Sunday, 29 March 2015

Enforced Slow Living.......

 
 
I've been reading a lot recently about Slow Living, about living a simpler life, taking care our yourself, the environment we live in.......mindfulness. About slowing down the pace, reducing our impact on the earth.
Over the last few years I've experienced an 'enforced slow living'. By that I mean I can't do anything very quickly anymore ;). I'm time rich now, perhaps not what I would have chosen, but actually it's a good way to live. I already practise mindfulness, still a novice, but a firm believer in its benefits, not just mentally, but physically too.
It feels like I'm on a new path. I'm setting myself new goals. Baby steps, but they are steps forward.....well we all have to start somewhere, right?
 
 
So, my Slow Living mantra....which I'm sure will change and develop, as I go along the path:
 
To eat as healthily as I can, unprocessed, whole foods.
To structure mindfulness into my day, it's still a little ad hoc at the moment.
To add 10 minutes of yoga to my day.
To edit my possessions, I have far too much 'stuff'. I've stared on this, but this will be ongoing and there's lots to do.....it's something that never really stops.
To try and use only natural cleaning products in our home......I'm learning the amazing properties of bicarbonate of soda!
To grow a few things to eat, even if it's just salad leaves, herbs and courgettes!
It. Feels. Good.
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Friendships......

 

 
 
Last week was all about friendships. I'm blessed with some fabulous friends, we are there for each other through the difficult times, and we celebrate the good times together too. I'm not sure what I'd do without my friends, I know my life would be much more empty without them.
 
This week I visited Chatsworth House with one of my lovely friends....it was a cold but beautiful day. It was nice to spend some time just being us, we sat outside having our lunch, giggling away like a couple of school girls. Just us and the sheep!
 
And today I get to spend time with my sisters, we are having lunch in a lovely pub. I'm sure there will be a lot of giggling too. Sometimes it good just being me, not a mum, not a partner.......we all need this every now and again. Recharge those batteries.
 
 
 
 
This weekend has been lovely, two days of sunshine and time spent in the garden.....I've perhaps overdone things a little so I'm taking things slowly over the next few days.
 
Hope you've all had a great weekend too, wishing you all a good week!
 
Amanda :) xxx

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I'm Spring Cleaning......It Must Be Spring!

 

 
 
Hello........
 
It's been a busy week, apologies for not popping in here earlier to say Hi. This morning, when I walked through our conservatory to go outside, I noticed just how dusty and mouldy it had become over the winter.
 
So a bit of spring cleaning was needed.....and now I'm sat, drinking some coffee, enjoying the fruits of my labour! My books and crochet are to hand....comfy places to sit, radio to listen to. The birds are singing, the sun is trying to poke out from behind the clouds......must be spring!
 
 
I must say, I'm loving my new book, Keep It Simple, by Atlana Bartlett and Dave Coote. I do love their style.
 
 
 
 
My garden is progressing well, slowly but surely the weeds are diminishing and its making me feel good......
 
 
 
 
Mother's Day this year was tinged with some sadness, but I'm not going to live my life in constant mourning, so I picked her some flowers from my garden and counted myself lucky to have had her in my life....
 
 
 
Minnie's never been far away either......
 
 
She's been trying to master the art of camouflage, sadly she's missed the point!
 
 
Hope you all have a great week. I was going to go back in the garden, but I think I will enjoy my mould-free, dust-free space, just a tad little longer......
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 

 

 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Week So Far.......

 

 
 
Flowers.
Soil.
Weeds.
Happy.
Seeds.
Aching.
Weeds.
Happy.
Exciting.
Birdsong.
Weeds.
Happy.
Planning.
Plotting.
Weeds.
Happy.
Mulching.
Eating.
Weeds.
Happy.
Sunshine.
Tea.
Weeds.
Happy,
Wheelbarrow.
Planting.
Weeds.
Happy.
 
 
 
 
This is my new fruit patch......in my head there's strawberries in the tin bath, raspberries agains the fence. A couple of blueberries perhaps, rhubarb maybe. Plotting and planning.
 
Inspired, always inspired, by the wonderful and marvellous gardens, created by Madelief and Mia. Go have a look for yourself if you've not visited before.....you'll be inspired too.
 
Have I mentioned I'm happy?
 
If you need me, I'll be in the garden......
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 
With my little helper! :) xxx
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Racing With Nature......

 

 
 
I'm on a race at the moment, I'm racing Nature. Now she's not very easy to race with, especially when you've not been in training for a while!

 

 
 
I woke up on Saturday morning, and knew in order to step up my recovery, I need to be getting out into the garden, not only good for my body, but for my soul too.
 
 
 
 
I had three little gardening sessions last year, most of my time being taken up with visits to mum. This year I have more time. I feel I connect with my mum whilst I'm outdoors. She passed on her love of gardening to me, as her dad had done to her. My mum didn't always have an easy life, but I do know her garden healed her and gave her hope.....I'm thinking it will me too.....
 
 
 
 
Last years lack of attention can be seen, there's brambles and weeds everywhere. I've got two choices, I could look on with dismay, and give up. Or I can tackle it head on, but being mindful of my body, my energy levels. I've chosen the second.
 
 
 
 
So that's what I'm doing, half hour slot, perhaps two slots a day, maybe three as the days get longer. It's frustrating though, as what I could do in an hour just a few years ago, now takes me four!
So I'm in a bit of a race, knowing that if I get on top of the weeds this month, well it will make things a whole lot easier this summer!
 
 
 
 
This is the garden this morning, well half of it.....I'm stood on the top of a large slope, there's two large beds behind me as well as my patio, leanto little greenhouse and pots.
The bed to the left only gets sun from mid afternoon, so lots of shade loving plants in here. To the right are my veg beds and herb bed, which get lots of sun. I'm going to add another bed this year.....my veg seeds have arrived, I'm excited!
At the bottom of the garden the large bed is about 1 1/2 metres deep, it gets lots of spring sun and I always think of it as my spring garden. The bench gets the morning sun.....perfect for a morning cuppa, and a little crochet!
 
 
Image via my Pinterest page.
 
Image via my Pinterest page.
 
I do however have a Fantasy Garden, there's a beautiful, studio along the width of the garden. I think it will be more contempory that those in these images......it will be painted black or a very dark purple. It has a creative area for myself, a family area filled with comfy chairs and patchwork blankets. There's another smaller part which is my husbands music studio, he doesn't need as much space as me ;)
 
There's a veranda in front, with seats to sit on even if it rains.....and that leads out onto the perfect kitchen garden, with raised beds.....filled with flowers, vegatables, bees and butterflies. There would be an area to build a fire, so evenings can be spent outdoors, and perhaps cook fresh from the plot. A little slice of heaven.........
 
Do you have a fantasy garden?
I will share more as I go along, in my own, steady, slow pace...
 
Amanda :)
 
 
 
It's good to dream.......