Thursday, 25 May 2017

the dogs, the midges and me.

This could have been a very inspiring moment. I could have spent the rest of my evening untill the sunset taking photos and videos of the clouds moving upon the mountains, all the different colors that the sky has to offer But .. it didn't happen :(
It didn't happen because of those stupid, useless , so annoying tiny insects called MIDGES !!!
We can see them on the video, and we can hear me slapping my arms trying to kill them , there are so viscious ... anyway I only stayed there for 5 mn, did those quick images and went back home as fast as I could ! those bastards actually follow you , I met my neighbor or her way back from her evening walk and she was walking very fast too in the attempt to escape them !
Note for the next summery sunset video : cover myself with insect repellent.

Monday, 24 April 2017

This is our reality

Start from where you are , it's small at the scale of the world , tiny really but for us
it means a lot : Seeing our new hens running in the grass from the first time and making friend with Matilda. When I read the new book of Elizabeth Gilbert - Big Magic, she's writing about the importance of Creative Living to feed our creativity but also our well being as artist... well I think I am getting closer and closer to my idea of creative living .

Each morning , when I get up , the first thing I do is letting my hens out and give them food and fresh water, then I have my tea and porridge looking out by the window I see them running happily in the yard and scratching the ground , I hear clucking cluck cluck cluck .
' Mummy I'm awake ! I want to go outside ', my daughter is awake . I leave the rest of my porridge on the table for a moment and I help her getting dressed and put on her boots , off she goes checking for eggs in their coop . " one - two - three " MUMMY they've made three eggs Yummy yummy eggs , I see her running back to the house with the wobbly eggs in her hands ,
It's a miracle , she never broke one since she has started "to become a farmer "a few weeks ago ... anyway at that point I realized my tea and porridge have turned cold , I ask my little farmer to bring the porridge to the hens. She comes back in the kitchen , the back door stays open , drop the bowl loudly in the sink and proudly says ," all done".

Monday, 2 January 2017

New year resolution : be Kind to Animals , All of them.

2016 has been a great year for me , I took a step back from motherhood and started to work again ,
I find time for creativity and the big thing is I finally changed my diet to an animal free one
and this is important for me cause I am finally true to myself .
In 2017 , I'll keep animals away from my plate, I want to give my time to associations in aid of farmed animals, grow my own little garden in my back garden
have less , live more
spend time outside in nature
I wish to all of you who are reading my words to be truly and simply happy
and share it with your friends
whether they are humans or animals :)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Icy polas

I took these pictures at the back of my house , I woke up and everything was white and frozen , the sun was shining so I rushed outside with a warm coat , my wooly hat , waterproof boots and my cameras of course !
I am so glad I found the energy to get out of bed even with the flu , this creative moment has filled me with hapiness ***
note for later : even exhausted and feeling down sometimes you just have to step outside and all your troubles melt away like the ice melted with the sun after an hour - nothing is permanent - keep moving - keep adapting - movement is LIFE :)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Untill one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France

First picture : my Mum in her 30s with a goose.
second picture : Me at 3 years old with my doggie brother Rustique.
3rd and 4th picture : my daughter , 2 and a half with her doggie friends Fiac and Scamp.

The more there are animals around me, the happier I am. And the happier they are , the happier I am.
I have always lived in company of animals, I simply can't imagine a life without them.
I remember telling stories and secrets when I was a child to my rabbit, I knew he won't tell anybody and he was always a good listenner... My daughter is the same today, she plays with her doggie friends, the cats and the chickens as she plays with her friends in creche .
The difference is that she is much more calm , patient and kind to them than with other kids . Our animals are extremly gentle with her so she behaves the same with them. Of course I always supervise, especially with dogs, they might get scared if she goes a little bit crazy but this rarely happens because the presence of animals calms her . She knows it since the day she was born, you get so much love from the animals, if you give them what they are and what they need: Pure Kindness.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Balance and freedom // a book - an escape - coming back to the center and find peace.

This week I am going to share with you a passage of one of my favourite book :
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The title may seem a little simplist, I haven't seen the movie adaptation but all I can say is that it's a beautiful journey in the world and into herself at the same time. Like her, Meditation is part of a daily routine but sometimes it is hard to find light and to stop the mind from over-analizing everything.
Halfway through her voyage, she spend three months in a temple in India in search for enlightment, Sean, a 'yogic Irish dairy farmer"who was in the retreat at that time gave her a precious advice:

" Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine' he said "you want to stay near the core of the thing - right in the hub of the wheel - not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness - that's your heart. That's where God live within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you'll always find peace."

I chose these pictures because I was in a state of creative, contemplative , close to the light sort of feeling. Ok It wasn't Bali the place where the author goes at the end but it was the closest of what she describes a peaceful paradise in she feels entirely free. I was in a small happy village of Finistere in Brittany, France. I spent a week there on my own contemplating,walking around in the sunshine, taking pictures of windows and sunny rooftops. I wonder when I will be abble to feel free like this again considering that I am a mother and I live with this paradox that I wish I could go away for a time so I can medidate, write , create but at the same time the mother instinct will drive me insane because I will worry all the time whether she is happy, had enough food or enough sleep so I cannot go away really , maybe I should just go back to the center ... although finding peace in company of a toddler is a real everyday challenge!