World Happy Day!

Apparently today is the International Day of Happiness ๐Ÿ™‚
It’s the first time I’ve heard of it… have to admit, I’ve had a happy enough day, though!

I’ve been meaning to share some images from a magazine I’ve been reading (Wellbeing Magazine) and today seems an appropriate day to do it…


Joy – a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment.
Something causing such a feeling.
This is my favourite! Joy, to me, is notย quiteย the same as happiness (joy seems a deeper feeling to me – not so dependent on circumstance). I love this photo – kids just abandon themselves to the moment, with no thought of what others are thinking of them.


Simplicity – freedom from complexity, intricacy or division into parts.
The state, quality or instance of being simple.
Not ornate or luxurious, unadorned.
Life often needs to be simpler, but we feel guilty about slowing down. Don’t! You’re worth it. And it’s essential to life.


Beauty – the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.
A meaningful design or pattern.
Beauty is also essential to life, and can be found in unexpected places… look for it, in all the corners!


Community – the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group or nationality.
Communities can be a mixture of all sorts of people in all sorts of places. They can blend with other communities, and take over the world! Or not…
Whichever the case, find your community. There’s one (or more) out there for you.


Freedom – the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants.
What lifts your heart and makes it sing? What did you love to do as a child? Find it, or remember it. Pass it on.


Friendship – the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.
Yay for friends! ๐Ÿ˜€ The quirky, the kind… the ones you just feel comfortable with. Also found in odd places and at unexpected times.


Vitality – the state of being strong and active; energy.
Mostly thought of as a physical thing, but can be mental and emotional too. It’s great when they all revitalise together, but work with what you have – be strong!


Balance – a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight or amount.
A mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behaviour or judgement.
Including all the others in your life can lead to this. It will look different in everybody’s life, though.
Step by step – one foot after the other – walk towards the good life. You’ll get there eventually…

Published in: on March 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just A Snippet…

…of what I saw on my walk this morning –


A spider’s web at a garage sale I went to.


Gumnut flowers, just opened up, on the way home.


I don’t know what this is, but it called to me…

There were also a lot of feathers, of varying sizes, in various places. I picked up a couple and brought them home. Such a lovely morning for a walk!

Published in: on March 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Colours Flying


Last night I relaxed in a bath, with epsom salts and a scented candle (vanilla and jasmine, I think) It had been a strenuous afternoon – an inspection today, so cleaning to be done… the notification gave a more exhaustive checklist than usual, so I was scrubbing things I wouldn’t normally remember to scrub…
Hubby is on light duties at the moment,after a back injury at work. Normally he would do the heavy cleaning, but at the moment I’m the muscle in the family (yes, I can hear you sniggering…) I got things done yesterday, and settled in for a soak. Lovely.
Yes, we passed ๐Ÿ™‚
Rock on!

Published in: on March 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tell A Better Story

The clock is ticking down on my studies, and I feel the pressure of getting finished when I still don’t have a supervisor in place. Makes it hard to remember what I was excited about when I first started the course…
Then I came across this song, and it reminded me of what I want to bring to the world – to add beauty to lives, and help people to see their story in a better light.
I still don’t know how my story will unfold, and still feel I won’t get to the finish of this section, but the core motivation remains ๐Ÿ™‚
Be beautiful โค

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I have been reading about the concept of delight lately. It’s a good word. The basic meaning just refers to taking great joy in something, but I feel it is also a pure, uncomplicated joy – a flash, felt in the moment, lifting the heart. There are many delightful things in the world, although we can become so caught up in the worries and cares of life that we forget to notice.
What have I delighted in lately? My boys are always delightful ๐Ÿ™‚ The changing weather we’ve had recently has also brought flashes of delight – whether cooling, driving rain, or a sudden shaft of sunlight.
I find flowers delightful, especially the small, shy ones that peek through the leaves.



It helps if they smell sweet as well!

What else?
A baby’s smile. A butterfly alighting in an unlikely place. A new song that sweetens the heart. This tiny one –

Sweet little ball of cuteness ๐Ÿ™‚

Then there’s these –

Angel Delight


That’s Fry’s Turkish Delight at the bottom.
Slight misuse of the word (it’s used for commercial purposes), but both have been comfort foods for me in the past, so I’ll include them…

How do we let ourselves be so overtaken by the unimportant things? I think I would rather catch the moments of transport, even if it looks like I’m wasting time.
May life delight you today! โค

Published in: on March 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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Out Of The Dark

We had a blackout this afternoon/evening, for about five hours – on into the darkness, when we lit tealights and “played” Trivial Pursuit.


The boys’ idea of playing involves them asking us questions one after the other from the cards, and having a good laugh over some of the answers… I’m OK with Entertainment, Art and Literature, History, and Science and Nature, but I’m a bit less certain with Geography, and especially Sport and Leisure. I think I did well overall, though.
We giggled by candlelight for half the evening, then the power came on and we went back to normal programming…
It was nice while it lasted! ๐Ÿ˜€

Published in: on February 26, 2018 at 1:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Breath And A Pause

Lots of rain lately. Here’s some purple flowers to brighten things up a bit.



Yesterday I finished one block of hours needed for my course (basic work experience – in this case in a health food store.) It was fun, and it feels good to be working my way forward. The bulk of the hours remainย  to be done and things need to fall in to place a bit more… still, it was a chance to mini-celebrate – to have a coffee and enjoy completing something!



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Feeling all hippie and back-to-the-earth today…
In part, that’s because of the eventual plastic bag ban here. The shop has started stocking paper bags (for 50c) which you can choose rather than plastic.


Like this!
There was a time before plastic when all groceries were bagged like this…
Usually I have various cloth bags rolled up in my handbag, but I washed those recently and forgot to put them back. Here’s all our purchases – also in paper.


It was an opportunity to rethink plastic dependence.
And also to stock up on sauerkraut. โค

Published in: on February 20, 2018 at 11:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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An Extra Gift…

…chosen for me by some lovely friends. โค

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… and so I shall… ๐Ÿ˜€

Published in: on February 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another Year, Another Coffee

It’s my birthday today! Yayyy! I am 7 in dog years today ๐Ÿ˜€
Went to Rafter and Roseย for breakfast this morning with Hubby – we were pretty much the first ones there, so had our pick of the tables.


The board outside…


The other side of the board – not my sentiments this morning. I love everybody today!



Sat in the corner, with a good view of the empty early morning streets.



The cake/muffin selection above was amazing – we got some to take home, but opted for a breakfast. This was one portion, but we shared.


My mocha…


The design was either a swan or the Sorting Hat.Tasted gorgeous.
We ate and chatted, and I revelled in being able to go out and enjoy a meal without incident. The music was a selection of 80s music, which made me feel young… Started eating with the Eurythmics and finished with this –

Yes, I did sing along…

Here’s some more random interiors from the cafe.



And one exterior…


Birthday portrait!


Got home, and my beautiful boys gave me my pressies, and the cards they had made โค


They know me… ๐Ÿ˜€


Hello, Four!

It’s only just past 9am, and I’ve had a fabulous day so far! โค
Bring on the year!

Published in: on February 4, 2018 at 9:17 am  Comments (1)  
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