What a great week so far! With the weather utterly wonderful we've been out early for walks and then darting between meetings and deliverables. The white storm streaks are in full force but with a meeting with our business bank this week to leverage opportunities for some fun times ahead, I'm all about blending in with my partners - ooh cheeky!
Namaste trees in the mountains! Today marks International yoga day which really is a great reminder to always take to your mat when you feel tired or stressed, if you're feeling happy or overwhelmed, what ever is breathe and return to your mat.
Yoga is not just a series of stretches and positions it is a way of life it is the choice to accept all of the floors and all of the wonderful traits within ourselves. It provides a perspective on the world which is all-encompassing and all inclusive. It means so many things are so many different people under the end of the day we are all just living the best life that we can and together we must celebrate each other's paths in this life.
Namaste and happy yoga day!
You'll find me positioned here beside the pool just swinging in my egg shaped chair. One of my favourite purchases to date has been Balinese silk gown and most of the time while away unless to dip in the pool, I haven't taken it off.
After a delicious dinner in the Hotel America outdoor restaurant we headed into their beautiful drawing room for a few shots of local liqueur. The perfect way to end an excellent day.
I can't wait to tell you all about hotel America located within the grounds of the Alhambra where we will be staying tonight brief but wonderful break. The staff welcomed us with a wonderful note, fresh flowers and huge fruit platter. It certainly is a perfect spot, a hidden gem which I will remember for many years to come.
Here is a brief Ola from enchanting city Granada. We have spent the morning pottering around the public access places of the Alhambra, after a long lunch within the oasis Gardens of the Hotel America we are going to amble down into the city 15 glasses of wine or perhaps a beer alongside the river and perhaps catch up with a very dear old friend.
My youngest nephew and I have decided that the majority of today, that we will both be poolside enjoying the sunshine. We have no cares in the world and our only worry and concern is whether the clouds will roll in.
We kitted up with supplies and emergency blankets and treats then headed out for a walk into the woods.
The pups kept warm by running loops in their jackets and we had treated their feet with a beeswax mixture to protect them from the icey cold.
The woods were beautiful, silent. Quietly strolling we encountered so many animals who had taken refuge beneath the trees. Deer, Pheasants were encountered on mass, we left them settled and ensured not to disturb them as they huddled in the cold.
You know what? Just a few months time we will be demolishing this bathroom as part of the work on the house 😬 sure it serves a purpose and when we moved in we had no intention of changing it because we knew early on the full renovation was on the cards.
We gave it a lick of paint and a deep clean and now I find sanctuary and comfort in this environment.
Feng Shui considerations are always a key part of my design process and even though this room was only to be temporary I went to town and insuring that the Chi and flow of energy was supportive in nourishing my life 🔮✨
Before flying home for a week ahead of meetings and plans to put in place, Andrew and I grabbed a coffee in the city. While wind howled through the streets we picked up a coffee and took a quick walk around the beautiful old buildings.
You may be aware that I'm a serial gua-sha-er and jade roller✨. A couple of years ago I discovered the benefits of rolling and the impacts have been massive.
As part of my skincare regime I use a combination of serums and gentle acids to nourish my skin - in conjunction with a plant based wholefoods diet, which nourishes from the inside out 💁♀️
After cleansing my crystals I've added them back to their little alter spot on the bed headboard. The high vibe-ing selenite is a key staple, with pink tourmaline, blue kyanite and blue lace agate either side of the obelisk.
The pink tourmaline is the most funky out of all my stones, with this above my sleeping head my dreams are always vivid and incredibly memorable. While waking up feeling utterly restored and nourished, with these two chunks of pink tourmaline it feels as though I've been conscious all night somewhere far far from here! Spooky and Woowoo - I know.
Oh 2017, you have been a whirlwind. To renew and thank my body for carrying me through all of these experiences I have been back to back yoga classing this week. As an added bonus, Nikki (who was an instructor at our Balinese retreat in May) shares videos via her Balanced Beet Youtube channel.
This is the alter at a local studio where I practice, and after a deep meditation to close out 2017 I felt oh so content in myself right now. That's pretty big - thanks 2017!
Woohoo! Sending you all very muddy Merry Christmas wishes from rural cross country trails! We have spent the morning cycling through deep treacly mud and up many a hill, Andrew has just warmed up and I am an exhausted shell of a human. Here's looking forward to a great meal, hot shower and passing out in front of a Netflix binge!
Reishi Mushroom tea and Tisserard Sweet Dreams essential oils make it so easy to fall asleep in different hotel rooms each night.
After a few intense days in Cape Town, I have slapped on my favourite Christian Breton face mask after an indulgent ESPA cleanse and while the face mask works its magic I'm rehydrating on a large glass of Good Guru Superfood Power! Travelling with lots of nutrition supplements is definitely needed after lots of Stellenbosch indulgences...
... I'm also gua sha - ing and jade rolling all the toxins (wine) from my body.
On tonight's cross country ride, I couldn't get over the beauty of the sunset... sure I was exhausted, covered in mud and oh so aching, but I couldn't get over the sheer beauty of the night.
Strolling around my favourite bookshop in Thame, I picked up a book I've been itching to download on Audible. Flipping through the pages this wonderful mustached man stopped me in my tracks! The book is Jenny Landreth's personal account of swimming, and it's all a bit toungue in cheek and taking the mick. Anyway, the man standing beside record holder Agnes Nicks was swimming coach to both the Queen and Olympic teams and he still holds an unbroken world record for athletics.
Anyway, he's my late Grandmother's Grandfather, Walter Brickett and damn I wish I could have some conversations with him about his adventures.
Tired and oh so happy, I am on my way out of the city on the last train back to the village just half an hour away.
As I sip on a liter of Watermelon Juice from the M&S that I picked up en route along with a mini pack of wasabi peas my mind is spinning with excitement. Today has been a wonderful whirlwind which has ended with an Installation Dinner with old friends and peers at the Mercers Hall.
Most evenings, I fill a watering can from the water butt and stroll around the garden tending to my plants. After a long day with lots of meetings and commuting, a girl needs a beer 🍺🤷♀️ so in the name of efficiency I’ve combined both activities and feel like a bit of a 1980’s sitcom dad... and I’m okay with 🤔