Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Teal and whimsy

Teal and a whimsical skirt
Keep it simple. My favourite black skirt has been ready and waiting for me since I took the time to mend it by hand last year. I took it on holiday and skipped through a garden of flowers but this is an item that I'll draw on time and time again. Some people criticise overflowing wardrobes. There is no denying that I own a lot of clothes but let's be fair, I do wear them all if infrequently. Clothes are not just layers I wear to keep me covered or keep the cold out (though that is helpful), clothes are a hobby and give me much joy and entertainment. 

Teal and a whimsical skirt
My teal turtle neck long sleeved top is one that I picked up on holiday as the colour is one I'm attracted to as well as loving the snug neckline, you know how much I love a high neckline. Heart pendent necklace is one of the few I reach for all the time at the moment. This studded belt on the other hand had slunk out of sight for months and only after a curious look through a few accessories uncovered it. It adds a little variety to a somewhat whimsical skirt. Bag is my favourite Joules piece from Country Attire which looks fabulous with everything, such a versatile accessory.

Teal and a whimsical skirt

Teal and a whimsical skirt
 Do you entertain a little whimsy from time to time?
Sophie

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Saying no

Quiet countryside in winter
Saying no.
This is a post that I've mulled over but not written for a while. Perhaps if you're uncomfortable with a somewhat negative way of looking at things then this may not be a post for you to persevere with.
I'm the first to admit that I have a particularly difficult nature when it comes to most things. I'm not a socialiser and do not yearn to hang out with people. If I go down the pub I get really annoyed if it's not quiet or if we have to talk to anyone. I'm happy enough to say 'good morning' and I've usually got a response to how are you/lovely weather today but that's all it is really; I certainly do not need an in-depth analysis of the day's news or to hear a life story. It's pretty rare that I find people I connect with and want to keep in touch with but believe it or not I've been lucky enough to find a few proper friends through this blog and I am so, so grateful.
However, that doesn't mean that my character peculiarities automatically evaporate. Actually meeting up with friends is still a big thing for me. Quite honestly I find socialising physically exhausting (considering I'm of reasonable fitness) and usually I have to sleep it off for a while afterwards. Apparently it's a trait of introverts to be drained of energy through mixing with others and I can fully endorse this theory.
So, back to the title... there have been some invitations over the last year or so crop up i my inbox that I may well have accepted in the past. Now, I usually decline. While others reap the benefits of venturing out of their comfort zone by meeting new people, travelling to new places and trying new skills I can only conclude that this is not the case across the board. I have not felt better afterwards, just drained and relieved it's over, which is not exactly worthwhile. After a year or so of trying....and feeling miserable I've been taking a more practical approach which is to politely decline. Instead of dwelling on whether I've just shot myself in the foot with a brand, or missed out on making valuable PR and blogger connections, I just forget about it and move on. My simple lifestyle of trying to look after myself, get my fitness back up, walking out in the countryside, photography and writing is where I belong. In my own world, not in the big smoke of the capital, nor a cocktail party in the city, nor mingling with z-list 'celebrities' or going to beauty workshops (I'd get thrown out on account of my eyebrows).
Writing and photography is a wonderful way for me to share my life with both everyone and no-one simultaneously and for that I will always be grateful. I've found my way.
Sophie

Monday, 8 February 2016

Snowdrops in bloom

Snowdrops in bloom! It's been a delight to see these wonderful little pearly white droplets nestling in grasses, gardens and verges over the past few days. As the first wild flowers to put on a show of the year it's a sort of 'welcome' with spring (supposedly) a way off but these serve as some sort of aperitif of things to come. 


Have you spotted the snowdrops in bloom?
Sophie

Friday, 5 February 2016

Magical skies

Nacreous clouds over Norfolk
On Tuesday morning I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked out of the window and saw the sky alive with magical sparkling clouds! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be lucky enough to see such a sight. I'm fascinated by the Aurora Borealis and while it holds the only kind of lure which would make me briefly consider travelling to see it, does not amount to enough for me to make any plans. This is as close as I'm going to get to the dancing lights in the sky. 
I'll be honest, I had no idea what was going on. C advised me the light was something to do with ice crystals in the sky and the way the light is refracted, but I was too distracted to really digest it. Later on I looked up what on Earth was happening overhead and apparently these are nacreous formations which indeed are caused by water droplets at really low temperatures.  They are also known as mother of pearl clouds due to their iridescent sheen and thought of in the same breath as the Aurora Borealis. My heart is full of such love.
Incredible! We were so lucky to witness something so rare.
Did you spot magic in the sky this week too?
Sophie