with frothy white.
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As a fickle lover of seasons, there is probably a point in every month that I declare it the best point of the year.
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But really and truly, this moment right now, if I absolutely had to choose..... This point in the middle of May would win the prize.
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#curatednature #nestandcreate #loveletterto #moodcollectors #wholeheartedliving #seekmoments #embracingtheeveryday #embracingaslowerlife #simplelifehappylife #foragedandfound #thatvelvetfeeling #the_gentle_manifesto #seasonspoetry #myseasonalstory #rusticelegance #botanicaldreamers #foragebyfolk #flowerportrait #slowfloralstyle #acottagewreath #myseasonaljournal #eleganceintheeveryday #sowingstories_theecourse
It feels like May is being so very kind to us right now, the Suffolk countryside has exploded in a riot of green, pink, blue and yellow. All framed with frothy white. . As a fickle lover of seasons, there is probably a point in every month that I declare it the best point of the year. . But really and truly, this moment right now, if I absolutely had to choose..... This point in the middle of May would win the prize. . . . . . #curatednature  #nestandcreate  #loveletterto  #moodcollectors  #wholeheartedliving  #seekmoments  #embracingtheeveryday  #embracingaslowerlife  #simplelifehappylife  #foragedandfound  #thatvelvetfeeling  #the_gentle_manifesto  #seasonspoetry  #myseasonalstory  #rusticelegance  #botanicaldreamers  #foragebyfolk  #flowerportrait  #slowfloralstyle  #acottagewreath  #myseasonaljournal  #eleganceintheeveryday  #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
“I’d like to build the world a home, And furnish it with love, Grow apple trees and honey bees, And Snow White turtle doves.”
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I’ve always loved this song, the words and music.  It’s interesting to find out the idea came from two advertising executives delayed at an airport, watching people laugh and drink a famous drink!  So next time you’re out people watching, you never know where your creativity may lead you.
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#appleblossom #createinspring #creativelifehappylife #realflowersoftheseason #beautyofstillmoments #bloomandgrowtogether #myquietbeauty #natureonthepage #mybeautifulsimplicity #sowingstories_theecourse #mysimplething #joysnacks #mybloominglens #flower-beauties #blooming_petals #inspiredbypetals #sgiew_spring #wildforflowers #mystoryoflight #makelightpauseforthought #blossomtime #moodofmymorning #heitermoments #myfloralmonth #myseasonaljournal #acolorstoryseasons
“I’d like to build the world a home, And furnish it with love, Grow apple trees and honey bees, And Snow White turtle doves.” . . I’ve always loved this song, the words and music. It’s interesting to find out the idea came from two advertising executives delayed at an airport, watching people laugh and drink a famous drink! So next time you’re out people watching, you never know where your creativity may lead you. . #myseasonalstory . . . . . #appleblossom  #createinspring  #creativelifehappylife  #realflowersoftheseason  #beautyofstillmoments  #bloomandgrowtogether  #myquietbeauty  #natureonthepage  #mybeautifulsimplicity  #sowingstories_theecourse  #mysimplething  #joysnacks  #mybloominglens  #flower -beauties #blooming_petals  #inspiredbypetals  #sgiew_spring  #wildforflowers  #mystoryoflight  #makelightpauseforthought  #blossomtime  #moodofmymorning  #heitermoments  #myfloralmonth  #myseasonaljournal  #acolorstoryseasons 
ᶠᴸᴼᵂᴱᴿˢ. ᴮᴼᴼᴷˢ. ᴵ ᶜᴬᴺᴺᴼᵀ ᴿᴱᴹᴱᴹᴮᴱᴿ ᴬ ᵀᴵᴹᴱ ᴵᴺ ᴹᵞ ᴸᴵᶠᴱ ᵂᴵᵀᴴᴼᵁᵀ.  ᴵᶠ ᴹᵞ ᴾᴬᴿᴱᴺᵀˢ ᵀᴼᴼᴷ ᵁˢ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᵂᴴᴱᴺ ᵛᴵˢᴵᵀᴵᴺᴳ ᶠᴿᴵᴱᴺᴰˢ, ᴺᴼ ˢᴼᴼᴺᴱᴿ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴵ ᵂᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᴬˢᴷ ᴵᶠ ᵀᴴᴱᵞ ᴴᴬᵛᴱ ᴬᴺᵞ ᴮᴼᴼᴷˢ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴹᴱ ᵀᴼ ᴿᴱᴬᴰ.  ᴵ ᵂᴵᴸᴸ ᵀᴴᴱᴺ ᴮᴱᶜᴼᴹᴱ ᴸᴼˢᵀ ᴵᴺ ᴬᴺᴼᵀᴴᴱᴿ ᵂᴼᴿᴸᴰ, ᴮᵁᵀ ᴱᵛᴱᴿᵞ ᴺᴼᵂ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴬᴳᴬᴵᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴴᵁᴹ ᴼᶠ ᵛᴼᴵᶜᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᴸᴬᵁᴳᴴᵀᴱᴿ ᵂᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᴶᴼᴸᵀ ᴹᴱ ᴮᴬᶜᴷ ᵀᴼ ᴿᴱᴬᴸᴵᵀᵞ, ᴼᴺᴸᵞ ᵀᴼ ᵂᴬᴺᴰᴱᴿ ᴼᶠᶠ ᴬᴳᴬᴵᴺ.......
