The Littlest Elf

Maybe this will seem like a rash and strange decision for traveling folk like us here at Elvesabout. But rest assured this was 18 months of long hard thinking, planning and viewing of pups and dogs before we made this commitment. Which is just as it should be. Getting a dog is not acquiring a possession but welcoming a new member into your family.

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So, we are introducing him to you!
This is Mowgli the littlest elf.

You can follow Mowgli on Instagram @mowglioflondon for more photos and cheekiness.

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Comfort

I definitely need some inspiration on a gray and uninviting day like today.  So I gathered together some sparkly words of wisdom.

 

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

-Paul Coelho

 

“Live Long and Prosper”

– Leonard Nimoy

“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.”

-Shakespeare (Othello)

Elf Woman

I have been mulling all day over an appropriate and aptly inspirational quote or saying about women for International Women’s Day…but after reflection and discussion…I don’t want a quote for today.  I want every day to be a day to celebrate women and being a woman.  Why should it be restricted to one day?

I do not think men should feel pushed out or left out because of this either.  We are all equal…if this is to be true and evident in our lives then let’s make it so.  Then, women should be celebrated and respected in all that we do in every day that we are.  And yes, we do need the international day to remind us, and spur us on… but that does not mean we stop thinking about it for the rest of the year.

Happy Elf

With all the darkness that fills this world, I’m sharing this beautiful quote which reminds me to banish hate and focus on the light.  If I can let someone go in front of me at the till, or tell someone walking down the street singing, that their voice is beautiful, then I will.  We each can be the goodness that we want to see in the world.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Elf YES!

About this time last year, I decided that I needed a pick me up.  I needed more adventure and joy in my life so started this blog with that idea in mind.

12 months on Mr Elf and I are saying yes to more and more adventures, we are planning a great big Elfventure as well.  Travel, food, cooking, craft, exercise and trying new things have become part of our everyday lives. It’s been an amazing journey and I am excited by the new opportunities and adventures that this blog has given us and have brought to our lives.  By saying yes to trying new things I have learnt so much, by saying yes to new places, new skills and new experiences, we have been more present and more content in life.

I hope that so far you have enjoyed reading our adventures.

Here’s to another year and many more!!

Nostalgic Elf

As the year comes to a close, we just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has read, commented and supported the fledgling effort of elves about.

We’ve been to France, Portugal, Glastonbury, Spain, travelled around in and around London, Windsor, Winchester. We’ve been to the beach, city, country, churches, cathedrals. We’ve baked and cooked and we have eaten a lot of food! We walked llamas, climbed walls and learnt to knit and make ceramics. We hope you have enjoyed everything that we’ve shared and all the adventures and misadventures that we have written about.

We look forward to all the adventures and experiences that 2017 will bring and hope you will share them with us too!
Love X

Poetry Elf

Having been in Cambridge recently we felt inspired by the amazing writers and creatives that had attended the many colleges, including Christopher Marlowe and wanted to share his wonderfully passionate poem “The passionate shepherd to his love”.   This is a lovely lyrical poem and very idealistic and beautiful.  It certainly creates a wonderful image of countryside and very apt for the time of year. Enjoy.

The passionate shepherd to his love

By Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
And we will sit upon the Rocks,
Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow Rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing Madrigals.
And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;
A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty Lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;
A belt of straw and Ivy buds,
With Coral clasps and Amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.
The Shepherds’ Swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.