Inspiration, issues & comment

Calm amid the chaos

Calm in the chaosSo here we are on 21st December, the winter solstice and shortest day of 2014.  We’re drinking coffee and eating dark chocolate pretzels and I am sitting here on the sofa (that also doubles as the bed in our tiny studio) trying to find a moment of calm to gather my thoughts.  Running boy is in the kitchen, literally one metre to my right, cleaning and packing up.  The Sunday football is on the radio, the washing machine is whirring with a final wash and our suitcases and boxes lie open and half packed a couple of metres to my left.

We’re on the move again.  Today is our day for packing up and cleaning the tiny 26 square metres of space that has been our home for the past eleven and a half weeks.  Tomorrow we will drive to the bassin d’arcachon and unload and unpack into our next housesit, a cute wooden cottage of 60 square metres on the bay overlooking the oyster farms.  The following day we drive to the airport to fly back to the UK for a week or so of catching up with friends and family before returning on new year’s day to start our housesit proper.

It’s been an interesting time of late and has been a challenge to find calm amid the chaos, but we’re getting there and we’re moving forward in the right direction.

This is what I’ll be doing to re-energise as December and 2014 come to a close:

Some quiet journaling as I work my way through the Winter Joy Retreat

Quiet contemplation and thinking about how I want to feel as we move into 2015

Listening to this song and feeling festive

Watching this with my niece and nephew and singing along

Having a bath using this blend of essential oils

Spending time with family and friends enjoying long winter walks, cosy pubs, good food and laughs.

Wishing everyone a wonderful end to 2014 and a very happy new year – see you in 2015 ♥

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Nature, photography & France

The wilds and wonders of southwest France

Back home to La Vienne after a wonderful camping trip in the far southwest corner of France.  As I often find, a picture is worth a thousand words, so without further ado, here are some pictures of the trip.  Hope you like them!

If you’d like to know more about the campgrounds we stayed at then have a look at this blog post here!

What’s your favourite way to “get away from it all”?  Let me know in the comments how you relax and unwind when you’re on holiday!

Nature, photography & France

Turn life upside down

Upside down

I love to see things from a different perspective and standing by the pond yesterday evening with my camera in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, I realised how we can so often miss the beauty of a moment when we look only for what we have always seen.

I’m a great fan of turning life on its head, shaking things up and doing something different.  You never know what you might get or how things might turn out…..

We’re off to the southwest of France and the Pyrenees tomorrow.  As usual we have nothing booked and no real plans but we have a car, a tent and a map.  What else do you need?  Mountains, lakes, beaches, forests, food, wine, walking, exploring.  Looking forward to it!

Happy April everyone ♥