My house is full of candles. I love creating a calm mood and my home reflects that. Or at least I think it does. It doesn’t always work but that’s my aim, at least at dinner time.
Call me a bit kooky but even when we’re camping I still love my candles. Granted, they’re usually citronella ones designed to keep the mozzies at bay but they still create a relaxing mood. Like at Yanakie a few weeks ago. The light was soft, the sounds of waves lapping in was soothing and the sea breeze was cool.
The tranquility was almost tangible.
We were blessed with the most amazing fiery skies in which to eat under. That’s the joy of dining outdoors amongst the beauty of mother nature’s natural lighting. The ambience heightened even more by our outdoor candle as the night slowly darkened.
It’s beauty that can be found anywhere, if we stop and look up. Look around. And it’s priceless.
Each and every place we visit has its own vibrations and feel. Like a mood that comes into our heart depending on the intensity of emotion we’re feeling at that moment.
All our senses play a part in determining how a place appeals to us. Or sometimes doesn’t.
On our travels we’ve been occasionally disappointed but mostly captivated by the atmosphere of a place. Sometimes in the most unlikely of places.
I’ll never forget standing on the platform at the railway station in Castlemaine. Two steam trains were about to depart simultaneously.
There was billowing smoke and the whistles were blowing, the air was thick with anticipation and I felt like I was on the set of a Harry Potter movie, about to embark on the Hogwarts Express. It was magical.
Inside it felt just the same. It was like we’d stepped back in time to a bygone era.
Then there’s the ambience of a warm campfire and the feeling of camaraderie it gives.
Mum used to say that nothing beats the company of a fire and she was right. Whether it’s in the hearth of a home or underneath a moonlit sky.
This was in our back paddock last winter. Toasting marshmallows, sharing supper, stories and good company. The sounds of crickets and frogs in the the creek down the back and the crackling of the flames was blissful.
Even though it’s summer now and campfires are still a few months off I have no doubt we’ll be sitting round a warm fire again before too long. Both inside and outside.
Here’s to an uplifting and peaceful atmosphere. We can all find it. Some days it might be damn hard, but I’m convinced each of us has our own special patch that’s worth nurturing.
We just need to be mindful. After all, our moods have the power to alter and affect any atmosphere.
Where ever you are in the world I wish you a peaceful heart and a light mood to walk you through your day. May we all stay positive and tune into all our senses as we continue the journey.