Sunday, 12 January 2014

These are the days of miracles and wonders........

The land is bare her ancient tracks and paths easy to see and follow now.

 A  solitude and peace have descended both on the land and in my soul and I feel I have been given January as a precious gift, a balm for my soul. In honour of this gift and the joy it gives, I shall keep our food plain and simple, I shall not go to the shops, there are no material things I wish to buy, I think this year I shall decline from buying anything new, I really have enough and would rather enjoy not being sucked in to the commercial aspects of life. The time gained from not wondering the shops  is amazing, its lovely to have whole weekends with time for family and other interests.

I quite relish sitting and painting when my jobs are done, lighting the fire and finding a cosy corner to read some fabulous books
can I recommend a few things....

Essie Fox  Elijahs Mermaid
Longbourn Jo Baker
The Fall of Light  Niall Williams

can I recommend
Mumford and Sons

Can I recommend the joy and peace of January
Love Lynn xxxx


Lin said...

Such a wonderful post, Lynn.

This is the very way I love to spend January. A little fire in the wood stove. Reading. Drawing & Painting. Reflecting on the beauty of it all.

You have mentioned several books that I have not read. I've jotted them down - thank you for sharing them!


Streetcomber said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Longbourn, too, especially the vivid evocation of the daily life of the below stairs staff. Thanks for the other recommendations.

Liz said...

Such a lovely post, Lynn. Sometimes it is good just to sit back and appreciate what is around us.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Maria said...

~ You most surely can and it is most gratefully received...A beautiful post straight from your heart and soul...Happy new bright and shiny year, lovely Lynn! It feels so good to just be...~Twinkly hugs Maria x

Sandies' Patch said...

I know what you mean but, I don'y buy new stuff because I can't afford to but, the joy in upcycling and re-purposing my clothes and furnishing is good.
This is my 'mantra for this year and possibly for like.......

Live simply,
Laugh often,
Love Life.

Enjoy your January and the rest of the Year.

Sandie xxx

tam said...

I think I should follow suit and try to not buy anything this year but I can tell you now that ain't gonna happen........if only!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

It sounds like a perfect plan.
To relish in the beauty that surrounds you perhaps catching inspiration for your painting and not being burdened by the little things that matter not...
I myself am so tired of consumerism and we as people being considered as nothing but consumers finds me searching for what really is important.
Enjoy your January my dear and may you find the peace that lies within.
Susan x

lynn cockrell said...

Though I have not resolved to refrain from purchasing anything this year, I am going to make an effort to make better use of the things I already own. I want to be happy with where I am and to appreciate the the people and things that are already a part of my life, family and home. Your post is a reminder of this. Thanks!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

One of my favorite posts. I always remember January beong your favorite month and yhat lively photo of your frozen laundry on your side bar long ago.

romany soup said...

So beautiful, my sentiments exactly!
I do feel cut off from the wild elements living in town, hopefully i will be able to move to the country one day. xxx

Thea said...

I love the thought of not joining in the commercial rat race and taking time to enjoy life...I think I shall join you
Thea x

Kay said...

beautiful and thoughtful words Lynn...xx

Merlesworld said...

I don't like the January sales, just to many people and half the time you don't need the thing you buy so best to avoid them.

Helen said...

Ooooooh just gorgeous.....never to go out!!
I loved this post
Thank you xx

Madelief said...

What a beautiful start of the New Year you made. You sound so happy and content!

I will check out your books. They are all new to me.

Wishing you a Happy week!

Have fun!

Madelief xox

Jayne said...

I do look forward to your posts Lynn. Strangely over the past year without realising I had stopped 'shopping'. I sourced all of my materials for my work, clothing, shoes etc from my local charity shops and markets. I love my preloved things. Life has become very commercialised especially Christmas time, January and the start of a new year always feels like a beginning of something special, the year stretching out before us. Happy New Year Lynn x

Dreamer Girl said...

What a lovely post! I love the sentiment!

Vicki Boster said...

January is a wonderful time to renew your spirit and to focus on what's important-- I love your ideas for celebrating this month. It's a time for reckoning--


Gail said...

What a lovely post Lynn... sounds perfect, hope you have a wonderful creative year ...Gail x

My Little Home and Garden said...

I agree that January is a wonderful time that invites a peaceful existence. Others may complain about the wintertime, but I enjoy it's subtle beauty and invitation to engage in quiet pursuits.


Janine Marques said...

So nice your post, i also love painting and the photo that you use remind me my studio :)
Wish you a lovely week
Blessings from the sea