here & now

20a4b096-feae-4cf0-a2cc-996d0027d847The day has been a grey and quiet one.

My son and I have just enjoyed a lasagne, a somewhat made up recipe, but delicious all the same. I even made my own white sauce which did threaten to be lumpy, but I managed to pull it back. I don’t think I will buy white sauce ever again {my usual cheat} because it was pretty simple to make and tasted lots better : )

I am trying to fill the house with a sense that spring is not so far away.

Daffodils on the windowsill remind me of my mum. Monday will be the two year anniversary of her death. We have come a long way.

There is so much unrest in our world, but we all have to do what we can with what we have and hope that it will all come out in the wash {so to say}.

I have joined Instagram {very late to that party} and I have to say, I rather like it! You can find me here, should you so wish.

How is your here & now?

 

here & now

img_0234There are twinkly lights, decorations and cards on the mantle {I really must get more of mine written!}.

I am a little tired {I know I will not be alone} but it’s nothing a week off between Christmas and New Year won’t solve…phew!

Thoughts of my mum are popping into my head more frequently, it’s that time of year. She loved having us all for Christmas, even though in latter years I know she found it tiring, but still she loved it. I miss her.

There are lots of festivities to look forward to with family and friends, which makes me happy, but I have to admit that I am also looking forward to some peace and quiet over the holidays!

That’s my here & now, how is yours looking?

 

Sweetness

img_9665So, it’s the last day of Just Five Things, a beautiful offering from Michelle.

I haven’t been as present as I would have liked to have been, but I have been there, sometimes commenting, sometimes just reading. Every time I have visited over the last few weeks I have been touched by the warmth and the feeling of a place of safety. Michelle has a gift for creating such a place.

Even when I haven’t had time to make lists, just reading Michelle’s email every morning has been the sweetest thing. Reading the open and beautiful lists and words from those who have gathered is a delight.

On this last day I share some of my sweetness with you…

~ Hearing my son come in from college {all is right with the world}

~ Listening to him talk of the new friendships he is making with like-minded people {this fills my heart up}

~ Our dog’s sleepy face

~ A kind text from a friend

~ Witnessing and capturing the beautiful late afternoon light

Happy Friday and wishing you a sweet weekend xx

Delight

img_9517It is the second day of Just Five Things, a beautiful offering from Michelle and today we are looking at ‘delight’. Like Michelle, I feel that delight got lost somewhere between the end of my childhood and the beginning of my son’s. Not that things didn’t bring delight during those years, but I think, like the excitement for Christmas, there are a few years when it just isn’t the same.

I think delight got replaced with excitement during my teens and twenties, the excitement of new experiences, the excitement of falling in love, the excitement of striding out on my own.

Maybe delight is the domain of the child, maybe it’s the domain of maturity, I don’t know. But, what I do know is that I feel it. It’s a cup of tea in my favourite mug. It’s there as I listen to my son talk about his aspirations. It’s the greeting I get from our dog when I return home. It’s in the lighting of a candle. It’s in friendship.

Thank you Michelle, for really making me think today, about delight and about the stuff of life.

here & now

img_9032I am sat alone in the quiet with the swish of traffic outside and an every-now-and-then sigh from the dog. There is the promise of a bright October day slowly emerging through the grey.

There is a week off work sprawling before me like an unfamiliar and exciting landscape {do you like the drama I am creating there??}. The reality may not be quite so exciting, but I am going to make the most of it, not matter what.

Lately, I have been reflecting on how life changes, new habits and ways of being slip in, almost unnoticed. As my son gets older he wants more time on his own and while I totally get this I have still found it hard at times. Then, I remember the 16 nearly 17 year old me and I get it even more. He needs time alone, not because he doesn’t want to be with us, he needs time alone because that is healthy. So, I have decided that I am not going to worry I just need to let it be.

I have finished this book {eventually!}. A thoroughly enjoyable and unusual read that made me cry and had me fascinated, too. I have just started reading this and am enjoying it so far. The characters are interesting, both living and dead, and I look forward to reading more.

This weekend I am planning to make this. I made a golden syrup cake last weekend and it was delicious and like the recipe says, it really does improve with age.

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

Weekends

{Sharing my weekend with Karen over at Pumpkin Sunrise, always such a delightful place to visit}

This weekend was much needed and with an extra day {today} tagged on, too! That extra day makes all the difference, every weekend should have one.

We haven’t really done a great deal, staying around the house mostly and walking locally with Trevor. We do live close to a stunning park {I am pretty sure I have mentioned that before} for which I am so grateful. It’s a real dog walkers park and we meet all kinds of lovely creatures {and their people}. I particularly love the park in autumn, I cannot wait for all the trees to turn from green to shades of orange and brown, what a delight it is!

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My son got his exams results last Thursday and he has done really well, I am so proud I could burst. He is really happy and excited about starting college next month. How wonderful it is to be 16, all your life ahead of you and a million new experiences to discover…

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I hope your weekend has been a good one and I wish you a very lovely week.

Until next time…

 

 

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?

 

 

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