Weekending

This weekend was my third (UK) Mother’s Day and I got some beautiful handmade goodness from Bea (along with hand-picked daisies and dandelions), which I will always treasure. I am lucky because my family in Canada also now send me Mother’s Day goodness in May :) (I better tell Bea we celebrate Mother’s Day twice due to our having dual nationality! Hahah!)

There was also lots of family time, garden time, time for this blog post (!!) and… drum roll, please… the transition from cot bed to BIG GIRL BED!

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Wishing all mums in the UK a very happy mother’s day!

Enjoy the week ahead.

** joining in with Amanda at The Habit of Being

Pippin Wood

This weekend (let’s face it, the past few weeks, really) has been a lot of freelance work, work, work for me. I am very grateful, but I feel like a machine, working almost non-stop. So I made sure that I also spent some quality time with my little family (and do a bit of yoga for all our sakes!). Steve has been very busily working in our garden, making it a better space for Bea and all of us (thanks, Sven! You’ve done a lovely jubbly job!). He’s decided to add a third (!) apple tree to the garden – a Christmas Pippin variety; we also have an espaliered apple tree and a dwarf apple tree, which both yielded delicious apples – yum!

And so here is our ‘Pippin Wood’ area :) It’s more a corner, really, as our garden is not very big. But we like Pippin Wood and it’s right near Bea’s fairy nook…

Some Hilltoppers in the garden...

Some Hilltoppers in the garden…

Fancy a cuppa? We love cups of tea around here.

Fancy a cuppa? We love cups of tea around here.

Part of Bea's little fairy nook...

Part of Bea’s little fairy nook…

Mmm...more apples to come...

Mmm…more apples to come…

Gifts and treats for the fairies...

Gifts and treats for the fairies…

Bea tending to our young Christmas Pippin...

Bea tending to our young Christmas Pippin…

I hope you all had a magical weekend, and may your coming week be just as fun and full of magic!

Around here…

Bea made me a cup of tea. I asked her how much I owed her. 'Fifty-five pounds,' came the reply.

Bea made me a cup of tea. I asked her how much I owed her. ‘Fifty-five pounds,’ came the reply.

Big milestones and adjustments for all of us.

Big milestones and adjustments for all of us.

Warmth and coziness during rainy days and nights.

Warmth and coziness during rainy days and nights.

Crafting fun for Lolo and Lola.

Crafting fun for Lolo and Lola.

Someone got a new blanket...

Someone got a new blanket…

This moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.

Auntie love!

Auntie love!

Happy weekend, everyone!

 

 

This moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.

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Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Hello, 2014!

My word of the year for 2013 was JOY. There was indeed such a lot of joy in the past year, and I am so very grateful. However, 2013 also brought its share of lessons and challenges for me. So much so that I found its last few months a bit of an uphill struggle.

As a result, my word for 2014 came naturally and it won’t be a big surprise. As soon as it came to me, I knew this was my word for the year: EASE.

Ease into the year. Go easy on myself – be kinder, more compassionate and more loving. Ease into changes. Face every experience, every lesson, every challenge with grace and ease.

No banging of head on brick walls; no worries.

Less swimming upstream; less riding uphill.

Go with what comes naturally; go with what feels right; go with the flow.

Listen to my gut instinct, which, not surprisingly, always knows the perfect path that will unfold with ease.

Keep things light. Keep things simple.

Ease. I really like that. Nothing big. Nothing fancy. Nothing too ambitious. Just easy, plain and simple.

Already, things are unfolding naturally and happily – my gratitude buddy and I have decided to keep on with our daily practice of emailing each other our gratitude lists (thank you, Kim!). I have now also written my Mondo Beyondo list for 2014. More dreaming. More manifesting. More living fully. With a whole lot of ease.

Wishing you all a bright, blessed, healthy, happy and joyous 2014!

Pausing and reflecting

Here are some pictures taken on our last day in Devon for the Christmas holidays. It was a good time to just be quiet, to pause and reflect. I thought these images would make a nice ‘wrap up’ blog post for 2013.

A winter's morning at the beach

A winter’s morning at the beach

Building winter sandcastles with Daddy

Building winter sand castles with Daddy

Sand and seashells

Sand and seashells

Busy, busy

Busy, busy

Letting the waves wash everything away

Letting the waves wash everything away

The sun trying to make an appearance

The sun trying to make an appearance

Double rainbow!

Double rainbow!

Rainbow, sun, sand and sea

Rainbow, sun, sand and sea

Hello!

Hello!

Wishing…

Here's a lovely pair of felt slippers S got me at the Totnes Christmas market today. What better way to ease into and enjoy the holidays? Now I just need to find a matching jester's hat...

Here’s a pair of cozy and fun felt slippers S got me at the Totnes Christmas market today. What better way to ease into and enjoy the holidays? Now I just need to find a matching jester’s hat…

you all a truly wonderful and merry Christmas filled with joy and love…and a bright, healthy and blessed 2014!

See you all in the new year.

Much love,

Renee

Weekending: At home

Bea's 'ornament shop'...

Bea’s ‘ornament shop’…

It has been a long while since I’ve been on this much-missed and much-loved space. It’s good to drop in and come back amidst all the busy-ness and lead up to the holiday season.

Our tree in the day time...

Our tree in the day time…

This weekend was the first slow one I’ve had in a long while where I haven’t had to rush off somewhere, either going to a yoga class or getting up in the dark to head off for a yoga teacher training weekend or getting stuff done or working. The slowness is so welcome and oh so good.

Our tree keeping me company late into the night...

Our tree keeping me company late into the night…

This weekend saw all three of us in bed in the mornings, taking our time, having lots of laughs and silly chats, and reading stories in our pyjamas. We decorated our tree (Bea was very excited about this) while listening to Christmas songs. There’s been lots of log fires and the sweet smell of pine has been filling our living room.

Someone busy building a train station...

Someone busy building a train station…

There’s been lots of family time and togetherness; a bit of playing hide-and-seek, a bit of Christmas shopping and quite a bit of staying up late into the night to finish my 5000-word essay on why I’d like to do yoga teacher training. Luckily, Bea has slept through the past couple of nights. It’s also been fun to briefly catch some friends on Facebook chat late at night.

Building!

Happily building!

There’s been lots of Duplo/Lego building; catching up with family on video chat. There’s even been lovely late night chats in front of the fire, eating chocolate brownie gateaux with vanilla ice cream…when Bea was already in bed. And there’s been time (!!) to write this post for the blog – it’s good to join Amanda again.

So much loveliness, slowness and coziness. Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, too. Here’s to an equally lovely, slow and cozy week ahead.