here & now {the lakes edition}

Lake District 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there and how are you?

We have returned from a very relaxing and much needed week at the Lakes, batteries recharged {almost} and raring to go! Well, there may still be a little residual holiday-ness hanging around, but as I am not back to work until Tuesday, I’d say that’s totally acceptable, yes?

We were in a small yet perfectly formed 18th Century cottage, very close to Windermere, surrounded by hills and more green than I ever thought possible! Trevor has sniffed his way through the week…new places are so exciting for a dog!

We have had lazy mornings {lazy days sometimes, truth be known}, walks, visits to beautiful places and just generally inhaled and ingested all the loveliness surrounding us…it’s been a tonic.

That said, I am not sad to be home. I have absolutely loved & appreciated the break and the way time spent somewhere else forces you to slow down {we have been snails} but returning home always feels right.

I hope you have had a lovely week and wish you a great weekend.

here & now

Lilac trioI am saying hello after nearly a month {unplanned} away from this space. I do hope this post finds you well?

Summer has arrived, REALLY arrived, with a sleep-inducing heaviness that makes every movement a bit of an effort. The upside of this is that all the windows and doors are flung open and the outside feels more inside, which I love.

Work has been so busy and will continue to be this week, but I sense a slowing down, anxiety lifting a little, for which I am very grateful. I have felt a little fraught and frazzled these past weeks, hence the lack of time here on the blog.

It will be holiday time for us this coming Saturday with a week in the Lake District, which we cannot wait for. The view from our cottage looks amazing and we intent to do a lot of nothing…just what we need! I also hope to take lots of lovely photographs and just really soak up the tranquility and beauty of the area.

That’s all from me, for now. Whatever you are doing, or maybe not doing, this summer, I hope it brings you joy!

 

here & now

005There is a dry, sunny afternoon which has been desperately longed for and is currently being enjoyed.

Life will hopefully be a little less hectic.

The garden has gone crazy with the rain and humidity, self-seeding plants popping up all over the place, many of them Nigella, which I adore.

My son has finished school, I felt like crying when I was ironing his uniform for the very last time. His school career has been a generally happy one and the next step is college. I am excited for all that life holds for him, and a little scared too.

Paperwork has been sorted…amazing how much it lifts a weight, don’t you think?

I have missed posting here for the past few weeks. What did I miss??

Wishing you a lovely day and all good things in your here & now.

here & now

here and how june 6 2016The warm weather has arrived and not before time. Today has been glorious, as was yesterday, and it is set to stay until mid-week. The doors and windows are open, the garden is so green and the world seems a happier place when the sun shines.

I celebrated my birthday on Saturday eating breakfast out with my husband and son and a meal with friends at home in the evening. It was a very lovely day and I was quite spoiled with gifts, cards and general niceness.

Michelle’s lovely offering Just 5 Things began yesterday. I really wanted to join in, but knew I would be busy over the coming weeks, so decided it would be best not to this time round. She is however offering a summer version of 28 Moments which I most certainly intend to sign up for.

My son had his History exam today and over the coming weeks there are exams in English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Music. He amazes me really, how he takes everything in his stride, unlike me at that age with my nervous stomach and anxiousness. I am not saying he isn’t a little apprehensive, but he does seem pretty calm about the whole exam thing.

How’s your here and now, I would love to know?

 

 

here & now…

peony…this pink peony is on the kitchen windowsill, faded yet resplendent and a reminder that spring is not imagined {we are having real cold snap}.

…I am happy to have the time to blog. I have missed this space and the friends who visit me here. Hello : )

…my son is in the middle of his GCSE exams. He is remarkably calm about it all {this is good, I think?}. I remember being a wreck!

…I am looking forward to 10 days off work {whoop, whoop}.

How does your here and now look?

 

here & now

029…there are daisies in the grass, reminding me of childhood summers making chains for bracelets and necklaces. Do you remember doing this?

…the apple blossom is in full bloom and by the looks of things we are in for a bumper crop of apples this year!

…I am still enthralled by this book. The relationship between falconer and hawk is incredible and quite moving.

…the sun is shining, it is warm and the windows are flung wide open.

…I am looking forward to meeting up with friends this weekend, always good.

How is your here & now? I’d love you to share…

 

 

here & now

009…I have just returned from a lovely walk {and some much needed me time} in the park with Trevor. The evening sun was a delight and it felt so good to be out in the fresh air surrounded by greenery. I love my job, it is interesting and varied, but sometimes being mostly in an office makes me feel a little claustrophobic. The walks feel so necessary sometimes.

…there is a smile on my face as I chew sour jellies and I am reminded of my mum’s face a few years ago when I gave her one to try. Memories are such wonderful things, aren’t they. By the way, she didn’t like them.

…I feel connected with my friends and a need to nurture that, to make more time to see them.

…the shower is calling me and much as I hate washing {well drying and straightening} my thick and unruly hair, I love the feel of it when it is all done.

…the drink I am enjoying most is apple & cinnamon tea.

How is your here & now? I hope it is filled with little gems.

here & now…

016…we are counting down to exams. I can hardly believe my son will leave school in 8 weeks, it seems only a short while since his first day there. My, how the past five years has flown!

…I am enjoying the light that spring brings and the way it paints itself on walls and furniture around our home.

…there seems to be quite a lot of waking through the night. Not sure why? I guess these things happen and I am certain it is just a blip {finger crossed}.

…I am reading this book. I am surprised and delighted at how much I am enjoying it. The reviews I read for it were mixed and I was unsure of the subject matter, yet curious at the same time. Halfway in I am finding it fascinating. It’s good sometimes to read outside of your comfort zone. What are you reading just now?

How is your here & now? Really good, I hope.

here & now…

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…the cold chill has been replaced with warm spring sunshine, so nice and so welcome.

…I am proud of myself for standing up for something that I believed was right, nothing earth shattering, but it felt empowering.

…the year seems to be going by so quickly, making it feel necessary to try to cherish every day, even when it is hard.

…I am loving our garden, it isn’t anything special {well, I guess it is to us}, but it looks pretty right now, and it always feels good to have a space to be when the sun shines.

How is your here & now, I would love to know?

here & now…

pink

…I am optimistic. I now know that the desperate pain of grief fades and is replaced with happy memories. I also know the longing to see my mum again will never go away, but I am okay with that.

This time of year reminds me so much of my mum. She was an avid gardener and loved the busyness and doing this season brings. Last year spring felt a little bittersweet, but this year, not in the midst of fresh grief, I can fondly remember my mum in her garden.

There are some things in life that we cannot change, we just have to learn to live with them {or without them}.

Here & now I want to thank you for visiting me and taking time to comment, for the connection. This space was somewhere I could ‘escape to’ last year when I couldn’t express myself in any other way. I will be ever grateful for that and for you.

Have a great week x

 

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