Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March Mantle........

Flowers picked a few minutes ago from my garden.....my March Mantle, but only just, as tomorrow it's April!
Keeping things simple. My new mantra. The images aren't that great, but hopefully you can see the lovely light streaming through the windows, a gale blew last night and I'm so pleased the sun has come out now.
Come on spring, come on warmer temperatures.....we need you!
I'm making lots of garden plans. I've just ordered two large raised beds, and I'm looking at greenhouse options but the ones I like are expensive, typical! I want my garden to look beautiful as well as being productive.
I've always wanted a few chickens too, I'm not sure how chickens and cats get along though, so if anyone has any advice on keeping chickens, I'd love to hear it.
I managed a little crochet yesterday....first time in a while. It felt good.
Once again my head is full of ideas of things I'm wanting to do and achieve, plans rolling around in there, all good stuff, but things that take time, things that take energy. So it's one step at a time, it's as important to enjoy the journey, as it is the destination.
Hopefully back over the Easter weekend, I'd like to share some lovely links with you, things that's been inspiring me just lately! Hope you all have a great week.
Amanda :) xxx
She spends 80% of her time curled up on a crochet blanket, in my next life I'm going to be a cat......but only if my owner crochets ;) xxx





Sunday, 29 March 2015

Enforced Slow Living.......

I've been reading a lot recently about Slow Living, about living a simpler life, taking care our yourself, the environment we live in.......mindfulness. About slowing down the pace, reducing our impact on the earth.
Over the last few years I've experienced an 'enforced slow living'. By that I mean I can't do anything very quickly anymore ;). I'm time rich now, perhaps not what I would have chosen, but actually it's a good way to live. I already practise mindfulness, still a novice, but a firm believer in its benefits, not just mentally, but physically too.
It feels like I'm on a new path. I'm setting myself new goals. Baby steps, but they are steps forward.....well we all have to start somewhere, right?
So, my Slow Living mantra....which I'm sure will change and develop, as I go along the path:
To eat as healthily as I can, unprocessed, whole foods.
To structure mindfulness into my day, it's still a little ad hoc at the moment.
To add 10 minutes of yoga to my day.
To edit my possessions, I have far too much 'stuff'. I've stared on this, but this will be ongoing and there's lots to do.....it's something that never really stops.
To try and use only natural cleaning products in our home......I'm learning the amazing properties of bicarbonate of soda!
To grow a few things to eat, even if it's just salad leaves, herbs and courgettes!
It. Feels. Good.
Amanda :) xxx



Monday, 23 March 2015



Last week was all about friendships. I'm blessed with some fabulous friends, we are there for each other through the difficult times, and we celebrate the good times together too. I'm not sure what I'd do without my friends, I know my life would be much more empty without them.
This week I visited Chatsworth House with one of my lovely friends....it was a cold but beautiful day. It was nice to spend some time just being us, we sat outside having our lunch, giggling away like a couple of school girls. Just us and the sheep!
And today I get to spend time with my sisters, we are having lunch in a lovely pub. I'm sure there will be a lot of giggling too. Sometimes it good just being me, not a mum, not a partner.......we all need this every now and again. Recharge those batteries.
This weekend has been lovely, two days of sunshine and time spent in the garden.....I've perhaps overdone things a little so I'm taking things slowly over the next few days.
Hope you've all had a great weekend too, wishing you all a good week!
Amanda :) xxx





Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I'm Spring Cleaning......It Must Be Spring!


It's been a busy week, apologies for not popping in here earlier to say Hi. This morning, when I walked through our conservatory to go outside, I noticed just how dusty and mouldy it had become over the winter.
So a bit of spring cleaning was needed.....and now I'm sat, drinking some coffee, enjoying the fruits of my labour! My books and crochet are to hand....comfy places to sit, radio to listen to. The birds are singing, the sun is trying to poke out from behind the clouds......must be spring!
I must say, I'm loving my new book, Keep It Simple, by Atlana Bartlett and Dave Coote. I do love their style.
My garden is progressing well, slowly but surely the weeds are diminishing and its making me feel good......
Mother's Day this year was tinged with some sadness, but I'm not going to live my life in constant mourning, so I picked her some flowers from my garden and counted myself lucky to have had her in my life....
Minnie's never been far away either......
She's been trying to master the art of camouflage, sadly she's missed the point!
Hope you all have a great week. I was going to go back in the garden, but I think I will enjoy my mould-free, dust-free space, just a tad little longer......
Amanda :) xxx



Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Week So Far.......


This is my new fruit patch......in my head there's strawberries in the tin bath, raspberries agains the fence. A couple of blueberries perhaps, rhubarb maybe. Plotting and planning.
Inspired, always inspired, by the wonderful and marvellous gardens, created by Madelief and Mia. Go have a look for yourself if you've not visited before.....you'll be inspired too.
Have I mentioned I'm happy?
If you need me, I'll be in the garden......
Amanda :) xxx
With my little helper! :) xxx