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In a vase on Monday – dahlias still here! #100happydays

The weather in Manchester this Autumn has been very odd indeed.  It’s been really very mild (12-15C)  and not alot of rain. I moved these dahalias in their into my porch at the beginning of November and they shouldn’t be flowering still.  So they’re also my #100happydays photo for today.

I picked them on Saturday for my In a Vase on Monday  (and photographed them while the sun was out!) before Storm Clodagh came over.  They are the very last of the flowers in the pot so are a little raggedy but I loved the colour combination. The colours of late summer – beautiful :-).  I don’t know what their names are because my tags have blown away 😦 Continue reading

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#100happydays challenge 1-5 photos

Much of this year has been very difficult for me mentally and physically, especially after my friend died in April 2015. A couple of weeks ago I saw the #100happydays challenge – http://100happydays.com/

I decided to have a go – it’s pretty simple really…It’s asking

  • Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?  
  • Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
  • It can be about anything or anyone.  
  • It’s a way of getting in touch with the moment you’re in
  • People can submit photos privately too.

My flowers and garden have brought me so much solace this year during such difficult times; my garden has been my sanctuary.  The Great Gardens (like Tatton, Helligan, Bodnant and Dunham Massey) we’ve visited have helped too as well, as have all the beautiful flowers from all gardening bloggers across the world.   I’ve been getting back into yoga (it helps my back trouble) and have been doing some mindfulness practise too.   And of course, my friends and especially my Chap have supported and loved me.

I hope doing this will remind me of things, people and experiences that help make me happy.  I’m definitely getting back to where I want to be.

#100happy days dahlia, vinegar, acorns, mindfulness 1-4

dahlia (1/100), vinegar (2/100), acorns (3/100), mindfulness (4/100) #100happydays

1/100 – mini dahlia in a very mini milk bottle

I found this flower lurking among the slug-ravaged leaves. I wrote about it here

2/100 – blackberry vinegar

We had huge amount of blackberries from both my mum’s and my friend’s gardens so I froze some for crumbles and other puddings   I decided to have a go a blackberry vinegar; it was very easy to make and it’s hidden away in the cupboard infusing.

I’ve got to wait a couple of weeks before the next stage; it will need straining, simmering with some sugar and decanting into smaller bottles and apparently it will last for years.

3/100 – acorns in my friend J’s hands

I went to see my pal J, who’s on maternity leave waiting for her baby to arrive. We talked about growing an oak tree to mark her baby girl’s birth.  She and her husband have decided that they’ll take the sapling to be planted in the National Forest in Derbyshire. It needs to grow for a couple of years first (just like their baby) before they can plant it out. Isn’t this a wonderful idea?  Find out how to grow your own oak tree here:

4/100 Mindfulness and Wellbeing Rooms

I’ve been doing mindfulness at work (and at home) which is definitely helping.
Find out more about mindfulness which is an ancient meditation technique and also how it is used within Mindful cognitive behavioural therapy – http://mbct.co.uk/ and the Guardian wrote about it today (20 October 2015) by Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who brought mindfulness concepts to the West in the 1960s.

I’m very fortunately that there are many wellbeing classes I can attend at work, like mindfulness, as well as counselling (there are lots of stressed students).  Also, I’ve started tai chi and am doing yoga again which helps with my chronic back trouble. I do Iyengar yoga, which is very good for people with injuries, and the teachers have to study for about three years before they can teach it to others.  More information:

I started practising yoga nearly 10 years ago and it has made a big difference to my life.  I’ll write about more about yoga another time.

5/100 a visit to Dunham Massey with my pal C

Dunham Massey mansion - 5/100 #100happydays

Dunham Massey – 5/100 #100happydays

My friend C and I have birthdays close together so we usually go out for the day.  It was a glorious sunny day so we went to Dunham Massey – which is owned by the National Trust.  Dunham Massey  is a Georgian mansion, near Altrincham with a beautiful garden (including a walled rose garden) a deer park and a saw mill. It’s a wonderful place any time of year, lovely walks too and a lot to see.  As you’d expect from the National Trust, it’s got a couple of fine tea rooms and their cakes are great too.

