Sunday, 18 May 2008

A Sense of Charm

"Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings" T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings
So begins the May 14th meditation from Simple Abundance - a daybook of comfort and joy which I have quoted from before. Sarah Ban Breathnach has an enviable way of putting words together which touch the very core of us as women and even though I read the book many times, I never fail to be encouraged or inspired by dipping in every now and again. She goes on to say "money can purchase beautiful furnishings and decorative accessories but it cannot ensure that charm abides with us. I believe this is because charm seems to be a quality of the soul that cannot be bought or sold..... it is accessed through our authencity, expressed in our personal flair. "Beauty doesn't live in the expenditure of much money, but in the artistic disposition of little" says a reassuring article entitled "The Charm of the Unexpected" published in the August 1917 issue of The Mother's Magazine during World War 1."

I love the idea of the 'artistic dispostion of little' and see it often in blogs or on websites or in the many creative friends and family I have where something simple is yet so charming, so delightful and full of meaning. Something to reflect on further I think.

So it's been a busy week of work activity and then a dinner party/book group evening last night. I love entertaining and adding a little artistic expression to the table or the different courses but of course I was far too busy to take any photos!! So here is one I took earlier!
Just a riot of colour!
And the seedlings are coming along. We even had some home grown rocket in our salad in the week.

So this week it is off to Bristol for another workshop and then hopefully that is the travelling done for a while! Hope you all have a great week.

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