Another visitor to the Lily Leaf!
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Another visitor to the Lily Leaf!
Friday, 30 July 2010
Following the river to the City Centre.
The punts all lined up by the mill pond.
I love the willow trees.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
On Sunday night I prepared a menu for the weeks evening meals - (nothing elaborate or over descriptive, I need a bit of poetic licence to create!!)
and the menu looked like this for Monday:
Monday - Chicken with Potatoes and Salad.
Lets see what happens for the rest of the week........
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Today the walk was beautiful, the river full of punts and visitors to the city enjoying the sunshine.
On a Sunday there is a Farmers and Craft Market in the city centre square just in front of Kings College.
I went to my favorite stall and bought 2 'hearts' one made of bleached twigs and one solid wooden one with the word 'Life -it's a wonderful life' on it.
The spires of KINGS.
I also bought this delicious set of painted tiles in metal holder for use as drinks mats, prices were much cheaper than the design shops and I loved the simplicity (there's that word again!)There is more to share but I will wait for another time.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
The last couple of decades nurtured the 'grab it, have it all' culture that has become a part of the materialistic driven western world and I am right there in the mix, wanting, spending, credit busting and think about it tomorrow way of living.
'Melt down' began to creep into our consciousness and as last year's recession became a reality it was time to think again, which I did, I did a lot of thinking and not much doing!
For me it is only lately that I have been thinking about how to live differently, not by giving up what I know for a completely different way of life, but doing things differently within the life I already lead (which by the way is a happy and rewarding one) hence the one word that sums it for me is SIMPLIFY.
I am blessed with a wonderful family, a gorgeous man for a life partner, a home, a garden, a market town lifestyle, a job that makes a positive difference to the lives of others. In some aspects of my life I have already chosen a simplified route but the time is right to apply the 'simplify' message to other things.
So the challenge is set.. resourcefulness, organisation and de-clutter are the starter words, I will keep you posted.
PS .. the garden pictures are favorite corners from my garden)
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
One of the best things about the English summer months is the country fetes.
Villages surrounding the town hold fetes through late May until early September and I love the simplicity of the days out at a fete.
Craft stalls and Cakes, Tombola and Coconuts, Tea and Beer Tents, Live Music and Dog Shows - whats not to love.
Food Fayre's are good too and last week I bought the most delicious Cheddar cheese and onion chutney which we had for our lunch with some homemade bread.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
We went away early this year (my man and I) seeking some sunshine just in case the English summer sunshine didn't make it again, we planned the trip to a sun drenched isle during the coldest winter for years in the market town and I am so glad we did because it would be such a shame to be away now summers here...those long dreamed about warm days, summer fetes, picnics, concerts in the park, BBQ's and market town folk and visitors to the town sitting on the ancient common grass land just enjoying the history and beauty of the town I am lucky enough to live in.
I will be sharing a lot more of market town life here on the 3 counties boarder of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk but for now I am off to have dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the evening sunshine.