last year

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

(Little Gidding

T.S. Eliot

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2017

Looking back at 2017, it has been a strange year full of highs and lows.  But when all said and done, we’ve traveled to a lot of wonderful places, Ireland, Portugal and Germany, we’ve learnt new skills and set new goals. Also, the littlest Elf; Mowgli joined the clan.  

At home we have had a big year of changes, moving home, finishing degrees and changing jobs.  

It is easy to feel at the end of the year, that you have not achieved all that you set out to do.  Taking some time to reflect on all you have achieved and done.  There is much to be proud of, pleased with and look forward to the New Year with renewed energy and determination.

Bring on 2018 and all the adventures you are promising.

love xx

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

2016! Elf does yoga! Starting as we mean to go on.

It is 2016, I want to do something different this year.  This year I want adventure.

Now, donning an Indiana Jones type outfit and heading off into the wilderness would be a dream come true, that is a distant, spec of an adventure to come.  So when I say adventure, I mean an everyday adventure.  Small things that brighten the week and are achievable!  I’m thinking, more along the lines of grabbing the tube map and umbrella.

Each week I want to do something different, eat something new, try an activity, walk somewhere not in SW London! (I know shock horror! Outside my postcode!)

So with this in mind…. My first adventure of 2016 is Hot Yoga.

Hot Yoga is the cooler cousin of Bikram yoga.  It is not so hot so the sequences are faster and devotees say these is what means you burn more calories and work harder as a consequence.

Pulling on my gym gear and heading off to a Sunday morning class to blow away the cobwebs.  The class was predictably busy given the New Year status and the Instagram inspiration of 2015 mostly involving beautiful, colour co-ordinated fitspo women holding impossible possess in places we dream of visiting.  Nevertheless, everyone seems calm and happy.  Soon enough we head up to the studio and instantly feel the temperature difference.  I chose a mat in the middle of the class and not directly under the heat of the lamps suspended above us.  Without much pre-amble were directed to our feet and we are off.  It’s hot.  It seems an obvious thing to say and it is about 25-28oc which does not sound too hot but as I bring myself to downward dog and try to ignore the trickling sweat moving from my chin to my forehead and try to breath calmly though my nose, all I can think is that it feels hot.  Much hotter than I had expected.

At the end of the class everyone else is lightly flushed and damp… I on the other hand am more 3rd degree sunburn red and so sweaty my shirt is several shades darker.  I am not sure that my forearms have ever actively perspired before!  There are no photos for a reason!

Despite all this, I actually really enjoyed the class.  I am left feeling content, grounded and as though I have had a really good work out.  I will definitely be going back, way more fun than thrashing away on the treadmill.

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