My Year in Books

Books are my thing. They keep me company all year round, helping to ground me and lead me, shape me and encourage me. I’m pretty sure that it’s not just me, this book thing, so I do take the liberty of sharing my favourites with you here every now and then. This year, with the…

Blackberries

I grab half an hour of slow on a grey day in late August, and everything slides into perspective again. Small, ripe blackberries, abundant but carefully chosen, begin to fill my bag and stain my fingers. Fruit from a thorn bush, essentially. The branches scratch at me as I search out the loveliest ones. I…

Gold

I love colours in nature: the auburn and russet of Autumn, the  yellows, whites and blues of Spring, the green of early summer. And then there is the crowning of summer evenings: the gold of wheat and hay and the late setting of the sun. This gold is not one that you can hold or…

All that is green and good

Yellow brings joy, white brings beauty and green is goodness, life and hope. In May and June, my commute to and from work takes me through tunnels of sunlit green. The hedges on either side of the lanes become utterly verdant; the trees exude life; the grasses in the fields catch the breeze and the…

Happiest Moments 1

I’ve been working my way through Moorea Seal’s fantastic book, ‘The 52 Lists Project’, which offers weekly list prompts to help the reader reflect and journal their way through the year. It’s been a positive, life-affirming pursuit, with lists I’ve made so far including favourite quotes, favourite characters, a current playlist, people who brighten my…

On TV

A few years back, when I was working for a church, I ended up being obliged to join in with a parenting course. In one of the sessions, we were grouped in small circles of chairs discussing our relationships with our spouses in a breezy, undeniably middle class manner. We were asked a natural enough…

Things to do in February

February’s a funny little month, isn’t it? It feels, to me, short, sweet and fun.  Snowdrops appear; the mornings are lighter; there is a chance of snow; whimsical heart-shaped balloons appear in the shops and everything just a feels a little bit charming. Both Andrew’s and my birthdays fall in February and over the years…

5 Books to Enter the New Year With

Books are my thing, and it has become my habit in recent years to put at least a few on my Christmas list, so as to enter the new year well stocked. There is a magic about books, in that they always seem to find their way into my hands at just the right time….

The Loud Laugh of the Ocean Waves

In the week before Christmas, Andrew and I stayed in a centuries-old cottage in the Cornish hamlet of Coombe. It’s a homely place, safe in a quiet wooded valley, with a river running through it, sweet and clear, but relentless. Its rushing and babbling can be heard constantly from within the cottage, bringing peace and…

Undivided Heart

You may have read my interview with author Lucy Mills, here. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of her book, Undivided Heart, which I have just finished. Reading a little a day quickly became an integral part of my routine – one that I missed on the odd day or two when…

Switchfoot, coke floats and other news

It’s been a  while since I wrote a ‘newsy’ kind of post, but during October and November I’ve been mentally squirreling away bits and pieces to share. It’s been an industrious Autumn, full of bone-tired workdays, both-feet-in celebrations, intense emotions, precious small moments and an abundance of laughter and silliness. The biggest and best of…

Undivided Heart

For today’s post, we are joined by writer Lucy Mills, whose new book, Undivided Heart, is out now! I asked her a little bit about herself and her work… Tell us a bit about yourself. In no particular order, I am: a writer and editor; a country girl who enjoys visiting the city; wife to…