May is one of my favourite seasons for hiking – nature is showing its lushest and greenest side, the moderate temperatures are perfect for spending many hours outdoors and my pollen allergy has yet to realize it’s time to start acting up again.
We enjoyed a beautiful and rather tough hike in the Eifel National park again last weekend (this one to be precise). Being out in nature always restores my peace of mind but there is something exhilarating about completing a challenging hike.
Germany can be so beautiful. Discovering new areas and little gems like this medieval town (which was the start and end point of our hike) is a joy.
I have not been particularly active online lately but I quietly read a lot so here are a few things I want to share with you:
- Have you seen Melody‘s new knitting pattern, the Blóm Shawl? So beautiful!
- Swooning over the gorgeous naturally dyed yarns Liesl added to her shop recently
Minimalism and living
I have been thinking of the clothes I wear quite a lot recently, partly triggered by getting back into sewing, partly because I am constantly purging and trying to reduce the amount of stuff I own.
I recently read Marie Kondo’s famous decluttering book and loved it. For someone who is intent on owning as little as possible she has a very deep emotional relationship with the stuff she does decide to keep. Her approach of ‘keep only what sparks joy’ has impacted the way I look at my things much more than the regular, rational ‘rules’ of decluttering. I dream of owning only what I need and truly love. How wonderful is the idea to come home to a space where every item in it brings you joy?
Some inspiring articles on the interwebs about clothing and minimalism:
- Growing a minimalist wardrobe. This post on one of my favorite blogs ‘Reading my Tea Leaves’ really resonated with me. Why not wear clothes you love to pieces every day instead of having a closet full of things you are only mildly interested in?
- 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp. I have yet to work through this but it looks very interesting!
- ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed – touching and inspiring read!
- The Moral Bucket list or How to become a better person – digesting this article will take me a while and a few re-reads
- 5 Reasons Why People Need To Go Camping. Yes, yes and yes. This mostly applies to travelling in general as well. “We need to breathe new air, walk on new ground, and feel the awe of seeing something we’d only seen in books, or not at all.”
How has May been treating you? Getting a regular dose of fresh air?