Monday, 20 February 2017

What If...

You took every opportunity that came your way?
What would life look like if you said YES to everything?

We decided at the end of last year to start taking each opportunity presenting itself...

We have always been pretty good at doing this, but somehow got caught up in our comfort zone and found ourselves becoming indecisive, dithering about and constantly flipping back and forth - weighing everything up and making excuses for why we couldn't do things...

We realised that in order to move on - we really needed to stop doing this, so we made a decision to change.
We have embraced this way of thinking and so far, our lives are taking some very interesting twists and turns.
We wake up every morning full of excitement and realise we no longer feel any fear for new challenges, instead we are filled with determination to make the most out of every situation. 

So what are you waiting for?
If you want to make changes in your life - you really do have to step out of your comfort zone and make that leap, even when it may be the scariest thing you have ever done...
Just say YES and go for it!!!



Kay and Sime
xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Be Inspired #2


Last year, shortly after being published - we bought 2 copies of  Book Of Joy
One for us, which we constantly dip into and the other copy was to lend out to friends... 
We ended up actually giving it to a friend who is suffering with his health.

This book contains a 5 day long interview with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu - it is incredibly inspirational... 
Their outlook on life and the world, their friendship and sense of humour is just really wonderful!

No dark fate determines the future - we do. 

Each day and each moment, we are able to create and recreate our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet.

DALAI LAMA & DESMOND TUTU




Have a beautiful, fun-filled day!!!

Kay and Sime
xx



Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

Vegan Winter Comfort Food

Foodie photies!
Mostly taken at Meadowcroft, hence the rubbish light...

Our usual small portions - hahaha!
That brown thing is a stuffed mushroom with tons of veggies.
This stuffing was made with some leftover chickpea houmous, walnuts, a few breadcrumbs, chopped onions & garlic. Then we have dry roasted spuds, swede & potato mash, roasted butternut squash, beetroot & parsnip, steamed carrots, cauli & cabbage. This was then swamped in Sime's lentil & miso gravy!

The leftover steamed veg then got added to butternut squash, mushroom, butter bean & pea spaghetti - which were cooked with onions, garlic & liquid aminos.

Red lentil, walnut and brown rice bake with onions, garlic, mushrooms, courgettes and breadcrumbs.

Home made pizza topped with hummus, potato, sweetcorn, mushroom, tomato, courgette and fresh parsley.

More pizza... Home made polenta base, topped with passata, red onion, potato, sweetcorn, mushroom, courgette, tomato and olives.

Pancakes made with oats, wholewheat flour and buckwheat flour.
We whizz up the ingredients with some maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, a little baking powder, a pinch of salt and a mix of plant milk and water.

Chilli made with tofu, quinoa, black beans, sweetcorn, onions, sliced garlic, fresh chillies, cherry tomatoes and ginger, plus various herbs and spices thrown in for good measure.
Served with baked spuds and topped with stir-fried kale and sunflower seeds.

Did we tell you how much we love food? :-)

This is us trying to be serious...


Doesn't last very long...

Happy Friday!!!

Kay and Sime
xx









Thursday, 16 February 2017

Garden View

The view from our garden this morning...

Low cloud over the sea...

Our neighbours new glamping pods...

Bleached sky...

Portmellon.

Our decking... 
Looking forward to sitting here in the warmer weather!

We are having a cat flap fitted on Monday... 
Can't believe we've been here for nearly 4 weeks now and our boys will be so happy to be venturing out!
We think they are very much at home now, so we are hoping they won't travel too far... 


Bedtime snuggles with Fleaby...

And a rare bedtime snuggle with Lupes!

Bye for now,

Kay and Sime
xx






Wednesday, 15 February 2017

For The Love Of Books

Last week we spent a couple of hours in a book shop while the brakes on our car were being fixed.
We were in Truro and it was bitterly cold - neither of us likes traipsing around shops, but we do enjoy books and since probably giving hundreds away, it was rather comforting to step into this little haven.

After going off in separate directions for a while (Sime always heads to the music section, while I go straight to the travel books), we eventually found each other again and discovered an empty sofa.
We then spent a blissful hour with Sime reading to me.
We were occasionally aware of other people around us, some looked at us as if we were scum (we are used to this). Our appearance obviously gives people a certain impression of us... Sime's beard, my old fraying French army coat and our general scruffiness. Others seemed quite enchanted and kept looking over at us smiling.

It made us wonder if people are not used to seeing adults read to each other, but it's something we just do, probably everyday... I will dig out a book after we've eaten, something interesting to read out loud and usually have a little gem in my bag, so even when we've eaten out or are just in the car - I can read to us and Sime reads at night, often lovely stories which lull me to sleep and if we have time in a morning, there will be more interesting and educational snippets to share with each other.

Whenever we go away, there are two important things to always think about - firstly, where to find vegan food and secondly, the whereabouts of the nearest book shop... 

Just before Christmas, we revisited a fantastic place which met both desires!!!

Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire.

It was over 20 years since we last visited and we were so happy that it hadn't changed!

We feasted on vegan homity pie...

