Friday, 27 May 2016

Bluebells


The bluebells were astonishing in Hardcastle Craggs this year.


A sea of blue


filling our eyes,


lifting our spirits



and leading us on a path that we'd never taken before.




Their visit is a fleeting one



and you have to make sure you make a special visit to say hello 


and breathe them in while they are here.


We have to make the most of these gifts of Spring.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Wild Meadow


My dear friend Suzi has the best birthdays. I thought we couldn't top last years gypsy caravans but this year we celebrated in a beautiful cottage in a meadow! 


Wild Meadow is an eco cottage and the cutest shepherds hut in a three and a half acre meadow near Presteigne on the Welsh borders. It's very new. We were only the fifth lot of guests. The lovely owners Andrea and Jonathan have been building it themselves over the last four years. They only wanted a field to plant an orchard and grow some veg but one thing led to another. What they have created is astonishing.


It was early days in terms of the meadow flowers but there was a profusion of plantain




and the dandelions were a plenty.


The bumble bees were happy 



 and there were lots of wishes for us.


We couldn't wished for more.



We were only there for two days but time seemed to expand for us.


The meadow welcomed us with our songs and our laughter




and we filled up on its sunrises, birdsong, flowers and fresh air.



Suzi was a very happy birthday girl. x

I didn't take any photo's inside the house but it's gorgeous. Check out the Wild Meadow website for more pictures and info. Such a beautiful place to stay.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Daisy Meadow


I've noticed recently just how brilliant Pinterest is for me to get my wallpaper seen and sent around the world. We have sent wallpaper all over the States, Canada, Japan, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Australia and even Peru!


So I'm on a little mission to create lots of photo's to tempt people (you?) into pinning :)

We have lots of nice shoots in the pipeline but today I felt too excited to wait and decided to see what I could do with all the boards that I papered for BCTF. They have been leaning up against the studio walls since I got back and today they demanded to be photographed!





Any pinning heartily welcomed :)

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Daisy Meadow at my Mum & Dads


 My Mum and Dad have just decorated their bedroom in sage daisy meadow wallpaper.


 It was really good for me to see the first proper room papered in it. 


My Mum makes beautiful quilts. Doesn't this one fit beautifully.







Here they are in a photo looking pretty cute. My Mum was only sweet 16!




They even papered a little alcove. It looks so sweet.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Our Yoga Nidra Retreat


A couple of weekends ago I went on a rather wonderful yoga nidra retreat up in the Lake District. This is Laya Point, a retreat centre and permaculture project run by Tom and Lala up in Ulpha in the Duddon Valley.


Me and Natalie were first to arrive in the classroom and how beautifully colourful and cosy it was! 
This was going to be a whole weekend of learning about this incredible system for very deep relaxation. Nidra means sleep so it translates as yogic sleep. You're awake (hopefully...although it's  easy to drop off) but fully present to how the body feels when it is sleeping.


Our teacher was the remarkable Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. They say the right teachers appear at the right time so it MUST be the right time but I am surprised to have not heard of her before. She is a gem - an awesome font of wisdom and knowledge and a beautiful, shining, lively presence. 


Over the course of the weekend we snuggled down on our sheepskins under a pile of soft blankets and eye pillows and we tried out twelve yoga nidras from different traditions and lineages. 


We learned how you can use the practice, not only for deep relaxation and refreshment but also for problem solving, creativity, inner guidance and inducing sleep....or whatever you need. You can tailor the practice to work with your needs.


In between practice we got to explore the countryside.


It was super wet and misty for most of the weekend


but we trudged about breathing in the fresh air, taking photos and getting to know our fellow retreatees.


We met some beautiful people. It felt like we'd known each other for a long time.


There was a river running through the valley, and quite different from our reddish brown cloudy rivers in Hebden Bridge, this was unbelievably green and crystal clear.


It was so refreshing to stare into.


On day two the morning mist lifted and the yoga room was filled with warm sunshine.


We did some incredible practices. And Uma sang to us and read inspiring poetry. She sprayed us with beautiful scents, wafted incense at us and fed us chocolates and apricots to help us come back to a 'more everyday state of consciousness'. 


It felt like my own fog was lifting too


By the end of the weekend my mind and body felt as sparkling and clear as that beautiful green river.


I found some clarity about a situation I was struggling with and felt very  positive about how things might unfold.


We all went home with a rose and a portfolio of amazing yoga nidra recordings which I have been using a lot. I haven't heard the end of the 'sleep' one yet so that's a good sign!

If you like the sound of trying this amazing practice The Yoga Nidra Network has lots and lots of lovely recordings that you can try out for free. 

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