We made it through Winter

We made it through winter, or this is what I’ll say, when I tell myself that the bitter cold is just a few more days.

We made it through winter, the snow at our doors, the frost at our feet, and the cold under paws.

We made it through winter, we got out of bed,  we went out into the cold fresh days and then back to rest our heads.

We wrapped up warm and drank hot drinks that melted the frost and helped us think, we scraped our cars and drove real far, because winter really had a place in our hearts.

We stayed up late because it was dark to soon and saw, in the clear fresh air, the stars and the moon.

We made it through winter, or this is what I’ll say, when spring dawns, and I’m ready to thaw, from these cosy nights and days.

 

Celebrating a new found love of the crisp beauty of winter, although I’ll always be loyal to summer.

Happy Friday!

Daisy x

 

 

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Work-life Imbalance

Wandering into the office with a smile on their face “isn’t it good to be back?”

Honestly, I’d rather have had another day off to get lost in nature. But here we are.

Tap. Tap. Tap, away on a machine I can’t stare at for too long without changing the colour scheme.

Scribbling away on a notebook, then another and another, ripping out messy useless pages. outdated, after just two weeks.

All set and after a quick depressing lunch of microwave made pasta, still working.

Repeat the process above and it’s 5pm. I look at the space I made on my desk for flowers but don’t make a promise I can’t keep that it will be filled the next day.

The director is right behind me almost the whole way home. Anxiety, and a growling engine from where I nearly stall in eagerness to get home.

Walking through the door and turning on the lights, lighting some candles. No smell of food.

Making pasta (the real kind), pouring in fresh ingredients, turning on some TV for sound that is more than just my own mind ticking away.

Sitting down to reply to a letter, delicately swirling the letters. So engrossed I didn’t see the mistake, the most beautiful crossed out words.

I dissolve into the brand new sofa and that’s me for an hour, rest doesn’t wait for sleep.

Breathing in the candle light, stomach filled with food that I ate thoughtfully pondering the colours of its nutrition. Balance doesn’t have to be perfect.

Just a moment where you resolve those niggles from the day. Pour in some sounds from the earth and take a moment to eat well and be human in the most simple way possible.

When you love your job it becomes your life, but there’s not quite a balance when you find you have a deficit in you personal goals.

My resolution for this year was not to restrict, but to allow myself to do as I felt I needed to when I could and that is to restore a balance of peace.

Congratulations on making today a success, whatever you did to acknowledge what you needed.

Daisy x

 

 

Zest (What to do with a Citrus Fruit)

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This is my favourite photo of the day and represents a beautiful Sunday where I’m trying out new things.

After making lemon icing to go on a honey cake, the other day, I fell back in love with the smell of lemons.

The clean citrus scent, the multitude of uses and the texture of the fruit itself.

I’m presently looking for ways to use these fruits more widely.

Other than cutting them up and using them for art, cleaning or desert purposes.

But I’d like to share everything I’ve found so far:

  • Need a little extra in your beauty regime? Lemon can be used in Salt scrubs, face masks or even hair gels. I found some great recipes and tips here.
  •  Lemon juice makes a great cleaning product and smell great. So if you’re cleaning out the fridge or want to brighten your wash a hot or cold lemon mix should do the job. for tougher challenges mix it with salt to clean grills or pennies.
  • Health and lemons. When you were little and you heard that you should be drinking honey and lemon for a fever or cold it held a lot of truth. Lemon juice not only helps break fevers but is great for teeth, is a natural antiseptic for the skin, can help fade old scars and can even assist high blood pressure.
  • Beyond the practical uses check out these recipes I found on BBC Good Food…Delicious!

Any other ideas? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re weekend is lacking a little zest then look no further,

Daisy

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Fresh

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The Zesty Sunday Smoothie:

-250ml Pure Orange Juice

-8-10 Strawberries (Chopped)

-1 Banana (chopped)

-Half a lemon (zested and juiced)

-Half a fresh orange (juiced)

The lemon and orange may seem like a strange addition but they give it a zesty citrus flavor that really livens up the taste of the other ingredients.

The ingredients were all brought fresh first thing this morning from my local farm shop and if they weren’t in a smoothie they’d be perfect for a pie or some lemon curd. Shopping locally means I can get food that’s freshly picked and ready to cook everyday (no defrost required).

Health is a really important part of my life but the revelation of learning to cook foods that are low in bad fats and which make my body happy has been a brilliant journey so far!

Happy Sunday,

Daisy

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