Caught this image of a happy little hoverfly today on an early dandelion

Dandelion days

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda It was a lovely 15 degrees today with wind blowing in from the south.  Felt almost like spring! What’s it like where you are?  Is spring on the way? Save Save

One thousand words

One thousand words, she said smiling, and one thousand ways of showing my love for you.  He crouched down on the rock in the balmy evening, the salt wind sticky on his skin, scanning the horizon, looking along the beach, staring out to sea.  Looking, searching, straining for anything, anything Read more…

What I've been reading recently

I LOVE Books!

Apparently it was Frank Zappa who said, “So many books, so little time”. I’ve felt the same ever since I was a kid when my mum would take us to the local library on Saturday mornings.  Or in school when we would get a delivery from the bookclub. I would Read more…

Vision Boards

Have you ever made a vision board?  I mentioned a couple of posts back that new year resolutions are not really my thing.  They usually involve giving things up or being stricter with myself or more organised.  A surefire way to get my inner rebel working overtime.  Vision boards on Read more…

The imposing church in Civray

A sunny afternoon

The weather today is grey, cold and drizzly.  I’ve been burning bergamot, lavender and cypress* in an attempt to evoke thoughts of hot Mediterranean summers, swimming in the sea off the southern tip of Italy, the Greek islands or the coastline of Croatia. In reality I’m sitting in the lounge with the Read more…

What’s in a word?

A lot, apparently!  Seems like everyone is choosing a word this year instead of thinking up new year resolutions to break.  I’m not a fan of resolutions, never have been on account of my rather stubborn nature.  Just can’t be told what to do, even if I’m the one doing Read more…

Five festive scents

Five festive scents

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Read more…

Slow food Friday – beef and fennel slow cooked casserole

Slow food Friday

There’s nothing quite like sitting in front of a roaring woodburner, cosy and protected from the freezing world outside, glass of wine in hand, idly reading a book and watching the dinner cook itself.  It feels somehow decadent yet wholesome at the same time. One of my aims this year has been to cook delicious, wholesome, Read more…

Icicles

Feels like winter

It’s minus three outside and the pond is freezing over.  I’m sitting here with a steaming mug of tea looking out of the window at a new and different landscape.  Amazing what a touch of frost can do…. What’s the weather like where you are?  Leave me a comment and let Read more…

Just breathe

Essential oils for yoga

As I was hanging upside down this afternoon in downward dog pose I found myself thinking about the best essential oils to use for yoga.  Obviously I acknowledged the thought and let it pass, but it did spark something worth writing about. More often than not it is incense you Read more…

In denial? Try a little self acceptance.

The art of self acceptance

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”        Brené Brown If you’ve been looking down my blog sidebar you will notice I’m a fan of Brené Brown.  It started with a Read more…

Picking stinging nettles and making lovely nettle soup, full of goodness that will give your immune system a boost before winter sets in.

Nettle soup for the soul

After recently posting a picture of nettle soup (see above) in Elizabeth’s top ten autumn activities, I’ve been asked for the recipe.  One of the things I love about living in the middle of nowhere, and a little challenge I set myself, is seeing how much I can forage and incorporate Read more…