Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Four

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“A healthy body starts with a healthy mind and soul. If either suffers from negative emotions, the others will be affected. The number one cause of health or disease is you. You can also remove and revoke all permission that you have given consciously, subconsciously, to all the ills of the world because you share that pain. You are conquering your illness and defeating it steadily each day.” – The Mind Unleashed

Powerful affirmations no 4 healthy brilliant tranquil

 

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Terrific Tuesday

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On a Monday I can still remember the fun I had over the weekend, Wednesday is the middle of the work week, on Thursday I start getting hopeful and on a Friday I can taste the weekend. But what about a Tuesday? It’s so…. just there. Weekend memories are too far away and the upcoming weekend might as well be a year away.

What we need is a bit of colourful inspiration to get us going on a Tuesday, don’t you think? A pretty picture, beautiful scenery or colourful imagery. Yup, that’ll liven up Tuesdays and turn it into a terrific day!

From now on I will go through my photos and Pinterest likes every Tuesday and find us a pretty picture to add colour and joy to the day.

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Oh how we love exploring with Ivan The Campervan! Saturday we drove out to Hindhead Common and Devil’s Punchbowl. It’s a strange name for a beautiful area of Surrey. According to one legend the Devil became so irritated by all the churches being built in Sussex that he decided to dig a channel from the English Channel, through the South Downs, and flood the area. As he began digging, he threw up huge lumps of earth, each of which became a local landmark. He got as far as the village of Poynings (an area known as the Devil’s Dyke) when he was disturbed by a cock crowing. Assuming that dawn was about to break, he leapt into Surrey, creating the Devil’s Punchbowl where he landed. Interesting…

After parking Ivan at the National Trust site, John and I went for a leisurely wander of about 30 minutes. It was only 30 minutes because coffee and carrot cake were calling our name. John bought the carrot cake at the National Trust Cafe so that he could make change for the parking meter. What can you do? You’ve got to pay the parking meter, right? Might as well get something out of it. And if you have cake, you need coffee and well, we just needed to fill up our collapsible kettle. It’s a no-brainer.

We sat there for about an hour, me crocheting and John reading (walking for 30, sitting for an hour – you get the gist of our priorities and level of weekend activity…).  By this time it was lunch time so we drove on, looking for a quiet spot to make lunch. This turned out to be a secluded viewpoint just before you reach Rake, right next to farmland, hidden behind huge trees.

Roadside viewpoint near Rake

Roadside viewpoint near Rake

It was absolutely fantastic. So fantastic, that after I made a quick lunch of fajitas (Tesco frozen fajita mix and Old El Paso Corn Wraps are fantastic for a camping lunch), we popped Ivan’s roof and had an afternoon nap on the top bunk! Our very first time sleeping in the pop top roof, and an afternoon nap at that! Man, it was good!

This weekend we’ll be in Cirencester. I can’t wait.

Wishing you all a Terrific Tuesday.

Natasja

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Three

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“Self love is meant to be the purest and the highest form of love. When you love yourself, you automatically start appreciating and respecting yourself. If you have confidence and pride in what you do, you will begin to see yourself in a new light and be encouraged and inspired to do bigger and better things.” – The Mind Unleashed

Powerful Affirmation no 3 love and accept myself

 

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day Two

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“Joy starts from within not from outside of yourself. It also starts as soon as you rise. So make it habit to repeat this to yourself first thing in the morning.” – The Mind Unleashed

Powerful Affirmation no 2 brimming with energy overflowing with joy

 

Ten days of Powerful Affirmations – Day One

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I truly believe in the power of positive thinking, visualisation and using affirmations (repeating of positive words and phrases) to create the spectacular life we all deserve. John and I practice this daily and we can testify to the amazing power of a positive attitude. A website that’s been a great source of teaching for us is The Mind Unleashed. Their article of 6 March 2014 by Josh Richardson about ten life changing affirmation is so inspiring that I just have to share it with you.

I’ll be sharing one affirmation a day with you for ten days. I sincerely hope you will give these affirmations a go and experience how it will change your life.

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“One of the most influential affirmations is to tell yourself on a daily basis that you can achieve all the greatness in life. Focus on your vision and dreams and then attach the emotion to that vision. By telling this to yourself and believing that you can achieve greatness, it will eventually turn into reality” – The Mind Unleashed

Poweful Affirmation no.1 I can achieve greatness

 

Crochet For Kidneys Part 3 is go!

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We are making blankets for kidney dialysis patients again! Do you remember Crochet for Kidneys Part 1 and Part 2? Did you help make blankets by crocheting purple and white squares for Part 1, or colourful hexagons with white borders for Part 2? So many of my lovely readers sent me crochet motifs I was blown away. Crochet For Kidneys grew from seven blankets in Part 1, to 14 blankets in Part 2 which John and I delivered to the hospitals on 27 November 2012 and 13 March 2014 . Who knows how many blankets we’ll have for Part 3!!!

For the design of the Part 3 blankets, we are combining the shape of Part 1 with the colours of Part 2: squares in any colour and any design, as long as the last round is white. It’s going to be soooooo cheerful and pretty!

