Sunday, November 3, 2013

Autumnal bliss..

Hello lovelies,
I am so happy to be able to sit down and reconnect with long lost blog. It  has been months since I posted regularly and I miss the rhythm and connections so much. You, my gorgeous blogettes and blogeurs are often on my mind and I look forward to catching up. XO

After what has felt like an unusually long and hot Swedish Summer we are now deep into Autumn and all that it brings. The trees have nearly lost all their leaves leaving nature at its bare and honest core. It is a soothing time for me when everyday focus inevitably go from exterior to interior in every sense possible. I find myself layering the home with little touches of comfort and coziness, I fill urns with twigs and bowls with wonderful ripe citrus fruits and apples. In the early afternoon as the sun hides behind the trees I light lanterns and candles and enjoy large cups of fragrant tea. I take deep breaths in the crisp air as I take brisk walks along the river and I find myself drawing my attention within. Autumn is truly such a reflective and soothing time - like chicken soup for the soul.

We are at the tail-end of a week-long school holiday and it was only three days ago that the kids and I returned from our five day trip to London. It was the first time for the kids but for me it was a much anticipated return to what was once my hometown (for 8 years). And what a wonderful return it was! London welcomed us in full Autumnal glory with wafts of roast chestnuts in the crisp air. We enjoyed long walks in the park on a carpet of golden leaves, some sight-seeing, and of course also the mid-season sales.. ha! The trip was a perfect balance of family- and solo- time which has left me recharged and happy.

As a lovely contrast to the urban buzz of London we are now back in the serenity of our hometown here in Sweden. This weekend has brought a string of Halloween parties with lots of creative hosts spoiling us with hilarious tricks and yummy treats. Pumpkins have been carved, faces have been painted and my little monsters have had a lot of fun and a lot of lollies. Just the way it should be.

On a more serious note we have also lit candles for the absent loved ones and enjoyed the sweetness their memories. And as we shoot a thought of thankfulness into the universe our minds inevitably lands on the forthcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Though not a Swedish tradition it is one of my favourite holidays of the year and one that I so desperately want to adopt into our family in a major way. There is always so much to be thankful of don't you think!?!

I love and leave you for now but hope to be able to return here a little bit more often from here on.
Big warm hugs to all from me.

xo Charlotta


Anci said...

Välkommen tillbaka !! Det är roligt att du har hittat inspirationen att blogga igen.
Och vilka underbara höstbilder du visar ! Jag njuter av dem.


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Anonymous said...

I'm so happy you are here again, love from Italy,

Charlotta Ward said...

Thank you girls. Such a warming welcome back. :)
Big hugs

A Perfect Gray said...

charlotta! what a treat to see you back. hope you and the kids are well and happy. thinking of you...donna

It's me said...

Hi Charlotte !!! welcome back....autumn is are you and the kids ???? from me Ria...x !

Splenderosa said...

What a wonderful thing to find you here with us this beautiful Sunday, Charlotta! Now the world seems right. So happy to hear everything and that you had a nice holiday in London. The children must be growing by leaps and bounds, and I know they must be totally adjusted to living in Europe now. Please come back often, we ALL miss you so very much. xx's

Cindy Albert said...

Beautiful fall pictures.

Eli said...

Bellissimo post. Io adoro l'autunno e questi scatti sono stupendi e credo che copierò' qualche idea. Complimenti

debra @ 5th and state said...

oh dearest, so very close
i have been in england for a month! you my friend are on my "bucket list" to someday look into your eyes and say thank you
warm hugs

Stacey said...

Oh how I've missed your heart warming posts. They always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Love to you sweet C! xx

Charlotta Ward said...

Darling Donna,
Thank you. Thinking of you too. Will visit soon.
Big hugs xo

Ria my dear, it has indeed been ages. I miss you. Hope all is well. xo

Marsha, I think of you so often. Missing you tons. Yes all is well. Private life calming down and we are happy. Massive hugs to you my dear friend. xox

Cindy, thank you.

Eli, grazie tanto. x

Debra my darling. You in England. I wish I had known. I was there with the kids only a couple of weeks ago. Coming back in February. Can I see you then. No need to thank me. I gained you as a friend. Such a treat. xox

Stacey, me too! I think of you so often. Every time I paint you pass through my mind. I hope you and the boys are well. Lots of love. xoxo

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