Stepping Out…Stepping In…Smile.

Stepping up..Oudong Mountain, Cambodia

 Ever feel like you need to step out before you can step in?

You know that feeling when you get itchy feet, the mind can't quite settle and you need to 'step out', whether it be in body or mind. The remedy is often straightforward… it might be a heavy day of weed whacking in your garden, cycling along your favourite roads, kayaking to that special place that makes you hum as you glide along, having a time out at a cafe, museum wandering or sitting on a bench, watching the world go by. Wherever you go, physically or mentally…it can make all the difference.
I have been stepping out, or rather, stepping up, in Cambodia these past few days, trying my hand at 'tag along wife' again. I think after a few attempts at this gig, I finally got it right. Ok..Mr. H will remind me that I did get in the wrong car…AGAIN…and was about embark onto adventures unknown before I realised that the whole scene had an all to familiar feeling to it. Let's just say that in my later years I have a habit of taking' happy wanderer' to the extreme. But I am ok with that...

I have been stepping out and up in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with my camera this week…before stepping back Vietnam.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have been getting around a bit. I will post more once I have all my thoughts together. For today, I just want to share those few photos that made me smile. That's all it took for me…a few smiles and I am ready to step back in.

Buddha. Smile.

Orange flowing monks. Smile.

Lotus love. Smile.

Old people. Smile.

Love Mother Nature. Smile.

Embrace. Smile. 

Love life. Smile.

That's all it took for me…how about you? 
Do you need to step out before you can step back in?

What does it for you?
Museum wandering
Cafe time
Watching the world go by

  Would love to know…  

Jeanne xx


  1. Hello Jeanne,
    Stepping out is a great idea... I did a little of that this past weekend and it really is rejuvenating... I am going to step out a little more frequently... :)
    I wish you would come and step out with me in Europe?? Or I might have to step in somewhere with you... :) :) xv

    1. Oh, a very good invitation! Imagine the three of us stepping out in Provence?!

      Thank you for all of this beauty, always...

    2. I am in for all three of us stepping out anywhere!! xx

  2. Beautiful adventures. Thanks for taking me along on your travels. Your photographs and postings are always lovely.
    Love Jeanne

  3. NO WONDER..........all I could think to myself is this WOMAN gets around!I did not realize from IN that you were on the move again!I think it's great you can tag along with him.................your photos here are so putting a SMILE On MY FACE!Now pop over and see MY PIGGY!!!!!!!!!!GRAND PIGGY!!!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth....your Grand Piggy is adorabl! Coming over for more. xx

  4. Your images are amazing, Jeanne. You must be having the best time! Could we just step out with you on your adventures…

    1. Thank you ladies...I would love to have you step out with me, imagine the DESIGN adventures we could have. ;)

  5. Jeanne, it must be so hard to put your mind to anything with home now just around the corner now. I've never been to Cambodia and those temple photos look amazing. This is a nice way to end your final weeks. Jeanne, when you get back to Tahilla Farm, are your ex pat days finally finished??? Cheers xx Neat

    1. Hi Neat...expat days will continue for a bit, home for the summer and back to Saigon in September...and then back to Tahilla in November and so the story goes, at least for now. :) xx

  6. Stepping out into the dawn is always uplifting...watching nearby construction of new buildings as I pass by...Queen Anne's lace in the fields...

    1. You have the right list Becky...I need more 'dawn experiences' in my life. :)

  7. Glad to see t hat so many things made you smile. Staring at the sea works best for me. Or at the view out of our back windows.

    1. I could get lost with views out back windows...always filled with wonder, even with the simplest views. :)


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