ᵂᴱ ᴬᴸˢᴼ ᴬᴸᵂᴬᵞˢ ᴴᴬᴰ ᴬ ᴳᴬᴿᴰᴱᴺ.  ᴹᵞ ᴰᴬᴰ ᴾᴸᴬᴺᵀᴱᴰ ᵀᴿᴱᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴴᴿᵁᴮˢ ᵀᴼ ᴸᴬˢᵀ ᴬ ᴸᴵᶠᴱᵀᴵᴹᴱ.  ᴴᴵˢ ᶠᴬᵛᴼᴿᴵᵀᴱ ᶠᴸᴼᵂᴱᴿˢ ᵂᴱᴿᴱ ᴿᴼˢᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴰᴬᴴᴸᴵᴬˢ, ᴾᴬᴿᵀᴵᶜᵁᴸᴬᴿᴸᵞ ᵀᴴᴼˢᴱ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᴬ ˢᵀᴿᴼᴺᴳ ᶠᴿᴬᴳᴿᴬᴺᶜᴱ.  ᴳᵁᴱˢˢ ᵂᴴᴼ ᴵ ᴳᴼᵀ ᴹᵞ ᴸᴼᵛᴱ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴿᴼˢᴱˢ ᶠᴿᴼᴹ?
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#allthingsofbeauty_  #infinity_softly #heart_imprint #tv_fadingbeauty  #infinity_parts #rsa_vsco #thehub_vsco  #shared_colored_moments  #captureyourlifestyle #allkindsofmagic #flora_addict #_macroart #country_stilllife #infinity__magazine_vsco #theblisspr0ject #justbefloral #sowingstories_theecourse #bloomandgrowtogether #bookishlife #becauseofreading #simpleandstill #simplethingsmadebeautiful #seasonspoetry #pursuewhatislovely #floralsyourway #alliseeispretty #loveliest4 #thedreaminglens #moodmagic #its_wow
ᶠᴸᴼᵂᴱᴿˢ. ᴮᴼᴼᴷˢ. ᴵ ᶜᴬᴺᴺᴼᵀ ᴿᴱᴹᴱᴹᴮᴱᴿ ᴬ ᵀᴵᴹᴱ ᴵᴺ ᴹᵞ ᴸᴵᶠᴱ ᵂᴵᵀᴴᴼᵁᵀ. ᴵᶠ ᴹᵞ ᴾᴬᴿᴱᴺᵀˢ ᵀᴼᴼᴷ ᵁˢ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᵂᴴᴱᴺ ᵛᴵˢᴵᵀᴵᴺᴳ ᶠᴿᴵᴱᴺᴰˢ, ᴺᴼ ˢᴼᴼᴺᴱᴿ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴵ ᵂᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᴬˢᴷ ᴵᶠ ᵀᴴᴱᵞ ᴴᴬᵛᴱ ᴬᴺᵞ ᴮᴼᴼᴷˢ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴹᴱ ᵀᴼ ᴿᴱᴬᴰ. ᴵ ᵂᴵᴸᴸ ᵀᴴᴱᴺ ᴮᴱᶜᴼᴹᴱ ᴸᴼˢᵀ ᴵᴺ ᴬᴺᴼᵀᴴᴱᴿ ᵂᴼᴿᴸᴰ, ᴮᵁᵀ ᴱᵛᴱᴿᵞ ᴺᴼᵂ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴬᴳᴬᴵᴺ ᵀᴴᴱ ᴴᵁᴹ ᴼᶠ ᵛᴼᴵᶜᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴼᴹᴱ ᴸᴬᵁᴳᴴᵀᴱᴿ ᵂᴼᵁᴸᴰ ᴶᴼᴸᵀ ᴹᴱ ᴮᴬᶜᴷ ᵀᴼ ᴿᴱᴬᴸᴵᵀᵞ, ᴼᴺᴸᵞ ᵀᴼ ᵂᴬᴺᴰᴱᴿ ᴼᶠᶠ ᴬᴳᴬᴵᴺ....... ᵂᴱ ᴬᴸˢᴼ ᴬᴸᵂᴬᵞˢ ᴴᴬᴰ ᴬ ᴳᴬᴿᴰᴱᴺ. ᴹᵞ ᴰᴬᴰ ᴾᴸᴬᴺᵀᴱᴰ ᵀᴿᴱᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ˢᴴᴿᵁᴮˢ ᵀᴼ ᴸᴬˢᵀ ᴬ ᴸᴵᶠᴱᵀᴵᴹᴱ. ᴴᴵˢ ᶠᴬᵛᴼᴿᴵᵀᴱ ᶠᴸᴼᵂᴱᴿˢ ᵂᴱᴿᴱ ᴿᴼˢᴱˢ ᴬᴺᴰ ᴰᴬᴴᴸᴵᴬˢ, ᴾᴬᴿᵀᴵᶜᵁᴸᴬᴿᴸᵞ ᵀᴴᴼˢᴱ ᵂᴵᵀᴴ ᴬ ˢᵀᴿᴼᴺᴳ ᶠᴿᴬᴳᴿᴬᴺᶜᴱ. ᴳᵁᴱˢˢ ᵂᴴᴼ ᴵ ᴳᴼᵀ ᴹᵞ ᴸᴼᵛᴱ ᶠᴼᴿ ᴿᴼˢᴱˢ ᶠᴿᴼᴹ? . . #allthingsofbeauty_  #infinity_softly  #heart_imprint  #tv_fadingbeauty  #infinity_parts  #rsa_vsco  #thehub_vsco  #shared_colored_moments  #captureyourlifestyle  #allkindsofmagic  #flora_addict  #_macroart  #country_stilllife  #infinity__magazine_vsco  #theblisspr0ject  #justbefloral  #sowingstories_theecourse  #bloomandgrowtogether  #bookishlife  #becauseofreading  #simpleandstill  #simplethingsmadebeautiful  #seasonspoetry  #pursuewhatislovely  #floralsyourway  #alliseeispretty  #loveliest4  #thedreaminglens  #moodmagic  #its_wow 
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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📷 further along this path is a stunning yellow azalea with the most amazing fragrance.
