Saturday, 4 April 2015
Friday, 27 March 2015
This is my 500th post. I wrote the first one in January 2011 and I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I had been reading blogs for a while and was very nervous when I first pressed the 'publish' button.It seems so long ago now and blogging has become very much part of my life. I set it up as an area for me - my life is a whirlwind of busy-ness and I called it a quiet corner because I saw it as a space just to be me and for me to indulge in all of my interests. What I had no idea about was that other people would read my words.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
At the start of the year I wrote about my wish to simplify my home, my life and my approach to work. I have really worked on this and have been concentrating on making sure that what happens in my life is what I want; no more automatic 'yes' just to keep the peace.
In my home I have been slowly discarding the unnecessary and - this is a key thing for me - getting rid of things that I really dislike. Do you have those things? They are lurking in your cupboards and you keep them because they function - but that every time you use them they make your spirit die a little. I had some bowls like that. There was nothing wrong with them, some one may well like them, but that is not the issue. The truth is that I hated them and hated eating out of them. They are gone now and do you know what - I am happier! What we use now are some beautiful handmade bowls that we have had for several years but because they were on a higher shelf we didn't use nearly as much. Why did we let that happen?
My home is a place where I want to feel at peace, a place for love. I want to be surrounded by greenery, natural fibres, simple things that work well. With every step I walk towards that goal.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
There is something so soothing about the ticking of a clock. It reminds me of sitting in my primary school classroom, writing in silence, deeply involved in the world I was creating. I often lived in my head as a child; preferring worlds I created to the real one. Maybe that is why I find the tick of our new clock so lovely - it takes me back to such innocent times. Whatever when I work in the kitchen now I find myself turning the radio off and listening to the sound of the clock.