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autumn goodness

26 May 2014

Mexican potluck with wonderful friends (who are all wonderful cooks too!). Tea for the cooler temperatures. Green food, juices & smoothies. Timberland boots at a great sale price & the cutest Kalahari wood salt spoon from South Africa. Cute cafes and yummy breakfasts. Even cuter cafe dogs to befriend. The beautiful colours of a bakery. Creating nutritious meals. Mother’s Day flowers & family time. The quaint airport in remote South Africa on our way to safari. Meeting pretty blog friend P for the first time. Grey skies and greenery, my favourite.

A friend who stood hugging me in the street for the longest time after I faced an unexpected reminder of January’s event. So many medical appointments but feeling like we’re getting somewhere. My mum and stepdad rearranging their days to help me when I was sick. Sleeping with the windows open. Fresh, cool mornings. Caught in a rain shower and realising the unrestrained giggle I heard was mine. Lying in bed with one leg touching my husband’s and the other hanging over the bed to touch my dog. A d&m with a gorgeous girlfriend. Hearing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love speak on her Australian tour. Roast potatoes. Friends falling pregnant after a really long battle. Mother-Daughter double date with J&T whom we’ve known for 28 years. Sitting on the grass, giggling with my mum, husband and grandparents. Making my mum laugh with my impersonations of animals. Watching the new season of River Cottage Australia. Family meals. Flattering words from an elegant lady. Going to lie down for a few minutes and falling into the most satisfying, deep afternoon nap. Reading the whole series of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency set in Botswana. The National Geographic documentaries on Zambezi River. This funny animation of wildebeest and crocodiles. Waiting outside the library with other strangers and wondering about everyone’s story or purpose to be there researching. Even in the sadness of recent cancer diagnosis in my family, being grateful that they have had such a long, healthy run to date. Helping my mum with jobs related to these loved ones and knowing how much she appreciates it. Admiring the carer that my mum is. Digging holes & lifting rocks in my mum & stepdad’s backyard & lying in the sun with tired muscles afterwards. Staying at their house & watching the morning fog in the valley. An awesome new hairdresser that I want to kidnap! Juice dates with a gorgeous girlfriend. My husband looking so handsome and cuddly in his street sneakers, jeans and a dark jumper. Sharing our commitment to goals. The satisfaction of ticking things off a list that moves us closer to them. Getting annoying errands done, done, done! Pulling out my cosy, comfortable and classic woollen Uniqlo jumpers I bought in London last October.

11 Responses
  1. May 27, 2014

    Honey, I loved this post and your long and beautiful list of everything to be grateful for. Finding joy in the small moments never fails to show us how beautiful life really is.

  2. May 27, 2014

    How delicious your autumn sounds (even a silver lining on the dark clouds) xx

  3. May 27, 2014

    What a lovely post, with very vibrant photos! Autumn is my favourite season, I was there for a minute :)

  4. May 28, 2014

    This is so full of autumn goodness and moments to treasure. Sarah x

  5. May 28, 2014

    I am so involved in the early summer garden (Open Day in 4 weeks – eek!) that it is very hard to imagine autumn exists anywhere! Love your list, and that I have an Australian cheer squad!! Thank you Lucent. x

  6. May 29, 2014

    Hi Lucent, I love the way you write these posts. Elizabeth Gilbert’s tour sounds interesting – I’d like to know more. Yay to getting those annoying jobs done and moving closer to shared dreams. You’re sounding great :)

  7. Megan permalink
    May 30, 2014

    Lovely post Lucent!
    When I read your words and see your beautiful photos I think of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words: “Happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product of a life well lived”.
    Love and hugs to you :)

  8. June 1, 2014

    Beautifully written… and that picture of a bakery has got me hungry for bread.

  9. June 1, 2014

    Hi, I’ve just dropped in from Be More With Less and am enjoying reading through your archives. Such beautiful photos and meaningful thoughts, thanks for sharing them with us. Your thoughts and attitude help me in coming to terms with some minor vision and health issues I’ve experienced lately, and I loved reading your thoughts on minalimism, too.
    I think I could look at your Iceland photos forever … they are stunning.

  10. June 6, 2014

    love, love all the good details and beautiful photos, and catching up on your autumn (our spring, of course)! I’ve missed coming here this last month, and it is good to catch up. Sorry to hear of your own sickness and the family one, and so good you have a strong family and friends to support each other. ox

  11. June 17, 2014

    What a lovely autumn you had. Love how you make a cup of coffee and some bircher muesli look so pretty and inviting.

    P xo

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