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Living With Less


It's two months since we moved into our little home and despite the fact that it's rained every day since we arrived - we love it!
We sleep with the curtains open and wake every morning seeing the sea, although some days the mist has meant we don't see anything for a while, but it's fascinating having such a vast view of the open sea and the coastline into Devon.


We see the changes in the weather and the colour of the sea. The blustery and gale force winds bringing rough waves and then days of mill pond calmness. We see storms coming in, the dark clouds and glimpses of blue sky.


From the kitchen we look down on Portmellon, which is very pretty and at night is like a Mediterranean hillside village with twinkling lights, next to a glistening sea.


We are living in this small space and it is wonderful.
Life feels simpler, we have definitely slowed down and just enjoy being cosy and snug with the kitties...



We all seem to sleep more too, which is very nice!


We are hoping for some warm spring weather to arrive here soon, so we can throw open the French windows and start living outside again, we have seeds to pot, grass to cut and are just eager to get into the garden properly.

It's hard to believe now that we thought we needed all the stuff we surrounded ourselves with and no doubt we'll eventually give away more, as we still have things we really don't use anymore... CDs, some books, boxes of bits and bobs.

Living with less in a small space is so easy, it's no effort to keep clean and tidy and with all the natural light we have here, as well as being free from most of our clutter - we feel so good!



Kay and Sime
xx



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Nettles

Our garden yesterday.
Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.
This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.
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