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The preoccupation with being in other people’s gardens and tilling their soil and looking at what they’re creating keeps us off our purpose. We must learn to cultivate our own garden’  Dr Wayne W Dyer. 

 
My Secret Courtyard. 

I don’t know about anyone else but I find it all too easy to get sucked into the curious demands of 21st Century life ~ whether it be joining online campaigns against global injustice, having my say in local affairs or supporting the interests of  close family and friends. 

In the past my eagerness to be involved has led to burnout ~ which renders me quite useless and frustrated with myself. I’m learning to prioritise my time and respect my boundaries. It stands to reason that unless I do, I can’t expect anyone else to either. 

Given my enthusiasm for gardening, the above quote could have been written for me ~ encouraging me to allow others to get on with their lives, while I nurture my own ‘backyard’ and unearth my true purpose. I’ll let you know how I get on! 

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. To read her inspiring posts and learn about how to join in, please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.
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The above quote is resonating with me right now ~ for some reason I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Finding myself wide awake in the wee small hours a thousand thoughts fight for my attention. Eventually I remember to run through a meditation routine, finally dropping into deep slumber around about dawn. 😟

I know from experience that when I get tired and tetchy the best solution is to take myself off and become absorbed in something creative ~ whether or not I actually feel like it. 

With temperatures in my Kitchen Courtyard hovering around zero, the plants look enchanting in their pots ~ but gardening defntely isn’t an option just yet:

 

So I’ve been spending time in the warm and cosy Kaboodle, messing around with a ‘Steampunk’ themed collage that I’m currently experimenting with……

  

……. upcycling empty chocolate boxes (yum yum) into picture frames …..

  

…..and writing a Gratitude List:

  

It takes a bit of focused concentration to shift my grumpy mind~set but once I get into the groove my spirits begin lift, chasing those mid~winter blues away! 

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Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.

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We’ve been experiencing more gale force winds and higher rainfall than usual on the island this winter. Last night’s storm chased empty flowerpots around the Kitchen Courtyard, up~ended the washing whirligig and kept me awake for hours. :(

So today I’m taking heed of these words, posted on Facebook by ‘the rockstar and Indiana Jones of the superfoods and longevity universe’ David Wolfe. (How could anyone not take the advice of a gourmet chocolatier, passionate about the ‘….health giving and mystical properties of dark, organic chocolate’?)

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This enchanting scene inspires me to look forward to less turbulent times when I’ll be able to sun~worship in said courtyard ~ quite possibly partaking of a few mouthfuls of dark, organic chocolate (but not looking quite so ethereal!)

But with temperatures outside plummeting, I’ll settle for snuggling up with a mug of organic cocoa, warm and cosy indoors!

Whether it’s blowing a hooley, pouring with rain or the middle of summer where you are today, you have permission to put the cares of the world to one side, while you nurture yourself and recharge ~ with or without chocolate! :)

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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As the sun sets on 2015……

…..The Artist and I wish you all a Very Happy, Healthy and Nurturing 2016! 😊

Photos taken on the Isle of Wight by Martin King.

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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It’s no secret that I love pottering about in my garden ~ particularly growing fruit and veg in raised beds and pots, as you can see here.

Throughout the year I nurture my crops with a variety of natural fertilisers ~ compost; manure; powdered eggshells; coffee grounds, the occasional dressing of Epsom Salts and buckets of tender, loving care. I also collect waste water to keep the soil moist ~ but due to the capricious British weather I didn’t have to use the hose at all this year. Every cloud ~ quite literally ~ had a silver lining! 😉

This morning my garden repaid my efforts with a super~nurturing breakfast. Strawberries; blueberries; tayberries and loganberries, harvested and frozen in the summer, added a welcome burst of sunshine to this soggy mid~winter day.

And, although you can’t see them too well in this photo (and it’s too late to take another,) I can assure you that the ‘fruits of my labours’ tasted yummy! 😋

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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After weeks of unsettled weather ~ gale force winds, relentless rain and plummeting temperatures, the sky is bright and clear so I’m taking Indie dog out for her daily constitutional, without either of us having to wear our heavy raincoats. What a treat! 

Whatever is happening in the World there’s so much to be grateful for ~ the sun is shining today and it’s a beautiful Nurturing Thursday. Enjoy!

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, on her inspiring blog. To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, please follow this link: On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:
Crowing Crone Joss 
Inside the Mind of Isadora 
Pocket Perspectives 
Mazeepuran 
Tea and Paper 
Meg Evans 
Bowl of Cherries 
Hugmamma