Sorry for the lack of HDYGG last week, l've been somewhat unmotivated blog-wise, but more on that in another post. I visited my mother at the weekend and enjoyed some time mooching about her garden, no word of a lie when I returned home that night I dreamt of terracotta!
I love taking photos and sharing snapshots of my life with other people. I've no desire to get into photography professionally, for me it's simply something that makes me happy. To see those figures above makes me incredibly proud, around 1 in 100 people who come across my photos on Unsplash download them.
Oh yes, I'm feeling festive - the tree is up, we've made lovely mulled cider (using this recipe) and I spent my day off yesterday wrapping presents and writing out cards. We've been listening a lot to the Apple playlist 'A Very Folk Christmas' but being a child of the 80's it always ends up going back to a bit of Shakey, Wizzard and of course Slade (but never Last Christmas by Wham, or The Pogues Fairy Tale of New York, ever, ever, ever).
Singapore offers a mind-blowing variety of options when it comes to eating out. One can eat really good food on any budget - there's really is something for everyone in every price range.
Recently I had the pleasure of spending a week in Singapore and during my time there I ate at all of the places listed in this post, with meals ranging from $4 Nasi Lemka to a $208 6 Act degustation at a 2 Michelin star restaurant, and everywhere in between.
Not only is Singapore Botanic Garden the oldest garden in Singapore but it's also the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It's a place of true beauty. Open from 5am to midnight daily it's free to visit, so good to have this vast green space open to everyone to enjoy.
Wow, we've passed 30k of photos shared with the #slowlived hashtag. This time of the year really does bring out the slow spirit in people, the wrapping up warm and enjoying walks, mugs of cocoa and sitting by the fireside. There's so much beauty joining in every day that picking just 9 to feature was really hard x
Slow living is still an art that I'm trying to let into my life more. It's part of it much more than before but I truly believe that it can't be forced, that it does take time. It requires more effort than one would think, but the effort is part of the process. It's not the same for me as it is for you, and not the same for you as it is for the next person. It's different things for different people and it's benefits are really very much worthy celebrating and savouring.
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Ah autumn, autumn, autumn, I completely and utterly love you. Being able to pack away summer clothes and dig out the comfy and familiar checked shirts and jumpers is my idea of heaven. Warm socks, gloves, scarves - all most welcome. I don't know if it's a pale person thing but the summer is my least favourite season of all and I'm never sorry to see the back of it.