Feels.

I’ve spent (and still spend) a fair amount of my life looking through Pinterest for inspirational quotes to help me remember that having a mental health issue is OK, that I am OK and that being curvy is not only more than OK but BEAUTIFUL.

We all go through difficult periods in our life where we feel overwhelmed and unable to cope at times. For me personally, these instances can occur once, twice, even three times a week. It could be work that is piling up, money woes, relationship issues… anything at all!

Whatever the cause, I have noticed myself having these moments more and more in the last few years and especially so in the last few months. I decided I wasn’t having any of that so I packed a bag and joined my parents at their house in Spain for a bit of RnR.

WATER

One afternoon whilst floating in the pool and looking up at the clouds, I got a sense of calm, safe and happy. I realised I had never really stopped to appreciate that before. We live in a world that is so focused on bringing us down, demanding us to look and feel a certain way and making us believe that money is what makes us happy. We are surrounded by this so much so that we forget all the FREE stuff around us that can bring happiness too.

ORANGE

I discovered happiness can be hidden in a colour, a shape and or a texture. I started to spot this in most things, like the cut of an orange, the green in succulents or simply the soft trickle of water. I just found everything to be so relaxing and it allowed my mind to stop thinking for a moment and take in what was in front of me. I guess you could call it my form of meditation (of which I have never been very good at, believe me, I have tried many a time!!)

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Pool paint

Art work

I would be interested to know if there is anyone else out there that feels this way too?

Maddie and are are going to create some art that gives us the ‘Feels’ for our DIY part of OBOB. Watch this space.

By Lucy May

Road Tripping with Ralph

The problem: Stressed out by work and all the other crap that goes with life.

The solution: A road trip to the woods with a Rottweiler. Hurray!

We decided to go on a little camping road trip the other day to seek out that ‘calm-of-the-countryside’. We wanted to take Ralph with us so we started to look into dog-friendly accommodation and came across a great website called Pitchup.com They basically have everything you need to know about camp sites around the UK. We found a great little place in Newbury called Hollington Park Glamping… ok, so we didn’t camp we glamped and why the heck not, ey?!

Ralph loving lunch

In terms of location the place was really easy to find, and the owner Claire was such a lovely host. Ralph had to be kept on a lead as the land had chickens and a pheasant roaming about it freely, but this didn’t bother him in the slightest – he was just excited for all the new smells and trees to cock his leg upon!

Our little home-stay for the weekend was a wonderful little camping pod surrounded by beautiful tall trees, with a little outdoor loo and shower, and even a fire pit (the outdoorsy, content feeling of being around a fire in the evening is hard to beat!). As soon as we’d basked in the sights and put our stuff in the pod, we set off on our adventure…

Glamping Pod

Our little Pod

The walk was gorgeous! We trailed through woodland, passing a little stream, plenty of cows and some lovely wildlife.  We’d pit stop at the supermarket beforehand so we were prepared with picnic goodies (including Prosecco obviously!) so, after our long walk with the pooch we settled down in the sunshine to enjoy them 🙂

Mohawk Cow!

It just goes to show you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on extravagant holidays abroad in order to have ‘a holiday’. Our trip was so easy to plan and we did everything on a budget; no fancy hotel, no fancy restaurants just a car, a bit of nature and some wonderful company.

There is something about being out in the countryside that helps clear the mind. It can be minimal but yet it can be everything, and that’s the beauty of it. We highly recommend it, as does Ralph!

Picnicing in Newbury

Corn FieldRalph loving life munching on grass

 

Mindful Lady Garden.

Like with all our lives things get in the way, work takes over, boats leak and almost sink (yes that happened to Lucy and Bunbury!) or you just generally run out of time and before you know it it’s the summer and you’ve done sod-all in the way of being creative or doing things for yourself. But that’s ok, you can let life get in the way just make sure you don’t get bogged down in it so much so you struggle to get out.

One of my favourite ways to clear my head is to potter around the garden. Our Nan has always been a keen gardener, I remember eating mint for the first time from one of her many plant pots and that was the first time I realised you could grow your own tastes and smells.

 

This year I’ve been growing a lot of my own fruit, veg and herbs; tomatoes, potatoes, basil, mint, berries, spinach and cucumber to name a few – some in simple grow bags, some in pots and some in the ground. The things that grow up and out like tomatoes or potatoes I put into a large cosy pot so they had support to grow up up up! All my herbs are in a pot of their own as I’ve realised they grow better in their own space… maybe that’s just me treating them like humans but there is definitely something in that, right?

I was kindly given some rhubarb, which has flourished in the ground. At first, she seemed like she hated me and life itself but after lots of daily watering, she found her feet and now there is no stopping her. I think the key to gardening is you must be a little patient with it and don’t give up on the plants, most of them are strong and sturdy they just take a while or weathering gets in the way or we neglect them!

 

We can’t always be there 24/7 tending to our plants every need but think of your time in the garden or kitchen or where ever your plants may be, as ‘down time’ to help clear your head, helping yourself as well as your plants.

 

And of course, if you grow your own you get to reap the benefits! Feel the fruits of your home grown loins! There is nothing quite like the taste of home grown, organic goods – trust me.

 

By Maddie Moo