dear monday 6.7.15

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The last of the late afternoon sun, as it goes down over the long weekend celebrations.
Santa Monica, California.

September 2014.

 

dear monday 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

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winter calm

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So winter is here, and despite the blue sky today, it was freezing… the air in the mountains has that chill to it that reminds you there’s snow in air, making it a little harder to get out the door for a walk. But I’m so pleased when I do, winter has her own prettiness and is worth the chilly bits. I do it for the peace I feel when walking in a beautiful garden, to breathe clean air, to be close to nature, and for my physical health.

I’m working on making the looking-after-self thing more of a priority lately, which means more walking and finding more time to meditate. Sometimes it’s just a little mind wander, or a slower pace in the frenzy of swirling thoughts, or a mountain of zen, or a quite moment, and occasionally it’s the real deal, a peaceful deep state of calm. But that takes a lot of time and constant practice and I really struggle with the time thing these days.

Then along comes Sash over at Inked in Colour with her post Tea to meditate to. It’s a simple way to bring a little calm mindfulness into the day, without a lot of time and preparation and made a lot of sense to me. I’m definitely going to try to incorporate this into one of the many times I make myself a cuppa during the day. Even if you don’t meditate, I reckon you could have a go at this and maybe benefit from it. I always feel better and more together when I’ve had some slow in my day and calm in my head. And it’s such a bonus that it only takes a few minutes! So on that note, I’m off to pop the kettle on and make myself some tea to meditate to.

May you find peace in your cuppa.

dear monday 29.6.15

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My favourite kind of windows. The Green Dragon, Hobbiton – Matamata, New Zealand.
March 2014.

 

dear monday 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

more about how this all came about here

taking stock, take four

Hello! Where have you been? Has it been good? Are you well?
I’ve been chasing my tail more than usual over the last month, so I figured a good way to catch up was with a taking stock post. (Thanks for the great prompts Pip!)

Kiandra, Kenzo & Sai

Making : Another baby alpaca scarf. Charcoal grey in the sweetest slightly lacey pattern.
Cooking : A slow cooked beef massaman for dinner. We’re up to hour 3 in oven and the house smells amazing.
Drinking : A ginger, lemon & honey cordial… I’ve run out of my homemade ginger syrup… I know, it’s criminal!
Reading: Blogs and I’m still flipping through my already read copy of Craft for Soul. So many gems in that book.
Wanting: A lot of not very much… if that makes sense?
Looking: For little farms in the country.
Playing: Fraser A Gorman Book of Love… heaps! And this one too… I can’t be held responsible if these get stuck in your head all day either.
Deciding: What stuff to keep and what to declutter. 18 years in the same home accumulates a lot of STUFF.
Wishing: All the stars would hurry up and align so everything could fall into place.
Enjoying: Crocheting… I’d so be rocking in the corner dribbling without my crafty times.
Waiting: For patience. Possibly not my strong point right now. See Wishing.
Liking: Walking Kenzo and Sai with my daughter.
Wondering: How I’ll go walking Kenzo & Sai by myself when my daughter and her fiance leave for Iceland. to. get. married!
Loving: That my daughter and her fiance are having the wedding of their dreams and nobody elses.
Pondering: How I’ll feel when her special day comes and I’ll be on the other side of the world…
Disliking: That my camera broke.
Considering: Buying a new camera. Any suggestions?
Watching: The belt orders mount up for Charlie… he’s a busy little plaiter these days.
Hoping: The Icelandic weather gods are kind.
Smelling: Daphne. One little vase fills the room with the sweetest scent.
Wearing: Yesterdays perfume, bed hair and runners from my walk this morning. I know, just so glamorous.
Noticing: How productive I am even when I’m stuffed. Soldier on then crash like a trooper I say.
Knowing: I need to walk more.
Thinking: I need to prioritise walking time. I totally love it but somehow it’s easy to push down the to do list.
Feeling: Satisfied with this weekends achievements of shopping, watching the MotoGP with my ma & pa, house cleaning and tidying, cooking, wrapping, writing, crocheting, mending, walking, and blogging!
Sorting: Clothes, not very successfully. I did a big declutter but left the two garbage bags full of clothes by the door for a week. I had to retrieve an item of clothing thrown out in a frenzied declutter moment. Twice.
Buying: Boots. It’s winter and they were on sale!
Getting: Excited about attending this amazing workshop.
Opening: Unexpected happy mail. What a thrill that is.
Giggling: At the guy who crossed the finish line on his knees, beside his motorbike, then gracefully just stood up and got back on. Funniest save ever.
Snacking: On too much Willies Cacao chocolate. The salted, milk of the gods and white are ridiculously delicious.
Coveting: Pretty little farms in the country.
Helping: This fundraising project. Imagine a school that teaches compassion and kindness and open-heartedness. Pretty wonderful right?
Hearing: Most mornings I hear the magpies warble whilst drinking my morning coffee in the window seat. It’s such a fave part of the day.

Ok so that’s me all caught up. How about you? Whatcha been up to?

May kindness and compassion touch you today.

dear monday 22.6.15

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With these cold Melbourne mornings I find myself wishing I purchased more of these warm alpaca jumpers from the cute stall holders at Chinchero Market.

Chinchero Market, Peru. September 2014.

 

dear monday 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

more about how this all came about here

dear monday 15.6.15

An extra special photo for you this morning… to make up for the fact that I left you high and dry last week! Sorry about that, do hope your Monday was a goodie all the same?
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The most beautiful sunrise from the top of Mount Maunganui. There was a tough walk in the moonlight to get this spot by sunrise, but mother nature shone her stunning beauty and we witnessed one of the prettiest sunrises I’ve ever seen.

North Island, New Zealand. March 2014.

 

dear monday 

What? Greeting Mondays with gratitude and memories of dreams come true.

How? Sharing a favourite 2014 holiday photo every Monday in 2015. 

Why? Cos I don’t like Mondays so I’m going to fight them with sweet moments.

You? Feel free to join in #dearmonday2015 (leave a link in the comments below so we can see it!)

See? You can see other dear mondays here

more about how this all came about here