If only every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Welcome to my London paradise.Read More
If only every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Welcome to my London paradise.Read More
Taking a closer look at these tiny 梅花 at the garden of Royal Chelsea Hospital. 🌸🌸
What do you wish for in this new year?
In the beginning of 2017, I picked “Everything Is Connected” as my motto for the year. It was neither a statement nor a commitment, just a fact of life which I wanted to comprehend better.
Oh, did I!
So for 2018, I’m choosing another phrase to guide me through the next four seasons.
It is: “Stay tender.”
Tenderness is the feeling I get when something good and beautiful is reflected back at me; when my efforts are returned in equal measure or more; when I get something for nothing simply by being around inspiring people and positive energy.
It’s the feeling I get right now catching up on your Instagram updates, with my adorable family by my side.
#Tenderness. May it also be a part of your new year. 💛 .
#COURAGE (noun) -- which one of these definitions do you agree with the most?
(1) The ability to do something that frightens one.
(2) Strength in the face of pain or grief.
(3) The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.
I pick 2, because if you can overcome the pain of fears or the grief of regrets, you will have gained the key to a whole new world.
📍 to let go of your ego, and act on this thought.
📍 to own up to your shortcomings, recognise strengths in others, and learn to grow in a different and better direction.
📍 to ignore outside voices, and say and do things that you truly believe are right.
📍 to let go of your past, and start every new day learning to be the "you" that you would like to become.
Today I saw a flash of courage in someone, so I just want to throw this message out to the universe -- you can do it.
You may feel lonely, you may stumble, but there will always be people cheering you on, because we all wish we had a little bit more courage within ourselves.
Always be kind to yourself, and help others who deserve it.
But do not confuse being kind with giving unconditionally, because kindness - when presented to someone who doesn't want it - is wasted energy that could be used to empower someone else who truly desires it, or yourself.
If you're reading this and thinking that I'm talking about you, you're mistaken. 😘
This question -- how to strike a happy medium between helping others deal with their struggles and focusing on my own challenges -- is one that I've been thinking about a lot lately. .
Lo and behold, while scrolling through my boring twitter feed earlier, I came upon this article called "Why I Stopped Helping People and You Should Too" by Cammi Pham (link in my insta stories), which gave me the reassurance I was looking for.
It's time for me to give less, and give smarter. 🤓 💜
For you... just because. 🌼
Just because I want to say hello with these pretty little flowers.
And to thank you for sending over so much love and support for my #FTBTimeOfMyLife project.
I write every entry on the day of post. Some take minutes to finish. Others take hours as I wade through decades of memories to identify the one single moment that helped shape me into the person I am today.
Coming up, as I enter a new chapter of life, the posts will be become darker, more complex, and possibly even difficult to digest.
So you may find me sneaking snapshots that reflect my Present into those of my Past, just to break up the intense emotions that I know I'm about to trek through.
So here they are, tiny little flowers, so perfect in their harmony, so consistent in their form, no matter how close you look.
P.S. This comment from viviennejlevick adds so much more meaning to this post:
Made me smile to notice that considering the context, you chose yarrow, achilliea millefolium, or 'soldiers woundwort' - used for centuries to help heal wounds xx
Once upon a time, a wealthy and widowed Baron built himself a fairytale castle on a bare hill in rural England.
In it, he filled with the most precious things one could find under the sun: porcelain artefacts with intricate designs, paintings by
masters of the time, exotic birds and flowers from faraway land that people had only heard about but never dreamt of seeing with their own eyes.
He led a life full of opulence and abundance like Aladdin's cave, but no matter how much treasure he acquired, the hollowness he felt inside was never to go away.
This is the story of Ferdinand de Rothschild, and this is his castle.
When was the last time you found treasure in your own backyard?
The moment I stepped onto the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, I knew I'd struck gold.
Standing in front of this magnificent French Renaissance chateau, one can hardly believe that we are still in England. Buckinghamshire, to be exact, just one hour of train ride from London Marylebone station.
