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?

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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

    Talking as we feel..

    “People don’t really talk that way, you know”… “I know, but they think that way” National Treasure 2004

    For those of you who haven’t seen it, National Treasure is a fun, easily watchable film with Nicholas Cage giving one of his quirky comedic performances as a slightly (ok as a totally) obsessed treasure hunter with an impossibly impressive list of qualifications and areas of expertise leading him to solve an intricate national enigma which had confuddled and confounded the best scholars and treasure hunters for 100s of years!

    Yep all a bit (ok a LOT) daft but add in a dash of Sean Bean as the baddie and Harvey Kietal’s dry wit as the pursuing FBI agent and I’m happy to watch and while away an hour or so – especially as, in the words of the great Oscar Wilde, “the good ended happily, and the bad unhappily”.

    There are lots of little quotes and exchanges of ideas and info in this film that I love, not least the quips from Riley, the comic sidekick, which have me chuckling throughout.

    The quote I’ve cited above is the end of a conversation between Ben Gates (treasure hunter extraordinaire) and Abigail Chase (curator of the National Archives) and for me it just captures a truism that often whilst we think passionately and poetically it is so often the case we don’t tend to express ourselves in this way…all too often steering our comments towards uncontroversial tones so as to not risk offence or perhaps to prevent putting ourselves out there laid bare for fear of a critical response?

    However, one of the things I most like about blogging is that it’s where we actually do!

    There’s all sorts of bloggers here: ones like me who blog about bits and bobs – random thoughts that pop into our heads, those that blog as a diary/journal and there are those that blog with on a particular subject close to their heart – in every case we share our thoughts openly and almost fearlessly and for that I am grateful…I am grateful to have found such an honest openminded space.

    In the words of Thomas Jefferson “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”…may we continue to each write our own wise stories xx