Leaving London Town

26 Mar
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at dusk. © Jess Bruce 2015. All rights reserved.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at dusk. © Jess Bruce 2015. All rights reserved.

All being well, this will be the last post I write from our flat in London. Tomorrow is scheduled to be the day we complete on our flat sale and house purchase. It is the long awaited moving day!

I have lived in central London since July 2006 when I graduated from Uni and moved here to go to Law School. Mr B joined me a year later.

For the last 4 years we have lived in our flat in East London. Tomorrow we move 11 miles south from here to Chislehurst, a small town just on the border between the outskirts of Greater London and the county of Kent. It is definitely the suburbs with bigger houses and lots more greenery than we have here. Although we are not moving geographically that far, it is going to be quite a life change with a whole new lifestyle opened for us. I’m so excited about it, not least because the kitchen at the new house is huge and we will have our own garden. We have loved our time in London, but now we are looking to the future and ready for the next step.

I also see this move as another big step forward in my recovery from ME/CFS. I was severely ill when we moved here back in 2011, totally confused, lost and scared by my diagnosis of ME/CFS. It has been our home as we have charted my journey thru ME/CFS. And although, my illness is still a part of our lives, it feels like we are a drawing a line in the sand in leaving here. The worst years are over and the best is yet to come!

I hope to be able to keep blogging in the next few weeks but with unpacking and getting internet connected at the house, that may not be possible. But I will be back as soon as I can! For now I will leave you with a few pictures of London. I took these last year when we went for a ride on the London Eye. Enjoy.

The London Eye, River Thames and Big Ben © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

The London Eye, River Thames and Big Ben © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

The Shard, London's tallest building © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

The Shard, London’s tallest building with the towers of Canary Wharf in the background © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Big Ben clock face © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Big Ben clock face © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Big Ben and Westminster Abbey © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Big Ben and Westminster Abbey © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Buckingham Palace in the distance. © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Buckingham Palace in the distance. © Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Simple is Best

19 Mar
© Jess Bruce 2015

© Jess Bruce 2015 All Rights Reserved

Continuing my floral theme, I have brought Spring indoors and into our flat. Amongst all the chaos that packing to move entails, I have some beautiful flowers to remind me to breath and pause for a few moments of mindful calm.

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Daffodils are so often overlooked I think for fancier flowers. But I love them. So simple and so bright. They totally signify Spring to me.

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

What’s your favourite flower? I also love sunflowers, which are going to be the main flower at our wedding. Sunflowers aren’t yet in season so for now I am enjoying the brightness of daffodils.

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

© Jess Bruce 2015. All Rights Reserved

Spring in Bloom

16 Mar
Snow Drops and Sycamore  © Jess Bruce 2015 All Rights Reserved

Snow Drops and Sycamore © Jess Bruce 2015 All Rights Reserved

Spring definitely feels like it has finally sprung in recent weeks here in the UK. The days are longer, the mornings lighter, the air a fraction less fresh and the grey cloud is giving way to sunshine and blue skies. It is uplifting and energizing. It makes me feel alive and happy.

No Springtime would be complete with the bursts of flowers that brighten the world at this time of year. I love the beauty and delicacy of flowers. Each one so perfect and simple. My attention to flowers is not something that has always been there though.

Yellow Aconite  © Jess Bruce 2015

Yellow Aconite © Jess Bruce 2015 All Rights Reserved

I’ve written before about, how prior to becoming ill with ME/CFS, my life was hectic and busy. Or more importantly, my attitude and mentality were hectic and busy. I was rushing through time, always striving for the next thing, the next weekend, holiday, deal closing, deadline to be met. Looking back, I don’t think I engaged with each, or any, individual moment. I wasn’t mindful in any sense. I was plagued with worry about the future and the past, very rarely actually present.

Crocuses in my Mum and Dad's front garden  © Jess Bruce 2015. All rights reserved.

Crocuses in my Mum and Dad’s front garden © Jess Bruce 2015. All rights reserved.

Now, after life, rather drastically, forced me to slow down by throwing a chronic illness my way, and after a lot of relaxation and meditation practice, mindfulness is something I try to practice in all aspects of everyday life.  I should probably ‘fess up here. I do not pretend to be any kind of meditative zen master (masteress?? mistress??) who oozes mindful calmness 24/7, my loved ones are most likely laughing out loud at that idea. Wishful thinking they’re probably saying. And yes, whilst meditation is definitely a work in progress for me (isn’t it for everyone, really?), I am definitely more mindful now. And for that (and many other things) I am grateful to my illness.

Crocuses in full sunlight, one in full bloom, one nearly there, another just opening and one still a tiny tight bud © Jess Bruce 201

Crocuses in full sunlight, one in full bloom, one nearly there, another just opening and one still a tiny tight bud © Jess Bruce 2015 All Rights Reserved

Now I don’t just see a bunch of flowers and think they’re pretty and pass by (or as I think is so often the case in our crazy hectic world, not even notice the flowers). Now I see the colours, the shapes, the light, the contrast between the delicate softness of the petal and the stronger presence of the stem.

Photography helps me to mindfully notice and appreciate the little things. It helps me pause and slow down. It takes time to compose a photo. My photography is a work in progress too and whilst my pictures may not be technically perfect, it is all about the process, that’s what matters, that’s what helps me to be, at least a little, mindful and calm – I seem to have unintentionally touched on a deeper theme here, life is a work in a progress, life is a journey? We’re always learning?

Snowdrops from a few weeks ago, the end of winter © Jess Bruce 2015

Snowdrops from a few weeks ago, the end of winter © Jess Bruce 2015

I started this post thinking I’d write a few lines about how happy I am Spring has arrived and then just share some photos of flowers. But somehow it has become more than that. I apologize if it comes across as waffle. But for me this post celebrates the beauty of flowers, the warm joys of spring and the calm a few mindful moments may bring, if you are able to pause, however briefly, to let it in.

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