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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 
Last week I took inspiration from Wordsworth to enjoy a spring walk admiring the daffodils.  If I turn left at the top of this path and walk down the slope behind the hedge I’ll arrive at the coach house cafe.  There’s a warm welcome with its hygge vibe, cosy fire in winter and umbrellered sunny courtyard in summer.  I like looking out for the horse rider weather vane on my way for coffee.
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#myseasonalstory #spring_botanical #itsthesmallthings #myodetospring #myhappyviews #seasonspoetry #forahappymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #alliseeispretty #aseasonalshift #aseasonalyear #theartofgathering #momentsofmine #embracingtheseasons #springiscoming #springisintheair #thatwinterspringthing #tfispring #make_more_magic #amomentofwhimsey #springmood #chasingspring #colourinmysquare #melodiesofspring #mymoodofmorning #sgiew_spring #natureonthepage #myodetospring #alovefornaturesbest #sowingstories_theecourse
Last week I took inspiration from Wordsworth to enjoy a spring walk admiring the daffodils. If I turn left at the top of this path and walk down the slope behind the hedge I’ll arrive at the coach house cafe. There’s a warm welcome with its hygge vibe, cosy fire in winter and umbrellered sunny courtyard in summer. I like looking out for the horse rider weather vane on my way for coffee. . . . . . . . #myseasonalstory  #spring_botanical  #itsthesmallthings  #myodetospring  #myhappyviews  #seasonspoetry  #forahappymoment  #littlestoriesofmylife  #alliseeispretty  #aseasonalshift  #aseasonalyear  #theartofgathering  #momentsofmine  #embracingtheseasons  #springiscoming  #springisintheair  #thatwinterspringthing  #tfispring  #make_more_magic  #amomentofwhimsey  #springmood  #chasingspring  #colourinmysquare  #melodiesofspring  #mymoodofmorning  #sgiew_spring  #natureonthepage  #myodetospring  #alovefornaturesbest  #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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#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
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_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
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 
Sybarite. 
For those of you who have already read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” or who are just incredibly intellectual and well-read, you will know what the meaning of this fascinating sounding word is as you will have come across it before. 
I hadn’t so I promptly went on to discover its definition. 
