Have you ever wondered about the origin and meaning of the phrase, 'food for thought'? Up until writing this piece, I certainly had not. Swiping through old photos of produce grown in our old garden, the words popped into my head. The phrase apparently originates from 'A Tale of Paraguay' by author Robert Southey published... Continue Reading →
Have You Got a Downer on Down Time?
There's an extra bank holiday in the UK this May. And it got me thinking about our different relationships with down time; with taking time to unwind. Motivator . Nemesis . Stranger . Saviour . Companion Whatever your role, background or experience it can be an emotive subject. 💭 Early career energy mixed with a... Continue Reading →
The Power of Simpler Things
Sitting drinking a pot of redbush tea, listening to the birds, I felt inspired to write. Nothing particularly profound or loquaciously long. There have been a lot of major changes in my life over the past few years. Some instigated by me; some by us; some out of anyone's control. What has, and always, keeps... Continue Reading →
What Are Your Reactions Saying?
I found this quote online and it got me thinking about reactions.... The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're no longer willing to stay where you are. Anon Despite their overuse since the advent of a multitude of social media platforms, I do like a jolly old quote. Succinct snapshots which capture an... Continue Reading →
Ditch the Doom and Gloom
Standing in the kitchen of the place we are staying temporarily, I suddenly got the sense of it being lighter. Naturally lighter. I'd heard the sound of chainsaws coming from an adjacent garden but had paid it little attention. No great mysteries to the increased brightness. Just garden maintenance. So why do I even mention... Continue Reading →
5 Ways to Calm Your Mind
If you're anything like me, there are times when your mind will not be still. To be brutally honest, it happens to me more often than I would like. As well as getting plenty of fresh air, walking and watching the birds in the garden, these 5 ways often help me to calm my mind.... Continue Reading →