The journey continues

It has been awhile since I posted.  My life has been full and packed with inspiring visits, projects, cliff walks and so on.

North Wales and the Lake district beckoned, visiting friends, coming together on really sacred lands and holding ceremony to visiting Beatrix Potter’s first cottage by Lake Windermere.  This cottage, its warmth and love really resonated with me, my desire to move away from my large spaces and tall ceilings to a simple home, intimate, full of my own creations and a space that will feed my soul and where I can end my days here.

This desire was strengthened yet again when I visited Pembrokeshire, everything just opened up and there was the cottage I have been dreaming in came into real life, after viewing it I came away absolutely blown away with its detail, it was as if I had been walking around it in my dreams and the universe had manifested it for me.

North Pembrokhire is wild and rugged, the flora and fauna excellent and  the views tremendous from the coastal path, lovely sleepy little villages, NO costa, NO Starbucks, NO chains, in fact not much at all but what I love about the farmhouse I stay in Northern Kefalonia is right here in Wales,  I dont like hot sun and I dont go t to greece to roast on the sandy beaches,  so in a way it has everyting.  The only difference is NO swimming Pool.  Guess I will come a fan of wild swimming, should keep me fit and healthy.

So we shall see what transpires, taking my daughter to view the property again after easter.

Here are a few image of what I have been getting up to and the last one, homage to my lovely mum, 27 years ago she passed on to the next life. Happy Mother’s Day

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The Calm after the Storm

Home at last, back in the calm of my newly decorated bedroom!  Long story for another time, energy lines, changing bed around, dark blue !!

The last couple of weeks have been away installing a project in the Derbyshire Hills, extremely hectic, exhausting  but in the end quite exhilarating when you look around and see the vision I have been holding for such a long time come to fruition

Such a beautiful area Derbyshire,  this last weekend relaxed a little at the Riverside Hotel in Ashford in the Water, such a picturesque village, with its little stone bridge, church and cottages.

My work, courtesy of Yao photography

Ashford in the Water

 

 

7 days of freedom

Holiday, something I have been waiting for since christmas !!  At last 7 days to exactly what I want, no meeting to attend, no deadlines to meet,  just time for to whatever I please.  Harlaxton Manor beckoned,  there it was standing very majestically at the top of a long climbing drive, quite magnificent, but oh so  disappointing inside.  Have never seen an interior so over the top, overblown, Mr Gregory Gregory certainly did not know the word subtle ! a mixture of elizabethan and baroque architecture that seems far larger than human scale.

Not my most favourite place, I have to say

 

twenty years ago 1989

I cant believe that it was 20 years ago that I sat on this elephant heading up to the Amber fort………..  so long ago, seems like another lifetime.  I was still married then, my mum was still alive, I hadnt had to work since I married and  my daughter had just passed her A Levels,  to celebrate we went off to India together.   India was amazing, it was so inspiring in so many ways, so romantic, riotous colours, incredible architecture, roses, perfumes, silks, textiles embroideries, exotic tasting food.  We stayed in palaces, tents, lakeside hunting lodges, the famous Lake Palace Hotel and even a converted prison.  

Because of the extreme heat we did a lot of things early in the day so was up at the crack of dawn, I remember standing outside the tent (see picture) it was around 6am, we had come to to Pushka to the famous camel fair.  Frenetic was a word that I think describes what it was like, it was full to bursting with overexcited indians, the little alleyways were crammed with people and it was nearly 1oo degree F.  Have to say after a few days of that I was glad to be heading back to a palace stay, nice bath and food without sand in it!.  

Now my daughter is all grown up and lives not too far away, I have run my own business for 16 years , I have nobody to please by myself.  How different my life is now, its like a different life altogether.

However it is so wonderful to have found these photos, they have bought back to me so many happy memories.  I always promised myself I would go back, have been to Goa but not back to the areas my daughter and I travelled together.  I guess its changed so much.

Follow this link for more of india http://www.flickr.com/photos/8853574@N03/sets/72157620871325917/

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Follow this link for more images of my indian travels

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8853574@N03/sets/72157620871325917/

Image chosen for Amsterdam guide

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red-table1wow, a first.  An image from my flickr was chosen to appear in a tourist guide for  Amsterdam.  Went there for a cool weekend with my dear friend Pete.  Spent the day viewing Andy warhol exhibition.  He has to be one of my all time inspirations in more ways than one, film footage, photography, imagery of all kinds, it just kept coming……one cool dude.  This exhibition is now on at the southbank, click image to go to website.  Lady with bushy hairdo is me! 

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