A few days into our staycation, and we’ve been enjoying ourselves. We’re not sticking to any budget this week.
Saturday: After buying food supplies, we were too hot and tired for anything other than relaxing and reading. While Brian’s son chilled out indoors (coming out to swing on the monkey bar above the gate occasionally), we both sat in the garden, chatted and read bits of ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ from the library. There’s a lot we can chat about together on that subject, as its something we would both like to be better at. We were both contemplating the idea of “maintaining a half-smile” as a way of staying present and engaged with whatever we’re doing. It’s so easy to catch yourself out grimacing all the time, or with a totally gormless expression as your mind is off elsewhere..
Lucy fell asleep on the grass under the apple tree. Although we both still did some house & garden work, it was a mostly relaxing day!
The best bit was when, all of a sudden, all the winged ants emerged from inside the lavender pot and took to the skies at about 4.30pm. We watched and admired them! Ants do this every year and it’s an amazing spectacle.
A big breakfast for the 3 of us in a café, and then a drive to the seaside and dunes. We wrote in the sand, chased each other, tried to catch tiny fish and posed for photographs in the warm sea.
Brian made this orb sculpture in the sand:
Lucy did the driving on the way home. Treating it as a mindfulness practice seems to help lessen the stress of driving. Basically: you can only think about the section of the drive that you are doing right now. Of course you have to safely plan ahead as you drive, but that does NOT include worrying about the very narrow section of road that’s coming up later on, or about parking the car when you get home. All you can do is the part that’s happening now. This way of thinking feels so different and it just goes to prove that stress, fear and worry are really a lack of mindfulness, a case of your mind trying to deal with things that haven’t happened yet, or may never happen. All you ever have to do is what you’re doing right now. That’s a relief!
We would still like to not own a car one day, but that will be a positive decision, not one based on fear of driving.
The holiday wine and chocolate orange got opened later as a celebration. Here’s a picture of Lucy’s evening: reading something wholesome while consuming treats!
It feels good to know that however much we spend during our staycation, we’ll likely have nothing to show for it except photos and memories (and perhaps some body mass)! We’re not planning on doing any shopping for ‘stuff’, just lovely food and trips out that feel special.