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I’m Breaking Up With A Simple Life

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I really enjoyed this post, shared by @kizzybassLCJ on Twitter recently. Slow living is something that I embraced more and more over the last year but the minimal aspect that seems integrated into it when people talk or one reads about it just doesn't 'fit' me. I like cozy clutter, lots of 'stuff' around me but I like living slowly. I guess it's a case of 'What's in a name?'  

Minimalism and the embracing of simple pleasures has permeated our current culture and I get it. I understand the rejection of mass consumption. I understand the need for minimalism and simplicity, to encourage others to question their consumptive habits. But, I find that too much of minimalism is paradoxically too much of a good thing.


I think it’s completely okay to want things, to chase after experiences beyond sitting in nature staring at a tree. For example, I think being in nature is wonderful, but it’s not going to satisfy a hunger for a Big Life. I love the idea of purging your possessions, but I don’t love the idea of shaming others because they want to experience physical success. Perhaps minimalism is a great ground zero to begin again from, but I am hesitant about staying there, about building a home in small desires.

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Hazelnuts

These wonderful nuts are all about slow living to me. Finding them, picking them, preparing them, and then cracking open their shells for snacking on - perfection. Mind you - don't hang about too long, or the Squirrels will beat you to them!

 

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Emma Cavill

Having spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and living in a busy city centre, Emma now loves life back in the beautiful West Country, where she and her husband set up Somerset Yurts and run a dairy farm on her Husband's family farm set in the Quantock Hills AONB

She has bit of an obsession for all things photographic, whether it's photographing her children, puppy, garden, farm, yurts... or just finding the beauty in simple everyday things.

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Self Sufficiency - Chickens


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Emma Cavill

Having spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and living in a busy city centre, Emma now loves life back in the beautiful West Country, where she and her husband set up Somerset Yurts and run a dairy farm on her Husband's family farm set in the Quantock Hills AONB

She has bit of an obsession for all things photographic, whether it's photographing her children, puppy, garden, farm, yurts... or just finding the beauty in simple everyday things.

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Recipe for happy festive shopping

 Recipe for happy festive shopping

Check the forecast. Get up early, wrap up warm. Go to your favourite town.

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Admire the window displays. Soak up the atmosphere. Appreciate small suppliers and independent shops. Feel inspired by their creativity.

 Recipe for happy festive shopping

Find somewhere snug to drink hot chocolate and people-watch. Indulge in cake.

 Recipe for happy festive shopping

Recipe for happy festive shopping

Return to shops, make purchases and head home safe in the knowledge you've exchanged shopping centre hell for a beautiful day.


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Green shoots

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Look closely. They're coming through.

And once you see a few you'll notice they're all around.

 

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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Small House Living

When we put our first yurt up in 2009 we instantly fell in love with the small but perfectly formed living space. There was something quite liberating about living very minimally. Only the really necessary items counted and suddenly a couple of mugs, plates, a woodburner, kettle, bed, sofa, etc. seemed all we needed! Why do we have so much stuff?!

I've recently discovered a whole movement around small space, or tiny house living - very inspiring. Even just taking on some of the minimalist living ideas, and clever solutions for storage can transform the way we live.

Further reading

Tiny homes on Pinterest

The Guardian - cabin fever

Tiny homes in pictures

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Rosendals Trädgård

Rosendals Trädgård translates to Rosendals Garden and is a biodynamic garden open to the general public. It has plots, greenhouses, plants for sale, a shop and a cafe. It's a little slice of paradise on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm.

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Further reading

Rosendals Trädgård


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Gemma Garner

Designer, illustrator and maker of things. A lover of the great outdoors who is happiest when creating, cooking and crafting.

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Newport, Pembrokeshire

Cynfin (Welsh): "sometimes used to describe an environment where a person feels they belong or knowledge and sense of place that is passed down the generations.It can also refer to fleeting moments in time: a place or the time when we instinctively belong or feel most connected. In those moments what lies beneath mundane existence is unveiled and the joy of being alive can overwhelm us"

Because in Wales Nature wins. 


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Gemma M

City Dweller. Country Soul

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Bluebells

 Bluebells

Bluebells

“The Song of the Bluebell Fairy
”My hundred thousand bells of blue, the splendour of the Spring, They carpet all the woods anew With Royalty of sapphire hue; The Primrose is the Queen, ‘tis true. By surely I am King. Ah, yes, The peerless Woodland King!””

 

— Cecily Mary Barker. Flower Fairies of the Spring

Further Reading

Bluebell Woods Near You. The National Trust.

British Woodland Bluebells Flower from Mid-April-Late May.  The Woodland Trust. 

Bluebell flowering times can be powerful evidence of climate change.  

Get involved. Natural History Museum Survey.


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Gemma M

City Dweller. Country Soul

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