dear Mr. squirrel i cannot get to see you in the snow or in your forest, but i have this picture and when i think of you,you remind me that life is not just about hustle and bustle,and humankind, it is about quiet moments and nature, and belonging to something. i will remember........
i am just doing small posts at the minute,because it's what feels right for me.there are other things going on, but by posting small snippets i am keeping in touch with you all,my friends out there, near or far,human,angel or fairy,small animals and all, L&T, kat (L&T=love and thoughts)
Two lovely ladies Philippa and Hazel tagged me recently and it involved my sharing with you the 6 quirky/unspectacular/ordinary facts or things about me,and in honor of a Tree of happiness award from Hazel-my 6 favourite things that make me happy. So i have combined them in this mosaic as a picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes. Still i would like to add just a 'few' extra words to go along with....
6 'Quirky things that are unspectacular but i wanted you to know about me' are
I loved ballet dancing from age 4 onwards,and will do ballroom dancing in the future i'm sure
I love swings especially those in trees and will at some point have a garden with a big tree especially for this reason
I believe any time we are at peace we contribute that vibration to a collective global peace
I love bags and have to many-i think its because of the feeling of security, having what you need with you when you need it,a place to store and carry whats important,plus they are a cool touch to an otherwise boring outfit sometimes!!
I love fabric hearts, i seem to have a collection of them without setting out to start one.
I want to spend time in a tepee one day-(i think i had a tribal life before!)
And now my 6 favourite things that make me happy....(i havent included the obvious choices here like family, friends, pets or even blogging!)
The sky...i used to in times of despair when i could not do anything more, look out at the sky and watch the clouds drift and soak up that bluest of blues, the colour of the sky is,and gradually, slowly but surely, somehow remember there was a vast Universes out there that cared.The sky holds a special place in my heart.
The sea...many a year was spent vizulising being at the beach,and many a time i have used the ebb and flow of the waves to remind myself of the wisdom that is shown in nature.or the vastness of the ocean as a metaphor for the Oneness of all the energy of the Uni-verse.The sea speaks to my soul and i am grateful.
My discovery journalling...which simply put means-scrapbooking with the intention of gathering inspiration, and revealing previously hidden aspects of your Self through what you are drawn to include.Has been a huge part of my life for a long time, inspiring me in so many ways,whether in the area of healing, creativity, expression or the resilience of the human spirit. its a place i collect what uplifts me, touches me, or speaks to my spirit.This can reveal suprising guidance as well as a spring board for creativity. Using images, poems, photographs,wording,magazine articles,newspaper clippings,and my own writing. it has blessed me in so many ways and i'll always make time for it, because it gives me back so much more than at first would seem.
Wildflower meadows...with grasses that drift in the breeze,meadows have always been for me a place that represents freedom. a place where you can be yourself,and have fun,or feel at peace resting under a tree,soaking up the balance of nature and the fresh air.i so want to really be in one at some point..
A baby...just a dream for now, but i have always loved and wanted a child of my own and i feel that the universe has a plan on that dream and i shall see it come true.
Secret Garden....our garden here has always been of great support to me and on lots of years it would be the only place i would get to see. some years i couldnt even get to it,but dad did me window boxes which brought some of its life and vibrancy up to me instead. Its nothing grand,just a small ordinary back garden here in the Uk, but its ours and its lovely and i like that we encourage butterflies and birds and bunnies to play there. it adds to the 'ordinary magic' of what would, without care and love, be a pretty bland and non vibrant little square in the world.
So thats my tags completed time to tag you! ...and partake only if you want to of course by giving us 6 quirky/ordinary things about you or your life Tara-Lynn, Holly and Hazel
And give us your 'Tree of happiness' in the form of 6 things that make you happy.. Philippa, Carol and Raya.
(please click on the names if you want to visit these gorgeous blogs)till next time,with love kat xox
Went to my favourite place today, the beach! had a lovely time, sat in deck chairs for a few hours as the sunshine was lovely and warm. Watched the waves and felt uplifted by the energy of just Being there. Felt the blessing of having a beautiful beach to go to and a blue sky day to match it.
I went down to the water and enjoyed the waves. While we were there the tide was still coming in and the waves got bigger as they reached the shore line. It was Seaton Sluice where i like to go but this time we went further along to a differemt car park as it was on the flat to get onto the beach. Which was better for Mam's walking.
