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2013 Gratitude List

Stargazer lily

There’s something good in everyday

Over the last year or so gratitude has been an important part of my life. I spend time each day being grateful. I think it is important to take note of things in your day to day life that you are grateful for. I have a gratitude notebook that I keep next to my bedside and most days I note down something that I am grateful for. Gratitude equals  happiness.

Gratitude notebook

Here are a few of the things I was grateful for in 2013 –

  • Watching the snow fall silently from the sky
  • FatMumSlims Photo-a-day prompts
  • Discovering new art equipment and techniques
  • Leonie Dawson for her “Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner 2013”
  • The AC where I met some great and knowledgeable ladies
  • My Oracle cards
  • Visiting family, breathing in the fresh sea air
  • The Right Brain talks from Jennifer Lee
  • My faithful Gelli Plate, found textures and other inspiring bits and bobs
  • Spending time with Mum on our city break in London, going to the Ritz for afternoon tea, watching Let it Be and the Lion King
  • Getting to play Lego with my nephew
  • Going up the Shard for my birthday
  • Tea from Danmala Teas, Lindsey Luna the wonderful tea goddess
  • My heat-gun and making stencils without getting a blister
  • Physic Garden in Chelsea, London and the marvellous salad
  • Days out in London
  • A weekend on a canal boat with Jenni
  • Hot sunny days and blue skies
  • Moving to the Isle of Wight and our new home
  • My Dad coming to the rescue and mending things
  • Country walks
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Watching a swan feather float towards me after asking for one.
  • Herbs, tinctures and crystals
  • Crafting it forward
  • Walks with Mum
  • My Creative Coach 
  • Sunsets over the houses and at Gurnard
  • Helping out my mother-in-law painting a backcloth
  • For my Mum getting me a gingerbread house to decorate with my Nephew

This is just a small sample of the things I am/was grateful for in 2013.

Here is a link to a great talk on gratitude.

 

 

 

September Photos

September Photos

September was a good month weather wise and I even managed to go for a swim in the sea before it got too cold. I will look back at these during the winter months to remind me of the lovely sunny days I enjoyed during September. New places and new experiences, good memories. Thank you.

 

August Photos

I have given up with a photo a day! Maybe at some point it will resume…Here are my August photos. Our first month out of London…Weather great and I made the most of it.

August

This photo is from a walk that I did, it is near to my new home and will be a great reminder in those winter months why we moved back to the Isle of Wight.

A sanctuary on the canal

A few weekends back I stayed on a canal boat with Jenni a friend of mine who is a Reiki teacher, makes dream-catchers, grows her own vegetables and lives on a boat. I had a very relaxing time on while I was there.

Sanctuary

I watched the world go by, it was great to spend time doing very little and talking lots. Jenni looked after me; making me lovely fresh salads and treating me to fairy cakes. The boat is called ‘Sanctuary’ and I think that is very fitting. She is moored about 35 minutes out of Atherstone on the Coventry Canal in the middle of the countryside, there is a farm shop a good half hours walk away and lots and lots of fields. It was perfect. The boat is a 10 minute walk away from a river that was covered in water lilies and we think we even heard a plop of a frog making a quick exit off a Lilly pad into the river. It was so tranquil, the birds sang from dawn to dusk. I had a great time. Here is a link to Jenni’s website.

Coventry Canal

June Photo a Day

Here are my photos for June, as you can see I am not so good at taking a photo a day. I really must start taking photos this month. I am only in London until the beginning of August, then I am off onto our next chapter…

June Photo a Day

Here are a couple of my favourite photos from June –

Namaste

South Bank

 

 

Chelsea Physic Garden

While on my staycation back in May, I woke up one morning and decided to head off to the Chelsea Physic Garden.The weather was bright and blue skies perfect for walking around a garden. It is a place that I have wanted to visit for a while but one that I always forget about. Visiting the Garden links well to the AC. The garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries of London, so the apprentices could learn to grow and study plants. The gardens have a long history but has only been open to the public for the last 30 years. It is home to over 3000 plants. While I was there I spotted Black Birds, a Robin, Blue tits, Crows, a Squirrel, Seagulls and Parakeets. I saw a number of butterflies one being a little blue one. I also sat and listened to a little Blue tit singing its song. The layout of of the garden has given me some ideas for the future; I can’t wait to have a garden so we can grow herbs and vegetables. The food in the Tangerine Dream Café was delicious, I had a couscous mix with fig and pomegranate and a courgette and feta cheese salad. It was so yum.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden