A few weeks of happiness – #20 – 22

A week of happiness, Journey true north

Well, it’s the end of a holiday Monday, and the softness of autumn is well in the air. Thanks to many things for a very nice few weeks. We are very grateful.

Thanks especially to a two part holiday. Camping in the trees:


Time at the beach:


And lots of time, to play:


How was your week?

Thanks to A New Life Wandering for this delightful idea.


A week of happiness #19

A week of happiness, Journey true north

Sometimes life shines in extreme colour.

Sometimes it seems that the sights, smells and sensations of life blaze with intensity. For no real reason, in this happy space, the colours of life have shone brightly this week.

They looked a little like this:

Play 2 Collage

This:Play Collage

And this: Sleep

What colours shone through your week?


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Be your inner child: 8 activities to enjoy just as much as your kids

Parenting, Wonder

Watch kids play and you see tiny moments of wonder that light up their faces – each and every day. They have an incessant urge to get amongst it, take life at full pace, soak it up and spit it out in a burst of crazed energy. Followed by collapsing in a heap recounting the best of their day (sometimes while simultaneously sliding into sleep).

We have a lot to learn.

Weeks of happiness – #12 and #13

A week of happiness, Journey true north

As the year started anew, we had time to bask in some simple moments of happiness – family, travel and a lovely cold swimming pool or two. Here are some of our small highlights.

New toys to bounce on.


Stunning gardens to explore.

Garden 1    Lily pads  Garden2

And the peacefulness of nature, in our hot summery land.


I hope your change of year has been one with simple pleasures to savour. And the year to come offers much to enjoy.

Happy, happy 2015.

Thanks to A New Life Wandering for this delightful idea.

A week of happiness #9

A week of happiness, Journey true north

Thanks to this week for advent’s first days, it’s you that has sparked our latest great phase. Our cheer will be spread with a bright, festive plan, Christmas days of good wishes, and joyful élan.

I am thankful for many things in this sparkling festive week. Here are some snippets:

Christmas feet


Christmas collage


Feet 2

What were the highlights of your week?

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A week of underachieving: 4 ways to ease the mind

Mindfulness, Parenting

We all have them. Frantic weeks, weeks with illness, weeks with visitors, or too many activities to attend, schedule, manage. Weeks with broken toys and chewed books to repair. Weeks with calls to make, family to see and urgent tasks. Sometimes weeks with all of these at once.

Every now and then life just piles up and you realise that your To Do list is more overwhelming than soothing in its sense of order, your personal butler is still a lottery win away and there’s no babysitter who can magically take the small folk off to the park for say…six hours, to help you whittle the list down to a manageable size.

And this is where we are this week. Because this week, I fought the battle with my To Do list, and, by all accounts, I lost.