Life has been getting me down a bit lately. Not in the depressive sense, more in the ‘I don’t have time to do anything properly… my house is a mess… the garden is a mess and oh god I don’t have any clean socks! kind of way’. Taking time out to concentrate on the important things, the little things, the things that make your heart sing are so important yet from time to time they seem at arm’s length when even the mundane things are hard to make time for. It’s as though the momentary stretch required to reach those quiet moments is not quite within my grasp.
Work is pressing down on me, each day I come home with an aching mind and body, yoga provides the relief I seek from this pressure but it also provides the kind of healing aches and pains that remind me of the damage the fast lane can do to ones mind, body and soul and so I take a step back. I continue to cook and create, to stand in my garden with a cup of tea and stare up at the gums and watch the birds at play but I question the need to blog about it, to take a million photos, to spend more time on building my profile, stats and visitors than the cooking and gardening that inspired me to create this space in the first place. Is this what I set out to do?
I spent some time last night catching up on some of my favourite blogs. Pictures, ideas and stories that inspire me, I wanted to just immerse myself in the world of ideas, colour and movement. These stories let me know that blogging need not be anything more than an information exchange, an outlet for the beauty in life. It let me know that the good things are always around and that there is always pleasure to be found in the little things, even if nobody is watching. It’s not something I have done before but I decided to start making a list of the stories and ideas that moved me, made me smile and ponder. I’d like to share them with you now so that you, dear reader, may start to get a feel for who I am and what inspires me most – beyond the kitchen, beyond the garden.
This post from the Yellow House really resonated with me, this is what it’s all about.
I’m also inspired to re-visit the pot-luck, to spend time with friends and offer my very own ‘grand gesture’.
This post from Amanda at Easy, Peasy Organic has stuck with me the last couple of days. Heartbreaking but beautiful.
I am loving this series from Herriot Grace.
There is one blog I look forward to every week. It’s Desire to Inspires’ Pets on Furniture. Pets make everything grand, don’t they?
This is a wonderful story about community activism, generosity (and composting!) on a grand scale.
This is a great little piece from the NYT on why we all need a little more dirt in our diet and how the increasing popularity of farmers markets is helping to achieve that. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, I promise.
Just for fun: ‘Snacks of the Great Scribblers’
A beautiful, yet sad story of working with true purpose from Brain Pickings, a truly excellent blog.
And just finally, I try to refrain from political debates on this site for obvious reasons but this article is too important not to share.
Peace, love and mung beans.