Happy Sunday! Keeping cosy with blankets and a hot toddy or two today. We’re a whiskey household up here in the eaves, with an inexplicably large collection of tiny bottles. What can I say, they make us feel like giants 🤷🏼♀️🥃
Super Blood Moon | Tonight or early tomorrow will bring us three simultaneous lunar phenomena. To begin, the moon will be at its closest point to the earth making it appear a little larger than usual, hence ‘super moon’. As the sun, the earth and the moon align precisely, the earth will cast a shadow on the moon causing a lunar eclipse. As the atmospheric dust blocks out the higher frequency blue light waves, the longer wavelength of the red light will pass through which, depending on the dust in the atmosphere, may result in the moon appearing ‘blood’ red. I hope you manage to enjoy a little lunar magic wherever you may be 🌝
Just some pretty flowers innit... happy Sunday! I’m lying in bed listening to the church bells ringing. Such a dulcet rich tone, I miss the country. Have a lovely day whatever your doing, im going to start my day with Panettone ☺️#winning ✨#beachbling
Good morning, Munich.. Life is temporary. And during this precious time alive, what do we do? We run around in circles, chasing after desires, pleasure, ambitions, fame, fortune, and so on, hoping this will bring us happiness. But what is that fortune worth at the moment of death? Where is that security you desperately sought after? How will that nice house or that expensive car help you in that fateful moment? Why do we spend so much time chasing after material things, grasping at objects to bring us happiness? What happiness can we find in such things when they are impermanent? When our very attachment to them causes our own misery? Is this what life is really worth? A nice job, nice things, the illusion of security? We are confused by the mind and all its desires, hopes, and fears, and we let this fearful mind control and direct our actions. It thinks of the past, reminiscing how great it was. It thinks of the future and of the promise of happiness it will find there. But it so easily overlooks the peace that is here and now, in this sacred moment. In this moment, there is no need for public approval, for a promise of temporary security, for nice objects or any of the things we spend so much time chasing after. In this moment all is well, all is whole and complete, perfect just as it is. But as long as we are distracted by the mind, as long as we believe in the thoughts that come and go endlessly, and identify our existence with those thoughts, they will continue to blind us from this moment, and they will continue to create our pain. How foolish these thoughts are, how unnecessary, how illusory - yet when we believe them to be true, how destructive, how damaging, how serious they can seem. Can we drop the whole mess of thoughts all together through the directness of our own awareness? Can we cultivate the mind that recognizes every thought that arises, and doesn’t act on them, but simple let’s them dissolve of their own accord? Can we let go of our
On one of her online painting classes artist @taraleaver asks us to consider what we draw or paint most often. For me this has to be trees. . Here are some recent pieces from daily drawing, just something quick. Watercolour and also pencil and oil pastels. . Trees in winter - a little hint of silver birch in there. . Daily drawings - practice and just for fun
We’ve been in the sand and the sun all day long with dips in the ocean every now and then. 🌞 Her dad and I haven’t seen this girl this happy in almost a year. This magical place is restoring our spirits and I’m very grateful.
Journaling: I'd be really grateful for your advice. You see, despite being an obsessive writer - I can hardly remember a day when I haven't written since going 'oh, *this* is my thing' when I wrote a story in school at the age of eight (I vividly remember the teacher saying my ending was poor and thinking 'I don't care, I want to write forever even if I'm not very good at it.' Turns out if you keep doing something you're not very good at it, eventually you improve. My endings are much better now).⠀ 📔 When it comes to journalling though, I get stuck. For me the desire to write has always run parallel with the desire to share that writing - I was a journalist before having children and have always felt the need to have a voice for the words I put down on paper (or laptop). Even thought I feel something between low level butterflies and full on terror pretty much every time I share my writing, the idea of not sharing it is much worse. One way or another though, I've always written with a view to someone else reading, and I think the feeling of being heard was (and is) as important to me as the writing itself. So when it comes to journalling I've never known quite what to write when there is no audience to read it, no message to convey, no story to tell. I feel like journalling would be a really positive thing for me to do for a whole host of reasons, but I buy notebooks intending them to be my new journal, and end up just using them for to do lists or planning, and never actually get started on that journal.⠀ 📔 Can any of you help? Is there an idiot's guide to getting started with journalling? I'm guessing some daily prompts or something might help? I think I need to start small, but I am determined to crack this journalling thing and learn how to write when nobody is watching.⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Saturday, 19th January: Just leaving this here today. I’m off cycling my first 200k of the year so there really isn’t much time for gardening or photographs or writing. The collage is a combination of each season taken using my #bitmoji . You dont know about bitmojis? Every keen gardener is encouraged to create one. In this case I opted to wear the same outfit throughout the four seasons. But a close look through the following screens shows that I am wearing heavier winter wear. Met Éireann mentions that Arctic air will bring sleet showers and some snow on high ground early next week. I'll be back from my cycling trip before it arrives.
