10 “slow living” unsung heroes of Instagram

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Are you on Instagram? That’s me above. I’m @naomibulger if you’d like to drop by and say hi. Who do you like to follow on Instagram? I love to fill my feed with people who inspire me and, these days, more often than not, people who inspire me are people who I like to call “slow-living…

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Wonder, mystery, and surprise

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Do you like surprises? Good surprises, I mean. Messages in bottles Friends dropping by Work promotions  Letters in the mail  Found treasure maps  Clothes bought online that actually fit The kids eat what you cook Winning competitions Surprise parties Money in last year’s coat pocket Flash mobs Rainbows  Unexpected public holidays The first flower of spring Earlier…

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Mail art – fruits of the forest

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These envelopes are sisters to my last post. That collection was all about the wee small creatures of the forest. This one celebrates the fallen leaves, berries, flowers, pine-cones, gum-nuts and fungi to be found in the canopy and on the forest floor, if you chance to look. “I don’t care what town you’re born…

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Mail art – friends of the forest

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“I’m so happy!” sang Benjy, as he slipped off his boots. “No more London! No more noise of buses and trams! No more poor sooty old trees! But clean sweet bushes and woods, bright flowers, singing birds and shy little animals slipping by. Oh, what fun!” This passage is from The Children of Cherry Tree…

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Playing hooky

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I found a forest! Well, not really, it was more like a tiny clump of trees. Jane Austen would probably have called it a copse, or something. But in any case it was green and gloomy in the best of ways, and the pine-needles that softened my every foot-fall were made maculate by patches of sun blossoming over the…

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A touch of green. Some inspiration for you

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables * I’m not ordinarily a fan of embroidery as art on the walls, but I’d make an exception for these little vegetable bouquets *…

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A recipe for mail-art

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I have been so busy making mail lately! Cutting out little packets of handmade stickers and labels, collecting vintage stamps, hunting for postcards old and new, photocopying old recipes and household tips that once belonged to my great-grandmother, then bundling them all up together in handmade envelopes from old catalogue pages, melting green or red wax over the…

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The climb

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“Let’s climb!” shouted Ralph. And so we climbed, free of foreboding. In the shadow of those great rocks was no ominous hum, no sudden chill, no tingling premonition of hidden watchers’ eyes. Instead, there was sunlight trickling through old bracken and ferns. Filtered water splashing out of rocks. A tiny boulder in the shape of a love-heart, wedged…

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The right words

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Dallas Clayton has them.

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What’s going on?

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In breaking news, I made homemade bread AND homemade butter. Colour me smug! This is a kind of “taking stock” post, inspired by Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. The idea is to stop, or at least slow down, and put some thought into what has been taking up your time and dwelling in your…

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Rituals: the first cup of tea

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What do your mornings look like, first thing? Mine start before the sun. I tip-toe into the children’s room and turn on the AC to take the chill out of the air before they wake up, then I walk downstairs and, before anything else happens, I fill the kettle and flip it on. All those little…

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Mail art: while on holidays

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While we were in Sydney on our holidays, I painted these handmade envelopes to send out into the world. A pair of animals, books and coffee, but mostly wildflowers. I have a lot of fun painting wildflowers. Also while we were on holidays, Scout made mail of her own. She asked to send a postcard…

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