Thursday, 30 March 2017

Spring Joy

A couple of weeks ago we made Eggy Cress Heads, a project that brought a certain little someone insurmountable joy!

We took our four empty egg shells and placed them in egg cups, Niah had lots of fun sticking on little googly eyes and smiles made from little pieces of yarn. She popped a ball of wet cotton wool inside each one and sprinkled in the seeds, then it was time to wait . . . . 

Most of their time was spent growing on the kitchen windowsill, there were also a few nights that they slept beside Niah on the windowsill by her bed.

We watered them every day watching them grow and after about a week and a half, much to Niah's delight, our little friends had a beautiful sprouting of green hair.





If you look closely you may notice that the second little egg is cracked, this happened one day, when Niah took it out front to show our elderly neighbour and her dog her achievements and unfortunately dropped it in the process, Smudge the dog enjoyed having a good sniff during its time on the floor.

 Anyone that came to visit was excitedly instructed to look at her 'eggy heads' even a couple of workmen doing gas repairs on our street were invited in one afternoon to have a look. 





It was so wonderful to teach her the cycle of growing from a tiny seed, watering and waiting and then enjoying and eating the end result. 

Niah loved the part where we gave them a haircut she also very much enjoyed the egg and cress sandwiches we had for our lunches in the few days that followed.





Obviously I'm going to have my hands pretty full this Spring / Summer but I hope to be able to grow a few more things in the garden with Niah, I'm thinking herbs, tomatoes and perhaps some strawberries.

I hope you're having a wonderful start to Spring.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Happy Spring Equinox

As much as I adore the silliness of Winter, by the time we reach the end of February I am really ready to welcome the Spring. 
It's so wonderful to have such a poignant reminder of the life force that lies within, I look at the beauty of new life around me, slowly emerging from its dormant state and feel my energies reemerging from their dormant state too.

Tune in to the reawakening of life around you and feel uplifted.


have recently been enjoying the writings and teachings of John O' Donohue, the Irish philosopher and poet. 
Let me share a few words from his book Eternal Echoes-

Our Longing for nature.

'Celtic spirituality reminds us that we do not live simply in our thoughts, feelings or relationships. We belong on the earth.

The rhythm of the earth and it's seasons sings within our hearts.
Perhaps nature even senses the longing that is within us, the restlessness that never lets us settle. She takes us in to the tranquillity of her stillness if we visit her. We slip in to her quiet contemplation and inhabit for a while the depth of her ancient belonging. Somehow we seem to become one with the rhythm of the universe, our longing is purified and we gain strength to come back to life refreshed, and refine our ways of being in the world.

Nature calls us to tranquillity and rhythm. When your heart is confused or heavy, a day outside in natures quiet eternity restores your lost tranquillity.'

This is how I would explain my relationship with nature, It is my oldest companion, my most faithful friend and is always sure to nourish and cure me like nothing or no one else can. Within nature I am able to quiet my busy mind and soothe my aching heart. It is often quite rare that I feel I fit in to society but when I am in nature I know I belong. Many find God within churches and temples, it is within the wild places that I am most able to access divinity.

Take the time to enjoy natures beauty in the Spring, Green shoots, newly opened flowers, blossom adorning the branches of the tress, birdsong, butterflies and sunshine to warm your face, It's a wonderful time to be alive.


The Seasons, Nature, Niah and I . . . .

Last Summer we were lucky enough to buy the little house we've rented for the last three years, since then we have slowly been moving through each room with fresh coats of white paint.
After co-sleeping with us for two years, Niah was ready for her own bed, I still wanted her in the same room as us and so I made this area for her in the alcove over by the window, she was so very excited when I first revealed it too her and she has slept most contentedly in her little nook for the last six months.

She has a little french porcelain vase in one of her house shaped shelves which depending on the season has various stems placed inside, during the winter she had a sprig of Holly, a stem of rosemary or a little evergreen branch, and at the moment she has a Daffodil for the Spring. It's a very simple and beautiful way of teaching her about nature within the seasons.



I also change to crystal there too depending on the season and how I think Niah is feeling at the time, at the moment she has Citrine a joyful stone with a bright and cheerful energy, perfect for the Spring.



Niah has been drawing so Beautifully this last month, she still creates very abstract paintings which I love, but also alongside them she has now started drawing people, little, creatures and animals, they have filed my heart with so much joy!
For about a week she drew Sunshine's with beautiful faces pretty much every day, this one is going in a frame.




We've got little posies of Daffodils all around our home at the moment, they're such a happy flower.