How exciting to learn a new word! (Although I’m not entirely sure how often it will get rolled out in your average workday or mummy day with a toddler in which the spoken word is usually more attuned to repeating the sentences you THINK they are trying to get over to you!) So, does anyone else know what it means?!! #newwordsat40 #sowingstories_theecourse #discoveringnewapps #theenglishlanguage #bookworm #mindspace #calm #bookblogging #bookquotes
Sybarite. For those of you who have already read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” or who are just incredibly intellectual and well-read, you will know what the meaning of this fascinating sounding word is as you will have come across it before. I hadn’t so I promptly went on to discover its definition. How exciting to learn a new word! (Although I’m not entirely sure how often it will get rolled out in your average workday or mummy day with a toddler in which the spoken word is usually more attuned to repeating the sentences you THINK they are trying to get over to you!) So, does anyone else know what it means?!! #newwordsat40  #sowingstories_theecourse  #discoveringnewapps  #theenglishlanguage  #bookworm  #mindspace  #calm  #bookblogging  #bookquotes 
“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Quote by MARTIN LUTHER.  My grandma Ethel was notoriously famous for passionately trying things that challenged her, and always having a witty and, at times, biting opinion to share.  She lived through many challenges, yet persevered with her integrity intact. A few years prior to her death in 2017 (at age 94) she said to me (in the midst of my own grief over two significant losses), “Mel, you have to learn to deal with loss, with fear, and with the challenges that are coming; people are going to die and unjust things will happen. You have to learn not to spend too much time thinking and more time living!” She knew what she was talking about. She lived thirty years as a widow and struggled with various health issues while losing dear friends and family members. She led a beautiful, colorful, creative, and imperfect life that is a monument for us, her family. I hope that I can honor her by doing the same. #sowingstories_theecourse
“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Quote by MARTIN LUTHER. My grandma Ethel was notoriously famous for passionately trying things that challenged her, and always having a witty and, at times, biting opinion to share. She lived through many challenges, yet persevered with her integrity intact. A few years prior to her death in 2017 (at age 94) she said to me (in the midst of my own grief over two significant losses), “Mel, you have to learn to deal with loss, with fear, and with the challenges that are coming; people are going to die and unjust things will happen. You have to learn not to spend too much time thinking and more time living!” She knew what she was talking about. She lived thirty years as a widow and struggled with various health issues while losing dear friends and family members. She led a beautiful, colorful, creative, and imperfect life that is a monument for us, her family. I hope that I can honor her by doing the same. #sowingstories_theecourse 
Today, it had unexpectedly started snowing overnight. I love snow. But I don’t like when it comes as a surprise. For me as a neurotic planner it stresses me out. So it’s no surprise that I already felt annoyed, when I had to dig for the ski suit and snowboots instead of picking the carefully prepared piles of clothes. Of course I also had to dress the kids in a rush, because slipping into a ski suit is still an almost insurmountable challenge for our three year old. Furthermore, I had to push the pram through the snow, hurrying and almost slipping every third step. For no reason, as it turned out, because then no bus came for a whole 25 minutes (which is fairly uncommon in Switzerland #IknowIknow). But while waiting at the bus stop, my older daughter happily playing in the snow and the younger catching snowflakes, I recognized how everything had been slowed down. The cars passed in a walking speed and everything seemed so bright, calm and peaceful and all noises were dampened because of the thick layer of snow. And then all of a sudden I felt secure and free at the same time
Today, it had unexpectedly started snowing overnight. I love snow. But I don’t like when it comes as a surprise. For me as a neurotic planner it stresses me out. So it’s no surprise that I already felt annoyed, when I had to dig for the ski suit and snowboots instead of picking the carefully prepared piles of clothes. Of course I also had to dress the kids in a rush, because slipping into a ski suit is still an almost insurmountable challenge for our three year old. Furthermore, I had to push the pram through the snow, hurrying and almost slipping every third step. For no reason, as it turned out, because then no bus came for a whole 25 minutes (which is fairly uncommon in Switzerland #IknowIknow ). But while waiting at the bus stop, my older daughter happily playing in the snow and the younger catching snowflakes, I recognized how everything had been slowed down. The cars passed in a walking speed and everything seemed so bright, calm and peaceful and all noises were dampened because of the thick layer of snow. And then all of a sudden I felt secure and free at the same time
Reading keeps me sane. With everything that’s been going on I need books even more. To escape, to quiet my mind, to change the view. Sometimes it’s the Cotswolds, another time Warsaw or Rome. When I’m somewhere else for a while I come back stronger and ready for another fight.
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#reading #stayingsane #sowingstories_theecourse #sowingstories #tirfebruary #theinstaretreat #sunshineonmytable #breakfast #book #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #booksandfood #książka #książkoholik #czytam #czytambolubię #mólksiążkowy #śniadanie #słońce #boek #lezen #boekenwurm #zon #ontbijt
Reading keeps me sane. With everything that’s been going on I need books even more. To escape, to quiet my mind, to change the view. Sometimes it’s the Cotswolds, another time Warsaw or Rome. When I’m somewhere else for a while I come back stronger and ready for another fight. ✨ #reading  #stayingsane  #sowingstories_theecourse  #sowingstories  #tirfebruary  #theinstaretreat  #sunshineonmytable  #breakfast  #book  #bookstagram  #booklover  #bookworm  #booksandfood  #książka  #książkoholik  #czytam  #czytambolubię  #mólksiążkowy  #śniadanie  #słońce  #boek  #lezen  #boekenwurm  #zon  #ontbijt 
3rd September 1939.
“I remember Mum and Dad sitting and listening to the radio. I didn’t know what was happening but I knew it was serious. I didn’t really know what a Prime Minister was but I remember him saying that we were now at war with Germany, Neville Chamberlain, that was his name. Then Betty arrived one day, an evacuee from Newcastle. She was with us for 6 years. She came to visit me years later, turned up on a motorbike.....” Memories. 
Recollection. 
History. 
Family. 
Listening to my Nanna’s tales of her childhood yesterday. Moments to treasure as the years pass by. 
Her story has left me thinking of how I would feel if my children were sent away and indeed how they would feel. Frightened? Abandoned? Lost? Scared? 
How thankful we have to be to that generation to all they endured to save and shape our country. 
