How has your week been? Good I hope.
I have been on holidays and missed two weeks of One, Four, Life with Nanjing Nian. But here I am again, refreshed and ready to go.
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
I have been thinking quite a bit about the “slow” movement. Slow food, slow parenting.
I heard Carl Honore talk about the great cathedral space of a child’s imagination, and how we can help tend our children’s imaginations and development by allowing them time to just “be”.
This really struck a chord with me as there seems to have been such a dramatic change in how we raise our children, in such a short period of time. You can read a little bit more about that here at myhomebaseblog.wordpress.com.
There are lots of great benefits to the many opportunities and experiences our children have access to now, but we also must be wise in our choices as parents.
You can listen to the audio file of Carl Honore’s talk with Radio National here. I would love to know what you think.
I try to capture some of these “slow” ideas in my own daily life.
My daily tea ritual is about just that. Slowing down, taking time, being mindful, noticing what is good. Incorporating the slow, into the every day. Plus tea is delicious and good for us, so who needs a reason?
“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”
Your descendants shall gather your fruits. Virgil
This is a small collection of my favourite treasures.
Gathering them together for an Instagram challenge was so enjoyable.
These things represent history, connection, family, kindness. Old things that have been lovingly cared for and tended too and held onto when they could have been discarded.
I try to incorporate minimalism into my life but the desire to collect is often overwhelming. My most long-standing collection is my depression era glass milk jugs. Do you have a collection that you hold dear?
Then there is this quote to consider. 🙂
“Certainly, it is more reasonable to devote one’s life to women than to postage stamps, old snuff-boxes, or even to paintings and statues.”
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
What beautiful weather we are having. I enjoyed a coffee in the park in Berwick today. It has nearly been three years since I moved to Berwick and in some ways I still feel very disconnected from this community and this place. I have been reading quite a lot about the importance of connection to place. I also talk about it and write about it, a lot (sorry to all of you who get sick of listening.)
This beautiful photo represents some of what is lovely and good about the area I live in. But still I am not sure where I belong, where I would like to belong. I guess this is part of why I write this blog, to understand this place and this community. It is also why I write a lot about friendship and loneliness and making friends.
Thanks everyone for listening!
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine
I once read a statistic that spoke about the small number of family holidays you really get to share with your children in your lifetime. One holiday per year for most of us, with the children losing interest sometime after 13.
So it becomes important to seize the day and create the memories and enjoy those family holidays that will lay down a lifetime of memories.
We had a great time at Hamilton Island. The children and adults all equally entertained, indulged and relaxed in equal measure. What a glorious treat for us as a family!
So that has been my week.
Over to you. What is it that you collect? Any other thoughts on finding home or taking holidays?