I have been feeling a little stuck for a while… stuck creatively, stuck with work stuff, stuck with our house renovations. It’s been a struggle to find the energy to move anything forward and build any momentum – I appear to have hit a bit of a wall.
In reality, we live pretty slowly and simply and yet I am still feeling overwhelmed by life at the moment and that seems like a contradiction. It’s possible that I might have a vulnerability hangover tomorrow by sharing what I am finding difficult, but I always want to be really frank about my slow living experiences and never want to paint a picture that everything is mellow and easy all the time – when it’s not.
It’s one of my favourite things to be able to gather round with a lovely bunch of folk and sit and eat glorious food in a beautiful setting – it feels like a really special way to mark an occasion.
When Emma and I spoke about organising the Gather and Tend retreat at Tilton House, we were both sure we wanted to be able to eat outside in the beautiful courtyard. We were so lucky with the weather and it was a real treat to be able to dine outdoors at the beginning of October. If you missed Part One of the slow living retreat you can catch up here, but before you do, have a closer look at this glorious table and find out what we got up to in the afternoon sessions.
A couple of weeks ago on a foggy autumn morning Emma from A Quiet Style and I made our way deep into the Sussex countryside with a basket full of pumpkins and a boot full of the most beautiful flowers for our first ever slow living day retreat, Gather and Tend.
On our arrival at Tilton House we crunched our way across the gravel to be met by lit candles and the steam from a freshly boiled kettle.
All was quiet… all was calm… we gave ourselves time to drink in our beautiful surroundings and made some herbal tea whilst we set up for the day ahead.
In previous years I have chosen a word to hold onto for the year, something to focus on and turn to for inspiration, for example in 2017 my word for the year was ‘Ease’. However at the start of 2018 I couldn’t settle on a word, but as the year has gone on there has been one word that has kept coming into focus. It has become apparent that the word very much needed for this season of my life is ‘Faith’.
The word ‘Faith’ and its meaning can take quite a lot of unpicking… it can mean vastly different things to everyone. It is a word that can mean so much to so many.
Faith can be elusive to some but for others it can be the one thing that underpins all their choices.
It’s been a little while since I posted here. I totally lost myself in a slow summer and spent as much time as possible with my family. Now, I am feeling all full up on a summer of love and ready to be present in this space again with you all.
Back to school is a big transition for us grown-ups as well as the little people in our lives. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s a mix of feeling ready to go, and needing to find my feet again, as we all get used to being back in a more structured routine.
Plus there is a big seasonal shift that happens at the beginning of September, as we say a fond farewell to summer and welcome autumn with open arms.
Autumn is such a beautiful season with all its golden colours, and early sunsets. Traditionally a time associated with gathering crops in for the winter ahead, I find it can also be a great time to harvest all the hard work that I have been putting in throughout year.