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Photo by Amy Treasure on Unsplash Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself.  For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed.  For a very long time I have equated

Backyard Inspiration - Part 3

I no sooner came to the conclusion that I wanted to have a pea gravel patio in my back yard (see last photo in backyard inspiration - part 2) when a wind storm quickly changed my mind. I had forgotten how annoying it is to pick up leaves (not to mention helicopters) off of the little stones, and seeing all the bits and pieces of leaves etc. flying around in the wind and landing all over my little yard, I suddenly remembered. So now I'm back to square one and looking for more inspiration (see also backyard inspiration post). Here are a few photos of what is inspiring me at the moment. 

I love the sound the grasses make in the wind so I will definitely have to add them to my garden.

I love the mix of grasses, stone and wood.

I love this whole look except for the grass between the stones.  

I love everything about bamboo and so creating my own version of this design using bamboo poles (it's too cold here for real bamboo) would be really nice against the horizontal wood backdrop. 

Can you smell the lilac? 


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