I’m in a distractable mood today and struggling to focus on writing my book so I thought I’d break it up by sharing some of my mini adventures this week 🙂 With the girls back in school, I’ve had a bit of time alone, so I decided to explore a little locally and cheer myself up with colourful plants.
I bought some primroses and put them in pots. I think I’ve given up on growing plants from seed for now. I just want to jump ahead to the flowering anyway, so I decided to take the shortcut 🙂 The girls noticed them as soon as they got home from school and said they were “so beautiful.” I like the way they notice the little things and appreciate them.
I made some celery soup and created a little writing area for myself 🙂 The ladies from a single mum’s group I go to kindly brought me a little self-care bag so I put the daffodils in the vase as a centrepiece on the table and lit a candle and wrote, uninterrupted for a while 🙂 Before picking the girls up from school, I went for a walk to look for more fairy trees and cherry blossom and I came across both. The little windows on this tree with their fabric curtains are so cute 🙂 I love how people take the time to make something to cheer up their neighbourhood 🙂
I decided to go on my first “artist date” this week. I’ve been reading about them in The Artist’s Way and daydreaming about the day when I’d be able to go on one (when I was no longer homeschooling.) I went to Moat Park as I’d never been to it and my friend had recommended it. There were patches of so many daffodils it looked like they were standing in processions 🙂 I love the mixture of yellow and cream daffodils and I hadn’t seen them anywhere else this year 🙂 I climbed to the top of the “motte” and spend a while just looking at the view. I’m assuming the moat comes from motte, (which means mound in French.) Then I found a quiet bench and wrote/read for a while and had some coffee/a raisin cookie I brought with me 🙂 I think it worked because my head was clear enough to write when I got home 🙂
After school, we followed some friends of ours to a park built in a community garden type-place. The kids played in the sandpit, in the little den areas and I took some pictures of the bug hotel and fairy houses 🙂 Then we went for a walk in the woods to see the bear pit and the kids did some tree/muddy slope climbing 🙂
Today, I decided to continue “exploring” and went to Cregagh Glen, which I had never been to (in daylight anyway haha.) There are so many steps and it’s quite a hike but the waterfalls and boardwalks that go up and down around them are beautiful. I love the sound of running water; it really stills my mind 🙂 I noticed a little Lockdown wall that people had added colourful things to on the way in and stopped to take a picture 🙂 I love seeing little creative community corners like this and how much everyone engages in them 🙂