Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Easy peasy pumpkins.....


I haven't found any pumpkins in the shops yet ...so have made a few from fabric and scraps .....






















Happy autumn days everyone !
Gail x


Thursday, 2 October 2014

October.......

.... and we are still picking sweet peas....
bliss !





Our chicken "Pip" who is sadly no longer with us....but what a character ... she had her own cup and used to enjoy a little cup of tea  when I was having one ... also she was the boss where the cats were concerned..... and then there were the delicious free range eggs.......



 we have been to see the musical
 "Fiddler on the Roof" at a local theatre.... great fun and of course we all came home singing "if I were a rich man" !


a time for harvesting .....




 wishing you all a lovely weekend ! 
Gail x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Indian summer......

 Autumn has been so kind to us up to now...temperatures in the 20's and it feels more like July than September....







We were visiting a local village recently and noticed some yarn bombing...what a great idea !! ....I didn't have my camera so searched for these on the web....










inside the greenhouse of our local park.....







Happy weekend !
Gail x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Late summer flowers.....





















Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all people.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to all
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive people, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself to others you will become vain and bitter;
there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let not this blind you to the virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have the right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
~ Max Ehrman


Today we were at a friend's funeral and the above poem was read out ...it's one of my favourites and I share it here for all those who have lost someone they loved ......and that must surely be everyone....


Gail x



Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mint....

 The genus name Mentha comes from "Minthe", a charming nymph in classic Greek mythology who was much adored by Pluto. This so angered Pluto's wife Prosperine, that she took her revenge by metamorphosing Minthes into the humble, downtrodden mint plant we now call Mentha. Pluto, unable to undo the spell, was able to soften it by giving Minthe a sweet scent which would perfume the air when her leaves were stepped on - the aromatic herb mint.....





this is on my wish list !! courtesy of pinterest...


oh and this too...


mmmm this also ! 






The apple-mint flowering in the garden is so nice...it is covered in insects gathering late summer nectar ...and because mint spreads rather heartily it doesn't hurt to pick a bunch to bring indoors....
Have a nice weekend !
Gail x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Savour the moment....


So it's late summer and the weather has been so stormy for the last couple of weeks that I haven't done much in the garden .....it's gone a little wild !
There is no point in trying to pull it round, best just to let it be and enjoy!
It was actually chilly enough on Sunday for us to light the coal fire and some candles for a cosy late summer evening.
I have been painting the woodwork inside the house which always freshens things up....and picking a few sedums from the garden to go with shop bought roses ...they make a nice late summer bouquet !








And of course it's time to make jam...plum jam, gooseberry jelly, rhubarb and ginger jam.....


and time to pick hydrangeas from my sister's garden...






And  time to buy brambleys from a local small holding...






sensory perception....
baking the brambley apples in the oven with organic raisins and muscovado sugar and a good shake of cinnamon...the delicious smell wafting through the house (sense of smell) ...getting them out of the oven the steam rising and hissing a little (sense of hearing) ..picking them out and placing them in a dish (sense of touch)...pouring a little custard over them and setting the table (sense of sight) .....eating them and discovering the flavour (sense of taste) ...
pouring a little glass of moscatel ...(it would be rude not to !!)

Might be a bit obvious that I have been reading a book on mindfulness ?? it's a good way to slow down and enjoy the moment...how many times do you find yourself doing many things at once ? for me that's the usual , and I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy yoga because it slows me down and makes me savour the moment...

have a lovely, peaceful weekend everyone !
Gail x





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