#sowingstories_theecourse #memories #wartimestories #evacuees #ruralliving
3rd September 1939. “I remember Mum and Dad sitting and listening to the radio. I didn’t know what was happening but I knew it was serious. I didn’t really know what a Prime Minister was but I remember him saying that we were now at war with Germany, Neville Chamberlain, that was his name. Then Betty arrived one day, an evacuee from Newcastle. She was with us for 6 years. She came to visit me years later, turned up on a motorbike.....” Memories. Recollection. History. Family. Listening to my Nanna’s tales of her childhood yesterday. Moments to treasure as the years pass by. Her story has left me thinking of how I would feel if my children were sent away and indeed how they would feel. Frightened? Abandoned? Lost? Scared? How thankful we have to be to that generation to all they endured to save and shape our country. #sowingstories_theecourse  #memories  #wartimestories  #evacuees  #ruralliving 
Snowdrops 🌱 So delicately uplifting: a promise that winter is coming to an end, and a reminder that unseen magic is happening beneath the ground as plants prepare to spring into life.
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One of the my in-law’s favourite games is guess the collective nouns for groups of animals. A murder of crows is an amusing, well known example. Or a lounge of lizards! 🦎 So, my Sunday afternoon challenge for you is to come up with a collective noun for a group of snowdrops! To start you off, how about -  a flurry of snowdrops! 💚 .
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#sowingstories_theecourse #cherishandrelish_march #aseasonalyear #embracingtheseasons #botanicalpickmeup #botanicaltales #galanthus #galanthusnivalis #lovelysquares_ #botanicalgarden #gardenersofinstagram #heartimprint #awhisperedbeauty #aquietbeauty #rsblooms #myquietbeauty #from_my_perspective #everythingeyecatching #floral_secrets #wintercolourloving  #naturehippys #thislittlemoment_ #raw_flowers #happy_simple_squares #savouringhappiness #savourtheseasonalshift #snowdrops #painswickrococogardens #myhappyviews #signsofspring
Snowdrops 🌱 So delicately uplifting: a promise that winter is coming to an end, and a reminder that unseen magic is happening beneath the ground as plants prepare to spring into life. . . One of the my in-law’s favourite games is guess the collective nouns for groups of animals. A murder of crows is an amusing, well known example. Or a lounge of lizards! 🦎 So, my Sunday afternoon challenge for you is to come up with a collective noun for a group of snowdrops! To start you off, how about - a flurry of snowdrops! 💚 . . . . . . . . . . #sowingstories_theecourse  #cherishandrelish_march  #aseasonalyear  #embracingtheseasons  #botanicalpickmeup  #botanicaltales  #galanthus  #galanthusnivalis  #lovelysquares_  #botanicalgarden  #gardenersofinstagram  #heartimprint  #awhisperedbeauty  #aquietbeauty  #rsblooms  #myquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #everythingeyecatching  #floral_secrets  #wintercolourloving  #naturehippys  #thislittlemoment_  #raw_flowers  #happy_simple_squares  #savouringhappiness  #savourtheseasonalshift  #snowdrops  #painswickrococogardens  #myhappyviews  #signsofspring 
The fresh snowfall last night has sanitised the landscape again, dressing it with clean parchment on which those up at first light left their stories for me to find.
A few days have been enough to change routines; the usual, early trek down the garden to open the chickens requires a full armoury of winter clothing and wild birds now know where to expect me to leave extra supplies of of seed and water. I wonder whether they'll stay when the warmer weather comes? 
The chickens know it's on the way, venturing out for the first time in three days, tentatively, slowly, adding their own story to the snow.
The fresh snowfall last night has sanitised the landscape again, dressing it with clean parchment on which those up at first light left their stories for me to find. A few days have been enough to change routines; the usual, early trek down the garden to open the chickens requires a full armoury of winter clothing and wild birds now know where to expect me to leave extra supplies of of seed and water. I wonder whether they'll stay when the warmer weather comes? The chickens know it's on the way, venturing out for the first time in three days, tentatively, slowly, adding their own story to the snow.
As the week rushes on by with the usual melee of meal organising, shopping, dog walking, making sure children are where they need to be, digging out our lane from the snow which fell overnight, work, the thought is there in the back of my  mind that “it’s ok, I’ve a whole day to myself at the weekend to renew and recharge myself”.
Sat up in the depths of the cold dark night with a snuggly toddler reading Stick Man for the thousandth time “it’s ok I have a day tomorrow where maybe I can close my eyes for a few moments and turn my mind off”.
Morning comes and with it.... the phone call. “We are sorry we will have to cancel your day today” I hear a small laugh escaping from somewhere within the depths and a voice saying “Ah it’s ok don’t worry, another time.” A sense of resignation as there’s a recurring theme of events being cancelled in my life, but also the awareness of the fact it’s very much not the worst that could happen and there will be another day. 