And shared a delicious carrot cake...


Reading and learning is such a wonderful experience to share and we often wonder if other folks are as enthusiastic as us...

Tell us about it!

Kay (and Sime)
xx




Sunday, 12 February 2017

Be Inspired #1

               We saw this a while ago and think this guy is quite inspirational...      
He sees opportunities come his way and takes them, without a doubt - he just does it!

       


Enjoy and hope your Sunday is a happy one! ♥

Kay and Sime
xx


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Settling In

We are loving our new little place and are feeling very much at home...

We gave away our juicer to a lovely friend, as our new kitchen is quite small.
We do have a Nutribullet too, which is easier to clean and we start each day with a smoothie.
These are pineapple, banana, kale, goji berry, pumpkin seeds, turmeric and spirulina.

We add a mix of water and home made milk to the ingredients.
Delicious!


We have been reunited with our milk maker (which was buried in the jam room at Meadowcroft). 
It's great making all sorts of milks again... 
And the pulp goes into our porridge!

This one is brown rice and almond.

Porridge!!!
Oats with hemp protein powder, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, rose hips, banana, apple, blueberries and water.
Topped with milk, cinnamon, ginger and real Canadian maple syrup... Courtesy of our beautiful friend, Richard - who brings it over from Canada every year!!! ♥


An organic veggie feast - we are still getting our weekly veg boxes...
Peppers stuffed with Puy lentils, roasted veggies, steamed broccoli (with a squeeze of lemon). Topped with miso and onion gravy.


Bread dough ready for the oven...

And the crusty loaf fresh out of the oven. :-)


Have a lovely weekend!

Kay and Sime
xx


Friday, 10 February 2017

Back To Nature


This is 11 years worth of shells and pebbles collected from the beach.

They were on every windowsill and shelf, in every room of Meadowcroft... 

Over the weeks, we filled a waste paper basket with them and a few days ago - returned them to Hemmick Beach!




Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Year Of Adventure


A bit late, but Happy New Year! :-)

We had a lovely time with all our kidlets over Christmas, which has made quite a change - the first time in years that we have all managed to be under one roof during the holiday period! 

We are so pleased that we could do this, as this was to be our last one at Meadowcroft... 
Yes, not only are we buying our little French house (which will need lots of TLC before we move in), but we have decided to downsize to a small house overlooking the sea while we visit France and just enjoy ourselves!

We only made the decision at the beginning of December, which meant we needed to get busy decluttering...
Taking the opportunity to move from our big place in Boswinger to a small, very lovely, fully furnished one bedroom converted garage near to Mevagissey...

This was the view from our bedroom early this morning.

We were supposed to be managing the property as a holiday let for our friends, but after having a few days break here - we fell in love with it!!!
So here we are...

It was incredibly tough moving out of Meadowcroft, we had lived there for over 11 years.
There were lots of possessions to sort through and of course, a lot of emotional attachment to deal with.
We gave ourselves six weeks to do it all, which was nowhere near long enough to rid ourselves of so much, but amazingly - we did it and arrived here with two very distressed kitties in the early, cold hours of a January morning.
We felt 'jet lagged' and slept most of the following week with our remaining possessions piled up around us, until we started to recover.
Now we are in our third week and it's beginning to feel like home, for all of us...

Lupin spends most of his time looking through the French windows...

While Flea has taken to sleeping mostly on our heads.

Meadowcroft will always remain with us - it has been such a fantastic place to live with all our family, friends, lodgers and B&B guests. 

We have so many happy memories. :-)

We always promised ourselves that when we leave - it had to be to somewhere special...
We wanted a great view, a wood burner, a nice garden, cosy rooms with lots of natural light and guess what?
That's exactly what we have!

We have signed up for a year here, which is wonderful...
We can take life easier, make lots of trips to France, plan to visit lots of lovely friends in Canada and have our French house ready for next year.

Hope everybody is well.
Kay and Sime
xx



Monday, 28 November 2016

Purposefully Living


How long have we dreamed of buying a place in France? 
Of living in the mountains?
Probably ever since we got together over 30 years ago...
So here we are, we are finally doing it! 
We have paid our deposit, met with the notaire and will be receiving the keys to this cute little house in January! 
Next year will bring about a lot of change for us and we are very excited, we have been focusing on our lives in a positive and intentional way, meditating each morning and visualising the things we desire.
The incredible thing is - it works, it really does.

We have proved over and over again that it is possible for us to do this - being in a good place and having the ability to really focus always makes things happen.
We consider everything we have achieved so far, things which seemed so out of reach, but we wanted them and somehow they came into our lives...
 From cars, holidays, our business, the B&B to houses.
It has meant taking quite a leap of faith at times, even when the likihood seems ridiculous we've kept on believing in it happening, but once we've set our hearts on something, we don't give up!

We absolutely love dreaming up our next adventures and amazing manifestations - our tiny French house is just the beginning to a very exciting year...

Does anyone else purposefully pursue their dreams?




Hope everyone is well!

Kay and Sime 
xx

Thursday, 24 November 2016