Some days and weeks are crap, let’s face it. This week I’ve ripped a muscle in my left shoulder from sitting with poor posture on my bed using the computer so I’m in constant pain. Not a good trick to use the computer in such a position and now I’m paying for it. 

My six-year-old daughter has decided it’s a good trick to wake us between 3 and 4 am, singing out for us to come and get her from her bedroom so she can sleep with us. I don’t think I’ve had a full night’s sleep since she’s been born.

The washing machine has broken. We have dental work to be done, medical appointments and I can’t keep track of all the things to do at my daughter’s school.

This morning I dropped a can of hairspray onto my antique china wash jug-set and smashed my pretty set in pieces. Lots of tears and the cranky pants went on.

Distracting myself from writing, I came across the following quote from the lovely Liz Earle.

‘Working with people in developing countries is a very humbling experience. You go into the heart of communities where they live with very little, where water coming out of a tap is a cause for celebration, yet they are unfailingly cheerful and completely free of all the hang-ups we seem to have enveloped ourselves with over here,’ she says.

I’ve long been a fan of her ethos when it comes to skincare and can’t recommend her cleanse and polish cleanser enough, but her quote about the attitude of people in developing countries gave me food for thought. I’ve observed the same thing in my travels through India and the Philippines, the innate joy of people there. I particularly like this photo of Liz Earle with her daughter above because I am also very fond of chickens and would love to one day have two chickens as pets. You can read more about Liz here. 

Wishing you a lovely week, wherever you are in the world, and the strength to deal with all those billions of frustrations in life to keep you chirpy and creative. And that you truly appreciate the water from your tap. 

liz and lily earle and chickens source 


3 Responses

  1. jen storer August 3, 2011 / 3:29 am

    You poor darling, TP. Sometimes every little thing is a major hurdle then throw in an injury and some grinding pain, and tears are bound to result! I hope you feel better and stronger soon and meantime be gentle with your good self! I have not travelled to developing countries but lessons and images from The Poisonwood Bible have never left me. And yet…i must admit I regularly (and passionately) lose perspective. You are not alone, dear girl! jxx Liz Earle sounds fab btw.

  2. The Daily Connoisseur August 8, 2011 / 4:00 am

    Oh darling I’m sorry about that bad week- particularly the china 🙁 I would have cried too. But it can only get better from here! I love the quote- puts things in perspective. Have a great week! PS- your Clarisonic video is coming.. I promise. It is in the queue- week after next. Sorry for the wait! xo

  3. josephinetalepeddler August 9, 2011 / 10:19 am

    Dear Jen, yes, give the Liz Earle a go. You won’t look back.
    Thanks Jennifer. I look forward to that video. You always do them so beautifully. xx

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