I didnt want to leave! on the way home we stopped and icecream from a cafe. It was like homemade,and tasted like jersey cream was in it. Lush ( :
Just posting some snaps below and will see you soon,k xox
Had a drive along the coast this afternoon,pretty windy out and plenty of kite surfer's taking advantage of that. Enjoyed the sea,air,waves and had some chips along the way!
Wrapped up warm when out the car, had a little browse around a flea market thats inside the train station. Got a gemstone in the shape of a heart,its blue goldstone and sparkles amazingly.
Watched a spaniel running in and out the waves, how much energy it had!
Just waiting now to catch the end of Chelsea flower show and see who won the people's award...its the Bupa garden thats won,which had some beautiful planting and was very sensitively thought out for those with alzheimer's disease
I'd hoped it would have been 'Life to Life' the tribute to George Harrison.This garden is inspired by the life of George Harrison of The Beatles.His childhood, the colourful 1960s, his later years and finally his spirituality are all represented in it.Designed by Yvonne Innes and Olivia Harrison. I loved that one, the different sections representing different times of his life with a pyschedelic pathway through the whole,leading to the top part where there is a beautiful lotus like temple,so peaceful with white themed planting there.i had been going to give you a link but typepad has changed and i can't get it to work....anyone else having difficulties getting used to it or is it me?so here's the link written out instead http://www.bbc.co.uk/chelsea/show_gardens/life.shtml
better luck next post,love kat x and thanks to Michele at cowboys and custard for the mention -see my list of blogs for link ( ;
I have revamped my etsy shop, its something i have been wanting to do for ages now, and i'm pleased to say i am well on the way to stocking it with some of the items i've been making. i did this mosaic on big huge labs to showcase my range. Most of the pieces have a french vibe, with eiffel towers and old vintage postcard images featuring. Along with the wording you know i love so much like, 'wish upon a star' or 'believe'.
Do you like my new business card? Mandy of Belle and boo did it for me! i am very honored as the butterfly and meadow feel is just what i wanted. I sent her some star jasmine as she has been such a star to me.There's new things coming from Belle and boo too soon,so watch out for them.here's a sneaky peek at the new website front page!! i love swings in the trees and this was one of my favourite moments on holiday last year.... it would'nt seem much to many people,and may even seem too young a thing to do to others, but to me - the sense of freedom was amazing after many years ill in bed, in one room. To be out in nature surrounded by the birds song and to hear the branches and leaves of the tree and feel the wind against my face was an experience both of freedom and of fun, both of which were almost entirely absent for a long long time. i havent come across another tree swing as yet,but if i do, i hope to go on it.
One thing i have come to appreciate is to be in and to live each moment as much as i can,i did this even before i had much of an' out an about' life to lead,and it still supports me now. Also i must never hold back, worrying what others might think of me. Its my life, and as much as i can, i want to live it in my way. Maybe there will be a swing near Windermere this time,(in a different area of the Lake District) where we are going at the end of June-lets hope so ( ;
We spent a lovely afternoon in the sunshine today and i soaked up the positive effects of that as much as possible after a spell of not getting out for one reason and another it was a very welcome drive through countryside, open fields, trees and sheep to everyside. After a short walk round Corbridge we went up the hill to the art gallery Fifiefofum. It was the second visit and this time round we stayed for a cuppa and scone,the homemade food was as beautiful as the view(above). The paintings, many of local scenes, beaches and hills were so inspiring,and i spoke to the lady who owns it and who was busy painting in oils herself. They run some really good workshops there so thats something to have a think about. Though it would be hard to choose between jewellery ones, painting or embroidery.
