Saturday, 20 November 2010


both my cameras are packed! It amuses me to realise how often I use them. All I have now is my phone and the connector for that is packed!

A bit of mindfulness, facing the chaos with equanimity, is needful here. A welcome discipline!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

The new garden

Just a small taster. This is the top third, seen from my bedroom window. Below this are an area to turn into the kitchen garden and a further space below that for fruit trees and wildlife. That is where the badgers lurk! The land falls away so there is a good view of greenery outside, very peaceful to wake up to in the morning.

The bedroom, however, was PINK. Time for a change

When the weather is dryer I will take more photos. Just now we are busy getting ready for a move in four days time! This has included repainting two rooms and getting a cooker installed as the previous residents removed theirs and scrapped it!! How helpful.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

the garden through other eyes

My good man has a friend who paints lovely things using ink. Recently we gave her some photographs of the garden, this is what came back to us

It is a beautiful and unique memento of a garden we have loved and are leaving, captures the spirit of the place in a way photographs can rarely do and will be much treasured in our new home.

She has a website here where you can buy all sorts of delightful things.

Monday, 15 November 2010

How Many???

House moving is always an opportunity to reassess the physical baggage we accumulate through being stationary. I have been in my current, much loved space for 8 years almost to the month.

It has been a place of caring for my mother, a sanctuary, a miracle of synchronicity in the way we acquired it, flat by flat, when needed.
However, it has also been a space into which more has been put, than has been removed!
I am sorting my clothes drawers, T-Shirt drawers first, smart and gardening. I have HOW many?
I rather think fifty four is more than enough for any gal!!!! Time for some serious downsizing, simplification, relinquishing. A good thing to be doing after a retreat.

I have a friend, Pen, who lives deep in the sacredness of simplicity. She writes beautifully and lives a life of profoundly though out, but very gentle principle. She is a sweet and as characterful as her pictures suggest.

Sunday, 14 November 2010


I have just spent the week here

The Barn Retreat Centre

I'll blog more about it later, it is a wonderful place to be with mindfulness at its heart. But for now I have a house to sort out as we are moving on Monday week so all is in flux.