You can make any square design, as long as the last round is white and the total size is 15cm from side to side. My free Granny Square in Bloom pattern will work really well as long as you make the last round white. Step by step photo tutorials for Granny Square In Bloom, and a traditional granny square, can be found here. Granny Square In Bloom has also been translated into UK / Australian crochet terms on Spincushions blog here.

If you need more inspiration, Jan Eaton’s book 200 Crochet Blocks is filled with patterns for squares designed to be 15 cm squared.

But unlike Part 1 and Part 2, this time in stead of loose, individual squares I would like you to send me STRIPS OF SIX SQUARES JOINED TOGETHER please. Most people sent me very close to, and most of the time much more than, six squares. However it was a mammoth task for me to join up all the motifs into blankets. Considering that we doubled our blanket count for Part 2, I am sure we will increase that number even more for Part 3, in which case my Joining Job will be even greater. I’m sure you guys will understand and not mind spending a few minutes joining up six squares. Right?

Seeing as the last round of each square is going to be white, we will join the squares in white as well. Please use the Slip Stitch join method as described in the first photo of this Simply Crochet Magazine link or follow the join-as-you method shown here.

As for the yarn, please do not use wool as it may shrink or felt when the recipients wash their blankets on a too warm wash. Acrylics in Double Knit or Light Worsted only please.

The deadline for me to receive the 6-square strips is Saturday 1 November 2014. John and I will be delivering the blankets to the Royal London Hospital on 27 November 2014 (the 2 year anniversary of the kidney transplant operation).

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Please share your squares, ask questions, comment and be part of  the Ravelry group here, Tweet and Instagram using #crochet4kidneys and join the Facebook group here. Most importantly  start making and joining people!! Wouldn’t it be great if we can make more than fourteen blankets this time? Tell your crocheting buddies and spread the word please. You can even use Pinterest to pin the picture in this post.

I seriously can’t wait for the first strip of six colourful squares to arrive! If you need my address, please use the Contact Me form.

 

 

Terrific Tuesday

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On a Monday I can still remember the fun I had over the weekend, Wednesday is the middle of the work week, on Thursday I start getting hopeful and on a Friday I can taste the weekend. But what about a Tuesday? It’s so…. just there. Weekend memories are too far away and the upcoming weekend might as well be a year away.

What we need is a bit of colourful inspiration to get us going on a Tuesday, don’t you think? A pretty picture, beautiful scenery or colourful imagery. Yup, that’ll liven up Tuesdays and turn it into a terrific day!

From now on I will go through my photos and Pinterest likes every Tuesday and find us a pretty picture to add colour and joy to the day.

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Ivan The Campervan wanted to hit the road again, so we drove down him down to Hastings on Saturday to spend the day parked on Galley Hill and stayed the night at the Battle Normanhust Court camp site. We are really getting into the swing of Camping Things. Our second weekend away with Ivan was easier and even more enjoyable than the first.

These are images from our perfect morning walk on Sunday along the camp site’s “dog walk” route. That morning walk was the highlight of our weekend. At one point John and I just stood still and looked out at the farmland, appreciating the calm, the blue skies and the green fields. Though there weren’t any traffic noise or people, it wasn’t actually quiet. We heard a constant buzz of bees, the crunch of our feet on the dry earth, rustle of the wind in the trees and the grasses – two completely different sounds – and bellow of the cows: soothing sounds, not noise. We stopped to appreciate the wild flowers and John rescued a butterfly caught in a spider’s web. Appreciating nature and being part of it, is why we started camping. We even made a farmyard friend along the way. John fed our new cow friend, which we named Steak, elderflowers. Friends for life I tell you.

Wishing you all a Terrific Tuesday.

Natasja

Terrific Tuesday

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On a Monday I can still remember the fun I had over the weekend, Wednesday is the middle of the work week, on Thursday I start getting hopeful and on a Friday I can taste the weekend. But what about a Tuesday? It’s so…. just there. Weekend memories are too far away and the upcoming weekend might as well be a year away.

What we need is a bit of colourful inspiration to get us going on a Tuesday, don’t you think? A pretty picture, beautiful scenery or colourful imagery. Yup, that’ll liven up Tuesdays and turn it into a terrific day!

From now on I will go through my photos and Pinterest likes every Tuesday and find us a pretty picture to add colour and joy to the day.

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Barrow Wake viewpoint

This is Barrow Wake viewpoint in Gloucester which we passed on our way home from Malvern Hills on Sunday. Mother Nature at her best.

Wishing you all a Terrific Tuesday.

Natasja

First time campers

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I have been waiting more than six months to write this blog post so you can imagine how excited and happy I am to be able to finally share with you my great news: John and I are the proud owners of a fully kitted out custom-built brand new campervan!!!! We call him Ivan. It’s actually iVan because the owner of company who did the retrofit, said the inside of the van looks like an iPod because of all the white, hence iVan which became Ivan.

