A Heart-Shaped Day

Heart Shapes are always lovely to create and I love to make mine in crochet. 
This one is attached to a small branch of cherry blossom.
The pretty pattern comes from

I made another one in pink which is next to my Sonny Angel doll
dressed in cherry blossom clothes.

I received these beautiful pink and red roses in a bouquet
which tempted me to make a garland of mini hearts!
There's something special about anything heart-shaped, don't you think?

We have had many sunny days this month and I have been enjoying them to the full.
I liked this little leftover leaf from autumn, still hanging onto the branch.

Now I have to take you for a walk along the lake. I have been there several times
in the last week and the lighting has been perfect.

The mountains were slightly misty and the lake was a lovely shade of blue.

A slight breeze ruffled the surface of the water.
and there have been fresh snowfalls.

The bright sunshine created a myriad of sparkles on the surface of the water.
I was so glad that I was down by the lake that day.

What peace on this particular day.
I walked a lot and sat on a bench for a while, soaking up all the beauty and peacefulness.

We can see the tower of the hotel and restaurant called Le Château d'Ouchy.

I really enjoyed observing two Great Crested Grebes doing their courtship display

It was all quite enchanting

If you would like to see a short video clip of them doing their dance.
You will see it HERE

I always find this sailing boat very elegant.

Another small boat and a pretty misty background shrouding the base of the mountains.

Sunbursts and sparkles on the water after a night of rain.

I've joined a group of photographers to practice self-portraits
and our challenge of the week was to take reflections.
Hello to you all!

The first spring flowers are starting to appear.
The Snowdrops and darling little Violets, winter-flowering Viburnum and Primroses.

Two hearts for you for Valentine's Day!

We are in for a mostly rainy week, but we have been so spoilt with sunshine
and we must be happy for the flowers and the whole of nature
who need rain as much as they need sunshine.


Remember to click on the photos to see them in a larger size.


"Awareness is like the sun.
When it shines on things
They are transformed."
 Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddhist teacher and Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh left this life very recently.
He was 95 years old.
His teachings held so much wisdom and I have several of his books, like the one above.
There are so many beautiful quotations in his books:
" Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful."

On the table, you can see my Tingsha bells, or cymbals. 
I have had them for many years and love their sound.
Just listening to them gives me a feeling of peace.

If you would like to hear these bells you can do so on this link:

My bells are the 3-inch ones with a slightly deeper sound.

I am not Buddhist, but their teachings resonate with me.

When we set a pretty table for breakfast, we eat more slowly and consciously
and appreciate each mouthful.
This morning I made an apple muffin made with almond flour.

Being in nature and literally becoming part of it through my shadow!

The Witch Hazel is a welcome sight while the spring flowers are still shy of blooming
after a return to colder temperatures. 

As I was walking back from the shops yesterday, I looked up to see this lovely
cloud formation, momentarily hiding the sun, but we can see some discreet
sunrays slightly above and below the cloud.

I am taking part in a private self-portrait group and this week,
our challenge was to take silhouettes. 
When I was walking in front of my glass-fronted bookcase, I noticed
my silhouette against the window.
I bet you didn't know that I lived in a bookcase in my spare time!

Another bookcase photo, with my focus on the frame and the contents, but less on my silhouette,
making it look more dreamy and contemplative as if I were looking out of the window.
I found it interesting to note that the shadow of my head highlighted the gold writing
of a book entitled 'A New Earth' by teacher and author Eckhart Tolle.

Space, lightness and simplicity.

Have you noticed, that when there's too much going on,
we just need to create some space around us. let in the light and return to simplicity.

Finding my centre
Space, lightness, simplicity
Show be how to be.

I hope that you are finding lightness and laughter in your own life,
remembering that our smile makes life more beautiful, both for others and for how we feel inside.