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purple pink and lilac vein petunias glass vase

Breathe – #BreatheSeptember2018 – petunias In a Vase on Monday

I try to be mindful in my life and activities every day ‘try to be in the moment’, it doesn’t always work out, so I just start again the next day.  I try not to overthink too.  There are many organisations, groups and people that help me with my mindfulness – in particular, The Blurt Foundation,  Spark Support and Gabrielle Treanor.  I love following photo challenges, so I was thrilled to see Gabrielle has started a prompt for September 2018 – #BreatheSeptember2018 launch on Instagram.  This is the third year she has run this – you can check out previous hashtags too.  People get involved on twitter and facebook too.

My Previous photo challenges

I wrote about what you might want to include in a photo challenge in April 2018, when I asked if readers wanted to join in with this hashtag:

My advice for getting involved with photo challenges: 

There’s no right or wrong way to do a photo challenge –  it’s up to you. Don’t feel you have to post every day, nor does it have to be public photos.  Just do whatever is best for you 🙂 Previously, I’ve joined these photo challenges:

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Wellbeing Wednesday – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon

18 April 2018 – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon – My Australian family and friends, pals from Stirling University, Manchester work crew, RunMND posse, the Women’s Institute ladies and finally, but certainly not least my Eccles pals.

DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon I’m a sociable and friendly person – I’m so fortunate to have so many friends and family who’ve supported me in tough times and good. And of course, My Chap – he makes me a better person.

Spring blossom #OneHourOutside – Wellbeing Wednesday

I try to get #OneHourOutside every day.   I’ve often written about how being outside helps my mental health and wellbeing. I try to make sure I’m in the fresh air for at least an hour.  Check out writing by Zoe from Splodz Blog who came up with the hashtag #onehouroutside.  She’s a hill walker and outdoor adventurer.

You can follow Zoe on:

She also organises the Outdoor Bloggers Group with Jenny Tulip I’ve been a member for a couple of years.I’m hoping to get more involved with this group and writing about more walks in 2018.

My #OneHourOutside

When I’m out and about I take the time to be mindful, to look carefully around me usually noticing flowers and plants, but it could be anything that takes my interest especially in urban areas.  I take photographs sometimes and sometimes I don’t, posting to social media occasionally, and sometimes on the blog.  I do note in my journal whether I’ve been outside for an hour.

When the weather is awful, throwing down with rain, for example, I walk to another building and eat my lunch looking through a window so I can see greenery.

I know my gardening blogger pals and gardening followers won’t have too much difficulty getting outside but I wonder whether they also get outside every day.

close up of white with a hint of pink cherry blossom

Cherry blossom on our street – #OneHourOutside April 2017

Cherry Blossom

For me, cherry blossom is one of the most amazing and wonderful parts of Spring. It makes my heart sing. This is my neighbour’s cherry blossom. It’s a dwarf tree which he tells me is about 15 years old.

‘Blossom by blossom the Spring begins’ – Allerton Swinburne, poet (1837-1909)


Find #OneHourOutside on twitter | instagram | facebook


Do you get outside every day? Does your time outside involve commuting to work? Would you join us in #OneHourOutide? Tell me in the comments 

Carpe Diem

love Bec

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Coreopsis – sunfire, red dianthus, Achillea, sweetpea milk bottle vase

In a Vase on Monday – A change is as good as a rest

A change is a good as a rest – proverb

A change of work is the best rest. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1888) – 2nd Sherlock Holmes novel

The more regular readers of this blog will have noticed that MOST of my flowers vases contain purple, pinks, lilac and white flowers with red appearing now and again. So perhaps people might think that’s the only colour scheme in our garden – it’s not.  I walked round looking for flowers to pick, it was a very overcast day here in Manchester, a couple of different yellow flowers popped out from the gloom.

Definitely time for a change!  So this week’s In a Vase on Monday, in a milk bottle vase, has many yellow flowers and a bit of red too.

Coreopsis – sunfire, red dianthus, Achillea, sweetpea milk bottle vase

In a Vase on Monday – Coreopsis – sunfire, red dianthus, Achillea, sweetpea – 26 September 2016

It looks so cheery, even though it’s feeling very Autumnal:

  • Coreopsis – sunfire – I really liked their raged edge.
  • Pansy 🙂
  • Red dianthus –these flowers have appeared in ‘In a Vase on Monday’ before:
  • Achillea – it comes in many colours and sizes. This one starts as yellow and fades to pink/yellow.  It only grows about 18 inches high.  I don’t know its name as it was a gift.  Its common name is yarrow and it’s appeared in a vase before.
  • White sweetpea – this is the very last flower from the plant at the end of the garden.

Yellow is associated with happiness and joy especially for flower bouquets it represents new beginnings – so that seems appropriate too – since I’m about to enter a new decade.

Coreopsis – sunfire, red dianthus, Achillea, sweetpea milk bottle vase

Coreopsis – sunfire, red dianthus, Achillea, sweetpea – 26 September 2016

Do have a look at Cathy’s flowers over on ‘Rambling in the Garden’ – she has one vase with very architectural pink Nerine which look stunning.   She has another vase which has dahlias, zinnia and Persicaria amplexicaulis as well as foliage from oca –  It’s  a New Zealand yam – I’d never heard of this before.

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