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Creativity, it’s Cathartic

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I’ve been immersing myself in creativity and self-expression. Sounds like I have notions doesn’t it? I’m sure I do, lots of them and sure why shouldn’t I? My second week of creativity bootcamp is coming to an end and what have I got to show for it? Has the house descended into chaos and are the children and Darren starving for want of a good dinner and a bit of attention? Not at all! If […]

What’s new at Crabtree Cottage?

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Hello and welcome to anyone who joined me recently, I’ve been swamped with work related tasks and while it’s time consuming it pays the bills and sure isn’t it fantastic that my hours are increasing? Wouldn’t I be singing a different tune if they were being cut? It just means what time I have left is divided between family, house keeping and friends. Past times  are not getting a look in at all lately and I’m […]

Another World

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I have the privilege of working with people who I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to chat with in everyday life. On a personal level I have benefited greatly from these working relationships and I am constantly learning about myself and the world around me. Today I learned that it is a special day within the Muslim calendar year. A day that would be similar to our Christmas. A day when family get dressed up and come […]

Summer Days

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It’s hard to believe that the school holidays are drawing to a close. The days seemed to roll into weeks and the weeks just disappeared and didn’t even have the manners to leave behind memories of sun soaked hours! This has been my busiest summer since the arrival of my first-born almost 14 years ago. I was fortunate enough to have work during the summer months for the first time since I started working in […]

What’s In A Name?

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Good morning. After a day of blue skies and sunshine it’s back to blustery weather that is very reminiscent of winter here at Crabtree Cottage. You may have noticed that I changed the name of the blog. It never really had a name because when I started blogging a couple of years ago I had no idea what to call it and it ended up just being tagged with my name. So why call the blog […]

The Good Life

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Everytime I read a new chapter of Stoicism and The Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson I smile to myself. The ancient stoics were on a journey to reach eudaimonia or in lay mans (womans) terms the good life. For them being wise and a good person was both necessary and sufficient to enjoy a good life. For some reason everytime I read the ‘good life’ I am constantly reminded of the TV comedy that […]

Practicing Stoicism in downtown rural Ireland!

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Good evening all. Just thought I’d let you know how acceptance and self-control are going for me. Actively acknowledging that some things are out of my control has made a huge impact on my day-to-day living. I no longer spend huge amounts of time obsessing over what I’ve said and how I’ve said it and how someone might interpret it. I can only be responsible for myself and my own thoughts and actions. I’m aware that […]

Anniversaries and Lazy Weekends

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Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new. ~Ursula K. Le Guin I think Le Guin has hit the nail on the head. Love is fluid and changes over time. Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of our wedding day. A day that was celebrated in a low key manner with a few close friends and family. It was a day that marked […]

#100happydayschallenge #day17 Coffee and Hot Chocolate to Go

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We have a lovely local organic shop and coffee shop. KinnEden Organics is situated in Dromad and is the perfect place to head to for a coffee and a bite to eat. I was planning on collecting the youngest and heading to KinnEden for a coffee and a treat. We got held up and had to make do with coffee and hot chocolate to go……and a brownie! I have to say it was the nicest coffee […]

Never Assume!

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Part of the reason for my long absence from the blogosphere is that I was fortunate enough to get a teaching position that kept me out of the house from early morning until almost six each evening. I will admit that it was a bit of a culture shock after all, I usually work a three hour day twice a week! However, it was a culture shock that I enjoyed immensely. My new job began […]