11 May 2016

Daybook



Outside my window are fluffy white clouds and patches of blue sky, the birds are flitting backwards and forwards to our bird feeders and the trees have suddenly burst with green and blossom in the last couple of days.

Now that Spring has well and truly sprung I am thinking about activities to do outside.

Over this past week I am thankful (even more than I usually am) that we can home educate when all the school children of both Alice and Cameron's ages are undergoing tests.

In the kitchen is the beginnings of a rice salad for dinner, an empty box that needs granola making to refill it, some pinto beans cooking for tea, the breakfast washing up in the sink and on the side, pumpkin seeds soaking in a bowl, milk cooling in a pan for yogurt and a musical instrument waiting to be repaired.

It is Alice's birthday in just over two weeks and I am creating presents for her, party bags and contents.

This evening at the end of a busy day, Tuesday are usually full days, I am going to Orchestra practice, even when I am tired I find this a great way to wind down.

I am reading, planting seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh a book on practicing mindfulness with children.  We visited a Buddhist monastery with a home ed group a few weeks ago and since then I have been meditating regularly with Cameron.  I mentioned this to a friend and she has lend me three books written by a monk on mindfulness and meditation.

I am looking forward to our Wednesday walk to find gorse shield bugs for our nature project.

Around the house the children are drawing together at the table, books lie abandoned on chairs, the floor, tables and beds, lego bits are strewn in bedrooms a hazard for unshod feet, a pile of bits waits patiently to be moved up to the loft, two dice, two beanbags and a songbook on the living room floor the physical remains of learning with Alice and the windows are all open letting in the Spring air.

The secret to having it all is believing your already do is my favourite quote at the moment as I go through the house decluttering.

I am learning to go with the flow and not resist it.

I am wearing blue linen trousers with ribbon sewn round the bottom of the legs, my own addition, a blue linen tunic top with a pale pink flower, green leaf and stem pattern and bare feet.

As I sit and write I am listening to the quiet chatter of Alice and Cameron and the birds singing outside.

A peek into my day.

34 comments:

  1. One of my favorite things in life is to get a peek into the mundane aspects of another person's day. Your outfit sounds very pretty. :)

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  2. Planting Seeds is sitting in my book pile, just waiting to be cracked open. Such a lovely post, it has a feeling of quiet contentment about it.

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    1. I am really enjoying Planting Seeds, it is just what I need right now!

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  3. It sounds very peaceful. What a gorgeous view you have, that must bring a feeling of calm in to your house.

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    1. It is the view from my bedroom window, I have lived here thirteen years and could never tire of it. It does make me feel calm, when I need to restore myself I go and sit and stare out the window at that view :).

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  4. I always enjoy 'snapshot' posts, reading and writing them. This is a lovely example X

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    1. Me too, I loved writing this I will do it again I think :)

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  5. Thanks for this lovely post, it is nice to read about your day. It sounds very happy, gentle and peaceful. x

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    1. It was a wonderful day, calm has been restored after the busyness of the last few weeks!

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  6. I love that quote... the secret of having it all... I've not heard it before, but it is the way I go through life. The start of your day seems just perfect. I hope it continues.

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    1. I wrote it down so long ago that I don't know where I found it so can't attribute it ;(. I have it at the front of my diary and have transferred it from one year to the next for years!

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  7. Learning to go with the flow is, in my humble opinion, one of the keys to a happy life...I love everything you wrote here. Very introspective.

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    1. Thank you! When I remember to go with flow life is great and you are right that it is one of the keys to happiness but then I go and forget!

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  8. This is a lovely post and I find it a perfect example of what living in the present means. How many days we don't take proper attention to what is surrounding us?

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    1. Too many, Cristiana, too many! Living in the present and noticing it makes me much calmer but it is hard when I am busy, just need to work on reducing the busyness!

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  9. It is surprising just how much happens in a day when you write everything down - a most enjoyable read, you certainly keep busy.

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    1. It is isn't it, especially those days when it feels like you have 'done' nothing.

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  10. Sounds wonderful, just how days should be.

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  11. You sound very much in control of your life.
    You are not running on the hamster wheel that the rest of us are on.
    I've just giving up work and I'm trying to slow down.
    I need a bit more practice.
    Jacky

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    1. Welcome! It does take practice and I often fall off the cart!

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  12. A lovely day, I particularly like your Around the house description xx

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  13. Wonderful!

    www.melodramaticadventures.com

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  14. A lovely post, orchestra practice sounds wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Karen, it was wonderful and most usually is.

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  15. I do like your favourite quote very much! One of my favourite quotes is an old Irish proverb, "It is in the shelter of each other that we live." Beautiful words are so inspiring!

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    1. Thank you Meg. I love your quote too :). Thank you for sharing.

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  16. wonderfully calm and creative x

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  17. Thank you so much for inviting us to your day! I love how peaceful it is... And this quote is also one of my favorite!

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  18. Oh that book sounds interesting. I may have to look up a copy. I am keen to encourage meditation and mindfulness in my children's lives.

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  19. I'm still learning to go with the flow, and a happy birthday to be to your daughter!!!

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