Houseplants · Nature

Health and Houseplants

 

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Spider plant and babies. (Chlorophytum)

I grew up in a house with trailing spider plants, busy lizzies and goodness knows what.

One house we rented had a resident cheese plant so big it grew along the ceiling. It was a bit nerve wracking trying to keep that alive!

Anyway, I resisted having houseplants in our new home. I concentrated on working in the garden but I guess I missed the house plants.

So, after my daughters started to buy all the trendy succulents and had been encouraged by their Grandpa to try cactii, I finally bought some and … I’m loving them.

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My new Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

 

There’s a calmness about the shades of green, a generosity in the way the leaves open out to the world.

What a delight to look at the flower on this Peace Lily.

House plants are said to have many benefits to human health.

One of them is that we exhale carbon dioxide and they use it up in photosynthesis and give us more oxygen.

 

 

Another is better memory retention – now, I just have to get into the way of remembering to water them!

Do you have a favourite house plant you would recommend?

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Might just have bought this the other day! Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

 

 

 

 

 

 

butterflies · Fairies · Nature

Butterfies and Fairies

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Small Tortoiseshell

 

Do you ever just know you are in the right place at the right time? Sometimes you’re lucky.

This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly did a tour of my garden before settling down for a rest.

I’ve always been fascinated by the symmetry and beauty of butterflies. Maybe because as a child I loved stories about fairies. If you look closely at the depictions of a fairy’s wings then really they are the wings of a butterfly. And so, it always seems to me there is something magical, something of another world about them.

Perhaps seeing a butterfly reminds me of those childhood days, lost in a book of fairy stories, transported to another world.

Just for an instant as they grace our presence.

 

I recently read had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book, ‘Cicely Mary Barker and her Art’ by Jane Laing. I’ve posted my review on GoodReads.

Ever wished you could name the butterfly that is fluttering by you?

Well, the Big Butterfly Count  is on until the end of August. There is a handy App you can download.

Butterflies must flutter into my thoughts  more than I realise. One of my very first blog posts  was about butterflies and there have been more since!

A Butterfly Moment

A Kaleidescope of Butterfly Moments

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  ~Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales

Time for a short story? One of my favourites is The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link.

 

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Take some ‘thyme out’.
Books · Nature · Reading · walking

Restful Reading

Reading something you enjoy for just 6 minutes a day can reduce your stress levels by two thirds.

 

So I thought of a couple of suggestions, hope you enjoy them!

  • Read my blog post about Balancing Life  with the Five Ways to Better Wellbeing.

 

 

 

  • Take a moment to read a poem.

 

 

 

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Forget-Me-Nots planted from seed last year!

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration · Nature · Poetry

Nature’s Poetry

Magnolia Blooms 

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Manicured Magnolia

She stares angrily at the sky
Twisted, gnarled, old and cold.
Stark bare branches harsh
Against a winter landscape.

A slight warmth, she tingles inside.
Slowly her fingers start to unfurl
A new season, a new design.
French manicure on her fingertips.

Days of warmth, sharp, painted buds
Appear like a witch’s crimson talons.
Clawing their way free from slumber
Reaching for the sun, waving hands.

Suddenly perfect blooms burst forth,
Soft as sumptuous balls of ice cream.
She dances gently in the breeze wearing her
Meringue styled wedding dress for all to see.

We are all, she proclaims, let us be,
Old and twisted, soft and delightful. Let us
Be the old witch and the good fairy too
Let us show you, we are all, all women.

© SareenMcLay

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Magnolia Blooms
Garden · Inspiration · Nature

Hidden Gems

Hidden in the winter soil.

This Sedum, a gift,  from my parents’ garden.

Perhaps it hasn’t survived, I thought. Then, this.

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Sedum after the rain

Worth the wait!

So if a gardener can wait, patiently, for the gems hidden below the surface to emerge, can a writer too? Is the preparation and maintenance work the same for the gardener as for the writer?

Words don’t come from nowhere. As a friend of mine, Rae Cowie, writes in her blog, you have to ‘fill the creative well‘.

Water and nourish to flourish with books, discussion, observation, experiences, emotions and, of course, time.

There’s more to this writing lark than sitting at a desk so I’m off out – and then, I’ll be back!

Wishing you all a lovely week and the best of luck in finding your own ‘hidden gems’.

 

 

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Hellebores in flower

 

bees · Flowers · Garden · Inspiration · Nature

Enjoying the Sunshine

When I started this blog I was determined it wouldn’t always be about sunshine. I would not only focus on the bright side but try to be realistic. After all, there have been dark days, there are dark days and there will be dark days.

I’ve written weekly over this past winter and scrolling back through the posts I see mostly sunshine.

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Tulip – opening up for the sun

As I write this, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and spring has definitely arrived.It is hard on a day like this to think of the darkness, to admit it exists or to let it in.

Earlier, as I was hanging out the washing, this giant bee appeared.

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Busy Bee!

 

 

 

 

Watching it, so busy, tumbling and bumbling over the bright orange petals I couldn’t help but be enchanted and inspired. What a work ethic!

I’ve mentioned before that this blog is a great place to put all the photos I take of the flowers in our garden. The things is, they look brighter, clearer in the sunshine. This means at odd moments I’ll find myself running out to take a picture while the sun is on the bloom.

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Standing, kneeling, sitting, to find the right angle I am taking a moment to myself. Appreciating nature and its ever-changing beauty because after all, everything changes, including the dark to the light.

 

 

 

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Daffodils – it has to be – Wordsworth!

 

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Flowers · Inspiration · Nature

Balancing Life

 

thumb_IMG_8729_1024Have you ever had the experience where all of a sudden your attention is drawn to something more than once over a short period of time?

When this happens it makes me sit up and take notice.

Recently while attending the Flourish workshops with Elaine Reid, I was introduced to the Five Ways to Better Wellbeing by the New Economics Forum then, flicking through a magazine for teachers I saw this:thumb_IMG_8739_1024

 

I think I’ve found another explanation for why this blog is ‘a little about a lot’, it’s because that’s life. It isn’t just one thing, it’s a balancing act of a whole lot of little actions.

While I think about this I am going to go for a walk with a friend, I’ll ask them how they are and try to take notice of the world around me!

Today, tomorrow, this week – how will you Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn or Give?

 

Happy Easter!

 

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