A dog walk in the snow, no new ground covered but a heightened awareness of the surroundings and seeing the beauty all around. The river, resplendent through the seasons, this morning snow and ice covered with the odd icicle to spot, the birds foraging for what they can through the packed layers of white powder, and calmness. In the environment and my mind. #sowingstories_theecourse #snowysaturdays #river #nature #wildandfree #getoutdoors #beactive
As the week rushes on by with the usual melee of meal organising, shopping, dog walking, making sure children are where they need to be, digging out our lane from the snow which fell overnight, work, the thought is there in the back of my mind that “it’s ok, I’ve a whole day to myself at the weekend to renew and recharge myself”. Sat up in the depths of the cold dark night with a snuggly toddler reading Stick Man for the thousandth time “it’s ok I have a day tomorrow where maybe I can close my eyes for a few moments and turn my mind off”. Morning comes and with it.... the phone call. “We are sorry we will have to cancel your day today” I hear a small laugh escaping from somewhere within the depths and a voice saying “Ah it’s ok don’t worry, another time.” A sense of resignation as there’s a recurring theme of events being cancelled in my life, but also the awareness of the fact it’s very much not the worst that could happen and there will be another day. A dog walk in the snow, no new ground covered but a heightened awareness of the surroundings and seeing the beauty all around. The river, resplendent through the seasons, this morning snow and ice covered with the odd icicle to spot, the birds foraging for what they can through the packed layers of white powder, and calmness. In the environment and my mind. #sowingstories_theecourse  #snowysaturdays  #river  #nature  #wildandfree  #getoutdoors  #beactive 
The days are getting a little bit warmer, but the nights are still cold. I’m hoping for some beautiful misty mornings to photograph next week.
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Did you notice that cold mornings are quieter than the warmer ones? It’s like the whole world is taking its time to wake up.
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I’m planning an easy day today as tomorrow I’ll be busy with packing up my in-law’s house.
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What are your plans for this weekend?
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#weekend #morning #beautifulview #view #fields #bloemendaal #thenetherlands #morningview #coldmorning #quiet #poranek #sobota #tirfebruary #theinstaretreat #gloomandglow #widok #sowingstories #sowingstories_theecourse #pięknywidok #holandia #nederland #uitzicht #ochtend #koudeochtend #zaterdag #saturday #zimnyporanek
The days are getting a little bit warmer, but the nights are still cold. I’m hoping for some beautiful misty mornings to photograph next week. • Did you notice that cold mornings are quieter than the warmer ones? It’s like the whole world is taking its time to wake up. • I’m planning an easy day today as tomorrow I’ll be busy with packing up my in-law’s house. • What are your plans for this weekend? ✨ #weekend  #morning  #beautifulview  #view  #fields  #bloemendaal  #thenetherlands  #morningview  #coldmorning  #quiet  #poranek  #sobota  #tirfebruary  #theinstaretreat  #gloomandglow  #widok  #sowingstories  #sowingstories_theecourse  #pięknywidok  #holandia  #nederland  #uitzicht  #ochtend  #koudeochtend  #zaterdag  #saturday  #zimnyporanek 
Ferns 🌿💚 There’s something about their frothy, ethereal loveliness that draws me in and makes me forget that they’re some of the most demanding divas of the houseplant world! 💦 .
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Introducing, from left to right: rabbit’s foot, maidenhair, asparagus and parlour. All equally needy but totally worth it for a dose of uplifting indoor greenery. .
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Today has been an unplanned extra day of childcare for me with nursery closed due to the snow. It’s actually been ok, little E must have sensed my mood and realised she needed to turn on the charm! Ready for a restful weekend now though... hope you have a good one ❄️💙 .
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Don’t know if I can legit tag #sowingstories_theecourse as this isn’t my most eloquent post but hey, looks like I’m doing it anyway 🙃 #longday #nothingtolose .
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#houseplantlove #leafgang #leaf_ladies #fernlove #fernleaf #houseplantclub #urbanjunglebloggers #crazyplantlady #smallmomentsofcalm #mybeautifulsimplicity #simplenaturefinds #botanicaltales #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc #onmytable #thehappynow #botanicalpickmeup #lovelysquares_ #botanicalgarden #gardenersofinstagram #heartimprint #awhisperedbeauty #aquietbeauty #from_my_perspective  #naturehippys #thislittlemoment_ #raw_allnature #happy_simple_squares
Ferns 🌿💚 There’s something about their frothy, ethereal loveliness that draws me in and makes me forget that they’re some of the most demanding divas of the houseplant world! 💦 . . Introducing, from left to right: rabbit’s foot, maidenhair, asparagus and parlour. All equally needy but totally worth it for a dose of uplifting indoor greenery. . . . Today has been an unplanned extra day of childcare for me with nursery closed due to the snow. It’s actually been ok, little E must have sensed my mood and realised she needed to turn on the charm! Ready for a restful weekend now though... hope you have a good one ❄️💙 . . . Don’t know if I can legit tag #sowingstories_theecourse  as this isn’t my most eloquent post but hey, looks like I’m doing it anyway 🙃 #longday  #nothingtolose  . . . . . . . . . . #houseplantlove  #leafgang  #leaf_ladies  #fernlove  #fernleaf  #houseplantclub  #urbanjunglebloggers  #crazyplantlady  #smallmomentsofcalm  #mybeautifulsimplicity  #simplenaturefinds  #botanicaltales  #botanicalforagersunitedsocietyinc  #onmytable  #thehappynow  #botanicalpickmeup  #lovelysquares_  #botanicalgarden  #gardenersofinstagram  #heartimprint  #awhisperedbeauty  #aquietbeauty  #from_my_perspective  #naturehippys  #thislittlemoment_  #raw_allnature  #happy_simple_squares 
