2016: the year of spaciousness

Because there's more to life than work

What I’ve gained from blogging

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I’ve just realised that I’ve been writing this blog for a little over three months. I started it up when I went full time self-employed at the start of April, so that I’d have another focus besides my developing business. So three months on, has it worked? Absolutely. The blog has helped me to be mindful, noticing the beautiful, quirky and fun things that make up my life, in a way that other things I’ve tried (like gratitude journals) haven’t. It’s helped me get into new things – like photography, and rediscover old passions – like gardening. And it’s introduced me to fellow bloggers the world over: I honestly had no idea of the size of the bloggiverse (or indeed if that’s even a word!) and have been constantly delighted and given new inspiration by the many, many creative people out there. Thanks so much, everyone!

Today has been a really lovely day, starting with baking a rhubarb and custard cake. This is a really easy recipe though it looks different each time I make it – think it must depend on the juiciness of the rhubarb. Mine was very wet today after roasting it which made it sink a little.

Once it was out and cooling, we set off for a walk as justification for pigging ourselves later. We went to a bit of the coast about 3 miles from where we live that I’ve not been to in years, although my other half goes running round there a fair bit and has been telling me for ages how much it’s improved. I was staggered – what used to be a fairly grotty bit of beach has been left to regenerate and develop its natural dune system, and it’s absolutely stunning – full of flowers, insects, streams and lakes. I had no idea.

IMG_1601I’d never seen this plant before which was about the same height as me, but there were loads of clumps of it about. A bit of delving on Google images when I got home makes me think it’s garden angelica (Angelica archangelica) but if you know differently please let me know!

Also loads of seed pods of jack-go-to-bed-at-noon (that has got to be one of the best plant names ever: so called because the flowers shut at noon) which are so beautiful – very different to a dandelion clock when you look closely as the little umbrellas are all inside out.

IMG_1606And orchids again – masses and masses of deep red ones, which I also think are marsh orchids but very different from the ones we saw the other day. They do seem to be a really variable plant.

IMG_1592Loved this furry caterpillar too!

IMG_1597We ended up walking far further than we intended as it was so peaceful, realised we were absolutely starving and headed back to hit the cake 🙂 But we’ll definitely be going back again as it’s a huge area and there’s loads more to explore.

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Beauty on the doorstep followed by cake and good coffee – I can’t think of a better way to spend a morning. Hope your weekend was good too!

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