Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Years Eve

Here's hoping your Christmas has been merry and bright.

A brand new year is about to start. 

Here's how the last few moments of 2015 have looked around here . . . .

 All whites and greys in bright winters light.

 Tiny trees encased in jars and sprinkled with snow, made at the second of two wonderful Christmas crafting afternoons organised by a kind and thoughtful friend,

during the first I was presented with the gift of this house to decorate and listening to Christmas music and chattering happily with each other many wonderful moments were spent painting, making window frames and a mini picket fence, decorating a tiny wreath for the door, sprinkling snow and going slightly glitter crazy! Ive made it for Niah and it will become a Christmas tradition to bring it out each year and talk about the Winter Solstice fairies who live there.

I drew a new design on the chalk board in our kitchen.

 Thoughtfully chosen gifts wrapped and ready to give with love.

 One of my favourite cards received this year . . . .
' Joy to the world '

 many many cups of tea,

 Our dinning table set ready for breakfast Christmas morning. One of my favourite vintage tea sets and simple linen napkins laid with eucalyptus stems and Cinnamon sticks,

 A scattering of stars and a sprinkle of diamond snow.

And here I am Christmas morning admiring the face of an angel.

Wishing you Many blessings of peace, happiness and joy calling forth the new year, may you be filled with light and love how ever you choose to celebrate x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice a time of Surrenderance, Surrenderance to the darkness.

Evenings draw in early and in the morning, daylight is slow to arrive. Through this darkness we are able to explore our inner being, winter is a time for stillness and moments of solitude.

All of Nature slows to the most subtle of rhythms, may the innate wisdom of our natural surroundings be our guide. At this time of the year the land is laid bare, stark, stripped of its colour, warmth, its leaves and flowers. All becomes simple, calm, pure. Beneath the surface lies an inner beauty, an often forgotten beauty, seeds germinate deep below. There are seeds with in us too, seeds of light, love, our true authenticity, fearlessness, creativity, There is so much beauty to be found in our inner most being and now is the time to retreat to that space, to observe and nurture all that is there, preparing the way for it to burst forth in the coming spring.

I have come to find over these recent years in my own personal shift towards discovering peace and harmony, that what Society tells us and that which nature teaches are worlds apart. It has become ingrained within us, that to rest is lazy and none productive in this fast paced world of go go go, it is through this folly that our equilibrium and health begin to suffer, only when we are fully balanced in all aspects of our being, including optimal amounts of quiet time and rest can we live a truly nourishing and harmonious life. 

Winter is the time to hibernate, dreaming quietly beside the fire, turn the pages of your favourite book, light candles, soak in the bath, eat nourishing warming foods, go to bed early.
 This is a time for deep rest and healing, for rejuvenation, nurture your self, rebuild your energy systems and your life force, allowing the deliverance of fresh energy a renewed self, happy and whole. 

As well as honouring the natural pull to be indoors, refreshing walks will invigorate the senses and bring a state of balance.

 Beneath warm layers tread the land reverently, take full deep breaths of the cool frosty air, notice every metre of naked earth under foot, every shivering pool, the sillouette of bare branches against pure grey blue skies, admire every diamond thread of cobweb dew and stand beneath the glare of the moon as day turns to night and an army of stars appear.

Wishing you many Winter Blessings.
 Happy Solstice. Tidings of peace and quiet thoughtfulness.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Heavy Eyes and Fairy Lights

Today was a day for rest, laying down at the windows edge and looking out to a cloudless sky. 

Today was a day for gentle sleeping, under soft blankets with Niah snuggled closely, allowing heavy eyes to close, deep breathes to flow out and inviting dreams to come in. 

As the day turns to night we decide to head out, a quiet stroll to look at the lights in the village, a thousand fairies dancing in the trees above.

Using yarn spun and dyed by her own hands, my friends mama has knitted Niah the most beautiful hat for the winter.

soft. Natural. warm.

After Supper I pour my self a hot cup of tea.
 In the distance I can hear the faint sounds of splashing fun and the tones of a nurturing Papa bathing our daughter, I take a little time for me.

Turning the pages of some of my favourite books, the inspiring words lift off the page and reach right in to my soul.

Words are a powerful thing. 

 'Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves slowly, quietly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.'
Thich Nhat Hanh

 Winter Solstice is almost upon us, Winter tidings of peace, Quiet reflections and Joy.

Wishing you an enchanting week ahead as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Fig and Honey Jam

 December has arrived with its heightened energy of anticipation, as the count down to Christmas begins, and while the excitement is magical it's too easy to get caught up in the busyness. At this time of the year I look around and at times it's frantic! Let's mirror nature instead, which at this moment is beginning to slow down. Yes there is shopping and planning and 'to do' lists, but let us take a deep breath allowing ourselves to be calm and collected as we move through them, remembering to also make time for peace, quiet and stillness. It's by doing this that we're able to bring our awareness back to the simple pleasures of the season. 
A slow start to December for us has included wrapping thoughtfully chosen gifts in brown paper, going to choose books at the library with Niah, long salt and rosemary baths reading the last few pages of my book, and watching the branches becoming more and more bare with each passing day. 

I also spent a lovely afternoon making Jam, such a simple pleasure. 

I went to our village farm shop for inspiration and found the last of this seasons figs, I walked home with Niah on my back in the sling and my arms laden with a whole crate full of fruit.   

And of course I had just as much fun photographing the figs as I did cooking them.

Not only are figs so very beautiful they are also very nutritious, rich in Iron, Magnesium and Potasium, Vitamin K, Vitamin B and have the highest Calcium content of any fruit.
I created my own recipe as I didn't want to use sugar.

Simply slice around 24 Figs in to quarters removing the stem, and put them in a pan with a splash of water and 300 grams of honey (raw organic is best), bring to the boil and simmer for an hour, stirring fairly often, in the last 5 minutes of cooking add the zest and juice of 1 lemon.

Today I enjoyed toasted Rye bread, spread with fig jam and topped with soft Goats cheese and seasonal leaves, yum.

Homemade jams make for a lovely Christmas gift.

Wishing you a lovely slow start to the week x