Here is a roundup of all my favourite things from April, accompanied by a substantial photo gallery.
The books I’ve read this month are Lunar Living by Kirsty Gallagher, Inner Tantric Yoga by David Frawley, Chakras and their Archytypes by Ambika Wauters.
Along with these books, I’ve also taken part in two of Kirsty Gallagher's Moon Rituals. In short, these rituals opened up my whole being into another dimension of living- below I share why.
I believe that we are all born with an innate human desire to make sense of our world, to see patterns and cycles and to make meanings in our lives. Astrology provides guidance to cycles of time, and my own recent exploration in this has taught me where, and when, to focus my efforts. The combination of astrology with Ayurveda is beginning to align me with a more seasonal state of living, enabling me to move with the rhythms and vibrations of nature. When we align with this, we engage in a beautiful cosmic dance which celebrates seasonal and personal cycles with more integrity, meaning and purpose.
We all cannot discount the power of meaning making, our individual lived experiences combined with the different tools, practices and rituals people use enable us to do that. These imprints of meaning, personal practices, cultural experiences and connection shape how we feel and map out our lives. For me, astrology goes hand in hand with living a life which is in flow, purposeful and meaningful.
I’m still on the Juice Baby high, and having spent more time at home I have not been eating out. Below are a selection of recipes I’ve tried, tested, and loved, as of next month I’m also very much excited about afternoon coffee dates, with my new little one in tow.
One, VERY important thing to add, is that Ottolenghi reposted one of my recipes, which was the best day of my life!!!!
Ottolenghi- Chermoula Basted Halibut with Farro (pictured below)
Danielle Copperman- Lentil Bolognese
Danielle Copperman- Buckwheat Porridge with Miso & Maple (pictured below)
Since childhood I have had a fascination in the natural world. With city living, I now relish the days where there are freshly cut flowers in my home. It is something which lifts my mood, my spirits and brings me a small slice of nature, in this big and grey city. I adore the smell and pre-Lockdown I would frequent Columbia Road Flower Market every week, to appreciate the beauty of the flowers and more often than not, buy myself a bunch. When in Rome.
With CRFM's reopening, the ability to go for my weekly Sunday ritual is something which all felt very foreign to me. The large queues, not knowing which flowers to purchase, or where to purchase them from was all rather overwhelming- all reasons to go back next Sunday, to dust off my flower purchasing muscles.
The roses I chose came in a range of hues, varying in intensity with a dash of drama from the red ombre. They brightened my week, my living room and gave off a gorgeous fruity scent. Even as a day out, without a flower spree, CRFM is spectacular.
The world is opening up, along with beauty salons. Beauty treatments are something I adore, and feel they are integral to the way I care for myself on both a mental and physical level. There was nothing stopping me from using up all my Christmas vouchers, or taking the essential time I need for this form of therapy. The list of treatments I have had are below, let me know if you would like me to review!
Bulgari Spa: Full Spa Day with lunch, 111Skin Facial and Full Body Massage
Cowshed: Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure
Butchers Salon: Hair Cut & Colour
Face Glow by Lauren: Brow Lamination
Prince- Sometimes it Snows in April
This month I felt a real draw towards Prince, his prolific music, elaborate style, and the way he expresses beauty through his art. The song “Sometimes it Snows in April”, felt like an accurate representation of the erratic weather and current climate (literally) of the month.
Interestingly, a great deal of mythology has surrounded “Sometimes It Snows in April," especially since Prince’s passing. The song is believed to have originally been recorded on April 21, 1985, 31 years to the day before Prince's own transition.
Quote of the Month
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"
Extract from The Minpins by Roald Dahl (1991)