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Lately, Britain has been dancing about my mind for a variety of reasons, and it certainly was further heightened with last weekend’s wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. But I would be reminisce if I didn’t admit the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last Friday of their expecting a child this coming March and April caught my attention as well. An extension of much congratulations to both the happy couples – what a weekend of celebration!
Of course it was only just last late November that the world learned of the engagement of Meghan and Harry. I can remember vividly during my visit to the Devon countryside last November seeing the news and the frequent Harry and Meghan engagement watch reports. Little did we know what was just around the corner.
It is quite easy for my mind to slip back to my time in England, relaxing in a cozy living room as the rain smatters against the windows, watching the gentle movement of the Bristol Channel and smelling the ocean air. I must admit, I miss it. Deeply.
Perhaps it is the regular rainstorms I miss as we haven’t had more than a few minutes of rain in Bend for months. Perhaps it is the ocean breezes and lush green grass. Perhaps it is the slower pace in the country or simply just enjoying my own schedule. And while, yes, admittedly, I am romanticizing more than a bit, I’m listening and doing all that I can to curate those similar comforts in my daily life here in Bend.
The simple routine enjoyed daily was my morning, afternoon and yes, evening tea, as the week-long trip was an intentional week of rest and relaxation. As I have always enjoyed my evening tea wherever I find myself in the world, this fall, I have rearranged my living room furniture to cultivate a reading chair with a more thoughtful view of what I love to see, a designated side table for my tea and reading material, and an ottoman to rest my toes at the end of the day. I may not have a fireplace yet as the salon does above, but I am confident I will again in the future.
With such attention to details about our home that welcome memories of moments we have savored during our travels and explorations fondly remembered, we are reminded of dreams, we are reminded of what brings us pleasure and how to cultivate everyday joy no matter where we find ourselves.
Whatever has been on your mind as of late, may you be able to smile and enjoy it again if even in your remembering.