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Do you want to know a bit more about Ivan? I thought you would, so my list making, bullet point loving, timeline thinking kind of brain is going to set out the sequence of events like I do the nitty gritty of my crochet projects:

  • 12 January 2014 – Ordered a Vauxhall Vivaro SWB Diesel 2.0 CDTi Sportive 2.7t Techshift Euro 5 van. Automatic, with cruise control and short wheel base.
  • 30 April 2014 -  Vauxhall delivered the van to CC Campers in Kidderminster to be converted from a regular van to a campervan. This included:
    • A layout where the front two seats swivel round. The front seats and the back seats then fold down to form two single beds or one double bed, leaving us with a galley kitchen in the back.
    • a Pop Top Elevating Roof. The elevation is at the back, where the kitchen is, so that we can stand in the kitchen and cook.
    • side privacy windows and curtains (The windows are not tinted yet, but they will be soon.)
    • insulation, floor and carpet lining at the back of van with lighting
    • microwave
    • power distribution unit
    • Thetford Porta Potti Qube chemical toilet
  • 25 July 2014 – Made the 4 hour train journey to Kidderminster to collect our Van with a huge suitcase filled with kitchen basics, clothes and a vacuum pack bag of bedding:  four cushions, the quilt my mom gave us for our wedding, a picnic blanket and towels all fitted into our suitcase (vacuum pack bags are so handy!).
  • 25 July to 27 July 2014 - Inaugural camping weekend at The Caravan Club’s  Malvern Hills Camp Site.

As you can see this van has been a very long time coming, so we were super happy to finally see it. The Vauxhall factory delivered it straight to the CC Campers so even though we bought it in January, we only received the keys to our van in July. It was a great moment and the start of great things for the Kings.

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It was totally worth the wait, and putting our trust in CC Campers was justified. We love every thing about our van. Christian did the most amazing job delivering a campervan with great attention to detail, high quality finishing and very practical.

We’ve only slept in our van for twice, but it was goooood. The layout really works for us. John can stay in bed while I scoot on over to the kitchen to make tea in the kitchen which wouldn’t be possible with the traditional campervan layout with “rock ‘n roll bed“. Our first night was a bit awkward because we left the pop top roof open which made it very cold inside. Saturday night was much better and more comfortable because we closed the pop top roof and took down the foam mattress to put on top of our seat-bed. Much better indeed.

I just adore our lime green Outwell collapsible kettle. The green section is silicone which just folds in on itself when you are ready to hit the road. It takes up no space at all. I’m also going to buy the collapsable mixing bowl.  Green of course. The colour scheme for Ivan is grey and lime green. (We might be camping, but we can do it according to a colour palette).

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This is Ivan parked on his pitch at Malvern Hills Camp Site.

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Having never once in our lives camped, not even as day visitors, seeing the well organised and well equipped site office was a real treat for us. For regular campers this may be nothing special, but for is it was nice to know that we can pop on over to buy a bread and eggs, and borrow a rubber hammer (which we did).

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Here’s John demonstrating how we cook in the campervan. We had to park our van with the back facing the road so that we could reach the electric point. Under normal circumstances we would not want to be on show like this. Not that fellow campers made a big thing of being able to see into our van. Camping Folk are really very private and everyone feels like we do: we will acknowledge a neighbour or passer-by, but want to be left alone for the most part.

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The view from our campervan overlooking the Malvern Hills Camp Site. It may seem that there are a lot of caravans, but somehow it didn’t feel busy. For us as newbies when we drove in and saw all of these we thought “Oh man. This is going to be noisy and cramped!” but it wasn’t. The kids on site was very well-behaved, the dogs well-behaved, the adults quiet and curtious. The site as a whole is extremely well maintained and the toilet blocks very clean. Malven Hills Camp Site was a great choice for our very first campsite experience.

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Gammon and egg on our first morning. Served on crocheted placemats of course. We’re eating out of disposable plastic plates with plastic knives and forks, but we’re not animals!

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Speaking of crochet. I didn’t do any! I kid you not. I had three crochet projects with me thinking I may run out of projects because of all the time I’ll have to crochet, but all I did all weekend was read and enjoy nature, which included a 1.5 mile walk to Hanley Swan.

The one thing that stands out for me from this weekend, apart of course the fact that I am super happy with our campervan and know we will be spending a LOT of time camping, is that camping is so utterly relaxing. John said I was a different person at the camp site. I know why. It’s because I can’t rush anything. It’s impossible to do anything quickly when the biggest gas burner is the size of the smallest one in your home kitchen, when you can’t wash the dishes while something is cooking because you may burn yourself, you can’t wipe the counter top while something is cooking because you may burn yourself, you have to bend down awkwardly to get the plates under the cooker and be careful when you get up to not switch on the microwave with your bum. Living in a small space forces you to s  l   o   w  down and just take it easy. Once you embrace it and learn to chill out, the days feel like weeks, time stands still and you learn to live in, and enjoy, the moment.

Brace yourself readers, you will be seeing a lot more than just crochet on this blog from now on. I may not have done any crochet on our first camping weekend, but my head is full of ideas for crochet things to improve camp life and storage in the campervan. Patterns and projects will follow very soon.

If any of my readers are Camping Folk, I’d love to hear from you with suggestions of good sites, tips, etc.

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