“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” LEMONY SNICKET (The Bad Beginning). My son is reading this for his March book group, and mommy is happily following suit on this gloomy, rainy, and windy day. It’s really wonderful to revisit this series, and today I am struck by the evocative illustrations created by Brett Helquist.  His body of work is quite remarkable. What might this series have been without this incredible illustrator? Since becoming a mom and reading many children’s books over the years, I often am in awe of the illustrators who make so many books such a wonderful experience for the children who read them. #bookillustrators #lemonysnicketart #bretthelquist #aseriesofunfortunateevents #sowingstories_theecourse
“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” LEMONY SNICKET (The Bad Beginning). My son is reading this for his March book group, and mommy is happily following suit on this gloomy, rainy, and windy day. It’s really wonderful to revisit this series, and today I am struck by the evocative illustrations created by Brett Helquist. His body of work is quite remarkable. What might this series have been without this incredible illustrator? Since becoming a mom and reading many children’s books over the years, I often am in awe of the illustrators who make so many books such a wonderful experience for the children who read them. #bookillustrators  #lemonysnicketart  #bretthelquist  #aseriesofunfortunateevents  #sowingstories_theecourse 
“You sail out across the sea but it’s when you make your return that you may discover what you have been seeking is in fact inside yourself.” {Erling Kagge} 
Do you ever find that a book speaks to you? That you must read it, for reasons you can’t really articulate or explain? I found Silence in a shop I love in St Ives and bought it on a whim. I then read it in two sittings. It was filled with thoughts and ideas that I absolutely needed to hear. Later, I went to the new Virginia Woolf exhibition @tatestives and was blown away. I loved the focus on women artists, the themes about how women have coped with life and making over the centuries, the way women portray themselves. I then found a copy of To The Lighthouse at my favourite St Ives bookshop, which I am reading now. 
Sometimes the universe works in remarkable ways. 
#sowingstories_theecourse #bookstagram #silence #booklearning #thewisdomofbooks #theartofslowliving
“You sail out across the sea but it’s when you make your return that you may discover what you have been seeking is in fact inside yourself.” {Erling Kagge} Do you ever find that a book speaks to you? That you must read it, for reasons you can’t really articulate or explain? I found Silence in a shop I love in St Ives and bought it on a whim. I then read it in two sittings. It was filled with thoughts and ideas that I absolutely needed to hear. Later, I went to the new Virginia Woolf exhibition @tatestives and was blown away. I loved the focus on women artists, the themes about how women have coped with life and making over the centuries, the way women portray themselves. I then found a copy of To The Lighthouse at my favourite St Ives bookshop, which I am reading now. Sometimes the universe works in remarkable ways. #sowingstories_theecourse  #bookstagram  #silence  #booklearning  #thewisdomofbooks  #theartofslowliving 
David Walliams!! What a lovely time we had last night at Jeff Kinney’s bookstore meeting one of Hudson’s heroes. Loads of fun! We laughed with other children who love books as much as we do; we sat in awe of this gentle man who made the children feel so special, and we were happy to drive home late on a school night knowing that we experienced just a fraction of his brand of creativity. He was kind enough to pass along some names of British authors who we haven’t read yet when we asked for suggestions! And Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey were also there! Hudson was ecstatic! #@dwalliams #jeffkinneybooks #anunlikelystory #dav_pilkey #themidnightgang #captainunderpants #diaryofawimpykid#sowingstories_theecourse
David Walliams!! What a lovely time we had last night at Jeff Kinney’s bookstore meeting one of Hudson’s heroes. Loads of fun! We laughed with other children who love books as much as we do; we sat in awe of this gentle man who made the children feel so special, and we were happy to drive home late on a school night knowing that we experienced just a fraction of his brand of creativity. He was kind enough to pass along some names of British authors who we haven’t read yet when we asked for suggestions! And Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey were also there! Hudson was ecstatic! #@dwalliams #jeffkinneybooks  #anunlikelystory  #dav_pilkey  #themidnightgang  #captainunderpants  #diaryofawimpykid #sowingstories_theecourse 
The cheek of my daughter’s ballet teacher this week... trying to sell me a pair of new ballet shoes we didn’t need and then, when I used the excuse of not being able to sew in the straps she said ‘We’ll make a ballet Mum of you yet!’ Like I wasn’t even a proper ‘Mum’, because of my lack of sewing skills!  #ballet #instaballet #pointe #balletdancer #balletshoes #pointeshoes #balletpost #worldwideballet #balletclass #instadance #danceshoes #dance #ballerinasofig #mum #pointe #worldwideballet #balletpost #instaballet #loveofballet #instadance
The cheek of my daughter’s ballet teacher this week... trying to sell me a pair of new ballet shoes we didn’t need and then, when I used the excuse of not being able to sew in the straps she said ‘We’ll make a ballet Mum of you yet!’ Like I wasn’t even a proper ‘Mum’, because of my lack of sewing skills! #ballet  #instaballet  #pointe  #balletdancer  #balletshoes  #pointeshoes  #balletpost  #worldwideballet  #balletclass  #instadance  #danceshoes  #dance  #ballerinasofig  #mum  #pointe  #worldwideballet  #balletpost  #instaballet  #loveofballet  #instadance 
Light and shade ☀️🌨 I love looking at patterns dancing on the wall, when the wind moves the trees to create delicate, shifting, miniature landscapes. Somehow in shadow form, the most ordinary of suburban vistas can transform into something weird and otherworldly, conjuring fantastical seascapes filled with magical beasts and curious flora. .
