Today is the day that I thank you for reading and for your constant support and loveliness. I feel very blessed to have captured a space on the internet that is actually acknowledged.
Thank you for your kind words, your stories, e-mail, cards and yarn orders. I love you all and wish you a cosy time with friends, family and pets.
See you all in a few days.
I used this technique for the bottle brush trees.
Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes over here, on Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp I had a super good one.
I got up this morning at 6:00 to drive Bo to Eindhoven. When I left the house I turned the heating up and switched my electrical blanket on. I got back home at 7:30 crawled back into my warm bed and watched Friday’s Edward Norton show*. I did 4 loads of laundry while I had naps in between and just found out that I have nothing on the agenda for the rest of the day but getting orders ready and posting them.
I’m going to stay all day in my pj bottoms ignoring the boxes of Christmas decorations for the kitchen. I’ll drive to the post office wearing my pj bottoms and come back home and eat my third piece of apple pie. I’ll play some more solitaire on my iPad, I might have another cup of rich hot chocolate and I’ll cuddle BooBoo’s fluffy tummy.
Tomorrow I’ll go back to work but today I’m going to enjoy the rest of my Nothing Monday.
* I just read my error Edward Norton Show, Graham Norton Show that is of course. Oh my an Edward Norton Show … would be super interesting.
Today, while planting massive hydrangeas in my front garden, I’ve made a few decisions. Note that I do make major life decisions either in my garden or in my bathtub.
I have not been very happy lately and that’s quite unusual for my manner. I do not have an awful lot of stuff not to be happy about. I have a quite simple life with no responsibility but myself and my animals.
It’s my blog career that doesn’t please me. This year has been crazy with book deals, TV deals and other deals I don’t want to deal with.
Some people would be super excited with book and TV deals, not me I came to know. I like to be in control over everything I do and freak out when people want to mingle with that. I have a very personal blog about my home, garden and lifestyle so when other people want to turn that into something commercial it effects my whole life. I don’t want a TV show that’s set in my home where people will mock me, mock my life, mock everything I believe in. I don’t want some publisher to tell me what to write. And I certainly do not want a TV channel to forbid me to write about political and religious views I may or may not have. If I God dammit mother Mary Christ Jesus David Cameron Loreal Chanel Dior and all of the Max Factors in the world want to mention a brand that’s not one of the TV channels sponsors I get sued … Hello, it’s my blog.
So today I called the whole thing off, TV and book.
Quite weird as I have a blog already and because of the blog I got those deals, but because of those deals I have hardly time left to blog …. eh?
I walked away from all the responsibilities that chocked me right into my garden where the beautiful autumn sun was shining and planted, weeded and felt insanely happy again. My hens were sunbathing under the laurel hedge while Boo observed them.
I’ve learned that I’ll have to stick to the things I want to do and not to those created by other people who don’t write my blog or, as a matter of fact, write a blog at all. One day I might write a book or be on TV but not just now and not in the way I don’t want it to be.
I want to plan fairs, festivals, write and publish my own books. Work, chat, laugh, inspire and share with bloggers and readers. I just want to be 100% me and not some commercial hoo-ha.
I celebrated my victory with a massive salad (obliviously, cake would have been much better) and a big pile of magazines.
Life is clear and good again.
Thank you so much for being here as it’s you I keep this blog for xox
I should really put these summer hats in storage but they are too pretty, I can’t part just yet.
I’m piling again; magazines, cushions, blankets and logs … plus the odd hedgehog.
I’m composting and feeding the chicken at the same time. You know chicken are great for composting as they speed up to progress so so much, it’s unbelievable. I’m going to expand the chicken coop in spring and put my greenhouse in the coop and two compost heaps, man alive will I never have to buy compost again.
We are wearing hoodies and scarves again. Boris and I never wear coats as we both find them extremely uncomfortable and we can’t move freely. We wear hoodies and cardigans instead in many colours and patterns. The dotted one is from Boden as is the Fair Isle scarf, I initially bought the scarf for myself but now Boris is wearing it. I’ve made the crochet scarf last year of the acrylic yarn I sell in my shop. It’s washed many – o – time and it’s still super snuggly for an acrylic. Boris his shoes never look that new as those in the photo.
They normally look like this:
On a good day …
It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve started my much needed diet. I didn’t diet to become pretty I did my diet to become healthy, or rather stay healthy. After the scary blood disease I had in 2010 I became heavier and heavier. The 6 months I spent in hospital doing absolutely nothing but eating chocolates and watching an Australian TV show about mermaids around dinner time where my highlights of the day. Hospital food and chocolates where my highlights, it was a sad time.
I first started to loose the difficult kilos by doing the Cambridge diet with much success. After that I went on to no carbs, another success. And now with minus 45 kilo (quite embarrassing but no lies here, it’s my platform) I’m almost back to my old weight. Almost that is. It’s harder now and I need to move on to exercise … exercise, I kind of cringe by the word alone. Exercise, exorcism, execution … all the same category to me.
So I joined a gym. I didn’t know that gyms smell of sweaty people. I can’t stand the smell so I tried to go at times when the gym was empty, during lunchtime and would watch ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ while I cycled. I felt so lonely and pathetic on that equipment, so I gave up. I’ve replaced the smelly gym with nature and started walking and cycling outdoors. It’s cheaper, environmentally friendly, healthier and much more inspiring.
I’m not dropping kilos like a manic like I did before but I do feel more content.
I always thought it was the bread, savoury things and the pasta I’d miss doing a diet but I came to know that I miss sweets. Jelly Beans, HARIBO Gummy bears, Piña Colada cocktails, ICE CREAM and anything else that contains a lot of E numbers.
Banning them out doesn’t work for me as I’ll dream about all of the above mentioned and wake up in the middle of the night yearning it. One thing I’ve learned is that you should never withhold yourself from eating something you really want as you’ll eat it in the end and eat more of it. You’ll have that mini Magnum you’ve wanted all day and swallow it whole. You’ll need another one because of the greediness you didn’t get to experience the taste. And once you’re at it you might as well have a third one.
I’ve put myself on a ration by half filling Mason jars with two of my favourite sweets. I’ll have to do 2 weeks with half a jar each. It works, I’ve lost 45 kilos so far and still eating sweets.
Please feel free to share your diet tips or great exercise routines I could do at home.