So here are mine:
1 My Bath stuff
I just love an early evening soak in their wonderful bubble bath, in candle light, with the extra perfume of their room fragrance wafting through the steam… Heaven! I seem to have treated myself to their entire range! I usually hate scented candles but this perfume just ‘does it for me’! The smell is heavenly – not too sweet but fresh and calming – which, sometimes, I rather need!! Especially after a long fight with the traffic on the M4 on my trip home from work!
All I need now is someone to come and scrub my back……….!
2 My Little Garden!
I’m renting a wonderful little cottage in the centre of the village where I’ve lived – on and off – for most of my life. It’s hidden away behind some of the shops and incredibly has its own little garden! It’s a lovely place to sit out in. A great sun trap. And very peaceful. I shall miss it when I have to move.
Either – Rooibos or Red Bush as it’s sometimes called. I love the taste. It reminds me of all the wonderful holidays I had in Southern Africa and that one day, maybe, I will go back! It’s a great tea as it’s caffeine free and sooooooooo refreshing!
Or – Keemun China Tea. Which I was brought up on and can’t be without!
4 Comfort foods: Condensed Milk – eaten straight from the tin with a spoon! Dark chocolate – especially the Lindt ones like Lindt Orange Intense!
5 My Clavinova – which I’ve ‘rediscovered’ since moving and although I struggle playing it others come round and bash out some splendid pieces on it. Including many Flanders and Swann songs. Great evenings of laughter and singing!
6. My Bedroom. It took a while to get used to sleeping at the top of the stairs on a mezzanine floor – so no door to my room. But I love it now and I have two skylights so I can lie in bed and watch the clouds, or stars or the moon. (or rain!!)
7. The Red Kites – re-introduced into this area about 15 years ago there are now hundreds. I’ve even managed to get some to swoop down for food I’ve put out on the roof of my little shed in my little garden! I spent ages taking photos last year whilst I was still living at my last house! I must have taken over 2000 photos in my attempt to catch the kites diving for food!! The results weren’t very successful!
We are surronded by beech trees here. The colours at this time of year aren’t as spectacular as they are in other countries but we still get some reasonable displays! Sadly today it’s been cloudy all day and now it’s raining! Still a good excuse to snuggle up indoors – maybe with some ‘comfort food’!
And Finally and Most Importantly:
Something that has taken me a while to re-find! But a year or more’s life coaching has given me that!
The Life Coaching which reached its logical end last Wednesday. I shall really miss going as I found it all so fascinating – especially the last few months. Not just from dealing with my own ‘issues’ but the whole process of how he helps others and has that ability to offer up ideas and processes which do genuinely make a difference to one’s outlook and the way we communicate and think.
It’s been a genuine pleasure to meet Stephen. Who, I might add, is now in the very privileged position (!) of knowing more about me than probably anyone else on the planet!!
As I’ve said before “It’s been amazing”. Albeit after a few ‘re-takes’ and my somewhat protracted desire not to listen or do my homework, (!) I just hope I finally ‘graduated’ with flying colours!
I suppose that all depends on what I do next!! Which is still a bit of a stumbling block and daunting. But I think Stephen’s right, my current goal has to be to find a good goal!
And yes you finally get to see my picture!
So those are my Nine. Who’s next to take up the baton of this great idea?