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Some #midweekmusings inspired by @abookishbaker ‘s fabulous #sowingstories_theecourse , encouraging us to be more imaginative with our Instagram captions! 💙 . .
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Also joining in with @mollystroud74 ‘s new hashtag, #lets_be_vulnerable , sharing a bit more of my internal ramblings than usual - small steps! 😆🙏🏻✨
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#thehappynow #snap_ish  #alliseeispretty #lightandshadow #mystoryoflight #createeveryday #myinstanest #readmakegrow #finditliveit #makemoments #liveauthentic #huffgrampost #nestandthrive #winterwonderlens #abreathofwhitespace #reclaimthehappy #thisishowihueit #seasonspoetry #creativeprocess  #wondowsoftheworld #amwriting #coloursofwinter #agameoftones #mynestandburrow #floralfaffing
Light and shade ☀️🌨 I love looking at patterns dancing on the wall, when the wind moves the trees to create delicate, shifting, miniature landscapes. Somehow in shadow form, the most ordinary of suburban vistas can transform into something weird and otherworldly, conjuring fantastical seascapes filled with magical beasts and curious flora. . . Some #midweekmusings  inspired by @abookishbaker ‘s fabulous #sowingstories_theecourse  , encouraging us to be more imaginative with our Instagram captions! 💙 . . . Also joining in with @mollystroud74 ‘s new hashtag, #lets_be_vulnerable  , sharing a bit more of my internal ramblings than usual - small steps! 😆🙏🏻✨ . . . . . . . . . #thehappynow  #snap_ish  #alliseeispretty  #lightandshadow  #mystoryoflight  #createeveryday  #myinstanest  #readmakegrow  #finditliveit  #makemoments  #liveauthentic  #huffgrampost  #nestandthrive  #winterwonderlens  #abreathofwhitespace  #reclaimthehappy  #thisishowihueit  #seasonspoetry  #creativeprocess  #wondowsoftheworld  #amwriting  #coloursofwinter  #agameoftones  #mynestandburrow  #floralfaffing 
Is February in New England supposed to be like this? Sunshine, birds singing, and snowdrop flowers peeking up from the half frozen soil behind my house? I accept today’s bizarre gift that juxtaposes winter and spring knowing what it offers to the very special man reading on my front porch this afternoon. Perhaps he deserves this unexpected 60-degree weather. Maybe it’s magic just for him as he takes a break from his Canadian winter.  How many times has he driven through a snowstorm, as he did on this past Sunday, just to see us? Or how about Monday when he spent several hours driving around our city to find old set screws to fix a 100-year-old door knob? And then there was Tuesday when he spent his evening playing with a rambunctious 8-year-old who adores him? I thank God every day that this man is my father, and that the sun is shining down on him today as he enjoys the quiet, his book and the doggie pal at his feet.#sowingstories_theecourse
Is February in New England supposed to be like this? Sunshine, birds singing, and snowdrop flowers peeking up from the half frozen soil behind my house? I accept today’s bizarre gift that juxtaposes winter and spring knowing what it offers to the very special man reading on my front porch this afternoon. Perhaps he deserves this unexpected 60-degree weather. Maybe it’s magic just for him as he takes a break from his Canadian winter. How many times has he driven through a snowstorm, as he did on this past Sunday, just to see us? Or how about Monday when he spent several hours driving around our city to find old set screws to fix a 100-year-old door knob? And then there was Tuesday when he spent his evening playing with a rambunctious 8-year-old who adores him? I thank God every day that this man is my father, and that the sun is shining down on him today as he enjoys the quiet, his book and the doggie pal at his feet.#sowingstories_theecourse 
The much-anticipated snow arrived yesterday, settling in the coldest parts of the garden like generous drifts of icing sugar on thick pastry. A blackbird scratched at the hard ground, tossing aside old leaves, prompting me to fill up the feeders and put out fresh water before retreating inside for more coffee and warmth.
The much-anticipated snow arrived yesterday, settling in the coldest parts of the garden like generous drifts of icing sugar on thick pastry. A blackbird scratched at the hard ground, tossing aside old leaves, prompting me to fill up the feeders and put out fresh water before retreating inside for more coffee and warmth.