Howdy, all! I hope this Wednesday finds you well, wherever you are in the world!
It’s been a pretty grey, drizzly week. But that’s okay, because I LOVE those! One of my favourite things to do is sit in the conservatory early in the mornings, drinking my coffee and thinking as I look out at the misty fields and woods gently rolling away in the distance and listen to rain pattering on the glass. It’s prime time for meditation and for creative juices to start flowing.
It’s wonderfully quiet here in Ravenstone. I didn’t realize how much I missed the sound of wind and birds and little else. We’re away from the main road, and even that isn’t exactly packed with traffic. Sometimes, though, we do need to share the road with organic vehicles!
Because I used to be so isolated when I lived in rural places, I was deeply refreshed by Toronto and thought I’d live near there for the rest of my life. But I had no idea that I missed the green, beautiful quiet, and now I feel I can truly appreciate it as I’m not exactly isolated. Coalville and Ashby are a bus ride away, and Leicester is far closer than Toronto’s centre is from North York. London is only an hour or two away by train from Leicester.
Everything is different here, as I expected. The food, the fashion, the accents (obviously), the mentality and the personality. The weather and the birdsong. Here at least, cashiers and waiters and the postman are very nice, offering you a smile and asking how you are and saying “see you” when either you or they depart. Clothing colours in the shop are generally muted or pastel, with lots of floral patterns, and feminine cuts and details seem to be everywhere. Because most cars park on the street, a car approaching one way will stop to let someone through that’s coming the other way, and there’s always a little wave of gratitude involved. Everyone says “Cheers” instead of “Thanks”, and steaming mugs of tea are an all-day occurrence… at least in this household.
Even the season is different. I came from snowy Ontario to the beautiful green dawn of spring. The weather is sunny one minute, then it’s cloudy, then it’s raining, then it’s sunny again.
I think I’m in love!
On the weekend we went to Leicester to check out Highcross, a huge and AWESOME shopping centre. Jon isn’t used to driving in cities, so he got pretty stressed out and we roundly agreed that next time we go, we’re taking the bus!!! Anyway, I was enthralled with Highcross as well as Leicester in general.
I explored a lot of neat shops, but I think my favourite (naturally) was Waterstones. In Canada I’ve always been an Indigo girl, so I was excited to go into a bookstore that made me even happier than Indigo does. I found a treasure trove of fun things, including these tea-scented erasers!
I even discovered a pound shop where there’s TONS of inexpensive yarn! I am one happy camper! So yes, LOVE to Highcross and Leicester! I’m looking forward to going back.
Sunday was Mother’s Day here in the UK. Jon and his siblings spoiled their mother, and he, Amelia and I cooked dinner. Amelia made an AWESOMETASTIC broccoli soup + French bread to start, and Jon and I served up chicken kievs, steamed broccoli, and these delicious roasted potatoes pre-cooked in goose fat (I wish I could say I made them myself, but I have to credit Aldi for that one!). For dessert we presented a lovely raspberry & vanilla dome cake (also Aldi!) with our tea.
Other than all that, I’ve been working on lots of art and stuff! I have trouble getting started some days and am easily distracted, so I’m going to try to be more mindful each day and set my intention as soon as I get up, hopefully making it easier for me to concentrate and reach my goal. So stay tuned for an art post and updates on commissions and freebs!