Monday, 22 March 2010

Spring clean.


I think I'm having a hippy moment. I was just typing out the sentence, 'Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's the time of life,' when I realised I was basically writing out the first line of Joni Mitchell's Woodstock. OK, I don't want to be that much of a cliché. But I've been unconsciously erring towards living life more simply recently.

First change came last week when, after a couple of seriously boozy weekends, I decided not to drink for a while. So far so good: I'm in the mindset where I don't even want to drink at the moment. And if I do, it's just a glass of cider. I told you. Hippy.

Then yesterday, after riding bikes and running around the park with James, we sat in the sun and decided to try and make it a permanent change of lifestyle: cutting back on indulgent meals, cooking and eating more simply at home, drinking as little alcohol as possible, exercising outside in the fresh air.

I've been influenced by the blogs I read: Alice at Quaint Living makes baking your own bread and cooking simple meals from scratch very appealing through her photography; same with The Cotton Wife, whose recipe for cinnamon rolls I can't wait to try. I haven't had the time or energy for home cooking recently, much as I love it, but as I'm finally giving up work in three weeks that'll change. And I'll have less money to fritter away on wine, anyway.

So, bring the spring and a cleaner way of life! Is anyone else feeling like going back to basics?

[Photo by German Paley]


  1. Thanks for saying nice things about my bread baking! This week I've made raisin and walnut :)

  2. I like where this is going. If only I didn't love going out for meals, I think I could do all the other stuff too:) Happy hippy moment! x LZ

  3. Interesting decisions... I had this thing in my 20s when I wanted to leave the city and experience nature and the simple pleasures. Now I live in the beautiful English countryside, eat veg from the garden, play tennis outside and all I do is talk about fashion and cities! (I still like it this way, though) (And I hardly ever go out for meals because the food is just too bad and the prices too high. And my daily glass of wine has vanished with my blogging activities, but I don't understand why.)

  4. Nope. After six months with no income, and none on the horizon, I'm gagging to go in completely the opposite direction.

  5. Thank you Alice! I love your blog and it inspires me to enjoy the simpler things. And I'm really looking forward to baking bread!

    I love going out for meals too, Em. It's definitely a weakness, but I need to tip the ration far more in the balance of staying home and eating!

    Sabine: I wonder why you stopped drinking wine? I wish I could altogether. But I do loooove it so! I'd love a glass tonight but I'm being good. And colour me stupid: I didn't realise you lived in the UK!

    GSE: If only there could be a happy middle ground for us both!

  6. I'm impressed you and James are cutting down on the drinking - especially after the display at our gaff the other night. Nine bottles ...

    My doctor suggested the other day that the husband might want to support me in my baby quest by giving up booze.

    How we laughed.

  7. I'm so with you on the simple living concept. Recycling, clutter-reducing, home-cooking, thrifting, re-purposing, everything organic - it just feels so attractive right now. My husband grew up in Jo'burg, and we pretty much live a South African lifestyle, with plenty of braais and chilling chez nous with friends, family and Jack Russells. Liking it.

    Have you ever come across American Katie is married to German Martin and they both live in Berlin where Katie blogs about their simple life. I think it would be right up your street!

  8. God yes! I have had a few late nights with much wine and my body had enough. I have been warming up for a detox week. Back to pilates too.

  9. Alice @STN - you've captured exactly what I want to say but far more succinctly! That's exactly where I'm at. It does just feel right at the moment. And thanks for that link. I'm going to spend some quality time there RIGHT NOW.

    WFI - your soirée was the straw that broke the back of the bottle of red wine the night before. Don't worry, return invitations will be issued as soon as the back room is painted.

    Glad we're on the same page Sneaky M. It has got to be done.

  10. hi there... I found you via Pamela (House of Edward) ... I know what you mean about yearning for the simple things. I've been working towards more simplicity for several years now and I'm loving the changes. Enjoy your sunny bike rides!