..and do something completely different when the computer is driving you mad...
for me, a walk in the forest can do the trick.
A lot of rhododendron has been cleared from the forest floor this year.
A few pickings later
a wreath began to take shape..
larch and some crab apples.
A useful tip - leave it on a flat surface for a day or two till it hardens or it will s t r e t c h into an oval!
Feet up this evening, and escaped into Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists.
Have you read it?
I was supposed to be saving it for a long train journey later this month, but having peeped at the first few pages I cannot put it down!
The view from the hammock this morning.
(I do work sometimes, but in between, when the sun is shining, I lie in the hammock!)
Have you ever lain in a hammock on a windy day? The wind was strong enough to move the trees, which moved the hammock - it was rather like being at sea.
I was totally chilled out when....
I saw this!
A secret enemy?
And how do I fix it?
An hour or two in dappled sun..
followed by a lovingly prepared delicious meal.
We've had a very happy anniversary!
Because it was so hot while we were away, I spent a lot of time sitting in the shade in this small town garden (which I designed for friends) reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.
When we did venture out I found myself looking around York thinking that the characters in the book knew this city, walked these streets, Cardinal Wolsey would have arrived from London through that very gate. We visited Lincoln and the old part of that city too would have been familiar to some of the real people Mantel brings back to life so effectively. We went to Easton Walled Garden
which may have looked much the same as it did in Tudor times and the Cholmeley family who have owned it for 14 generations were around in Henry VIII's time.
We went to a wonderful concert of choral music by the scholars of St Martin in the Field in an ancient church in York and I realised that some of the music would have been known to Thomas Cromwell, and would probably have sounded just the same.
I became more immersed in the book and the period than I ever have before with any book, and it was a lovely experience. I'm now reading Bring Up The Bodies....
All because it was 26 degrees.
It's been a warm sunny evening and we had our meal outside, but just as I began to light candles and place them all around the garden, it began to rain..
'Let's put them in the greenhouse' said my husband, old romantic that he is!
So we did....
The midgies liked it too, but the citronella candles soon got rid of them, and I thought 'Hm, nice photo opportunity' only to find the camera battery was flat!
While waiting for the camera to charge...
I opened a bottle of wine, sliced some sourdough bread, made some good coffee, and with a piece of Brie de Meaux and a bit of Isle of Mull...
Our 6 x 8 greenhouse became a magic place.
It's what you make of what you've got really, isn't it.
One of my favourite things to do in the garden is to sit looking at it!
I have seven different sitting spots.
This one is just by the door of the shed and gets early morning and evening light.
It's made from a weathered piece of wood which washed up on the shore... and is sheltered by a thick hedge at the back.
It's a place to pause between jobs..
like chopping sticks for the fire,
And to watch for the fat buds of some oriental poppies to open, and to enjoy the random plants which self seeded or just ended up here for no particular reason.
It's a spot that wasn't designed, but just happened, and has a relaxed unpretentious workaday pleasure about it.
A nice spot.
I took myself off today to a gallery, and didn't think of all the things needing done.
Learning to Simply Chill has been one of the best things I've done since starting this blog. A rather serious person (I always have been - look at this photograph of me at about four years old!) I've learned, and am still learning to lighten up.
The sky doesn't fall in if I take a day off, change my mind, let myself off the hook, do something to a less than perfect standard, let the phone ring, skip a meal, or even do nothing at all!
Can you do this? Simply Chill?