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.
Well, isn’t it funny how life gets in the way of living? Since my last post times have been hectic to say the least. With the setting up of my new Homoeopathic clinic, the day job too and working on some essays for publication, January has already passed me by.
So this morning before another morning of meetings I left home earlier to have some time in a coffee shop having an uplifting mocha.
Here I am sitting in a small independent cafe near Brighton and taking a few minutes to just be.
Have to say, that there is something totally different to sipping a warming mocha in an independent coffee shop rather than the chains we are seeing take over our high streets. The fast food of coffee as I like to call them.
The atmosphere here is great, the staff are talkative and not using the commercial script so many of the other shops follow and the mocha is made with pure pleasureand great customer service.
So another new year challenge for me to undertake is to support independence. Let’s get our high streets back to being adorned by smaller local businesses and not the clone towns we are sadly seeing.
Liberte, fraternite, and Mocha!,
The last breath taken.
Renewal of soul ready.
Rise again my sweet.
via Daily Prompt: Renewal
One thing I love is my independent professional celebrant role and helping people create a truly unique and personal ceremony to mark those special occasions.
This Sunday, I had the great honour of being the celebrant at a naming celebration for a little boy coming up to his third birthday.
The setting was glorious, here in Sussex at the luxury hotel called Amberley Castle.
The ceremony itself included readings, some taken from other sources and some created by the friends and family present on the day.
A wonderful and humbling profession and one that most definitely brings out the creative and technical writer in me.
Who else wouldn’t enjoy conducting a ceremony in this kind of setting?