One-minute blogs

I am also experimenting with more personal reflections through a One-minute blog, inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Happiness Project’. Writing something every day is a discipline and a goal. The practice helps one become a better writer.  I often use my travels, hobbies, and pets as inspiration focusing on simple pleasures we so often rush past.  As a keen photographer, I start with an image from my garden, a walk or something I am grateful for that day.  I am always inspired and often write for more than one minute 😉

Sadly WordPress changed their formatting style and it has lost my personal photos – I will try to find them and add them back in the entries.

Amazing watercolors – creating a Garden

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via Garden Inspired Watercolor

With all the materials to hand and a hundred decisions made moment by moment as inspiration tells me where the next step is. As a result my office and garage are  a jumble of old fabric (old and new), jewellery, beads, computers, iphones, timber and bits of metal and glass that may be useful tomorrow. The process is never linear, instead a buzzing around the objective, in fits and starts, often limited by time or money and daylight.

Over 10 years I constructed a beautiful lush front and back garden. Originally to cover the ugly pebbledash render. The main limitation in buying an old fixer upper is the lack of cash. I had to be very creative and started with a colour theme of green and grey. Then each year choose one or two nice plants for impact and nurtured small sale plants and  cuttings given by friends.  Slowly I added structure with trellis, nice pots and old grey furniture. After 10 years the trees and shrubs are a jungle and the finishing touches this year provide splashes of amazing colour.

One-minute blogs

I am also experimenting with more personal reflections through a One-minute blog, inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Happiness Project’. Writing something every day is a discipline and a goal. The practice helps one become a better writer.  I often use my travels, hobbies, and pets as inspiration focusing on simple pleasures we so often rush past. … Continue readingOne-minute blogs

One-minute blog: Steel 1 March 2020

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Yesterday I was suddenly aware of how grateful I am for the invention of steel and the humble plyers. I had a bottle of nail polish that was impossible to open. I walk over to my tool drawer, without hardly thinking about it, pulled out a plyers and twisted open in 2 seconds! OMG – … Continue readingOne-minute blog: Steel 1 March 2020

One-minute blog – it was keyhole – so marvellous darling! 

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I am so very grateful to live in the UK where we have universal health care and an operation doesn’t bankrupt a family. I am recovering from a full hysterectomy which I am full of more gratitude and praise for my surgeons who did the whole thing via keyhole. Turns out sometimes after they start … Continue readingOne-minute blog – it was keyhole – so marvellous darling! 

One-minute blog – Small moments of beauty

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  (CC-BY-NC) I love the delicate play of light and shadow captured by this dry grass. The seed heads look like little stars.

One-minute blog – Thinking, Worry, Anxiety & Mindfulness 

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One minute blog (CC-BY-NC) Listening to Dr. Judson Brewer, author of The Craving Mind, yesterday was life changing. You can also look him up on TED. He was talking about how our brains are “thinking machines” (an evolutionary survival strategy) always on autopilot, taking us hostage! Hmmm, we have a choice… Worry is a mask … Continue readingOne-minute blog – Thinking, Worry, Anxiety & Mindfulness 

One-minute blog @HarryConnickJR

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Handsome, talented and so lovely! His Hummingbird magic as he sings! Bliss View this post on Instagram happy sunday, everyone! i got so many nice responses to my hummingbird videos that i decided to do one more – this time with music! it’s a song of mine called “just like me”… i thought it was … Continue readingOne-minute blog @HarryConnickJR

One-minute blog – Walking the Jurassic coast

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July 2019 (CC-BY-NC) Sea views from sheer cliffs with only seagulls for company! Amazing and food for the spirit. 

One-minute blog – Gratitude 

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August 2019 First time I heard about practicing gratitude I rolled my eyes so hard it hurt. Since then I was gently brought around by the power of a daily list of 3, 5 or 10 things or people we love and appreciate. Since I have a habit of focusing on the negative this is … Continue readingOne-minute blog – Gratitude 

One-minute blog, Summer, oh english summer!

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Sooooo grateful for the glorious summer day in my garden on Sunday. (CC-BY-NC) The end of July provides a sudden pause in gardening ‘work’; time to relish one’s co-creation with nature. Watering and deadheading keep it lush and a pleasure to see from inside even on a rainy day. That is what inspired my plans, … Continue readingOne-minute blog, Summer, oh english summer!

One-minute blog * New kittens in our house

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July 2019(CC-BY-NC) Kittens! Mia and Zoe, deep unending joy