Caught up with a friend for coffee and then indulged in a little bit of op shopping. All stocked up now for my retreat at home! If it’s hot like today I’m going to curl up in a shady corner, stay cool and read. Interested in creating your own retreat. Sign up for my 7-day guidance to creating a retreat at home. Email me at LaiLin.Yoga@gmail.com. Starts Sun 20 January. #taleswithfriends
Artist’ occur in many forms. Have you ever seen an artful quilt? a sculpture? a wood carving? Art appears from the photographer’s eye; from the painter’s brush; from the writer’s words. A poet sat on a pond composing odes to nature. Songwriter sings poem. Bashō offered us haiku. “A bee staggers out of the peony.” Do you have a favorite poet? One artist said he painted in water colour because they would last. Oil you see turns darker over time. Sadly, Mona Lisa’s smile will disappear. Some loved paintings include Vermeer’s ‘Het Straatje’ The Little Street; Bruegel’s ‘The Hunters in The Snow’ ‘Jagers in de sneeuw’; Weyeth’s ‘Christine’. Do you have a favorite artist? #gentlejanuary2018#taleswithfriends
15/365 Photograph OUTSIDE In nature/Bundle up/Natural At 12 degrees these two are Natural couch potatoes and seldom want to leave their places in front of the fire. I need to bundle up and go out with them. It takes encouragement to get them off the back porch. It's still selfie week but this is all your gonna get. 😉 #cy365#captureyour365#taleswithfriends#riekerandkenai#germanshorthairedpointer
I was sitting with my laptop in front of the tv earlier this evening, trying to read my ebook draft and not get too worked up about the news about the Brexit deal. I couldn’t just watch! It’s nerve wrecking - especially as we’ve been immersed in chaos for months and months with no end in sight. The uncertainty of it all is crazy and very unsettling. The only blessing at the moment is that my son who lives and works in Germany has dual nationality and won’t have any problems staying there. Let’s just hope and trust we go forwards rather than backwards from now on. . Ps. My iPhone has finally spotted my hair. Not just going grey but white. I won’t lie. Going grey hasn’t been an easy journey for me, I even wrote a blog post about it (and ageism in the business world) once. (I think it’s still the most read post on my site!) But happily I’m at peace with my hair now...hurray. I guess I should update the post??
Still reflecting on last year. I pulled out some of the many things I was grateful for in 2018. Not surprisingly, most reflect a moment of connection with friends, old and new, family, and readers who supported my debut book. I am appreciating all these connections and all those to come. #mygratefullife
The sounds and sights of summer in Sydney today. The next thing that happened was the cockatoo sat in the water bowl. Haven’t seen that before! 💦 It has been quite hot here, though not as hot as drought-stricken inland Australia 45C+ temperatures. We are lucky to get the sea breezes. 💦 I see too it’s very cold in the northern hemisphere right now, so extremes everywhere. Keep cool/warm - whichever applies. 🌞❄️ #quietwriting#weather#sydneysummer
Self-trust . I felt like I betrayed myself this past year. I sold myself out for the sake of progress or duty. What little self-trust I had got blown away. So I start again. I prove that I am capable of being in charge of my own care and happiness. I hold strong and keep the hearth warm for when I need to be comforted, held. I don't crumble and over-indulge when I think I can't thereby proving my suspicians that I couldn't. I allow time and ground to trust again. . #fionamariepeach#taleswithfriends#selfdiscovery#selfawareness#selfleadership#soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons#blogger
13/365 Photograph YOU Self Portrait/Essence/Uniqueness I know. I am a day late (which could be considered my Essence) But - I did it. Self portrait. Ugh. I almost posted the one with the cat's tail across my face but decided that it didn't quite follow the spirit of the assignment. Only 11 more to go, hopefully it will get easier. #cy365#captureyour365#taleswithfriends
Because it was gloomy and cold *and, admit it, I was a wee bit lazy there, in front of the fire* I didn't wander out for the Saturday mail (well, in my defense, it does arrive rather late in the day) until this gloomy, cold Monday morning to check my box. If I'd known a Rainbow from across the pond was waiting patiently (I'm assuming this ~ perhaps it wasn't at all patient) I wouldn't have been quite so irresponsible. Thank you, dear Jennifer @jennifercockcroft my #momentsjournal has arrived. It's lovely and looking forward to 2019. 😘💖💜💕 #taleswithfriends
Old press pass from when I worked out of the police department. This was approximately 21 years ago. They told me to not smile for the photo. People who know me know that I smile often. This is why. I don't want to look as if I'm about to kill someone. #dontsmile#ohthehorror#embarassingphoto#taleswithfriends
One of Fiona's languages of love is beauty services. Eamon gave us manicures for Christmas and we cashed them in today. Her nails were hot pink with a random sparkle finger. For mine I chose lavender! My nails are so brittle, I cracked one off making breakfast and they are already too short! . Thank you to #DefiningMomentssalonandspa @ginamoments for taking such good care of us. . #storyofmyday#selfcare#midlifemama#taleswithfriends#thesemoments
I’m currently participating in @squareboxfitness ’s New Year Challenge, one of few challenges I manage to fully complete—although started a week late every heart for last week is coloured. For some reason that visible tracker and the need to colour a heart keep me motivated. So, to see if colouring in also works for other mini-goals, I made another tracker for the remaining weeks: • Maximum one glass of wine on the four days a week we normally drink. If I have more, have to colour the upside down glass black, or scribble it out, or do something to spoil my colouring in. 😆 • No snacking while preparing meals. I usually leave it so late to cook that I’m starved. • No eating after 8pm. Wonder how much ‘spoilers’ or white-filled icons I’ll have by the end of the three weeks. I could do so many more but I ran out of space and icons.
In search of me. Always clarifying and shifting perspective, fighting against stagnation. Searching for self value and self pride. I thoroughly enjoyed all Holiday happiness and today I blogged that I am on a new fitness path. I am proudly back on Weight Watchers. I accept where I am and I have the power to choose to change it. I wear clothing that is comfortable and as flattering as I can. This is the reminder shot of where I'm starting from. Link to my blog in my profile! . . #taleswithfriends #fitnessjourney#selfie#ontheblog#soul_selfie #mywisdomlesson
What to do with berries sitting in the fridge? Raspberries I’ll gobble a punnet in one sitting. Other berries I can take or leave and I usually end up freezing and storing them for cakes or muffins. Wasn’t in the mood for eggs this morning (very unusual for me) so made some wholemeal pancakes and topped them with cottage cheese, berries and a drizzle of honey. 😋 Wow! 😮 Just updated my apps last night and discovered I can post to two IG accounts at once! Apologies for the double-whammy if you follow more than one of my accounts but I’ve got to test this! 😁