Wintery Inspirations

Adelaide the last few days has been cold, very cold and spontaneous showers make it that little more difficult for those lovely walks I’ve been enjoying of late. I adore walking around the areas around my home at this time of year as the trees cast spectacular back drops against the stunning wintry blue ( or stormy ) skies. With leaves strewn all over the foot paths it never fails to remind me a little of my time spent living  in Europe and of course Scotland. Walking gives me time to think, soak up some Vit. D and indulge in the fresh air !

Then the rain and wind comes and it all turns to mud and I crave wellies, hearty stews and a large glass of red in front of the fire. Well sadly our wee home does not have a fire just a poorly little heater that verges on the brink of extinction, I have indulged in a a few Paxton Biodynamic Red’s (heart health!) and practically lived off a fantastically healthy and hearty vegetarian stew (still tweeking the recipe – but will post soon )  and a creamy coconut  Broccoli Soup inspired by a recipe from Green Kitchen Stories. I simply love their recipe Apps and blog ! As for the wellies? Well I am in much love with the Kimono Olive Gumboots ( Laura Ashley ) and Gummy fleece socks available at Wellies and am hopeful they will arrive on my doorstep sometime soon given enough hinting. Sam take note ….

I digress .. ( as I so very often do) still a yoga beginner and  faced with fewer daylight hours and not so welcoming heavy rains keeping me in doors  ( though the garden is loving it ! )  I’ve struggled to find the motivation to get in daily exercise and not just curl up with a good read. Getting in deliberate exercise daily is one of my goals in reaching that happier, healthier life I so desire. It never fails to raise my spirits and is great for my digestive health on so many counts. I love my gym classes – but the times don’t always suit. I began trolling the internet looking for run programs thinking a challenge was needed and stumbled on the 31 day Squat challenge ! Lorna Jane clothing and her move, nourish, believe philosphy have been long time favourites of mine, but this 31 day challenge is pure gold. Even when short on time or with it cascading outside I can work towards doing 200 squats by the 5th August ( started 5 days in to July ). So with thighs already burning I encourage you to take on the challenge too ! Incidentally if anyone does know of a great run program or inspiring winter exercise ideas I am all ears …

Inspiring winter reading.

Inspiring winter reading.

 

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