Week 36 Get lost at lunchtime

.....loose yourself for an hour and see what happens

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I’ll be honest I’ve not had a great week. My son who had a knee operation in November went to play rugby for the first time since and his knee popped so back to square one after months of physio. He is very down about it as it may mean he will have to give the game up for good. The man Viking Eric has finally come to ‘up-do’ my kitchen….it’s a compromise it’s not a complete new kitchen but hey ho. Out goes the bachelor pad black everywhere and ahem the‘90’s vibe and nasty gas cooker… in comes the sparkly white work tops. Pleased as I am that VE has finally got around to us… it also means a certain amount of short term chaos…for example this evening I was planning on cooking a chicken pie after seeing the recipe on telly only to get a call from my son (who however much he is feeling low is still always thinking about his stomach) saying that I had better pick up a take away for this evening as we are in between cookers. Also I’ve got some underlying feeling of being under the weather you know just a bit blah….hopefully all these things are short term and all will be rosy again soon.

So enough of all that… how did I get on with this week’s challenge?

I have two things to report…. I went for a wander around the town I work in. It’s a historic market town with lots of little nooks and crannies, lots of little shops and no high street names here. As I walked I thought I would try a new café as my’ getting lost’ bit ( remember I’m not feeling that well..) as I approached it I noticed a lovely mellow yellow sideboard in the vintage furniture shop next door. It was like the sun shining on the righteous except it was a yellow sideboard in a pool of sunlight, and it just drew me in…. I was instantly in love. I live in a small house where things don’t fit willy nilly…but it was so unique and such a bargain I decided to go for it and forgot all about my lunch. It wouldn’t fit in my little car so I texted my friend who has a larger car to see if she was anywhere in the vicinity and she was! So you see it was meant to be. I know B is going to hate it when he comes home this weekend. A) its not new and B) its adding to the clutter. But it’s a small price to pay for someone who is going to cook you a superb chicken pie to welcome you home….oh wait…no that’s not going to happen.

The second ‘getting lost’ was an evening stroll with Ted as I had no more free lunchtimes. I thought I knew all the walks there are to do in village so I wondered idly how this would happen. Anyway on the way I decided to pick some blackberries (another pie there may be a theme here) and some hazelnuts my most favourite food on the planet. And this is how it happened. While I was engrossed in scanning the branches like a fevered squirrel Ted must have got bored and pulled me forward through this overgrown area which I’d never noticed before despite walking many times down this lane. I was amazed to find a large clearing with a simple wooden bench overlooking a curve in the river. I couldn’t believe I’d never noticed it before. I sat there for a while listening to the birds and the flow of the river and noticed two names carved into the seat ‘Hannah and James’ who were these two? My romantic side took over and imagined them as young lovers hiding away in this spot so they could enjoy each other.

I also got lost in our new post room in work...very simple things becoming very complicated....but that's another story completely.

So... thanks to this week's experiment I am now the proud owner of a very happy piece of furniture and I have found the perfect spot for a little contemplation and tranquility right on my doorstep and it was an escape from a rather yucky week. Happy Friday everyone.

Fiona Dolben

Acupuncturist, holistic therapist, content creator., Hemp Holisitics

I'm a single parent of ONE lovely lanky teenager.. I live in deepest rural Wales . My 'proper' job is in marketing and events but I am also a trained reflexologist, masseur and reiki giver (go figure!) I also look after my Mum who is in her late 80's, my dog Ted, my cat Black and my hens and goldfish...my dream is to have a small holding and offer people holidays in my teepee and maybe the odd therapy ....so as you can see I am a mass of contradictions.... I like to walk, do yoga, eat salad and visit new places but I also like to drive fast, Feast ice lollies, vodka on Friday's with friends(, which leads to dancing in my kitchen) my coffee , and staying up late... I can be outgoing but also extremely shy so like the rest of you I am still trying to figure it out one day at a time...


Go to the profile of Jacqui
about 5 years ago
Fantastic! I honestly think little moments of connection are the best ways of getting through the higgledy-piggledy chaos that life throws up! I hope the kitchen and pies are lovely and that your son copes with the frustration of his knee. Lots of love.
Go to the profile of Vanessa
about 5 years ago
I feel for you Fi - it's been a while since I've lived through a kitchen revamp but I still have the scars! I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, though! Hang in there; and share a link for the chicken pie if you have one - always on the prowl for new recipes :-)
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 5 years ago
What a mix of emotions for your week! Another wonderful post Fi, thank you. Huge loving Chris xx
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
about 5 years ago
I really feel sorry for your son - that's just bad luck! On the plus side your mellow yellow sideboard sounds great. "They call her mellow yellow - quite rightly"
Also I too think of the backstory when I see carvings of romance in benches or trees. I think you've had a great experiment/challenge with this one. Good luck with many more too come.