It's not going to go viral is it !!
But I don't suppose you come to a blog called Live Simply for excitement and scandal..
I decided today to take snapshots of my day just as it sometimes is - ordinary. Peaceful and quietly productive.
Ordinary can be a blessing, can't it.
I hope you had a good day too.
Thanks for reading.
Naomi Seldin has some interesting things to say about dealing with sentimental and inherited clutter (see here) and the biggest secret she says, the one that will set you free, is
'Your kids don't want your stuff!'
Discuss/consider/send it to your mother/ask your children now.....
..for any architect is to build across the road from an iconic building such as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art.
I'm a graduate of GSA and can't wait to see the new Reid building properly and to judge for myself whether, as architect Steven Holl put it, the new building works 'in a symbiotic relationship' with the old.
There are some good photographs here.
You will be hearing more of this....
Watch this space!
When you find
the perfect notebook
It's better than going back for more and finding they are discontinued.
Other things I stock up on -
The right colour of tights
Pens the right thickness (how I wish I'd bought five -or ten - when in Stockholm - it is ridiculous to love a pen so much!)
Tealights when they are on special offer
What do you stock up on?
I'm enjoying this book by Susannah Conway
'What's the kindest thing I can do for myself right now' is a question she suggests we ask when stressed.
'I can take each day as it comes, and if it's a day that needs a little extra sugar sprinkled on it then so be it.'
More about this intruiging book anon but here is some heartwarming news: Fifty four boxes have arrived at the Syrian refugee camp in Bulgaria and the warm clothes were distributed today. Gil Clasby sends a big thank you on behalf of her Syrian friends. See here and here for the story..
Whether you are male or female, how would you answer these questions?
I'm glad it's March.
I'm having a fresh start.
We do give significance to numbers and dates, don't we? I mean there's no reason why I shouldn't make a fresh start on the 19th of February, or the 22nd of September really, but 1st March it is.
In what area of your life would you like to make a fresh start?
For me it's the garden. I am getting rid of all those pots lined up under the hedge. They are full of things which we have no room for, don't actually have the right conditions for, no longer recognise, are not quite nice enough to give away or sell, are pot bound and need a lot of attention to recover, or are dead already! They are on my conscience and even when I am not looking at them I know they are there.
I also know there are people out there who would like them - but apart from putting out the word that I am getting rid of plants, how am I to find those people really, and transport the stuff to them - then I would find myself making them look better for them, potting them on and before I know it I'll be dividing them and back where I started.
Saving surplus plants is a vicious circle!
Getting rid of them is not a sin!
The same could apply to the seed collection....
I want to use my time in the garden nourishing the healthy favourites I already have, setting them off to best advantage, enjoying every stage of their development, savouring them.
So, it's a fresh start. Yay!
The print 'Canvas on Chrome' is by the late Sandra Blow.
I do love it - it lifts my spirits and I always hang it here about this time of year. (It is more vibrant a yellow than it looks in the photograph.)
And the sweet card is by Julia Johnstone of Essence Press.
I have a bookmark by Julia Johnstone which says enigmatically -