~ making a new friend on the walk home ~
~ bonfire night to celebrate Spring - with homemade incense bundle (lavender, basil & rosebud) ~
It's been a quiet, frugal and contemplative life for me these past few months. I'm coming to grips with gardening and slowly learning the art of patience. Gardening can teach you a hell of a lot about life. I'm also dabbling a little in baking. Making the exact same thing over and over but I'm sure I'll branch out eventually. I'm adopting new ways of thinking and experiencing the world. Which can be uncomfortable a lot of the time, but there's a new sense of possibility embellishing the edges.
I'm also thinking of starting a new blog to mark this shift. Maybe in the new year. But for now I thought I'd share some of the things I've been doing, reading, listening to, watching, dreaming about. Some are some oldies but some are new:
Gardening: I'm determined to figure out container gardening. I failed last year so I've armed myself with more information this time around. Learning to be patient is another critical turning point - nature can't be rushed. There's a quiet beauty to nurturing plants that I've never felt before. [I'M PLANNING TO SHARE MY INSIGHTS ON A NEW BLOG]
Baking: Chocolate raspberry babycakes. Over and over. I've graduated from lazy packet mixes to baking from scratch. The best part is eating them, obviously. Nothing beats a fresh, juicy raspberry in the middle of all that chocolate. It's a taste sensation. [I MIGHT JUST SHARE MY RECIPE TOO]
Watching: ABC and SBS online is amazing. We have no tv in my house (and no satellite even if we did), but thanks to on demand videos I don't miss out. I've been feeding my brain with documentaries and brilliant dramas - everything from the history of prohibition in the US, to rat catchers, to Khmer Rouge death camps and transsexuals on their gender transformation. Two brilliant dramas I highly recommend:
Hollow Talk by Danish band Choir of Young Believers
Reading: I found myself watching way too much catch-up telly online, effectively blowing our internet data. So I've stocked up a few rad new books, which deserve their own list:
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything - Ken Robinson (if you haven't seen his TED talk - then do - you won't regret it.)
- This brilliant book follows on from my reading The Heroine's Journey by Maureen Murdock and Creative Vizualisation by Shakti Gawain.)
- The Red Tent - Anita Diamant. A wonderful book to revisit, set within the old traditions of women in early biblical times.
- A Left-Hand Turn around the World - David Wolman (yep, I'm a lefty. This is an easy to digest summary of left-handness research.)
- Joanne Harris - I've been dusting off my collection and immersing myself in the world of chocolate, homemade fruit wines, french cooking, tarot and outsiders. Her books always inspire me to colour my world through my senses. My favorites include: Chocolat, The Lollipop Shoes, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Holy Fools and Coastliners. I'm looking forward to laying my hands on the latest book Peaches for Monsieur le Curé.
- Jostein Gaarder - Another all time favorite in the magic-realism genre. These are more complex so I'm working my way up to reading these again: The Solitare Mystery, Maya, Sophie's World. These books make me view the world in an entirely new, fantastic, philosophical way. I have nearly all his books so I can't wait to add The Castle in the Pyrenees to my collection.
~ i wish, via thebooandtheboy ~
I've been compiling a Pinterest boards of inspirational images. All I need to do now is save up and finish learning to drive!