Last night as the wee folk slept soundly in their beds, their papa and I got to work on the kitchen garden. A feijoa hedge was planted to frame the vegetable beds, along with fig, peach and nectarine trees to accompany the existing heritage apple trees. The feeling from watching grass transform into something both functional and beautiful that will feed the wee folk of our wee folk, really lights up the heart. This isn't work, this is a dream... X
If you find yourself standing on the breathtaking balcony and looking at an idyllic, beautiful, tidy and green city then you be sure you are looking at Luxembourg 🌿✨ ~ #whpwanderlust#visitluxembourgwithnat
“I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better.” ~ Mary Oliver, Sleeping in the Forest 🖤
All of these things growing in my tiny garden at lunchtime. I still have a zinc tub full of flowering lavender, an olive tree with actual black olives on it, flowering rosemary and bay (which smell gorgeous) hellebores, and flourishing ferns. It seems a bit mixed up. Maybe the big freeze will bite them soon? . . . #my_wintertale#heitermoments#inmygardennow#ofsimplethings#simpleandseasonal#myseasonalhome#towngarden#edwardianterrace#naturetable#natureonthepage#myalmanacmoment#instagardening#thatwinterspringthing#mytaleofwinter#poetryofsimplethings#pocketsofslow#wreathwatch#acottagewreath
Eltz Castle is easily the most enchanting medieval castle in Germany. The castle is perched on a steep rock in the middle of a wooded valley. Fully encircled by forest, Burg Eltz stands prominently isolated from the modern world. The effect of seeing the castle with its green backdrop is nothing short of bewitching. Apart from the excellent view of the exterior, it’s also possible to see the interior of the castle via a guided tour. Unlike most castles in the region, Burg Eltz was never destroyed. And for that reason, you’ll see authentic medieval furniture, original 17th century flemish tapestries, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and armor. #burgeltz#castle#medievalcastle#eifelexplorers
Watching my bulbs like a hawk for the moment they do this... Sadly we’ve a little way to go still this year. (See second picture). I’ve just started reading Penelope Lively’s Life In The Garden and she says this: ‘We garden for tomorrow, and thereafter. We garden in expectation, and that is why it is so invigorating. Gardening you are no longer stuck in the here and now; you think backwards, and forwards, you think of how this or that performed last year, you work out your hopes and plans for the next.’ Wishing you a hopeful, happy Friday 🌷🌱🌷#bulbwatch #lifeinthegarden
Er du ein av dei som tenker at du gjerne skulle hatt personlege bilder på nettsida di? Bilder som gir merkevara identitet og karakter slik at bedrifta lettare blir lagt merke til og som fører til større salg? . . Har du ein draum om å skape ei personleg merkevare og å skille deg ut på nett og sosiale medier? Men du er usikker på kva du vil formidle, kva stemning du skal få fram, kva som eigentleg er historia til bedrifta eller produktet ditt? . . Det er ikkje så vanskeleg å skape personlege og unike bilder som du kan bruke i Historiefortellinga di på nettsider, i nettbutikk, i sosiale medier, i annonser, osv, osv, som du kanskje trur. . . Eg introduserer nå eit nytt produkt, PAKKE 1: «Få hjelp til å finne din stil og få eit Moodboard/ arbeidsskisse med eksempelbilder, tekst og tips laga for nettopp di bedrift». . . Eit hefte du kan ta utgangspunkt i når du skal skape bilder du skal bruke i historiefortellinga du på nett, på trykk og i sosiale medier og som du kan ta fram igjen og igjen når du vert usikker på kva uttrykk du skal få fram for å nå ditt rette publikum. . . Les gjerne det nyaste blogginnlegget mitt om korleis du kan finne din Visuelle Stil og dermed få fleire interessert i bedrifta di. . . . Link med meir informasjon om den NYE PAKKEN og til BLOGGINNLEGGET finn du i profil ☝️ . . #gloomandglow#myalmanacmoment#weeklyspread#alifeofwords#aseasonalyear#beautyundermynose#livemoremagic#sloweandglowe#ofcosymoments#simplethingsmadebeautiful#asesionalshift#foreverfaffing#alliseeispretty#seasonspoetry#norwegianmade#thatauthenticfeeling
Walking down to Avoncliff #latergram A favourite route down to the aqueduct where the Kennet and Avon canal crosses the river Avon then back along the canal towpath or the muddy fields. . . Doing the same walk regularly is a good way to notice changes of the season, the buds and twigs, appearance of snowdrops and the ever present Robin darting along the hedges, always a few steps ahead. . As always, I'm lagging behind- peering at stuff.
Friday, 18th January: I am returning to the photograph of 6th January to add the following... Heather's many uses were sufficient to earn it a place in the Old Irish Brehon Laws on trees and shrubs. This meant that the unlawful clearing of a whole field of heather was subject to a fine of one "dairt", or year-old heifer. Heather was also linked by some medieval scholars with the ancient Irish Ogham alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet was named after a different native tree or shrub, and the letters Onn or O and Úr or U were said by some authorities to be named after Heather. (Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends & Folklore by N. Mac Coitir p. 144)
Have you noticed the evenings are getting ever so slightly lighter? Before Christmas, it was almost dark when we got home from the school run. Now, it’s still light. It’s a subtle change, but it’s enough to boost my spirits. According to my 2019 Almanac, daylight increases during January by between an hour to an hour and a half (depending on where you live in the UK). Hurrah!