The gallery itself is up a winding road and set next to a few private homes It is a beautiful spot and with the most amazing view,unbroken by buildings or pilons for miles. Being in nature again reminded me of my holiday in the Lakes and how i came back wishing to paint,or at least have a go. I have acrylics but the more professional results seem to come from oils, but they do have a strong smell and i wouldnt know where to begin as far as which canvases. However i know a good website and they sell sets with a video in to guide you so i think i may give one a try...so thats my thoughts for today,bye for now, kat x P.s. i still sometimes have to pinch myself when i see myself standing outside like this,tis amazing ( :
This was down at Tynemouth about 2 weeks ago, i just haven't got round to blogging about it till now. I wanted to share it as its such a beautiful place and particularlly nice when there's blue sky all around. It was a touch windy that day but that made the surfing all the better. Not that i was partaking i might add, just nice to watch those that were. Wetsuits still very much needed, as the north sea isnt the most friendly of seas when it comes to its temperature. Though as far as cleanliness goes, its pretty top notch, which i think is what the blue flag is for. To the right of this shot is a structure which when my mam was little used to be a huge outdoor swimming pool that the sea filled but sadly its no longer used. It would be so nice to have it revamped but i expect not only is there a shortage of money for such things but that the cost to cover a lifeguard for the season would also be too high. I do think though that when people complain abouyt teenagers causing problems they never think that there's just simply nothing for them to do. Somewhere such as this would be a great meeting place especially for the younger teenagers. Anyway if you drive a bit further along you come to the main street which has shops and if you keep going and turn left you can drive down to see where the ships sail into the harbour and also see the Priory standing up on the cliff.
and here is the right and side view...
Perhaps i'll finish with a pic of me and spot the seagull in the sky on this one,i love that! when wildlife make an impromptu appearance on photos..it certainly captured the beauty of the day all the more as you cant have a visit to the sea without the call of seagulls filling your memories of it.It was a gentle trip out and i felt the sea air really did me good. Kat x
My favourite flowers (roses excepted) are sweetpeas, their sent and delicate colours are what capture me and i cannot help but wish that they were avaliable all year, but then perhaps their limited time makes them that bit more special. Here are some in the garden i wanted to show you wish i could send you their scent too.... and a close up their are some other colours growing up canes too but these are a different variety to what my dad usually grows and they are in a basket.
This is a feature on Savannah Miller in Elle magazine talking about her new clothing line with her sister Twenty8twelve isnt she beautiful and i love the vase of flowers. she has lots of interesting trinkets and clothes in her wardrobe and many passed onto her from her little sis how lucky is that. She lives a very different life to Sienna though as she is married with a little boy.here's a pretty necklace they showed, that sienna gave her on her wedding day.... Lastly i wanted to include a photo i took the other week as we drove passed The Angel of the North a huge steel structure of an angel that is a favourite of the people here,by artist Anthony Gormley.
At the start of July i went to the Lakes which was my first holiday for a long time,around 16years. My health has improved to the point where it was now possible to go and though it began with an understandable amount of apprehension i'm pleased to say that i had a lovely time and so did mam and dad. We stayed near Penrith which is in the North of the Lake district. We then visited Keswick,Penrith town itself, Derwent water and Ullswater. It was beautiful and amazing for me to see such wide open spaces with such a tranquility there. The weather stayed overcast but only rained on us one day. mainly the rain fell at night. The cottage was lovely a modern conversion from a barn and the living room was upstairs with a sky light window. We went to a place called The Alpaca center and i got a lovely cardigan there which i'm wearing in this picture. It was made in peru from alpaca wool. I've discovered how soft baby alpaca wool is,its just gorgeous. Alpaca's themselves were originally bred from camels and they have a resemblance to them but are much smaller and friendlier in nature. The place kept some in the nearby field and uses the wool. I've more photos to share over the coming days its good to be back blogging again i've missed it. There has been alot to catch up on and emotions to work with from my holiday so i havent had as much time to type till now. The bunnies missed me when i was away. My brother came in and fed them and they've grown alot since i last shared any pics with you...here they are on the garden table, it took awhile but i eventually got them to pause side by side!
I saw many of these wild roses yesterday and just had to post one to share how beautiful a colour it is i also spent some time near some trees which was a real miss during my illness....and so meant so much to be near them as i know some of you reading this will appreciate there calm peacefulness. I want to say a special hello to zoe and how nice it was to hear of your time spent outside lately. also mary and spending time by the pond. i think of you all when i get to experience nature and i know how much you also love it. We explored to the left of the car park yesterday and dscovered a little stream we hadnt known was there and it sounded so lovely. I might have to have a work out of posting video so you can hear as well as see it in the meantime here is a picture. I havent worked out how to respond to brigit direct about the cards as she left a post asking about the backgrounds. The papers used are from Basic Grey 6x6 pads. hope that helps....