Traffic! Yep, the bane of everyone’s life, don’t you agree? But, you know what, I read a funny observation the other day – why do we moan, groan and get angry about traffic? We ARE the traffic! 
I got up this morning and, thank goodness, the sun was shining through the panes in my bedroom window... and that’s when I saw it, SHOCK!! HORROR!! the downpour of dust particles shining in the sun beams. 

No personal space invaded 

I do, however, think I have a problem. Just seeing something slightly off kilter makes me want to go and rectify it. Sitting in a cafe or more recently, an airport departure lounge, and spying that plug switch in the ‘on’ position.... yes, that’s me, going over to turn it to ‘off’. My daughter is hopefully not as bad but she has been known to go up to complete strangers and tuck their clothes labels in (now at this point I must state that it’s generally only girls she approaches and no personal space was invaded without their prior permission). 

Run for the hills 

This is not the sort of slackness that brings me out in hives. It’s the wanton piles of dirty linen, soiled clothing, greasy crockery, unflushed toilets, abandoned belongings that pervade every floor surface of a dwelling that makes me want to run for the hills (preferably lush, green hills that have been freshly mown... oh no, must remember my antihistamine so my hayfever doesn’t start up), aaarrrggghhh!!! 
 
and breath... 

Passionate discussion 

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a stickler for cleanliness. Indeed, there’s been many a heated argument... no rephrase that, ‘passionate discussion’ in my house on the merits of a tidy home meaning a tidy mind. That’s my viewpoint anyway and this lady aint for turning! 
 
It always amazes me how some people – how should I put this? – ‘fully live’ in their space. I recently went on holiday with a girlfriend and the contrast from her side of the apartment to my side was stark, lol. Imagine a whirling dervish with the speed of the road runner on one side and then on the other, the tranquil ebb and flow of a waves lapping on a shore.... Yes, it was that bad. 

Balance in my world 

The upshot of these musings? I unpacked the brand new vacuum cleaner I had bought just 2 days previously, wore down the bristles of my broom and swept and vacuumed my gite within an inch of a dust particle! All is now in balance in my world.... now, where’s the Mr Sheen??? 
I can’t believe how the weather changes overnight! Two days ago, we were basking in glorious sunshine, actually waking up having already laid out shorts and a t-shirt for the following day and then ‘WoW’ downpours and reaching for our umbrellas, woolly jumpers and gloves!! 
I’ve just managed to come up for air after the excitement of our very first Wellness Retreat last week. Oh my, a yogi friend of mine had said it was going to be hard work and she wasn’t wrong! You know what though? It was so much fun. 
I’m never very imaginative when it comes to this blogging lark. I often wonder where people get their inspiration from to write amusing snippets, anecdotes that are going to capture other people’s interests... is anyone out there actually reading my amateurish attempts, lol 
Yes, I've just celebrated my birthday this month... Birthdays are great, a time for celebration and a lovely excuse to get together with family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours, anyone in fact who fancies a piece of cake, a bit of a dance and lots and lots of bubbly :o) But you don't need an excuse to celebrate life - life is for living, for enjoying, as well as working. 
I really like banana loaf :o) It is one of my go-to favourite bakes, along with sticky ginger cake, shortbread, lemon drizzle and flapjacks. There's something comforting, yes comforting, about warm, gooey bakes coming out of the oven... it starts with the aroma, teasing your tastebuds... 

Unctuousness of caramelised banana 

and then the anticipation of the sweet, unctuousness of the caramelised banana encased in the light fluffiness of cake, ummmm, what's not to love? Why am I talking about banana loaf I hear you ask? Haha! Well, I was sitting here thinking about what to write in this month's blog, seeing the sun struggling through the haze and looking at the last few bananas in my fruit bowl - they're always the last to get eaten, the bananas. The strawberries, blueberries and raspberries barely last long enough to get from the front door to the fridge - and thinking how I was going to have to put the bananas in the freezer for a bake day. In this house, once bananas start going black, none of us can bear to eat them, although that's when they're at their sweetest! So, instead, I'm firing up the oven and I'm going to bake a humungous banana loaf for myself and hubby to work our way through this week with lashings of melted butter... and then schedule at least 4 extra gym sessions for tomorrow and Wednesday, lol.  
If you want to try my World Famous banana loaf (well, it's famous in my world, haha), come along to our Wellness Retreat 17-21 June - I promise I'll save you a slice ;o) 
(Or if you want my fab foolproof recipe, just let me know :o) 
Don't know about you, but I got all excited back at the end of March when I was in my courtyard sporting a snazzy pair of baggy shorts and a vest top.... 
Le Moulin has always prided itself on being a premier venue - and now we can prove it, yayyy. 
 
We have been featured on the FRONT PAGE of the publication, "Mayenne Info" of the Mayenne Tourism site (click here to see us on the site) with a full article on page 6 - how exciting! Who needs self-promotion... 
 
 

Inspiration 

As I sit at my laptop trying to think about what to write, I'm looking out of the window at the sudden change in weather. This week has seen sunshine and warmth and so many of us heralding the onset of spring, pulling on our shorts and packing picnics and heading to the nearest green areas... today, the clouds have taken over, the angels are crying little tears and the news are full of "there'll be snow in March"!! 
So, where to find the inspiration to get up and get on with our lives? 
 
Well, having said a fond and tearful goodbye to two dear friends this month, I truly believe that we should all count our blessings every day and live our lives to the fullest. It's hard but we should all stop dwelling on the negatives and rejoice in the positives; waking up to a new day, getting a smile from a loved one (or a stranger, as corny as that sounds) and one of my favourites, getting hugs. There's not much that is more comforting that getting - or giving - a big, squishy hug to someone. Go on, try it... and not one of those 2 second hugs either, a minimum 10 second, firm, wrap your arms around, nestle in hug, hmmmm... 
 
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