New home, new space!

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To a new blog home!

If you have been checking in, you might have wondered why it has been quite so quiet…

… And that’s because we have moved. I’m so sorry I haven’t made a bit more noise about it here before but we are now at http://www.courageanddash.co.uk. Please go have a peek and let me know what you think!

To celebrate, I am running a giveaway on the new blog – you can win £100 to spend on a framed wall-hanging with King & McGaw, purveyors of finest gallery-grade prints! See HERE
Thank you so much for being part of this incredibly fun journey, and here’s to more.xxx

Coasting along

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As someone who sailed lots growing up, I sometimes find London a wee bit landlocked and stifling. I live right by the river – which is not the same! – and even then, never get to spend any time near/on water nowadays. I could spend ages griping about how extra-curricular activities are so hard for us grown ups to get involved in but I will save that for next time (lucky you!)… it’s far too early in the year to be moaning already!!

Tayvallich is a sweet little coastal town with a couple of piers and a lot of open sky and inviting views. We stopped by Tayvallich Inn for very tasty lunch (beer battered haddock with ciabatta and melted cheddar AND skin on hand cut chips?? Yes please!!) and wandered around peering at boats and looking into the horizon (not easy in London). Not much else to do apart from just be. So perfect. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area…

This year, instead of not making resolutions (I’m one of those anti-resolution cynics), the husband and I decided to set ourselves a bunch of S.M.A.R.T. goals (S – specific, significant, stretching; M – measurable, meaningful, motivational; A – attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented; R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented; T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable). One of mine is to do more visiting/travelling/exploring/wandering on the weekends, both in this fine country and on the continent (and beyond).

How’s your new year going? Have you set any objectives for the year? Resolutions yay or nay?

Nearly there.

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So it’s nearly the end of 2015. Where has this year gone?? So many people I have spoken to have said this year has just flown by. There was a time in which I used to alternate between awesome and dud years – but I’ve lost track as life has gone on. This year has seemed to be one of those with plenty of ups and downs, which I am beginning to realise is just how life is. In the context of all the darkness we have experienced this year (on a global, macro scale, and also on a more micro, personal level – friends who have lost family members, for example), life this year has seemed somewhat tentative and something to be all the more appreciated. This year I have been better at telling those whom I love that I love them, and at holding close those who are dear. I hope I remember to do more of that in 2016.

In light of new beginnings and new growth in the new year, I spent some time reflecting and planning, whilst playing with my new succulents (courtesy of Flowercard) on my lazy Christmas day. I am hoping that 2016 will be a much better year for not killing my plants (see here), by the way, as I am prone to (through no intention of mine!!). We already had some cacti and a couple of succulents, but now that floral gifting service, Flowercard, has given us a whole boxful (which came in a personalised tin – thanks!), hopefully some will last until the end of 2016? One can only hope! I have no idea why I am so bad with plants – any tips and tricks will be much gratefully received!!

 

Images: Courage & Dash

Succulents pictured from Flowercard, all opinions my own!