August 24: Productive and slow …

Is it possible to be productive at the same time as taking it slow? In the past, I’ve always worked at a fast pace, but lately, since slowing my life (so to speak), I’m more inclined towards a methodical plod. Today has been a great example of the possibilities of having space to breathe and time to think.

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Water dripping from the gutter

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Our Australian flagpole came down (again) in the big storm last Thursday (the night I flew to London). Luckily Leo got to it before it could do any damage

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Free water!

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My lovely little cherry tomato plant keeps giving! They’re so sweet – I seem to always pop one in my mouth as I walk past

Glorious and much-needed rain has kept me indoors today, but it feels like I’ve been working on things that need to be done. I’ve been asked to write four stories for a food magazine for chefs, called BISTRO, and today has been spent planning my questions and contacting people to interview.

I’ve never been a huge foodie – I love eating food but I don’t get excited about cooking at home. Eating out is a lovely thing to do, but more often than not it’s just to eat rather than to experience. We all need to have more experiences when it comes to eating!

In London, I did something very out of character (and out of budget!) by having lunch with a friend at the Oyster Bar in Harrods. Definitely a fun experience, and if we could have afforded it, I’m sure we would have eaten more food! Six oysters and three carafes of white wine do not maketh a filling lunch. A giggly lunch, yes, but not a filling one!

And yesterday’s outdoor event at our favourite restaurant in Wohlen bei Bern was an experience, if not just for the shots!

But I digress …

Taking time … to digress … 🙂

Sitting at my desk today has been very productive and helps curb that ‘out of control’ feeling when there’s a lot on my plate. (Pardon the unintended pun!) Slowly crossing things off ‘the list that never ends’ is calming and satisfying. Generally, I can be quite scattered when it comes to concentrating on one thing, and, in some ways, I’ve come to accept that. Doing small amounts of a few things helps with that overall sense of achievement. As the story deadlines get closer, I know I’ll focus harder, but today, preparing and planning has been a very relaxed affair.

That’s cool. Fingers crossed I can keep up this methodical plod without the deadlines causing stress!

Wishing you a wonderful day.

July 13: Getting organised

I’ve been a bit slack on all fronts recently, and today was the day to sit down at the desk and get organised. I’ll only be working Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and took the chance today to reply to comments on the blog that I’ve neglected, send some emails to people who I’ve neglected (still many, many more to be sent!) and write some posts on this neglected blog.

There was also the chance to lie on the lounge by the pool and start a new book :). I thought about resurrecting Monday Runday, but that idea quickly faded. Too hot, too unmotivated, too many things to do … too many excuses!

The grass has turned from a rich green to a golden yellow/brown. Walking across it is like walking on hay. We certainly need some rain (but can it come at night, so it’s cooler to sleep?!)

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Dry yellow grass

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Hydrangea coming along nicely! It didn’t flower at all last year

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The crocosmia is starting to flower!

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The poor old blue delphinium isn’t as majestic as it was last year

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The glads are nearly flowering. They’ll be white and orange

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The snapdragons, which I thought were goners, have come good again

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I didn’t plant this gladioli here, it just sprouted on its own

I did send a job application off today too, so that’s something. Fingers crossed!

And you know what else I did? Deleted the card game off my phone that stops me from reading books. Mum and I are addicted to card games, it must be in our genes, but today I decided enough was enough. It’s distracting me from doing things I want to do, like be in contact with people, learn new things, read new books, write some stuff, generally get moving and out of the twilight zone, which I seem to enter every time I open that app on my phone. Not good! Not good at all! Sure, there’s a place for some relaxation, but I was becoming way too reliant on it as something to do, when there are so many other wonderful things to be doing.

Nutritionally, I’ve been a bit naughty too. I’ve eaten ice creams. And chippies. But hey, all’s good. I’ve realised it’s incredibly hard to quit sugar, and I’m not quite ready to do it just yet!

Wishing you a wonderful day.