Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Living with Less..

It's been two years this month since we packed up our old life, from the first home we owned, put everything into storage and took off in our little caravan in search of new beginnings. I vividly remember packing those boxes, filled with grief, with burden and frustration. How did I let my possessions overwhelm me? How did I lose my way and forget what was really important. The weight of our stuff was stifling and as we scrabbled to throw the last boxes onto the truck, I remember thinking I'd be happy never to see any of it again. 

Two years and three moves later, life is lighter, easier and so much happier. It's taken a complete paradigm shift and a conscious decision to do things differently and bit by bit we've begun to change the way we see our possessions. 

Getting started was fun and so liberating, but as we got done past the paper back novels and extra (and by that I mean way too much) crockery, things started to get tricky. Nostalgia begins to kick in, family heirlooms are not so easy to let go of and my sentimental nature sometimes get the better of me. Day by day though, I'm learning, that moments are collected and kept precious in the soul, not in useless day to day objects. 

Sticking to our living with less mantra has been a fascinating and at times challenging experience. The whole process is raising big ideas, posing important ethical and environmental questions and teaching me so many big lessons, most poignantly, that I am 'not the sum of my possessions', as Erin so beautifully put it in her recent blog post.

So week by week we try to tread a bit more lightly, choose a bit more carefully and most importantly make the decision to say no to more stuff. The dining chairs can be mended, the vacuum cleaner really is ok and although a new yoga mat would be lovely, the one I have is perfectly imperfect.

We are by no means total minimalists and I'm not sure we ever will be. We still have boxes in the garage that need sorting and wardrobes that are ready for another clean out, but we are getting there and it's that weekly process that continues to inspire our new lighter way of living. 

Much Love
xxx

PS. There are plenty of wonderful resources to create a happy, minimalist life.  One I've found really inspiring is The Minimalists.  They post great daily links on Facebook and have so much useful information on their website.  I'd love to hear about any resources you've found inspiring too.  

Monday, 20 October 2014

42/52..


 "A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: The broad bean queen! 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Conscious Living - A Love List..

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

List #002.. 
A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life. 

It's no secret I'm completely in love with natural homes.  And I'll admit, I have been known to take notes from cob making tutorials on YouTube from time to time.  There is just something incredibly inspiring and liberating about building your home with your own hands.  These natural homes inspired by nature are some wonderful examples.  

This farm made my heart sing.  I just love seeing people full of joy and doing what they love.  And what a fabulous quote, 'the world needs small farmers'.

And speaking of farms, here's another one that's invigorating our dream too, the gorgeous Church Farm General Store.  Enjoy their little film and interview over at The Vista for a peek into their homespun world in beautiful Billinudgel. 

I'm a super novice when it comes to home canning and preserving, but I'm really eager to learn.  I found this post a really useful place to start.  Do you preserve your produce? I'd love to hear your top tips.

Recently the lovely Bec sent me a copy of Pip Magazine and I just loved it.  Being new to permaculture, it's been a wonderful warm and friendly introduction that's got me so inspired.  

Ever wondered how your wool ends up in a lovely little ball ready to crochet? Be sure to check out from sheep to skeinso fascinating to read Cinnamon's wooly story. 

This blog post left me thinking for days.  I really love Erin's blog and there was something so beautiful and raw about her words that really resonated, particularly the line, 'we are more than the sum of our possessions'.

Also this thought provoking post about the truth of fast fashion and another great post by Erin about creating a conscious wardrobe, something I'm also really striving towards.   

Over the past few weeks I've loved reading A Staple Store's Instagram notes to my daughter.  Such beautiful and powerful messages.  

I just love this print, created by the very talented Millie.  I often think about the idea of tribes and making those gorgeous connections.  I think she's got it spot on. 

And I'll leave you with one of my favourites for the week, a tour of Autumn Farm, a special little spot that feels so authentic and inviting, I'd love to pop by for a visit.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
Much Love
xxx

PS. Just a little bit of self promotion.. We are having a special giveaway over on our Wilde Asher Instagram.  Pop by and enter for your chance to win one of my one off, crochet mandalas and one of my sister's gorgeous art prints. x

PPS. Thank you so much for your sourdough tips! I'm back to my regular baking schedule tomorrow and can't wait to try them out.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

These Days - Everyday Gratitude..

These days, I am full of gratitude for our bountiful daily harvests.

These days, wild and windy afternoons call of a match of homemade spiced apple muffins.

These days, these two besties love nothing more than hanging out together. 

These days, the riverbank makes the perfect studio, especially as the gorgeous old paddle steamer passes by.

These days, as we wander past this sweet little garden, I'm reminded of Alice in Wonderland. 

These days, I'm becoming part of our Spring garden.. and I couldn't be happier!

Much Love
xxx