16 September 2018

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



It seems like we are well on our way to being in autumn here now which, if I'm honest, I was dreading for the first time ever in my life! I really enjoyed the heat this summer and, both mentally and physically, I felt more alive; but now that I feel that slight chill arriving in the air, and see the leaves starting to thin and turn brown, I have that nostalgic feeling bubbling up inside of me again. It arrives as a feeling of adventures yet unknown and cosy evenings planning out dreams and future plans; the smell of the wood smoke in the air just magnify it more and once again I am ready for the new season (dark mornings aside... can't I keep bright ones all year?).

This week has been busy and I have felt all the emotions (again!); tired one minute, bouncing about like Tigger the next, but it has been a good one nonetheless, so let me jump right on in!

:: Now that the village isn't so over-crowded we have been on a few evening walks, with last nights being the best so far, as it was just as the sun was setting (and post-roast dinner!). There were just enough clouds in the sky to create the perfect backdrop and it was a stunning view to say the least. I never get bored of the views here or of any of the walks we take around the village; it is beautiful here. Whilst walking last night, we saw several gorgeous dogs too; I always love having a little chat with dogs on their walk! One group of people were walking seven dogs, including two adorable dalmatians. Several of the dogs were lagging behind, bumbling along like they would rather be anywhere else but on a walk; it seemed like the one at the very back was the eldest and he looked very put out when he finally caught up only to be turned around and walked back the way he came from! The look on his little face was '...but I could've just waited at the car!'.



:: I finally managed to do some more batch cooking this week to top up our freezer with some lovely meals for the week ahead. I cooked a delicious black bean chilli, which was so tasty! I also threw together some 'energy balls' too, based on about threee separate recipes I had seen online (look at me getting all adventurous!). They taste so yummy though and involved exactly no time in the oven (even better!).

:: I finished the book I mentioned in last weeks post too, 'My not so perfect life' by Sophie Kinsella. I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved that I could totally escape into fiction again! The messgae of the book is in the title, but it serves as a reminder that, regardless of what people show you on their social media feeds, that actually anything could be happening in real life! We all know this already but it is nice to have a little nudge every now and again. On that subject though, I recently did a bit of a cull of all the IG accounts that make me feel bad about myself and have felt a million times better ever since!



:: I found myself watching a couple of new things this week whilst painting some things for a client; one of which was something I have heard several people recommend, 'Bodyguard' (on BBC one). It's a six episode series on every Sunday evening (don't quote me on that!), so far four episodes have been on and I caught up with all of them back to back this week. I barely worked at all during the first one as I was glued to it! I kept hearing about the programme and imagined it to be some series around the Whitney Houston film and just couldn't wrap my head around it, but I was very off the mark with it because it is bloody fantastic (and certainly nothing like that film!). I also watched 'Bridget Jones' Baby' and laughed the whole way through. I am, once again, late to the party, but I enjoyed every minute of it!

:: Today we head off to The Healing Light Festival, a spiritual type fair thing (great description Lucy, really great!) which is something I saw advertised recently and immediately wanted to go! I know these things aren't everyones cup of tea, but they really are mine; I feel 'at home' mooching about tables full of oracle cards and crystals and could spend a fortune (if I had it!). I gave myself a budget and had in mind to get a large clear-quartz crystal, which is not what I left with at all! After being drawn to a beautiful light-blue crystal I just couldn't stop picking it up and wanting to look at it (apparently you are meant to go with the ones you are drawn to), I finally made the purchase as a bit of a treat. The crystal is Celestite and is truly stunning; we also got a Himalayen salt lamp too, which is gorgeous! Yes, I am a hippy... there, I said it!

:: On Thursday I woke up just a couple hours after going to bed with a horrible pain in my achilles tendon, something which I have had ever since I tore the ligament in my angle this year (it really hurts, especially at night). I got all fidgety and just couldn't go back to sleep so I got up and joined Gizmo downstairs on the sofa. As soon as I sat down with my cup of tea she dozily moved from the cushion to my lap and snuggled in. There we stayed until 6am, all cuddled up and warm together, watching the biggest load of crap on television I have ever seen! Although I got out of bed at just gone 1.30am and had not had any sleep, I really enjoyed having some time just sitting in silence (having muted the crap tv shows!) with the little bear; there is something about that time of the day which I adore (I just wish it didn't make me feel so hungover the next day!).

I hope you have had a wonderful week; sending you lots of love and good vibes for the week ahead too! Come back on Wednesday for another post! xx

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  1. I love that photo of you and Gizmo ever so much!! The energy balls sounds no scrumptious! sending lots first love you’re way xx

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