Until 11 November 2015 Dunham Massey is Stamford Military Hospital where they have recreated the first world war hospital where over 300 soldiers recuperated from 1917-1919.  I’ve been twice – it’s a very powerful evocation of the soldiers’ situations, lives and illnesses recreated with actors.

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Come back again for the next instalment of my #100happydays challenge – it’s mostly about Lisbon

You can follow my photos for #100happydays challenge on twitter feed everyday (@becinmonton)

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Anyone around the world can get involved in #100happyday or just have a look for the hashtag or on facebook too.                                                                  

What has made you happy today?

Carpe Diem

In a vase on Monday – dahlias and happiness

This morning I found a mini red and yellow dahlia hiding in a pot – it really made me very happy to see it lurking among some rather slug-ravaged leaves – it’s the only flower.   I decided to pick it for my ‘In a vase on Monday’ and place it in a mini milk bottle – the whole arrangement is only about four inches high.  The bottle is part of set of five that appeared as my second  ‘In a vase on Monday’ back in March 2015 – tête a tête daffodils and purple pansies.

It’s made me smile as I’d just about given up on any dahlias from this pot and the weather in Manchester is on the turn – Autumn is definitely on its way.  I’m not complaining as we’ve had a warm and dry September.  I really must crack on with planting my bulbs  though.  There are still many flowers around in the garden so I’m hoping for a colourful ‘In a vase on Monday’ next week.

mini red yellow dahlia milkbottle #100dayshappy

mini red and yellow dahlia in milk bottle – 5 October 2015
#100happydays 1/100

‘In a vase on Monday’ is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden – she’s got a really pretty collection of pink and purple flowers in a mini vase too. It was good to hear more about her Grannie too and good to hear how a love of gardening goes down the generations.   Memories of my gran popped into my mind – she was an inspirational lady too, but not much of gardener, as she bred and showed beagles.

I love looking through everyone’s vases from around the world, the varieties of flowers and when they flower – and it has really helped lift my mood even if I don’t comment often. Given me so many ideas about what I could grow in my soggy north facing Mancunian garden.

Life has been very hectic for the last few months and big life things have overtaken me, especially since the death of my friend in April 2015.  I’ve struggled to write, including on my blog too and my brain has felt full of sludge – a bit weird for a usually chatty, outgoing person.   But, I think I’ve turned a corner and I hope I’ll be back to my usual self soon.

Then something popped up on twitter about the 100happydays challenge – http://100happydays.com/ and I decided to have a go.

  • Asking can you be happy for 100 days in a row?  
  • Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
  • It can be about anything or anyone.  
  • It’s a way of getting in touch with the moment you’re in
  • People can submit photos privately too.

So this photo is my first entry for the #100happydays challenge.   

It couldn’t really be anything other than a flower;  as my flowers and garden have brought me so much solace this year during such difficult times and my garden has been my sanctuary.  The Great Gardens (like Tatton, Heligan, Bodnant and Dunham Massey) we’ve visited have helped too as well as all the beautiful flowers from all gardening bloggers across the world.   I’ve been getting back into yoga (it helps my back trouble) and have been doing some mindfulness practise too.    There are 80 days until Christmas, it’s my birthday next week and my Chap’s the week after.

We are off to Lisbon on Saturday and I think there might be a garden visit or two.

I’ll be posting my photos for #100happydays challenge on twitter feed everyday (@becinmonton – in my blog sidebar)– so do have a look and I’ll also do some update blogs too.

#100happydays challenge so far: 

Anyone around the world can get involved in #100happyday or just have a look around on the hashtag or on facebook too.                                                    

Have a good week everyone and I hope you find a flower lurking somewhere unexpected.

Carpe Diem

Love

Bec xx