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Sunday, 16 April 2017


People say to me you need to RELAX, it's an easy word to say isn't it?  Everything will be fine, just relax.  For me to do this I need TIME, a luxury that I just don't have, but when I become snappy, over tired and feel as though my knuckles are dragging behind me as I walk, it's time to book time off and...


A week booked off after an exhausting time and deciding what to do sends my mind into a whirl.  With older teenagers that blissfully do not need me hanging around while they're both doing their own things, I have the luxury of having my own time off.  No offspring to entertain, just selfish me!

Long walks, catching up with old and new friends (bang goes the diet!) and retail therapy.  Things that make me happy along with planning to see historical buildings at the beginning of next month with incredible company.

Reading, photography, my pace.

Crossing bridges in my mind, some scary with no safety net.

This new found time in my life sees a new chapter, I was that feather in the wind that settled down and created a nest and now I'm rewarded with time that I can enjoy.

Don't get me wrong, I am a mother first and foremost and that will be my priority throughout my life, but I get reminded that "oh you have a BIG birthday coming up" again and again and then met with surprise when I say that I am REALLY looking forward to it.  Life is to be embraced no matter how young or old, we have one life and that should be full of colour, humour, positivity and company of people we really care for with the same outlook.

Yes life's not perfect, it can sting at times, but since the New Year I made a decision that from then, no matter what comes my way, I will embrace it, look at things as I always do, positively and with humour.  I am who I am, I will not change, not now.  

And so, this week I'm RELAXING, doing what I want to do, selfishly, happily, no stress.  Surrounded by positive people. laughter and things I enjoy.  I think I've earned it!  I'm also taking a mini blog break for a couple of weeks and come back with a few more trips.  Trips that are going to fill my mind with history, photography, humour, knowledge.  PERFECT!

Until then, have a wonderful Easter break along with capturing the growth of Spring or the onset of Autumn wherever you are in the world.

And remember...



  1. Sending Easter blessings to you and your family dear Chel.
    Each year - each decade - brings new challenges and new thrills - go forth and experience them all! I think with some relaxation time for yourself, things will just get better.

    Your photos are wonderful! Hope the job is going well and that springtime is bringing sunny weather and beautiful landscapes for your walks.

    Take good care my dear.
    Hugs - Mary

  2. I hope all is good with you, Chel. Sometimes, when people tell you to 'Relax' - it's xxx irritating - like being told to 'Calm down'! But I'm sure it's almost always well meant. And everyone's entitled to be a little selfish; we only pass this way once. You hit the nail on the head, I think, when you said that life is to be embraced! Nicely put! Still taking excellent shots, I see...

  3. Take care, darling, look after yourself and enjoy this time of the year !
    Sending blessings on your Easter

    XOXO Dany

  4. I feel quite the same as you...sometimes we forget about ourselves. I find myself defending my thoughts and actions to so many and I really need to away to keep my mind free and clear. My children are lovely but I raised them to go out on their own and succeed. Following my dreams is my focus now.

    Easter blessings, Chel!

    Jane x

  5. Self-care is a necessary thing for people with much on their plates. I'm glad you were able to take this week to recharge and relax. Walking and time with friends are great! Happy Easter, Chel!

  6. Yes, we are always mothers first, no matter how grown up the children are. Love those BNW shots.

  7. Well said, Chel. Love your photos :) Enjoy your break! xx Karen

  8. A lovely post and photos Chel. I'm glad you enjoyed your 'me' time and break and hope you enjoy the next couple of weeks as you tour around some historic sites. I'll definitely look forward to seeing what you see! Take care and enjoy every moment!

  9. Hello Chel, aww I hope you are able to relax and enjoy your time off. I can't wait to see your new blog posts when you return. Enjoy!! :0)
    Hugs Julie

  10. That was a great post, Chel. I hope you're enjoying your break.

  11. Lovely post, Chel. I'm turning 50 in a few years, my kids are grown and I'm ready to embrace my own life. I get it :)



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