#beautyinmyworld2017

MOST RECENT

The best of 2017 according to #2017bestnine
This year I challenged myself to a post a week of something beautiful with the tag #beautyinmyworld2017. The desire to spot beauty was a response to being in a dark place without much joy as a result of post-natal depression. Seeing beauty in the ordinary of life was one of my ways to find the way back to myself after the small one was born. It’s not a surprise that Wandsworth and Tooting Common feature heavily in the top 9 as much of the year was spent there walking around with a napping baby and now taking the toddling small one to the swings and see the ducks. So grateful for all the beauty of the year that has been and full of praise for our Creator who made this beautiful world. Still pondering the challenge for the year ahead.
#nye2017

My #beautyinmyworld2017 series started with a photo of me and the small one gazing at these fairy lights last Christmas. This Christmas he loves the lights even more. Enjoying seeing Christmas through the eyes of a toddler.
#christmas #advent #christmasjumperday #christmasjumper #fairylights

For me the best start to Advent and the Christmas season is a day with Kath and Anna. So we gathered on Saturday for chat, prayer and lunch as well as the exchange of wonderful chosen and excellently wrapped presents! Star Wars wrapping was ace 😃
#beautyinmyworld2017 #advent #christmas #presents #aperfectexcuseforbokeh #colorstory

Last weekend we publicly gave thanks to God for giving us the small one. The service was lovely and we were delighted to share the day with so many brilliant friends and family. We were too busy enjoying the day to take photos. But these are some of the balloons that decorated the room for dinner - as a reminder of the joy. (The confetti balloon was an awesome discovery 10 for £1 in Poundland)
#beautyinmyworld2017 #balloons #poundland

As I failed to post anything yesterday noting the beauty in the world around me - I shall claim it today for a chance to bake while the small one napped. The sun broke through the clouds to make the moment even more glorious.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #baking #saturday #nigella #lemoncake

It's wonderful watching the small one explore and develop new skills - even if his ability to get up stairs is terrifying for Christian and I.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #stairs #onthemove #notababyanymore

The most beautiful thing this week was the new exhibition at Tate Britain about the Impressionists in London. Some stunning paintings of the Thames. I know it's not a particularly beautiful photo (taking photos was not allowed inside the exhibition which is a good thing) but it was by far and away a wonderful visual treat.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #tatebritian #impressionistsinlondon #ihavethisthingwithimpressionists

Introducing the small one to adventures in the built environment. We appreciated the autumnal colours in Hyde Park as well as the interesting Pavillion at the Serpentine Gallery.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #worldthroughababyseyes #autumn #serpentinegallerypavillion #architecture #sonofanarchitect

The dancer on the top of the newly renovated Victoria Palace Theatre. Its elegant form makes me smile (& want to go to the ballet)
#beautyinmyworld2017 #bluesky #london #skyline #victoria #dancer

As I rush through the unglamorous Victoria Station each morning on my way to work I see this map and am reminded of the days when it was probably more elegant and less hurried.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #lookup #victoriastation #map #trains #southernrailway

Meeting the owls was the highlight of the week for all of us A privilege to see these beautiful birds close up.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #mycp #owls (Sweatshirt from @magnificentstanley #magnificentstanley. Necklace from @laraandollie. 📸by Christian)

Happy 1st birthday to the small one. It has been a year of great joy although very tough at times. He is such fun and we are so very grateful for God giving him to us. (And thank you @magnificentstanley for a great birthday t-shirt)
#beautyinmyworld2017 #magnificentstanley #firstbirthday #balloons

Walking away from the historic buildings of Westminster up Victoria Street past some interesting contemporary office buildings.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #buildings #architecture #london

Today's autumn equinox was celebrated by the sun coming out. Trees starting to go yellow, orange and red glowed in the sunshine. And the ducks, geese and swans were very sociable.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #autumn #sunshine #bluesky #wandsworthcommon #ducks #swan #geese

The return to work means new routines. This gorgeous lavender bush has been a highlight of the walk home from the small one's nursery.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #lavender #endofmaternityleave #endofsummer

A weekend of grandparents - managed a trip to the countryside to see the in-laws and my parents came to visit us. The sun shone so a trip to see the ducks was required and to bask in the sunshine and generally let the small one soak in the love.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #summer #swan #pondlife #wandsworthcommon

The return of summer making today's trip to the swings a beautiful experience. The view of blue sky & trees and the grins & giggles of the small one makes for an enjoyable outing.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #mumlife #swings #bluesky #summer #parklife #balham #Tooting

Blissful morning this week hanging out on the lawn at Hatchlands watching nieces, nephews and Joseph bounce on spacehoppers.
#beautyinmyworld2017 #hatchlands #nationaltrust #green #blue #grass #trees #clouds #summerholiday #dontwanttogobacktowork

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