Waddesdon Manor was built in the late 19th century by Ferdinand de Rothschild - a member of the prominent banking dynasty - as a country house, a weekend playground to entertain friends and family who wanted to escape London during the summer months.
A passionate collector of arts and artefacts, Waddesdon Manor also served as the perfect backdrop to display his vast collection of treasures from around the world, from old master paintings, exquisite miniatures, to furniture, porcelain and tapestries from the French Court.
Rothschild only purchased the best of the best. In 1882 he famously spent £6,300 on a Riesener writing desk made for France's Marie Antoinette, which would be worth around £530,000 today. And this was certainly not his most expensive acquisition.
In addition to planting a grand chateau in the English countryside, the baron was also credited for creating the lush landscape surrounding Waddesdon Manor today.
The legend might have exaggerated when it boasted that Rothschild had planted one million trees on his estate of 2,700 acres, but the result of his vision is undeniably impressive.
Today the Waddesdon Estate has expanded to 6,000 acres and offers some of the most stunning trails in all of England.
On my 5-mile walk from the village of Stone to Waddesdon Manor, my senses are mesmerized by a wave of pleasantry... giant trees soaring into the sky, fragrant meadows carpeted with wildflowers, and farm animals on the gentle hills exercising their limbs and enjoying their lunch.
Running a manor of such a grand scale was never to be an easy or inexpensive task, so to keep the property from the possible fate of declining, the Rothschild family bequeathed Waddesdon Manor to the National Trust in 1957, along with some 160-acre of land surrounding it, to ensure proper care of the property for all to enjoy for generations to come.
Scroll down for access information and a photo tour of this wonderful time capsule. Enjoy!
Free for National Trust members
House & Grounds Access - £20 Adult / £10 Child / £45 Family
Grounds Only - £10 adult / £5 Child / £25 Family
House visits are by timed entry, including for National Trust members. Book House Tickets Here
If you’re travelling by train, you can download a 2for1 grounds admission voucher to use on arrival: 2for1 grounds admission voucher
EASY ACCESS FROM LONDON:
Regular trains run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway.
There's one daily free shuttle bus service between Aylesbury Vale Parkway station and Waddesdon Manor. Click here for details.
I came, to find a quiet place to clear my mind.
I arrived, to find that I still quite like a mind brimming with thoughts, senses and fascination, except now the deafening sirens are replaced by chirping birds, the air is perfumed with wildflowers and horses instead of car fumes, and the skyline is embellished with not highrises but cottages and cattle.
Right now, I'm looking out from the bedroom window of this 17th century chocolate box cottage, watching the morning sunlight dance across the garden and turn a row of rose bushes into sparkly yellow diamonds under the gray sky.
I'm in the home county of Buckinghamshire, and I feel home.
Here you’ll find urban greenery, wildlife, and free entertainment from the entourage of tourists who’re chasing squirrels as if following the Pope.
Here, you never know who’s going to be sitting in the bench next to you. In any given frame of time, a complete stranger may be the closest person within your reach, and the smallest gesture of goodwill from either side may lead to delightful surprises that will stay with you long after the stranger is gone.
Occasionally, the stranger becomes no longer strange and accompanies you on part of the journey towards your next destination.
This is what I call fate, and it all begins with a small smile and an open heart.
It's like standing under a blanket of stars -- except they are sweet, plump, delicate flowers twinkling under the sunlight, swaying in the wind and making you want to run and catch every translucent petal that falls from above.
I found this tree in the concrete jungle of Canary Wharf. The sparkles between branches made me think of the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, then it occurred to me that I never knew the full lyrics of the song!
Now I do.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
As to what will be reciprocated, that is your own choice.
Every so often, I hear from people who feel belittled or ignored just for being their genuine selves. Kindness gets taken for granted or even trampled on, and they feel like everyday is a struggle just to be who they are and not who they should pretend to be.
If this describes you, I just want to say... you may not know this yet, but sometime in the not-so-distant future, you will become the "good egg" that people aspire to be.
And don't think of it as a struggle, because if something comes naturally to you, lifts your spirit and makes even just one other person happy, then embrace it -- it will hug you back. 😊