Today in my garden…

I mowed the lawn, yeah ok so it looks like a drunken barber’s been at it with the clippers but it’s a start. I have a feeling I’ll have to do a touch up at the weekend as well, my word that grass was sooooo very long! With that done the garden already looks better and I can start seeing it again, if you know what I mean?

I’ve edged the main flower bed and weeded that, as well as the patio. I emptied multiple pots and pruned the roses which were in desperate need, poor things they’ve been rather neglected of late.

My boys bought me Dahlias and a bucket of Chillis for Mother’s Day so I’ve planted them up as well and given them a good soak. The hose is broken which is immensely irritating but I had my trusty watering can to hand so it was all good!

I’ve decided to make a new flower bed under the apple tree but I’m thinking not to make it too formal but try to keep it more ‘cottage garden’ style…I’ve just got to find the right shade loving plants that are pretty and robust – that must mean a trip to the garden centre…Ooooh don’t mind if I do!

The garden is full of colour – the pretty deep pink camelia, pale pink tulips and lavender blue of the rosemary…not to mention the differing greens of my roses tinged with red, the lupins and irises which have tripled in size and the bright green of the Lilac tree…my garden is speaking to my soul – and I’m loving its words xx

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A weed is but an unloved flower…

The sun shone down warmly yesterday and with the day off work I took a moment to enjoy outside. I sat looking at our garden, a rather dismal scene:

  • the grass is so long I swear you could park a tank on the lawn and it would be hard to spot!
  • there are more weeds in the gravel patio than there is gravel.
  • My lovely wooden bench is finally falling apart after 10years.

Our beautiful garden is no longer beautiful – except…

The Camelia has bloomed like never before, so much so that it’s drooping under the weight of the flowers, the lilac has grown twice the size and has lots of buds which I can’t wait to open into it’s pretty white flowers and our pots are full of sweet smelling purple and pink tulips, hyacinths and happy yellow daffys…

Our garden is, I think, much like life; there’s a plan but most of the time it’s a bit disorderly and doesn’t follow the rules! Left unchecked it can get totally out of hand and often feels a little chaotic BUT… whatever is happening there’s always some beauty, some moment of magic and inspiration waiting to shine…

Yesterday as I bemoaned the mess and the weeds I noticed the abundance of dandelions in the gravel. As I looked at them with their glorious gold faces turned to shine in the sun, their happy vibrancy made me smile and forget for a moment that they were weeds…

AA Milne said “Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them”…I wonder if he had Dandelions in mind at the time?

Today I choose Joy…

We all love a good quote right? Something from our favourite movie, a literary masterpiece or perhaps a little ditty one of our Nans used to say…and hey, those motivational quotes that spread positive vibes are really quite marvellous aren’t they?! – oh yes we do love a joyful saying or two 😊

So, this being the case I decided to make my sister a mood board for Christmas – with a jar of happy thoughts to choose from every week in 2019…

Because let’s face it, life is tricky. One minute everything is going ticketyboo and the next second we feel like the sky is falling down around us; sometimes we know why this is – it could be a hard day at work, a row with a loved one or maybe our favourite sports team losing a crucial game, other times we don’t really know what’s going on but we feel that all is not as it should be, our light feels dimmed and we don’t know how to change things for the better…

So, for those days when the world’s gone a bit wonky its nice to have a few words to help raise a smile, lift the spirits, give us personal strength and focus on the positive…I particularly love an encouraging mug!

We’re 14 weeks into 2019 and my sister has had 14 messages of joy, motivation, insightful imagery, positivity and general silliness – I’m hoping she’s enjoying them as much as I had fun finding them for her!

And today I choose JOY! Today, I choose to share 14 Quirky Quixotic Quintessentially Quotable Quotes with you, I hope you like them too:

1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

3. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. AA Milne

4. Not all who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien

5. If you look for perfection you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

6. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr Seuss

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8. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee

9. Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. JK Rowling

10. You improvise, you overcome, you adapt. Gunny Highway

11. Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from. Jodie Foster

12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYBtfQ3QDo

13. Your only limit is you. Anon

14. I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll

She believed she could so she did…

It’s that time of year that we reflect on the past 365days…

Well, 2018 has been a whirlwind for me – a year of feeling the fear and doing it anyway! And d’ya know what? It’s been GREAT!

Not everything has gone to plan, I’ve stumbled and fallen (literally sometimes!) and I’ve had the odd let down too – but I’ve got up, dusted myself off, learnt from the experience and moved on…

At the same time I’ve achieved many goals, surpassed my wildest expectations in some cases! I’ve met amazing people and visited some beautiful new places – all in all 2018 you’ve been fantastic – so thank you xx

What about 2019? Do I have resolutions? Not as such, I kinda think of resolutions as meaning wanting to change things and I really don’t…what I want is more of being afraid and doing it anyway! The only way to really understand ourselves, who we are and what we can achieve is to step out of our comfort zone and give it a go, however scary it may be…

So here’s to feeling nervous, to biting off more than we think we can chew, to taking a first step into the unknown and to keeping going even when the sea gets a bit choppy and adjusting our sails when the storm is whipping up around us…

Here’s to 2019

Art is not what you see but what you make others see…Edgar Degas

I rather like this quote by Degas. As someone who’s always loved the works of Kandinsky, Dali, Picasso, Magritte (to name just a few) I’ve always found it fascinating what I see in their art – sometimes what I see isn’t what the ‘experts’ say is what I should and other times I totally ‘get’ it…the wonder of art is indeed that it means something different to every person.

This week I finished a trio of paintings I’ve made for my niece as a little Christmas surprise pressie. I wanted to create something a bit different and have tried to produce pieces to suit every mood that a young lady heading into her teens may have…

  1. The gilt antique with golden heart…for that glamorous ‘I feel the need to be surrounded by luxury and pampered’ mood.
  2. The 60/70s psychedelic flower power style for when she’s feeling on top of the world and full of smiles.
  3. The simple silver flutterbye in the summer sky…for those moments when she needs calmness and serenity to see her through.
  • It’s hard to know if your art is going to connect with anyone else and will she see in these pieces of art the same moods and feels that I’ve tried to convey? Only time will tell…I just hope that, whatever she does see, she likes them.
  • Learn to rest not quit…

    I was SO tired, SO fed up and just, well… bleurgh!!☹️ The mojo had disappeared along with my energy, my body was aching and I’d forgotten how to enjoy running – too busy worrying about times and distances!

    I’m not a quitter, but I definitely needed a little rest – to recharge and refocus; so a week off, some quality time with family and friends, abit of pampering, refuelling with some tasty healthy food and taking time to just breathe…

    Today I felt ready to start again…gently! So a run home from work was spent just pootling along, smelling the bonfires, watching the fireworks going off in the gardens and seeing the stars starting to peek out in the night sky…🎇✨

    I have no idea what the distance was, it wasn’t far, but it doesn’t matter; I have no idea what the time was, it wasn’t quick, but it doesn’t matter; what matters is that I went for a run and remembered to smile 😊

    Thank you for the music…

    “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”

    Plato was an insightful fellow, capturing here the beauty of music. I understand totally what he’s saying because I can feel my heart lighten and soul smile when the music plays.

    However, I believe Friedrich Nietzsche said it best when he simply remarked:

    “Without music, life would be a mistake”

    I leave you with these few wise words more, enjoy…

    https://youtu.be/0dcbw4IEY5w