our little piece of heaven

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Spring has come and is almost gone over here in southern France ... summer is clearly on his way, and it is completely the opposite as last year (to my own relief !!), when summer had been really really early. (Yuck !) Therefore we actually had a real spring season this year, which was profitable for the garden ! And therefore I am a happy girl because all the flowers and plants I’ve planted or sowed this spring are thriving !

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It is our third summer here and I’m beginning to get better at this gardening thing, ahah !! If you remember, we’ve lived in apartments between 1999 & 2016, and our first year here was spent improving the garden first (which I tend to think now that it was a smart move from us because these things take time to create and flourish !). This year more than ever, I have introduced many new flowers in the garden, and they are almost all bloom right now & my heart is ready to burst !  I think that will be a good idea for another post to list all the flowers and plants in the garden !

Pitou is as excited as I am with our garden, it is our little piece of heaven ! He spends part of his days in  the garden, here and there, basking in the sun, listening to the birds, observing insects ...

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It is currently one of the best moments of the year for enjoying the garden in all its glory because everything is so lush & blooming and the temps are not awfully hot yet.  Believe me, the both of us are enjoying it thoroughly right now !

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The only plant I’m growing for food this year are cherry tomatoes, and this year I didn’t sow them but bought them as tiny plants back in (early) April, and they’ve grown so so much, there are already little green cherry tomatoes !! Exciting !!

The photo below pictures fallen petals from a red geum. I threw them in the air like the natural, biodegradable nature confettis that they are ! 

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June is going to be super busy because both my teens will be having exams, and hubby will be more absent than these last months ... I need to remember to take care of myself as much as I take care of my sons, my hubby and my cat ...

Talk to you soon ! Take care too !
With love,

Sonia ... and Pitou too

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mid May

Epicallia villica, aka cream-spot tiger (écaille villageoise en français) 

Epicallia villica, aka cream-spot tiger (écaille villageoise en français) 

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of May ... how is it even possible ? In a month, over here, it’ll be exam season, fo both my teen boys. So we’re quite entering a pretty busy season ... Then early July, it’ll be school holidays, until early September, even hubby will be on holidays (3 week in July, then 3 weeks in August)

We managed to squeeze a little moment out this past weekend (which was spent half the time for our eldest exam movie..) , during which hubby & I picked a dyeing material (but I can’t talk about it now, sorry), well actually two of them ! I hope to make a return to natural dyeing, it’s been so so long, way too long ...

Centranthus ruber, aka red valerian (centranthe rouge en français)

Centranthus ruber, aka red valerian (centranthe rouge en français)

The weather these days is rather pleasant temperature speaking, but we’ve been having nasty nasty winds for days and days, weeks actually. We can’t enjoy the swimming pool just yet, while last year I was already swimming ! But sleeping well at night and not being boiling hot all the time is something I deeply appreciate !! So no complaint from me !!!

I’m sticking to the schedule I created last week, and managed t work out 4 times last week (see my previous post), as planned ! Feeling proud of myself, and happy my simple plan works !

Gotta go now, but I wish you a great week ahead ! Thank you for stopping by today !

With love,
xoxo

Sonia

time management or finding the time for everything

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The school holiday is over, it’s been a full one with lots of little things done (offline, obviously). Therefore here I am again !

Since hubby’s started working in Lille, last September, my schedule, which wasn’t really precise at the time, got completely shaen. I lost track of many things. Once the swimming pool season stopped, I stopped working out, altogether. I know, that wasn’t really smart from me, but that’s how it happened. i gained weight, inevitably, and lost flexibility. It didn’t seem to bother me much until recently. Something’s got to be done ! And now !

Adjusting to hubby’s absence ... having more things to do by myself everyday (mainly because of swimming pool maintenance & garden duties, and all the chores) ... weekends being as fast as a lightening : I really, and I mean REALLY needed to improve my time management because obviously NOT everything got done everything ! You’ll tell me that it is normal not to fit everything everyday, but it just can’t happen every. Single. Day !!!

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I scratched my head for a moment then had a lightbulb moment ! That was it, I had to create my own schedule where I TRY to fit everything in a week ! I know, how stupidly obvious !! I started reflecting on what as badly managed in my days, and what I didn’t manage to fit in most days, which in my case was :

1) working out
2) creating for the shop
3) taking care of myself

... because every single day, every single week, there was always something more important to do. I am sure you understand what I mean ...(not trying to fish for an excuse here, that’s the truth)

Of course I know that not everything always goes as planned, unexpected things to do happen quite regularly, so I am flexible. But. My goal is to stick to this schedule as much as possible in order to create new habits.

I’m now on day 2, and well I’m pretty happy about how it works, because I managed to do many things ! I worked out twice, worked a bit (at least I started somewhere & that’s the hardest !!), took care of myself, and all the rest !

I created this schedule for school week days only. Weekends are totally free of schedule, thank goodness ! I’m sorry I’m not sharing the schedule itself here, I thought it was way too personal. But I really wanted to share with you that I had felt some kind of « click » inside myself, letting me know that I needed to finally change by myself what I thought was not working at its best in my daily life rhythm.

In the same spirit, some weeks ago, I decided to drink fewer coffee, and to skip the milk I’ve always added in it. And to drink more water every day. Well, I’m happy to report that these « resolutions »  are still going strong, and I created new, healthier habits !

Have you recently create a new habit ? Please share in the comments so tht we all might feel inspired !

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I suspect you wonder why I used flowers photos to illustrate this post ... well, these flax flowers (that grow wild nearby) were picked this past weekend, and gifted to me (so sweeeeeet) by my even sweeter hubby. I could not not share these with you, they are so pretty and delicate and fragile, and don’t last long. I hope you like them as much as I love them !

After such a long (and boring) novel, I wish you all a wonderful rest of your days, and thank you kndly for your visit today !

With love, 
ox

Sonia