:: taking time to sit a while in the Attic window seat and watch the delightful midsummer weather play out across the landscape. The view above is to the left of normal, can you see the church tower and then behind it the castle nestling in the trees? ::
:: taking time out in my back yard to sit and ponder this and that over an afternoon cuppa ::
:: taking time to do the rounds of my recently planted up pots, deadheading a few flowers, sniffing the herbs, scooping up snails, enjoying my dinky little outdoor space ::
:: taking time to unwrap a spontaneous supermarket purchase of stocks and arrange them in a jug. I felt that under the circumstances I deserved two bunches of flowers instead of just one, and my-o-my they are totally divine. I can smell their sweet/spicy scent right now as I type ::
:: taking time for a little chocolate therapy of the Green and Blacks Maya Gold variety. It hit the spot nicely ::
:: taking time to have a little stroll through Magazine Wonderland whilst inhaling the aforementioned stocks and scoffing the aforementioned chocolate. It's a three-pronged approach to making oneself feel cheered and uplifted and it works wonders. Incidentally, the July issue of UK Country Living is utterly, totally scrumptious, I nearly hyperventilated with desire when I hit page thirty nine ::
:: taking time to drink in all that saturated floral colour, did I mention how much pleasure a couple bunches of cheap flowers can deliver? Ooodles I tell you.
:: taking time to appreciate the afternoon light as it streams in through the back window ::
It was our towns annual Gala today, you may remember me chatting about it last year? The Little People were so excited to be heading up to the park this afternoon for the funfair, the candyfloss and the daredevil stunts in the arena, but truthfully my heart was not in it. I walked with them to the end of our street, then on the spur of the moment I quietly asked J if he wouldn't mind if I stayed home alone for a while. I really, desperately felt the need to be alone, to Take Time for myself.
Taking time, yes I have been doing just that this afternoon and what a tonic it has been. I've been taking time to search out the little things that bring lightness and pleasure, escape and peace. Taking things slowly and gently and trying to let go of the worry and the fear. Not all that easy. Things with my Mum are currently described as "stable", we are awaiting words on Monday from a bigwig medical man who will look at test results and hopefully give us a more detailed picture. So until then we wait patiently and keep everything crossed. And I take time to appreciate all that is good.
Thank you so very very very much for all the positive thoughts you've been winging through my Attic Window, I can't tell you how thankful I am for the goodness you are sending my way.
Wishing you a weekend full of lovely little moments of happiness, take time to appreciate them won't you?