Walking around Chateau D’Ussey yesterday I had a moment of…. Well I like to call it mindful wonder.
How many people had walked across the tiles, wood and marble floors that we were now treading.
Who were they?
Why were they were?
Did they want to be there?
What was their job and role in relation to the Chateau workings and the nobles who lived and frequented it?
So ladies and gentleman, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Chateau Le Feet!
Well here I am in the beautiful French Loire Indre Valley for a couple of weeks of R&R.
And you’ve guessed it. My little pocket of pleasure that is…… Enjoying a coffee, sitting outside a French Cafe watching the world go by.
This time the coffee is in the charming river side town of Chinon and another in a village called Descartes.
As I sit here in Poitiers France with this view from my hotel window. I can’t help but think about the manifestation of gratitude I mention in #1 post of my new gratitude practice.
Things I’m grateful about since my last post.
Dad recovering from post operative delirium and hopefully being transferred out of ITU this morning.
My safe flight to poitiers and the fear I have of flying not stopping me boarding.
My mother’s continued bravery of being away from home from the Vendee to Poitiers whilst dad is in hospital.
For dad’s continued healing journey after major heart surgery and his progression back to health.
My safe flight tomorrow evening back to the UK
Mum’s continued strength and health.
I have just started reading yet another book on my kindle. This time Kyle Gray’s book titled ‘Angel Prayers’ and he suggested a gratitude journal that not only gives thanks to the things you know about but also to those you want to manifest. For years I have kept a gratitude journal but never for manifestation. So here goes.
Today I give thanks for five things I have had.
Safe journey to the hotel at the airport.
Dad’s health improving and him coming out of post operative delirium.
Thanks to mum being calmer seeing dad released from the restraints ITU had to put on him to keep him safe as well as the people looking after him.
Thanks to my brother for looking after mum and dad over the past few days.
Thanks for the holiday company allowing us easily to change our destination so we can be nearer to the hospital if needed whilst still having a holiday that we need after everything so far this year has thrown at us.
I would love to get in that plane calm and not experiencing the fear I get whilst flying.
Dad continues to improve and heal
The next two days being a positive experience without worrying about the fear coming back knowing I have to fly home.
Martin’s had continues to gain strength following his fusion operation
I’ll try to update gratitude regularly and let’s see what happens.
Take care all
Yesterday saw the Spring get together of the Worthing Clandestine Cake Club here on the sunny coast. A great couple of hours drinking coffee and talking about, but most importantly eating cake with a total of ten of them to get through.
I made a raspberry Bakewell cake which I have to say went down a treat and one I will definitely be making again.
Here’s the official published blog post link.
Clandestine Cake Club Blog
One thing I always ensure I never leave home without is my Kindle or device with the kindle app, already synchronised to bookmark my current page. My own personal and portable library, book shop and world of fiction/ fantasy to disappear into. In other words, a little pocket of lots of pleasures.
This evening I am staying in a small motel in East Sussex ready for meetings tomorrow morning and to save fighting on a notorious slow road in rush hour, let alone on the first day back from the Easter holidays, I thought I would travel this evening and make the most of the time with writing the blog and then delving into my favourite place, a book.
Can’t beat it. Have recently read three great books. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, When Breath Becomes Air and The Amber Keeper. All different and all great reads.
Nothing better than mindful reading in my opinion!
Now to delve into my next read. Last Train to Istanbul…..
Well today is the start of the four day break from the day job and a chance to relax and chill out for a few days over the Easter weekend, spendkng time with friends and family . Over the past few weeks my partner has had an operation requiring 8 weeks in a plaster cast and my father , who lives in France has been in and out of hospital over the last few weeks. So as we continue to make our way through spring and into the summer ahead I can’t help but reflect on the last few months and the winter we have left behind.
Probably like most people during the winter months, with the shorter dark days, I like to lock myself away in a cosy home, with my partner and the two boys (see previous posts) and use this time to, in effect, allow myself to rest and give myself that time to just stop. Similarly to the plants and animals that a still happily hibernating. The clocks going forward for me, again in tune with nature is the time I feel awake and somewhat ready to face the world again.
Like the flowers just raising their heads above the warm earth it is time! Time to get out more. Time to start preparing the garden for the months ahead. Time to get out and about in the evenings, making the most of the late spring evening sunshine to get that last bit of fresh air before retiring for the night. Being mindful of the day, the moment I am in, what I have and what the coming few months will bring.
We still managed to get away for a few days break in the New Forest before my partner’s op and echoing our preference to retreat during the first few months of the year, we rented a cabin which sat in a remote part of the area with the door opening directly on to the forest parkland. Regular morning visitors including the forest ponies and deer which I think the dogs had an innate respect for and stayed clear. Their size probably helped too!
Enjoying long walks, rewarded with an Ale at the end, the few days away was a great added bonus for the time of year. Who knows what the rest of spring and summer has to bring but one mindful reflection I have made is that today, this moment and in this place all is well.
The boys look like they’re happy with spring arriving too.