We don't watch television in our house, and so Niah has never watched children channels with all of the current popular TV shows. We have a small screen that we use to watch films and I brought for Niah the old tales of Beatrix Potter, like the books they are very simple and gentle and very much based around nature which is so nice.
We have a large wall in the kitchen where we display all of Niah's creations, just this week I have started to take down her winter crafts and have begun replacing them with Spring crafts, just this weekend we made a fluffy baby chick with yellow feathers and a garland of baby rabbits with little cotton wool tails.

We also really enjoy going to the library every couple of weeks, we have borrowed lots of Spring themed books, they are in her little book stand at the end of her bed and we read them at bed time.

I'm really looking forward to the warmer weather so that we can spend lots more time outdoors, last week on a walk in the village we spotted our first bumble bee of the new season and have seen a fair few butterflies on the sunnier days floating through our garden too.

Happy Spring Equinox,
Wishing you lots of Love and Joy this Spring time x

Friday, 17 March 2017

Gingerbread

The clouds hang low in the sky and there is a nip in the air. The sun has not managed to break through today but I have little posies of daffodils around the house bringing cheer and joy.

Tonight's dinner is bubbling away in the slow cooker, Niah is having a nap, and the house is quiet. This sweet babe in my belly has got the hiccups, I can feel a rhythmic little pounding, whist the warming scent of baked ginger fills the room and the warmth of the tea in my cup soothes my palms.

I first began making gingerbread biscuits around ten years ago when my husband and I had first met, he told me they were his favourite and I am still making them for him today.

He has recently come to the decision that his perfect weekend is a combination of watching England play rugby, with a cold pint and a box full of home baked gingerbread. 
And so when he returns home this afternoon he will be happy to find a fresh batch ready for tomorrows game.


I really enjoy being a stay at home mama, house wife and home maker, It makes me really happy to stand in the kitchen and bake treats for my Love to welcome him home after a hard week at work, It's quite old fashioned and probably every feminists worst nightmare, but it's true, I even wear a piny!

Really It's just another aspect of the slow and quiet living I enjoy.




Happy weekend, Love and Joy.

Monday, 13 March 2017

This Little One And I

I've just entered the third trimester at twenty eight weeks pregnant.

I am feeling well today after a really difficult day yesterday, I've washed my hair put a little makeup on and so wanted to capture this moment while I could. 

It has been such a challenging pregnancy that there have been no opportunities for photographs, I need to really make the effort to capture a few shots through these last few months so that this little babe and I have something to look back on in the future.  



And so here I am big and blooming, wearing an oversized loose fitting dress that might not necessarily be the most flattering but is so very comfortable, which for me at the moment means everything.


This little one moves so much and It's such a wonderful awe inspiring feeling!

Niah kisses and cuddles the bump every day without fail, she talks about the baby all the time, says good morning and good night and sings to the baby regularly, she's been so sweet and is so excited, she's going to make such a wonderful big sister.

We are starting to make a few preparations, Alex brought home some teeny tiny newborn nappies from the super market this weekend, and I will soon start washing the babies clothes and get those put away, and begin picking up some things for my hospital bag. 

It's so special to think of this new little soul that has chosen to join our family, motherhood is such a beautiful blessing, thank you for this day of wellness where I am able to reconnect with the positivity and joyful magic.






Tuesday, 7 March 2017

All Is Good. All Is Well.

Slow, quiet and contemplative living.

I sit in the morning and repair some of Alex's work trousers with a needle and thread, whist Niah sits beside me watching old episodes of Beatrix Potter. 

The rest of our morning is made up of building towers with wooden blocks, puzzles, teddy bear tea parties and reading through a stack of books whilst my littlest babe dances in my belly.


At lunch Niah and I sit together to eat, she now joins me at the table on her booster seat, gone is the high chair and she looks so very grown up.
 We listen to classical music on the radio. 
Her plate with its many sections is filled with a multitude of nourishing foods, although today the top right corner is the most exciting, Last night I made healthy cookies and one sits there waiting to be held in her eager little hands, I have to explain at least a dozen times that we eat our cookie last, when she finally tries it she tells me how yummy it is and I am filled with joy.


I tuck her up in bed for a nap, wash the pots and pour myself a cup of tea, I'm tired but today it feels manageable. 
My mind is foggy but the thoughts that I can access, maybe they are the only ones I need. 
The house is cool, but not so cold that I need to turn the heating on, I pull a blanket over me to rest. 
Winter feels as though it has passed although it is not quite yet Spring, I feel as though I'm floating in a quiet haze of that space in-between physically, mentally, and emotionally, I go with it.

Accept and Surrender.

'All is Good. All is Well' 
~ My mantra for today repeats in my head as I close my eyes.




I give thanks that today I feel 'Ok' For some Okay Is not enough, but for me just recently, Okay is really good.