‘Be happy for this moment, This moment is your life’. Omar Khayyam (1048-1132) Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been concentrating even more on my mindfulness practise – and being more in the moment. But, it feels a bit like groundhog day at the moment, Winter (and snow) re-appearing and Spring receding into the distance again (much like it was at the beginning of March). Once again it was a very cold weekend, with snow forcast, so I thought about what I might find the garden; most of the plants are looking a bit sorry for themselves (especially the Camellias) but plenty of bulbs coming up.
On Sunday 18th March, there was about 3inches of snow in our garden, the sky was blue, but it was very cold. It certainly concentrates your mind when you have to bundle up in your thickest coat, scarf, hat and gloves (and walking boots), just to explore what flowers are out in the garden. So I dashed out, and I found more than I was expecting. It made up for the pain from my arthritis, which doesn’t like the cold at all. I’ve struggled with the cold, with pain, which makes me tired all the time. That’s probably why it took over a week to write this blog – oh well I’ll try to be quicker next time.
As usual, I’m linking up with Cathy from Rambling in the Garden
Cathy’s blog was six years old last week – Happy Birthday! Last week she had paper flowers to celebrate, as her garden was deep in snow. This week Cathy has a beautiful pink and purple flowers including Daphne in a test tube.
I have learnt so much from reading her blog, and all the other garden bloggers around the world. Thank you for the advice and friendship everyone.
I’m looking forward to reading Cathy’s blog for many more years 🙂
In (and with) My Vase – flowers picked 18 March 2018
- Snow and Ice – most fell off the flowers before I could take photographs though.
- Two types of daffodils – tête-à-tête and another mini one with a more orange trumpet
- Two kinds of Hellebore
- Cotoneaster and rosemary to help ‘wedge’ the flowers at the ‘best’ height in the jug.
- Red wallflowers which shouldn’t be flowering this early!
- The jug was made by Sophie Allport – https://www.sophieallport.com/uk/I bought it on our first visit to The Lost Gardens of Helligan in 2015. I love the quote inside the rim.
- The Print is from Gemma and Shirley at The Seashack Designs
- A print from them has appeared before In a Vase on Monday: Violet (not Blue) Monday in Manchester (16 January 2018)
‘Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary’ Professor Brene Brown, University ofHouston – a social work academic with expertise in courage, vulnerability and empathy.
- They also have a facebook group for wellbeing –
- They sell wellbeing boxes though the post – I’ve just ordered my third one – lots of lovely, supportive quotes.
- No bees seen in the garden just yet 😉 The snow was very pretty though.
Happiness and Kindness
20th March was International Happiness Day – and this got me thinking about what happiness means to me.
- Kindness and Happiness are bound up together in my mind – If I’m kind to people (and kind to myself) it makes me feel happier.
- Being mindful, being more in the moment, helps me feel happier.
- Happiness and sadness are opposite sides of the coin – you can’t have one without the other. Nor can you ‘think’ your way to happiness – life doesn’t work like that… For me anyway…
I thought about what has helped my happiness over the last couple of weeks.
- spending time with friends. I battled out through the snow and freezing wind to eat Korean food for my pal’s birthday last Saturday – we had such a good time despite the horrible weather.
- walking – noticing what’s happening around me. What’s growing? what’s flowering? #OneHourOutside every day is going well 🙂 It lifts my mood.
- Spending time with My Chap – he’s in the middle of a group of long distance runs – one was 20 miles (Irwell Valley) on 11 March with some running pals.
This Sunday 25th March he ran 32 miles along the Rochdale Canal from Ancoats (just round the corner from where CottonopolisWI meet) in Manchester city centre up to Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire. It was an early get for the 830am start, especially because of the clocks going back. It took him 5hrs 32mins – he said it was a wonderful day for a run, gorgeous scenery and he’d do it again (he really loves running); as usual I was supporting and shouting alot 😉
- Helping others – My Chap and I raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (because My Chap’s brother died from MND in Jan 2017) – we do our bit to raise awareness of this vile disease. We’ve made many good friends because of our involvement with the local branch and the RunMND crew. In a couple of weeks, we will be meeting up with fellow fundraisers at Manchester and Brighton marathons; My Chap is running and I’m cheering.
- Trying to be the best version of myself I can be – the photos of the bee murals in Monton remind me of this.
There’s another on a brick wall on the boundary of Monton/Swinton and another appeared on the shutters of Adele’s handbag shop. Bees are the symbol of Manchester because of the industriousness of its workers. Mancs also say ‘buzzin’ alot too 😉 You’ll see them all around the city – though they often look like wasps or hover flies 😉
- Trying my best every day – and starting again tomorrow…
I’m looking forward to more bulbs flowering, especially daffodils. I have permanent reminders of narcissi in the garden. But, most of all I’m looking forward to seeing more real bees in the garden. I’ve have plants to attract them, and I know they love lavender nearly as much as I do.
What do you have planned for this week? How does it help YOUR happiness?
I’m doing more yoga, walking to enjoy the Spring weather, and lunching with pals – and time with my Chap.
We are looking forward to Easter, some time together, time out and about, reading and relaxing. Hopefully enjoying better Spring weather too 😉 Fingers crossed.
Love Bec xx xx xx
*I paid full price for the jug and the ‘be kind’ quote and I wasn’t asked to write about them.