This was April 2015.
A little while yet, but I could go and find the pot..
I don't always remember where I heard or read them but here are some of the things I wrote down so that they would stick...
The past has served its purpose.
Self care is not optional.
You may not realise how wiped out you are.
When you are feeling overwhelmed you are trying too hard. Thich Nhat Hanh
Housework - a daily practice that promotes wellbeing.
And my current favourite (it makes me laugh)
To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. Matt Haig in Reasons To Stay Alive
We visited the Ardfern studio of artist Hannah Tofts whose warm welcome and wonderful energy inspired us. Do browse around her website - she teaches, writes books, gardens, cooks, campaigns against plastics in our seas (she has a seven year collection of plastics from beach cleans!) and paints. A colourful antidote to this winter weather..
..to avoid the snow! We must have been in one of the very few places in UK not to have snowstorms (my village was cut off while I was away). Ardfern was bitterly cold but dry and bright with barely a flurry of the white stuff, and we had a most relaxing time.
We were five (three good cooks - I am so lucky with my friends!). A walk around the frozen ponds in Arduaine Gardens looking at the strange hieroglyphs on the frosted paths, books, films, food and wine and lots of laughter. We watched in amazement the rest of the country on the nightly news and shared pictures and news from our stranded friends and families.
The roads had re-opened when it was time to come home.
This seemed to be the only hazard (and we didn't see it).
How did you fare?
I hope you are all safe and warm.
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)