The new tree has arrived. I had never had to return a Christmas tree before now… it seems somehow wrong and a symbol of what’s wrong in society today… I mean, seriously? Is a tree really that important? Are we looking for perfection in all the wrong places? Shouldn’t we fight injustices instead of striving […]
“Oops she did again…” Last night I had a gorgeous night in the company of lovely women making Christmas Wreaths. Yeah I know… you just can’t have too many, I don’t care what you say. There green branches everywhere… First we had a lesson, which made me realise that the old ‘glue gun manoeuvre’ is […]
Leisure (by William Henry Davies) What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams […]
They did it their magnificent way… My tree is arriving today. Can’t wait. I might be the only one here… I live with a bunch of Scrooges, didn’t you know?
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson You have to understand that for me to stick to the ’48 books challenge’ has been extremely difficult. Rewarding and interesting… but difficult. That’s one thing, the other thing is that ‘rules are meant to be broken’, right? Not all the time and not all the rules… but a little […]
Ode (by Arthur O’Shaughnessy) We are the music-makers,And we are the dreamers of dreams,Wandering by lone sea-breakersAnd sitting by desolate streams;World losers and world forsakers,On whom the pale moon gleams:Yet we are the movers and shakersOf the world for ever, it seems. With wonderful deathless dittiesWe build up the world’s great cities.And out of a […]
It’s fair to say I love a door wreath. Christmas is a special time of the year for doors too, not just people and I try making one every year, it’s rare that I see one I really love, a few years ago I bought a giant live/gree one from Daylesford which was just divine… […]
A slipping down life (by Anne Tyler) Anne Tyler always gets to me. I read quite a few of her novels and at some point there’s always a line, a sentence that just cuts through you and plunges you into the book so that when you read the last page you feel dazed and confused […]
I love the idea of a Christmas quilt. A Christmas quilt means Christmas and sofas and hot chocolate and Hallmark Christmas movies (which I looooove but don’t tell anyone)… and snow… and children cuddling up to you and so on and on.. All that is well and good, the problem is that my children are […]
What We Need Is Here (by Wendell Berry) Geese appear high over us,pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,as in love or sleep, holdsthem to their way, clearin the ancient faith: what we needis here. And we pray, notfor new earth or heaven, but to bequiet in heart, and in eye,clear. What we need is here.
… and breath… inhale tomorrow…. exhale yesterday… …this motherhood stuff sure is complicated sometimes… If you try to protect them… you’re a fun-sponge, if you let them be… you’re ignoring them. You need to be ‘there’ but not ‘there there’. It’s high diplomacy, iron fist in velvet glove, it’s heart breaking and life affirming […]